As I sit in my office with the boots and sweater on and drinking my pumpkin spice latte, I can't help but be excited that I'm writing the weekend guide for the first weekend in October! Loudoun is excited about it too. There are many events going on for you to enjoy like heritage festivals, pumpkin villages and haunted houses for the brave souls.

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 11.27.23 AMHillsboro Heritage Days & Gaptoberfest - September 30 & October 1

For three days Hillsboro returns to the Fall of 1916 with historic vignettes, reenactments, displays, food and music. On Friday, head on down to the Speakeasy. In spite of Virginia’s new prohibition law there are reports of drinking and carousing occurring at hidden locations in the area— reportedly requiring secret passwords to enter…. Then on Saturday attend Hillsboro's presidential debate on the Bandstand. Rumors are going around that suffragists are planning a march and prohibitionist advocates will be holding a rally….

Pumpkin Village Fall Fest - Open daily until November 8

Leesburg Animal Park's Pumpkin Village Fall Fest is back! It's the perfect Fall family outing with slides, hay wagon rides, live animals, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, pony rides and even camel rides on the weekend! The festival is open daily so don't miss out on this great event!

Shocktober - Every weekend in OctoberHouse-1024x6800_43da3497-5056-a36a-075a4fc74798127d

Shocktober is a very real haunted house in Leesburg. With documented sightings of old family ghosts and visits from paranormal investigators exploring theManor, there is proof that the house is truly haunted. I'm still having flashbacks to last year! Paxton Manor has been taken over by the malicious Carver family. You can read all about the haunted story here...if you dare. Get your tickets to go through this perfect Fall activity.

As always, make sure to check out our events calendar to stay up-to-date on all things happening in Loudoun. Here are some other great events going on this weekend:

Picturing English Pastimes: National Sporting Library & Museum - Until January 15

Bramble ton Farmers Market - Until October 30

To The Finish Art Exhibit: National Sporting Library & Museum - Until November 27

Food Truck Fridays: Bogati Winery - September 30

Fireside Ghost Stories: Salamander Resort & Spa - September 30

Bramble ton Fall Yard Sale - October 1

25th Hunt Country Antiques Fair - October 1 & 2

Live Music: Two Twisted Posts Winery - October 1

Yin Yoga Workshop: Salamander Resort & Spa - October 1

Live Music: North Gate Vineyard - October 1

Oktoberfest Beer Class: Salamander Resort & Spa - October 1

Wood-Fired Saturday: Bogati Winery - October 1

Pumpkin Carving: Salamander Resort & Spa - October 1

Hangover Brunch: Lost Rhino Retreat - October 2

Loudoun In the Great War - Thomas Balch Library - October 2