Leesburg Halloween Parade. Photo courtesy of Kona Gallagher

Leesburg Halloween Parade. Photo courtesy of Kona Gallagher

As a kid, there are few holidays better than Halloween, and Loudoun has some great Halloween experiences for kids. From a parade in Leesburg, to a huge air and space museum turned spooky spaceport, Loudoun on Halloween won’t disappoint.

On Saturday, October 23, head to the National Air and Space Museum Steve F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles for Air & Scare! This kid-friendly event will keep children enthralled for hours. Costumes are encouraged, for both parents and kids, and provides a safe indoor trick-or-treating experience. You can also participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors will love the Tot Zone, where they can play dress-up and hear a story. Don’t forget to stop by the face painting station or pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars character! The event runs from 2-8pm. There is FREE admission, but parking $15 until 7pm.

On Saturday, October 30, head to Loudoun’s smallest town, Hillsboro, to the Old Stone School’s Haunted Schoolhouse. The school is “haunted” by the Loudoun Valley High School Drama Club and the Hillsboro Community Association…and whatever else might be lurking inside! Ghostly students will guide our brave guests (with parents please) through a tour of the “haunted” schoolhouse where you'll experience eerily twisted rhymes and fairy tales. The event runs from 6-9pm and the suggested age is 8 and up. Tickets are $5 per person and $3 for children 12 and younger.

On Halloween evening, October 31, head to Leesburg’s historic district for the Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade. Marking its 54th year, and one of the oldest and longest running parades in the country, the Leesburg Halloween Parade features over 200 bands, police, fire and rescue units, walking units, floats, animals, and more. The parade begins at 6pm and runs from Ida Lee Park down King Street to Safeway. Be sure to have your treat bag ready as this parade is well known for being great for treats!

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