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Celebrate Her-o-ween! Fun events (for everyone) in Northern Virginia on Saturday, October 26

You’ve heard of Galentine’s Day, right? Well, a lot of Halloween fun is happening this Saturday, October 26 all over Northern Virginia.

I think we should call this day “Her-o-ween.”

Her-o-ween is the chance to go out with your squad on the most fun day before Halloween occurs and make some memories. With combined efforts, your costumes, makeup and hair are going to be fabulous. Instagram-worthy.

And if you don’t want to celebrate with your gal pals, here are some family-friendly events, as well.

Check out these fun events happening in Northern Virginia on Saturday, October 26. For even MORE events on October 26 and other days, check out my full Halloween month calendar.
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10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Family-friendly event! Pumpkin Palooza festival in Herndon.

10:30 a.m. – Halloween Spook-a-Sana Yoga and after-class beer at New District Brewing Company in Arlington. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.
11 a.m. – 1 pm. Family-friendly event! Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween mall-wide trick or treating, magic show and crafts.

12 Noon – 6 p.m. The First Annual Witches’ Market and Healer’s Open House takes place at Samskara Yoga in Sterling.

12 Noon – Spoons, Toons and Booze comedy show at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Enjoy Halloween episodes of throwback cartoons and an all-you-can-eat cereal bar.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Halloween Zumba-thon at Daventry Community Center in Springfield. $20; includes water and healthy snacks.
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4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Family-friendly event! Olde Towne Winchester Halloween Faire with screening of Hocus Pocus at 7 p.m.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Family-friendly event! Sensory-friendly. Arctoberfest Halloween Extravaganza at the Columbus Club in Arlington. Sponsored by the ARC of Northern Virginia, this is an all-ages event for people with and without disabilities. $25.

7:30 pm – 10 p.m. – Cox Farms Fields of Fear in Centreville. Advance purchase of tickets recommended.

8:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Jimmy’s of Old Town 23rd Annual Halloween Bash and costume contest in Herndon. DJ and no cover.

12 midnight – Rocky Horror Picture Show at University Mall Theatres in Fairfax, $6.

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Fun stuff to do this weekend in NoVa Oct. 25 – 27

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Friday, October 25

  • Cox Farms Fall Festival. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $11.
  • DIY Candy Jar Workshop (adults). 11:30 a.m. Reston Regional Library. Reston. (free, but advance registration is required and opens October 11).
  • Herndon Spooktacular (kids ages 3 – 8 and their parents/guardians). Magic show, treats and more. Herndon Community Center, Herndon. $15 at the door.
  • Ghost and Graveyard Tour. 7:30 p.m. Old Town Alexandria, $15.
  • Fields of Fear. 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cox Farms, Centreville. $20 – $35.
  • Jack’s Pumpkin Glow jack o’lantern outdoor display. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. $23.

Saturday, October 26


Sunday, October 27

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Plans tonight? Three spooky options

Make plans to attend one of these tonight!

The 73rd Annual Vienna Halloween Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. Maple Avenue/Route 123 and surrounding streets will be closed no later than 6 pm, so plan to arrive in the Town of Vienna early before 5 pm. You can find parking at the Vienna Community Center and surrounding areas, and maybe catch an early dinner before the parade begins. I saw it for the first time last year, and I really enjoyed it. There were some impressive floats.

If crowds and parades aren’t your thing, maybe you’d rather go to the Frankenparty at Tysons-Pimmit Public Library at 7 pm. It’s a celebration of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, and there will be cake!

Looking for a more sophisticated option? Visit the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for the lecture, “Ghosts and Spirits in Buddhist Art and Literature” with George Mason Art History professor and author Robert DeCaroli at 6 pm.

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Prepare to be amazed by these Halloween displays

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.

