All Hallows’ Eve is almost upon us and Northern Virginia has a great line-up of spooky and haunting activities for all. Join in on the family-friendly fun all weekend in locales across the region.
For Dog Owners:
October 30: From 1:00-6:00 PM, primp your pooch for tricks and doggie treats in Old Town Alexandria. The howl-oween merriment starts at the Dog Park on King Street where dogs and their people can pick-up area maps and have their photo taken. Participating stores will offer sales sure to get even your tail wagging! Is your dog a ribbon winning pooch? Put your costumed pup to the test at Jackson 20 restaurant where there will be a Doggie Yappy Hour Costume Competition. Numerous prizes will be awarded and proceeds from the event will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
For Wine Lovers:
October 29-30. Virginia might not have the notoriety of the Napa Valley, but we know wine! As of 2013, the state had a whopping 230 wineries. This year, Halloween festivities are creeping and crawling to some of Fauquier County’s wineries. Visit Three Fox Vineyards and Miracle Valley Vineyard in Delaplane for spook-tacular events including Halloween candy and wine pairing, hot mulled wine tasting, live music, and costume competitions. For more details about these monstrously eerie events, visit the wineries’ websites.
October 31. Old Town Alexandria is the place to be for kid-friendly fun. Children (and their parents) are invited to visit participating businesses in the Old Town Boutique District between 2:00-6:00 PM for special treats. Costumes are encouraged! The event is free to all. Participating “boo-tiques” will display distinguishing posters in their front windows. Not sure where to start your trick-or-treating? View last year’s map of participating businesses.
For Night Owls and Families:
October 28-29. Visit Great Country Farms in Bluemont to see the night aglow with the spine-chilling flicker of candle light behind the gaping smiles of more than 2,000 carved jack-o-lanterns. The event will be held from 6:00-9:00 PM and will include judging and prizes for the best jack-o-lanterns. Adding to the seasonal magic, marshmallows will be available for roasting over a bonfire. What better way to celebrate the fall harvest season?