The nights are crisp and clear, jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows light up windows and doorsteps, and enormous bags of candy are the first thing you see in every grocery store. It must be Halloween! Putting on costumes, playing silly tricks, and eating your weight in candy – when else are you encouraged to have this much fun? If your kids freak for Halloween, treat them to one of these safe, family-friendly events that are bound to keep moms and dads as entertained as the kids.

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Air & Scare event.

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's Air & Scare event.

Air and Scare Sat Oct 26th Filled with thousands of aviation and space artifacts, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center makes a unique and memorable setting for Halloween fun. All are encouraged to arrive in costume to enjoy safe trick-or-treating throughout the museum. Creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, story telling, simulator rides, face painting, and more means hours of Halloween fun to look forward to. Check out our video for a preview of the event: http://youtu.be/DIlslwgG0Vg

Purcellville Halloween Block Party Sat Oct 26th Head out to Old Town Purcellville to experience Loudoun’s largest Halloween party. The downtown area will be filled with costumed characters, children’s musicians, Halloween games, food vendors, and more.  Take a chance on winning one of many great prizes including over $2000 in cash during the costume contests or in competitions for best horrific scream and howling at the moon.

Leesburg Halloween Parade Thu Oct 31st Experience the oldest Halloween parade in the eastern US. Since 1957 the Leesburg Kiwanis Club’s Halloween Parade has treated spectators to over 200 floats, bands, police, fire and rescue units, walking units, animals, and more. The parade starts at 6pm and travels down King Street in historic downtown Leesburg. Be sure to have your treat bag ready as this parade is well known for being great for treats!