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Fun stuff to do this weekend in NoVa Oct. 18 – 20

Friday, October 18

 


Saturday, October 19

 


Sunday, October 20

  • Farm Harvest Days and Fall Carnival. Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon.
  • Cox Farms Fall Festival. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Centreville, $20.
  • Ghost and Graveyard Tour. 7:30 p.m. Old Town Alexandria, $15.
  • Jack’s Pumpkin Glow jack o’lantern outdoor display. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. $23.
  • Fields of Fear.  7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cox Farms, Centreville. $20 – $35.
  • Halloween Spooktacular concert and instrument “petting zoo.” All ages and sensory friendly. 2 p.m. Kennedy Center. Tickets: $15 – $18.

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Fun stuff to do in NoVa this weekend Oct. 11 – 13

Friday, October 11

 


Saturday, October 12

  • Cox Farms Fall Festival, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., $20
  • Ghost and Graveyard Tour. 7:30 p.m. Old Town Alexandria, $15.
  • Fields of Fear.  7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cox Farms, Centreville. $20 – $35.
  • Jack’s Pumpkin Glow jack o’lantern outdoor display. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. $23.
  • City of Fairfax Fall Festival. 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Old Town Fairfax.
  • Scarecrow Making Workshop. 12 noon – 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Great Falls. $6 per scarecrow. (Bring pants, shirt, pantyhose and register in advance.)

 


Sunday, October 13

  • Farm Harvest Days and Fall Carnival. Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon.
  • Cox Farms Fall Festival. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Centreville, $20.
  • Ghost and Graveyard Tour. 7:30 p.m. Old Town Alexandria, $15.
  • Jack’s Pumpkin Glow jack o’lantern outdoor display. Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. $23.
  • Fields of Fear.  7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cox Farms, Centreville. $20 – $35.
  • Clifton Day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Market, live music, children’s activities and lots of good food. Town of Clifton
  • Scarecrow Making Workshop. 12 noon – 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Great Falls. $6 per scarecrow. (Bring pants, shirt, pantyhose and register in advance.)
  • Tonight is the full moon, also known at The Hunter’s Moon.
  • Full Moon Wagon Ride. 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. Frying Pan Park. $10. Register in advance.

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Fun stuff to do this weekend in NoVa Oct. 4 – 6

Friday, October 4


Saturday, October 5


Sunday, October 6

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Fun stuff to do this weekend in NoVa Sept. 27 – 29

Saturday, September 28


Sunday, September 29

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Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn Festival

Have you heard of the Mid-Autumn Festival? In Asian cultures, this holiday is second only to the Lunar New Year.

It is a harvest festival, much like the American holiday, Thanksgiving. During this festival, families travel and gather together for a special meal. But instead of a turkey, the main feature of the festival is the moon cake.

Moon cakes are made of many different kinds of ingredients, but the most traditional one have bean paste and an egg yolk baked inside. They are delicious, sweet and rich. One tradition is to divide the moon cake for as many family members as you have, and to eat it with tea. Another is to put out a moon cake, fruit and other foods on an outdoor table or altar for the Moon Goddess.

The characters you see on stamped on the crust of Moon Cakes often indicate the bakery where it was made. You can buy them at most Asian supermarkets and bakeries this time of year.

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Plan Your Fall with These Northern Virginia Events

Fall is my favorite season. So many things are happening in the Northern Virginia area. Check out my listings for 2019 fall events and for 2019 Halloween events in case you see something you would like to add to your calendar.

All events are free, unless otherwise indicated.

Some highlights of my fall include

  • Checking out the many unusual varieties of pumpkins at Merrifield Garden Center.
  • Stopping by The Apple House in Linden for an apple cider donut on the way to see the mountain views on Skyline Drive.
  • Watching the golden yellow Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies flit about (they are Virginia’s state insect!)
  • Buying a traditional Vietnamese Moon Cake at Eden Center in Falls Church before the Mid-Autumn Festival.
  • Petting the friendly goats at Cox Farms’ Fall Festival.
  • Cheering on the floats and performers at The Town of Vienna Halloween Parade.

What is your favorite thing to do in fall?

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