Halloween looms.

It’s time to get those pumpkins carved, spooky masks and costumes fitted and candy buckets filled.

This year’s Halloween in Loudoun has more than enough to keep kids and adults entertained and, best of all, you don’t have to wait until October 31st to get in the swing of things.

 

Here are some top picks to celebrate this spooky season in Loudoun:

 

Pumpkin Picking

Halloween originated as a harvest festival and we’re blessed in Loudoun to have plenty of farm fields ripe with pumpkins to harvest. Throughout October Temple Hall Farm Regional Park near Lucketts is hosting a pumpkin patch where children can enjoy not only getting a pumpkin, but also the jumping pillows and playground. Great Country Farms’ Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival is in full flow. Enjoy a wagon ride out into the pumpkin fields, get lost in the corn maze, then return for animal encounters, marshmallow roasting, and freshly made apple cider donuts. Tickets sell fast, so plan ahead! Pick-your-own Wegmeyer Farms is a fruit and veg picker’s paradise. Head to the Hamilton location for socially-distanced pumpkin picking.

 

For the Kids

On Halloween evening, and for three nights leading up to it, Salamander Resort & Spa hosts a socially-distanced Haunted Trail. Ten costumed actors appear on the half-mile decorated walk, although younger kids who scare easily can also do it without the actors. Back at the resort there will be a screening of Scooby Doo's The Headless Horseman of Halloween on the Equestrian Center Lawn. Brambleton Town Center hosts a “Trick-or-Treat” event for little ghosts and goblins on October 25th, 12-2pm. Along with a craft station, balloon artists, and hayrides, there will be free treats galore. On Sunday, October 11, between 1pm-2pm, Kidcreate Studio hosts a Children’s Halloween Art Class at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery. While the little ones decorate, the adults can grab a beer.

 

A Family Affair

Every weekend through Halloween, Summit Ropes will feature Dark Nights and Frightful Heights -a haunted, indoor ropes course that will challenge the entire family with multiple levels for any age.  For an outdoor adventure,  dress the entire family in costumes and running shoes for the Jack O’Lantern Jog at Algonkian Regional Park on October 25th. This 5k run through the park begins at 7 am. The race will occur in two waves to maintain social distancing.  Purchase pumpkins and hot cider after, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

 

For the Adults

Sweet treats are not only for kids. On Sunday, October 18 from 11am-12.30pm The Conche will host a Halloween Chocolate Sculpting Class at Winery 32 outside Leesburg. Make craft, artisanal chocolate into spooky shapes as edible gifts. Want to walk off those calories consumed? Partake in Loudoun Museum’s Hauntings Walking Tours. On the evenings of October 16th and 17th experienced guides take attendees on a stroll through downtown Leesburg, visiting various “spirited” locations and recounting the history and ghostly tales of the town. Tours cost $20 and last 60-75 minutes.

Take in a show at Chefscape, which will host HalloQUEEN- a Divas drag show- on October 31. If you want to get spooked, The Arc of Loudoun’s Shocktober, one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, goes virtual this year. Take a terror-filled, two-hour online tour of the house, or attend online classes on creating creepy home décor and makeup.

 
For a complete list of events, visit our Events Page!

 

Happy haunting!