You know, at Christmas, who doesn’t love driving around and looking at Christmas lights? But it wasn’t until my son was little that we started driving around to look at the “spooky houses,” as he called them. Now, it’s driving around and looking at the best Halloween decorations is part of our Halloween tradition.
There are two places I highly recommend you visit to get in the Halloween spirit this year, if you haven’t yet already! Both are in Northern Virginia, both are free, and both display the tremendous creativity of their residents.
Enchanted sculptures at The Haunted Half Acre
In Falls Church City (510 East Broad Street, near Seven Corners and across from Dulin Church), art sculptor John Lanouette (@enchantedsculpt) erects the “Haunted Half-Acre” at his family’s home every October. Visitors are welcome to check out his amazing soft sculptures all October long during the day or evening. While there is no parking on Broad Street (Route 7), there is street parking in the neighborhood. This is a lovely place for walk, as well, and the trick or treating in the neighborhood is top notch!
Fantasy Pumpkins: the most amazing jack o’lanterns you’ll ever see!
If you want to see Noel Dickover’s (@NoelDickover) stupendous, carved jack o’lanterns, you’ll have to visit on Halloween night between 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. I think you’ll be glad you did! You might have seen these spectacular jack o’lanterns featured on the news.
We made the trek to the front lawn of his home in Centreville (14223 Hartwood Court) last year, and it made our Halloween! Last year, we saw Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek, Washington Capitals, and other themed jack o’lanterns.