NoVA’s Halloween events roundup

From bar crawls for adults to creepy carnivals for kids, Northern Virginia hosts Halloween events spanning locals’ fear thresholds.

mount vernon trick-or-treating
Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Don’t let a lack of Halloween party plans disappoint you. With a handful of events happening in Northern Virginia throughout the month, who’s to say you can’t still celebrate?

Air & Scare
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Science and spooky activities come together at the National Air and Space Museum’s Air & Scare event.  There will be an opportunity for indoor trick-or-treating, science lessons and arts and crafts activities. // Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Oct. 27-28, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Wagon rides, Halloween craft-making, chocolate tastings and a children’s costume parade will occupy Mount Vernon’s estate for one weekend in late October. Mark your calendars and get your family involved. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Bark or Treat Canine Cruise
Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
The Potomac Riverboat Company invites you and your pet to take a cruise while clad in your Halloween best (there will be a costume contest with a prize at stake!). Dogs ride free with owners’ admission. // Potomac River Boat Company: 1 Cameron St., Alexandria=

Falls Church Annual Halloween Carnival
Oct. 28, 6-8:30 p.m
Infants through fifth-graders can engage in fall fun via a puppet and creature show, a moon bounce and games. Events catered toward an older audience (first- through fifth-graders) will follow. // Falls Church Community Center: 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church

Lake Anne Plaza Halloween Event
Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.
Pets and people alike are encouraged to come out in their costumes, play games, watch a pet costume contest and enjoy “Yappy Hour” at local restaurants. // 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston

Carlyle House Zombie Escape
Oct. 28, 6:30-10 p.m.
Navigate through spooky, zombie-filled fields at Carlyle House. Guests will have to try to make it back to home base while simultaneously scavenging for all the apocalypse supplies they need.// Carlyle House: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria

Ghostly Tales at Carlyle House
Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m.
The Carlyle House is welcoming guests to sit by the campfire and listen to spooky tales of Alexandria’s past. A photo booth to capture this year’s Halloween memories will be available, and there will be s’mores kits for purchase. General admission is $5 per person. // Carlyle House: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria

Del Ray Halloween Parade
Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
The 20th annual Del Ray Halloween Parade returns featuring an assortment of family activities. Awards will be given for the best decorated business and home, best pet costume and best decorated stroller. A free Halloween circus will take place afterwards. // Mount Vernon and Commonwealth avenues, Del Ray

Haunted House at Captains Cove
Oct. 30-31, 4:30-7 p.m.
Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria is transforming into a pirate-themed haunted house. Trick-or-treaters are welcome and will be offered pirate-themed goodie bags. This event is free, but a donation to Act for Alexandria is encouraged. // Hotel Indigo: 220 S. Union St., Alexandria

Great Falls Halloween Spooktacular and Pet Parade
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
At the Great Falls Shopping Center, children are invited to walk through haunted houses, enjoy a 15-minute pet parade and snack on Halloween treats, popcorn and apple cider. // Great Falls Shopping Center: 754-C Walker Road, Great Falls

Potomac Mills Mall Trick-or-Treating
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
You can hit the racks of 70 participating stores while your little ones goes in search of candy. // Potomac Mills Mall: 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge

Trick-or-Treating
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
This 18th century Halloween event for kids will feature superheroes, princesses, ghosts, goblins and trick-or-treating, all for free. // Carlyle House: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria

Halloween Bar Crawl in Clarendon
Nov. 4, 1-9 p.m.
For its third annual Halloween Bar Crawl, Clarendon eventgoers should come in costume to gain access to a number of area bars, including the Clarendon Grill, Whitlow’s, Pamplona and Oz. Food, drinks and a souvenir mug are also featured. Ticket sales start Oct. 21. // Clarendon Grill: 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington

 

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