2019 Halloween Events

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These Halloween events take place in locations in Northern Virginia. Events are free, unless otherwise indicated. Have fun!

Ongoing Events

Cox Farms Fall Festival, Centreville. Daily. $11 – $20.

Fields of Fear 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Weekends. Cox Farms, Centreville. $20 – $35.

Haunted Half Acre outdoor display. 510 East Broad Street, Falls Church City, VA (residence across from Dulin Church). Morning through 10 p.m. Street parking available on Berry Street and environs.

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.


One-Time Events

Saturday, October 5

Great Pumpkin Make-Break craft activity. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Michael’s. (cost of craft pumpkin).


Thursday, October 10

NGA Nights: mystery theme activities; DJ and dancing. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. National Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.


Friday, October 11

New 2019 Halloween first class postage stamps are available for sale at your local post office.


Sunday, October 13

Reston Pumpkin 5K and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash. 8:15 a.m. Reston Town Center. Reston.


Saturday, October 19

Springfield Town Center First Annual Fall Fest. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Springfield Mall. Games, magic show, pumpkin decorating, more.

Kids’ Halloween Scavenger Hunt, 1 p.m., Merrifield Garden Center, Gainesville.

Specialty Tour: Death at the City Tavern. 7 pm – 9 pm. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Old Town Alexandria. $20.


Sunday, October 20

Halloween Spooktacular concert and instrument “petting zoo.” All ages and sensory friendly. 2 p.m. Kennedy Center. Tickets: $15 – $18.


Tuesday, October 22

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs tonight on ABC at 8 p.m.


Wednesday, October 23

72nd Annual Vienna Halloween Parade, 7 pm, Maple Avenue, Vienna.

Frankenparty. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. A celebration of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. Tysons-Pimmit Library.

Ghosts and Spirits in Buddhist Art and Literature. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC.


Friday, October 25

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.


Saturday, October 26

Kids’ Halloween Scavenger Hunt 10 a.m. Merrifield Garden Center, Merrifield.

Pumpkin Palooza festival   10 a.m. – 1 pm., Herndon.

Halloween Spook-a-Sana Yoga and after-class beer at New District Brewing Company, 10:30 a.m. Arlington. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Lecture and Candy Tasting “Sweet as Sin.” 11 a.m. Alexandria Black History Museum. Alexandria. $15.

 Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween mall-wide trick or treating, magic show and crafts. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sterling.

Bier-o-Ween Festival at Tysons Biergarten 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Tysons Corner

Smithsonian Air and Scare at Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Chantilly. Free, but parking is $15. This is a very popular event, so do expect crowds.

The First Annual Witches’ Market and Healer’s Open House at Samskara Yoga 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sterling.

Spoons, Toons and Booze comedy show (21 and older) 12 noon. Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Enjoy Halloween episodes of throwback cartoons and an all-you-can-eat cereal bar.

Halloween Zumba-thon 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Daventry Community Center in Springfield. $20; includes water and healthy snacks.

Falls Church Halloween Carnival for young children. Babies through Kindergarten attend from 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Children in first through fifth grades attend from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Moonbounce, games, puppet show and more. $2 per child.

Reston Community Center Halloween Family Fun Day for children up to 8 years old and their parents or guardians. Games, puppet show, and more.

Historic All Hallows Eve. 4 pm. Tour of the house and grounds by lantern light. Story telling, fortune telling, fall foods, and 18th and 19th century traditions. Sully Historic Site. Chantilly. $10.

Olde Towne Winchester Halloween Faire 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. with screening of Hocus Pocus at 7 p.m.

Arctoberfest Halloween Extravaganza 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Columbus Club in Arlington. Sponsored by the ARC of Northern Virginia, this is an all-ages event for people with and without disabilities. $25.

Clifton Haunted Trail. 7 p.m – 9:30 p.m. Town of Clifton. $15 in advance only.

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

Halloween Party ad costume contest with “The Legwarmers” 80s tribute band. 21 and older. State Theater. Falls Church. $20.

Los Espookys HBO TV comedy show. 10:30 p.m. Lincoln Theater. Washington, DC. $25

Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight screening at University Mall Theatres in Fairfax, $6.


Sunday, October 27

Spoons, Toons and Booze Halloween Cartoon Brunch (21 and older). 12 noon. Arlington Cinema and Draft House. Arlington. $15 (also on October 26).

Kid’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt 1 p.m., Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks.

Witchy Women, Program and Tea. 1 p.m. Historic Green Spring. Alexandria. $36.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs tonight on ABC.


Monday, October 28

Spooky Stories in the Park. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Old Town Square, Fairfax.

Day of the Dead “Ofrenda” exhibit, through November 2. Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th St. NW, Washington, DC.


Tuesday, October 29

Halloween Trivia: compete in teams of 3 – 5 people. 6:30 pm. Reston Public Library, Reston.


Wednesday, October 30

Fancy Pumpkin Painting. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fairfax Regional Library.

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelley. 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Historic Huntley at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $22. Register in advance.


Thursday, October 31 Happy Halloween!

$4 Boo-ritos, tacos and salads at Chipotle if you visit in costume. Baskin-Robbins is treating you to $1.50 ice cream cones.

The Mammal Collection’s Spookiest Specimens. 1 pm. Natural History Museum. Washington, DC.

Puddles Pity Party and Halloween Costume Contest. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theater, Washington, DC. $40

Incredible carved jack-o-lantern display by Noel Dickover, Halloween night only in his yard: 14223 Hartwood Court, Centreville, VA 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.


Thanks for visiting my fall seasonal blog, Autumn in Virginia. Please visit my winter seasonal blog, Cool Yule for events and articles related to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

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