Archive for October, 2010

Free Halloween Carnival in Falls Church this Saturday

Saturday, October 30

Halloween Carnival: Falls Church City

6 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Falls Church City Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA

For babies and children through the grade 6.  Carnival games, moon bounce, face painting, crafts, haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature.

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Falloween in Clarendon this Saturday; get out your cameras!


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From 10 a.m to 2 p.m., the Market Common Clarendon (you know the shops in Arlington with Crate and Barrel, the Apple Store, Pottery Barn, etc.). will offer day time trick or treating at local shops (that is a really good idea, especially if you have little ones) and a children’s costume parade. Fun way to spend the early part of your Saturday! Also promised: a petting zoo and face painting.  Admission is free, of course.

Market Common Clarendon
2800 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 20190

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: Recipe

Don’t toss out the pumpkin seeds when you carve your jack o’lantern. They are rich in zinc, and yummy.  Here’s how to roast them (from Relish Magazine).

Dry 2 cups of pumpkin seeds in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Toss with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp coarse salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and roast for another 15 minutes at 350 degrees.



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Vienna Halloween Parade Tonight!

As they have done for more than 60 years, Vienna closes down the main drag and puts on quite a party!  Everyone is invited to come in costume and parade.  This is a very popular, annual event, with 35,000 spectators (!).  I have managed to miss it EVERY year, so I don’t have any insider tips to share, unfortunately.  This year, I’m going, however, and I hope I see you there, too.  Here’s the bad news: you know traffic in Vienna and Tysons Corner during the week is awful at best.  Now this.  Expect traffic delays, road closures, and detours. Check the website for parking suggestions.  If it were me, I would go as early as possible, maybe even take a bus or metro (although that’s a pretty long schelp), or park somewhere and catch an early dinner in town.

If your kids want to march, be sure to assemble by 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank.

64th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade

7 p.m. – about 8:30 p.m. (Costumed kids gather at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank)

This is a FREE event.

Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Brand Road to Center Street, Vienna, VA

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Pumpkin Beignets (via Tickled Red)

I haven’t made these yet, but they have pumpkin in them and I love beignets, so they are on my short list. This is a delightful post to read — make sure you check out all her photos!

Pumpkin Beignets Welcome to my little corner of bliss. Most people adore a good donut, myself included but there is something about a beignet that brings out my hidden smile. You know what I mean. One of those sly devils hidden just so in the corner of your mouth, waiting for that perfect something to set it free. Beignets are my little something special. This Sunday I took it up a notch and made them with pumpkin. It is fall and even though it's still 80 degrees … Read More

via Tickled Red

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Halloween Nail Art (VIDEO): Skull and Crossbones!

Check out these cute Halloween nails you can do yourself!


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The October moon is full tonight!


I hope you saw the full moon on September 22nd and 23rd.  It was a full harvest moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is considered the harvest moon) and it also marked the first day of autumn.

However, October is usually no slouch when it comes to spectacular full moons.  In fact, this full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon.  Hopefully, the sky will be clear tonight, and you’ll be treated to the full moon in all its glory.  Check it out around 8:30 p.m.

There are some interesting — and spooky — associations with the full moon.  The word lunacy is derived from the Latin word for Luna, the Roman moon goddess, as well as the Late Latin word for “moonstruck” lunaticus. For centuries, people believed the moon phases could induce madness.  A popular notion is that there is a statistical increase in crime (such as murder) and severity of psychosis during full moons, but many studies find there is no correlation (while others find that there is).  For more discussion on the questionable validity of the lunar lunacy effect, read this February 2009 Scientific American article.

Of course, you are familiar with the werewolf legend — the afflicted were supposed to transform into a werewolf under the influence of the full moon. You may remember this recitation from The Wolfman (1941)

Many a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night.

May become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms, and the autumn moon shines bright.

Did you know that the idea of wolves howling at the moon is actually a myth?  Wolves howl at night, because they are nocturnal, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the moon.  It is just one of their ways of communicating — from territorial signals to mating calls.

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Don’t miss the National Cathedral Gargoyle Tour this Sunday, 2 p.m.

What is more spooky than gargoyles?

The National Cathedral in Washington, DC is offering their last Gargoyle Tour of the year this Sunday, October 24, at 2 p.m.  This tour explores some of the 112 or so whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques that decorate Washington National Cathedral, and includes a slide show followed by an outdoor tour.

Gargoyles, in case you didn’t know, are stone carvings with water spouts that help keep water from running down the walls of a building.  Most are scary looking but the National Cathedral gargoyles also depict real people and animals.  The grotesques don’t carry away water.  Some of the National Cathedral’s more unique gargoyles and grotesques include

  • A Basenji dog (north side of the building)
  • A birdwatcher with binoculars (west side of the building)
  • A donkey (south side of the building)

Look for Darth Vader (a grotesque), as well!

Admission for the tour is $10 per adult; $5 per child (12 and under); or $30 per family. Meet at the 7th floor auditorium, using elevators just inside the Wisconsin Avenue doors. No reservations required. Binoculars recommended. Cameras welcome.

If you can’t make the Gargoyle Tour, you can take a self-guided Gargoyle Tour during Cathedral visiting hours.  Download the PDF self-guided Gargoyle Guide descriptions here.

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Air and Scare this Saturday at Udvar-Hazy (Dulles-area)

Get the kids together for some early indoor trick or treating this Saturday.  There will also be face painting, free screening of “The Jetsons,” robotic demonstrations, space aliens, astronauts, and ghostly pilots around this Chantilly, Virginia air and space museum (part of the Smithsonian).  Of course, there are also planes and rockets to check out!  Check out this cool video; their website has much more information, as well.

Saturday, October 23

Air and Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission: FREE, but parking is $15.

Chantilly, Virginia

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Boo at the Zoo this weekend

Remember, if you can’t make it to the zoo after dark, you can always go during normal zoo visiting hours and see some of the cool Halloween decorations they put up around the zoo for free 🙂 while you check out the animals.

Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24

12th Annual Boo at the Zoo

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 for Zoo members; $30 for non-members (includes one parking pass)

National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

Trick or treating, Halloween decorations, animal visits and zoo keeper presentations about spiders, bats, owls, and other animals.

P.S. If you can’t make it to the Zoo during the evening, or need to save money, you can often see the Halloween decorations (for free) when you visit the zoo during the day on the day of, or the day after, Boo at the Zoo, during regular visitor hours.  Admission to the Zoo is free; parking is not!

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