Pumpkin spice is out in full force, scarecrows wave from mazed cornfields, candy and costumes line the aisles… Halloween is officially here! Time to stock up on cotton cobwebs, carve a grin into your pumpkin and bust a move doing the Monster Mash.
Looking for the most shocking ways to celebrate the spooky season? Have no fear, Loudoun County has plenty of haunting events and seasonal attractions to give you a spine-tingling good time this October. Check out our thrilling array of Halloween revelry — the scary part will be deciding what to do first!
Ready for some PG-13 spooks? Northern Virginia’s only REAL Haunted House is not for the faint of heart. Built in the 1800s, the foreboding Shocktober mansion features more than 100 cast and crew to create the ultimate haunted house experience. Whether you’re looking for fun and unique weekend entertainment or are hunting for just the right Halloween attraction, you won’t want to miss a paranormal night at Shocktober. Are you brave enough to face the horrors around every eerie corner of Carlheim Manor?
Air & Scare
Explore the scary side of space at “Air & Scare,” the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s annual Halloween event on October 26th. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments and other Halloween-themed activities like trick-or-treating among the planes, helicopters and rare aircraft. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit. Fear of flying encouraged!
Loudoun Museum's Hauntings
Discover "the Real Nightlife of Leesburg!" The Loudoun Museum’s 60-75 minute walking tours take guests through historic downtown Leesburg, VA to various “spirited” locations. You’ll be guided to homes & businesses where costumed storytellers will tell ghostly tales of the town. Hear about the widow who fought to keep her house and has never left. (She even helps with the housework.) Beware of the Civil War Colonel who watches over office staff during the day and look out for other spirits that do more than go bump in the night - Boo!
Leesburg Halloween Parade
Hosted since 1957, the Leesburg Halloween Parade is the longest running Halloween parade east of the Mississippi! Join in the Halloween fun at Loudoun's premier Halloween parade on the big day — October 31st. Starting at 6 pm over 100 police, fire, and rescue units, high school marching bands, decorated floats, classic cars, walkers, and more will make their way from Ida Lee Park, through Historic Downtown Leesburg, all the way to Safeway down King Street. Thousands of Halloween lovers along the one-mile route will be entertained and delighted with candy and other Halloween treats!
Loudoun's Largest Halloween Party
Is your version of “trick-or-treating” tasting your way through the LoCo Ale Trail? Then Loudoun’s Largest Halloween Party is your scream come true! Celebrate Halloween with this all-inclusive beer and food festival at The National Conference Center on November 2. More than 25 breweries from the LoCo Ale Trail will be onsite pouring a variety of devilishly delicious beers and Loudoun wine. The National’s Executive Chef will also prepare a gourmet menu of pork sliders with house-made sauces, hot dogs (including vegan dogs), sides of coleslaw and bbq chips. Channel the boogey-man as you boogie to the live DJ, and dress in your Halloween best for the costume contest at 4PM — prizes will be awarded! How’s that for a “Hoppy” Halloween?!
Keep your goosebumps going all weekend long when you book “The Scariest Weekend in Loudoun” stay at The National! Get 2 tickets to Loudoun’s Largest Halloween party, Shocktober and more!