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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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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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Happy Alt Halloween – Music for your fears

For your Halloween playlist…with spooky music videos, as well!

You can listen to and watch them all on my YouTube Playlist! For free!

I included some new songs by Billy Eilish, Of Monsters and Men and Avril Lavigne. I dipped into the 80s to pick up some Duran Duran and Depeche Mode. There’s a lot in between. I even included some good songs from bands I’ve never heard of before, like The Haxans.

Here’s a list of the tracks I picked for 2019. Let me know if I left anything great out!

  1. Omen – The Do
  2. Ghost sYMbOL – Zero 7
  3. Roseblood – Mazzy Star
  4. Everyday is Halloween – Ministry
  5. Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  6. Heathens – twenty one pilots
  7. A Little Wicked – Valerie Broussard
  8. The Killing Moon – Echo And The Bunnymen
  9. Disturbia – Rihanna
  10. Let’s Kill Tonight – Panic At The Disco
  11. Don’t Call Me Angel – Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey
  12. Monster – Imagine Dragons
  13. all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish
  14. Evil Eye – Franz Ferdinand (I could not playlist the official video for this because I am squeamish about blood 🙂
  15. I Fell In Love With The Devil – Avril Lavigne
  16. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  17. Hunting For Witches – Bloc Party
  18. Alligator – Of Monsters And Men
  19. Way Down We Go – Kaleo
  20. E.T. – Katy Perry
  21. Blood In The Cut – K. Flay
  22. Devil Inside – INXS
  23. Graveyard – Halsey
  24. Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  25. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  26. Emperor’s New Clothes – Panic! At The Disco
  27. Monster Hospital – Metric
  28. bad guy – Billy Eilish
  29. Bury Me – The Smashing Pumpkins
  30. Season Of The Witch – Lana Del Rey (cover)
  31. In The Woods Somewhere – Hozier
  32. Howl – Florence + The Machine
  33. I Put A Spell On You – Bryan Ferry
  34. bury a friend – Billy Eilish
  35. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hozier
  36. Help I’m Alive – Metric
  37. Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana
  38. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
  39. Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant
  40. My Boy Builds Coffins – Florence + The Machine
  41. Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins
  42. The Ghost in You – The Psychedelic Furs
  43. Waiting For The Night – Depeche Mode
  44. The Wolf – Fever Ray
  45. Keep The Streets Empty For Me – Fever Ray
  46. Werewolf – Cat Power
  47. Call Me When You’re Sober – Evananescence
  48. Strangelove – Depeche Mode
  49. Monster – Paramore
  50. Full Moon Tonight – Silvastone
  51. Set Me On Fire – Flyleaf
  52. Pretty Visitors – Arctic Monkeys
  53. Born To Die – Lana Del Rey
  54. Ghost Town – The Specials
  55. My Immortal – Evanescence
  56. Zombie – The Cranberries
  57. Come Undone – Duran Duran
  58. Cat People – David Bowie
  59. Building A Mystery – Sarah MacLachlan
  60. Theme Song: Charmed – Morrissey
  61. Theme Song: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  62. Ballad For Dead Friends – Dashboard Prophets
  63. Black Cat Bone – The Haxans
  64. Dirty Magic – The Haxans

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New USPS #HalloweenStamps are available today!

Today, the Postal Service will issue four Forever stamps, just in time for Halloween, and they are beauts! They will be officially dedicated at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford, New Hampshire at 5 pm.

The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with Halloween motifs rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. The images include a cat with an arched back beneath a raven perched on a bare tree branch, all against a yellowish-green background; two ghosts against an orange background; a spider and a web against a red background; and three bats against a purple background. Artist Tyler Lang worked with art director and designer Greg Breeding to create these stamps.

I cannot WAIT to stamp my Halloween cards with these! The stamps are available for sale at area post offices (of course) but also online.

So, you must be wondering, are these the first ever Halloween stamps? Well, the answer is no, but you would be right in supposing so because Halloween stamps are not issued every year. In fact, this is only the second issue of Halloween stamps.

The first Halloween stamps were issued in 2016. They featured four grinning jack’o’lanterns and were forever stamps.

However, there have been other spooky stamps. In October 1974, the lovely Sleepy Hollow ten cent stamp was released. You may remember the spectacular Universal Monsters 32 cent stamps from 1997. And who could forget the Disney Villians series? They were issued most recently — in 2017.

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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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