Halloween is less than two weeks away which means it’s time to get out now and celebrate this festive time of year before its gone. Here in Loudoun we’ve got a Halloween experience for just about anyone – kids to adults, fun to frightening. We’ll break them down for you now from tamest to scariest so that you can start planning your Halloween thrills!
Air & Scare (Oct 27) The National Air & Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center’s annual Halloween celebration features a safe indoor environment for trick-or-treating with several Halloween themed activities to keep the family entertained for hours.
Pumpkin Glow Night (Oct 26-27) Over 2,000 jack-o-lanterns will be glowing for Great Country Farm’s annual Pumpkin Glow Night. Bring your jack-o-lanterns to display and enter in their carving competitions or just sit back and enjoy roasting marshmallows over the bonfire while taking in this breathtaking display.
Leesburg Halloween Parade (Oct 31) Hosted since 1957 Leesburg’s Halloween Parade is the longest running Halloween parade east of the Mississippi! The 2011 parade featured over 120 participants passing candy as they parade the one mile route through Historic Downtown Leesburg.
Oatlands Paranormal Tours (Oct 26, 28, 29-31) The mansion at Oatlands plantation has housed many residents during its 200 year history, some of whom may have never truly left. Hear the recordings of ghostly voices captured during paranormal investigations as well as the curator and docents’ accounts of their own other-worldly experiences. Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.
Hauntings Tour (Oct 26-27) Hosted for two days only over Halloween weekend, this tour takes visitors into private homes and businesses to hear the stories of these haunted sites. Historically costumed storytellers relate the history and ghostly tales that “scare you the good old fashion way with the fine art of well-told ghost stories.” Recommended for children 10 years and older.
Terrorville (Oct 19-20, 26-27) Pev’s Paintball allows you to become part of the attraction as the facility is transformed into the biggest Halloween theme park in Northern Virginia. Attractions include a terrifying walk through the monster filled woods, zombie target practice, zombie laser tag shoot (designed for all ages), and the Zombie Rumble. This event also features free family attractions like an outdoor movie and bonfire.
Shocktober (Oct 19-21, 26-28) Built in the 1800s, Paxton Manor is a foreboding Victorian mansion filled with large rooms and dark hallways – a naturally eerie setting that becomes terrifying every October as it is transformed each weekend with a new horrific theme. All of the attractions after 7pm are designed to be interactive, extremely scary, and intense, mostly rated PG-13. On October 27th, Paxton Manor hosts Shocktober-fest, a family friendly event featuring no-scare tours and attractions, a costume contest, concessions, a beer garden, face painting, and more.