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5 adult-only Halloween events perfect for spooky season

Dressing up and Halloween treats aren’t just for the kids. Check out these Halloween events aimed at adults.

Photo courtesy of ACR of Loudoun

Sure, handing out candy to the neighborhood kids can be fun for a night, but when you’re looking to rock your own costume (and grab a Halloween-inspired cocktail), check out these adult-only events.

This post originally appeared in our October 2019 issue. Want more Halloween events? Subscribe to our Things to Do newsletter.

Carlyle House’s Wonderland and Nightmare
The Carlyle House is getting into the Halloween spirit with its Tim Burton-themed wonderland and nightmare. Watch the gothic director’s films, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, on the back terrace, try the nighttime scavenger hunt or meet notable characters. // Oct. 26, noon-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $1-$5 and $10

Hallow-Wine Swing
Dance the night away at the seventh annual Halloween swing dance at Blue Valley Vineyard. The Silver Tones will keep the energy up with their swing band sounds. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and dance lessons. // Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m.; Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery: 5535 Blue Valley Way, Delaplane; $25

Shocktober
The 10th season of Shocktober at Carlheim Manor is sure to make a scaredy-cat out of you with its three levels of the haunted Camp Carlheim, basement and Carnival of Souls. This PG-13 haunted house is one of the scariest in the United States. Don’t miss the thrilling escape room and the local venues celebrating Shocktober season with haunting twists. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun. // Oct. 4-Nov. 2, times vary; Carlheim Manor: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg; $40

Warrenton Ghost Tours
Hear the haunted stories that fill Warrenton by costumed guides who will lead you through the town. The early evening tour is best for families with younger children. Pre-registration is recommended. // Oct. 18, 19, 25 & 26, 6-9 p.m.; Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail: 10 Ashby St., Warrenton; $5-$12

Monster Mash Murder (Mystery Dinner Theater)
Enjoy a Halloween-themed, four-course meal while you solve a murder at the Center of the Arts of Greater Manassas’s Monster Mash Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Get involved by dressing up as Dracula, Captain Hook, Cat Woman, Mistress of the Dark Elvira, a witch, a zombie or a hippie. Reservations required. // Oct. 25 & 26, 7 p.m.; Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County at the Candy Factory: 9419 Battle St., Manassas; $55-$475.20

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