Fall is in the air, which means our favorite frightful holiday is just around the corner – hello Halloween! Time to stock up on sugary snacks, carve a grin into your pumpkin and bust a move doing the Monster Mash.
Looking for other ways to celebrate the season? Have no fear, Loudoun County has plenty of events to ensure you have a spine-tingling good time this October. Check out our vast array of Halloween revelry – the scary part will be deciding what to do first!
Terror After Dark Dulles Town Center, Sterling 3 Halloween “haunted houses.” All month long, Thursdays through Sundays. http://www.darkscreams.com/index.html
Halloween Woods Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling Can you face the Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods? Weekends all month long. http://www.halloweenwoods.com
Slashburn Haunted House Station 6, Ashburn
Legend has it that Ashburn got its name when lightning struck an ash tree that burned and smoldered for a week. But was lightning really the cause? When we reveal the other horrors from that sinister night, you’ll have to wonder. This haunt is NOT recommended for the faint of heart, or children under 13 years of age. http://ashburnfirerescue.org/events/#haunted
Hauntings Tour of Historic Leesburg Fri, Oct 23, 2009 – Sat, Oct 24, 2009
Discover "the Real Nightlife of Leesburg"! In its 18th year, this walking tour allows visitors to tour the haunted homes and businesses of Leesburg. “The Hauntings Tour is quite well known -- even nationally so-- because once a year through the generosity of the property owners, we’re able take the tours inside several of the haunted places,” says Peter Kelpinski, Hauntings founder. Advance ticket purchase recommended. http://www.loudounmuseum.org
Pumpkin Glow Night Great Country Farms, Bluemont Fri, Oct 23, 2009 – Sat, Oct 24, 2009
This spectacular display of over 2,500 carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns is simply amazing. The magical moment when we cut the lights will take your breath away! Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to enter in our carving competitions, including "best in glow," "scariest," and "funniest." Jack-o-lanterns are judged in three classes: K-5th grades, 6-8th grades, and adult carvings. Warm yourself by the bonfire and roast some marshmallows. The glow of this unique opportunity to spend an evening in the country with your family will remain with you for a lifetime! Email us if your school would like to join the fun and have a carving day. http://www.greatcountryfarms.com
Farm Attractions Temple Hall Farm Regional Park Corn MAiZE and Barnyard Fun
Come and enjoy the season at this beautiful festive farm! Activities are family fun oriented and include day and night "MAiZEs," delicious food, hayrides, moon bounces, pony rides, cow train, corn cannon, water wars, pick your own pumpkin patch, and so much more! No pets allowed on park grounds. http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/themaize/
10th Annual Pumpkinville Festival Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg
Celebrate the season at the Pumpkinville Fall Festival! Family fun includes a hay maze, giant hill slides, straw tunnels, rope swings, moon bounces, and more. Enjoy all you can eat apples, fresh cider, and pick your own pumpkins. Explore our 21 acres featuring Fort Pumpkin and the Spooky Pirate Ship. Take unlimited hayrides and visit the Leesburg Animal Park to pet & feed friendly, exotic, and domestic animals. Additional weekend activities include camel rides, face & pumpkin painting, mini tractor rides, and more. Expanded refreshment menu available Friday through Sunday. Free weekend entertainment includes nationally renowned comedians, magicians, and puppeteers. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. http://www.LeesburgAnimalPark.com/pumpkinville.htm
16th Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest Great Country Farms, Bluemont
Come visit the largest you-pick pumpkin patch in Northern Virginia and pick a pumpkin right off the vine. Do a little "dino-flossing" with P-Rex the pumpkin munchin' dinosaur and cheer on the swine at the infamous Oinkintucky Derby Pig Races. Zip down the 60' Saddlehorn Slide, swing on the rope swings, and romp in the haybales. Have a close encounter with our farm animals and do a little catch and release fishing with your own pole. Visit our Country Store brimming with honey, fresh cider, baked goods, jams, corn stalks, Belgian Mums, gourds, and apples. The Roosteraunte is open each weekend and Columbus Monday in October with Kettle Corn, BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, apple dumplings, freshly baked pies, and more. http://www.greatcountryfarms.com