It’s that time of year again - Halloween is about to leap out at us from the shadows. It’s time to carve pumpkins, put on scary costumes and fill those candy buckets.
But beyond pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating, there are other events taking place to celebrate this spooky season.
Here we choose six great Halloween hauntings and happenings in Loudoun both frightening and family friendly.
Loudoun Museum’s largest annual fundraising event takes place on the evenings of October 27 and 28, with funds going to the museum’s community programming. Attendees go on a winding walk through the historic streets and alleyways of downtown Leesburg, guides telling stories of the homes and buildings en route, many said to be haunted by past inhabitants. Among the buildings on the tour: the Presbyterian Church, the Loudoun County Courthouse and the 1811-built Eliza House, named for Eliza Thompson, a woman who bravely fought a 13-year court battle for ownership of the home after her husband was killed in the Civil War.
On October 28, the annual family-friendly Halloween dress up “Air & Scare” will return to the spectacular air and space museum. Kids, parents and even museum staff dress up in costumes and there are scores of fun activities to do including trick-or-treating, creepy crafts and spooky science experiments. Of course, families also get to see the incredible displays and aircraft at the museum including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Take your skates and glide into the Halloween themed skate night at Douglass Community Center on October 28. The hockey rink transforms into a spine-chilling extravaganza with spooky lighting and haunting melodies blasting through the speakers. The night will be filled with spooktacular activities and sightings, warm apple cider and don’t forget the candy!
This family-friendly haunted trail at Salamander Resort & Spa will be open October 26, 27, 28 and 29 for festivities. Along this 0.6 mile trail, actors will play out creepily entertaining scenes. Quick bites and beverages are available, including a s'mores kit! Tickets are on sale at $20 a person, children 3 and under are free.
This creepy haunted attraction in Loudoun is sure to make you scream! Located inside Dulles Town Center, this “funhouse’ attraction features eerie clown performances and mind-bending illusions where every step fills you with suspense. Purchase tickets all October to experience a full night of fright - bring some friends for emotional support and discounted ticket rates.
It’s not Halloween without a haunted house attraction that makes the hair on your legs sprout. Madhaunters Madhouse in Purcellville has been coined as a #1 must-see haunt in Virginia by lovers of scary things. While some haunted houses remain entertaining to the younger crowd, this one is 13 and up due to the intense nature of jump scares and blood curdling screams from actors. If you have a fascination with fright, this is where you want to be this Halloween.
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