Halloween in Fairfax County

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Halloween in Fairfax County

Start planning your Fairfax County trip now to be here to take part in all the festivities happening for Halloween. Whether you're looking to be scared silly or just have some good old-fashioned family fun this year, check the events below to find your perfect activity. And beware, you never know what could turn up amongst these hallowed grounds.



Featured Events

Blood and Guts Run

Oct 25, Bull Run Regional Park

Address: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA
Times: 9am - 2pm
Admission: $79
Participants will trudge through a 5k (approximately) obstacle course while dodging a horde of zombies. The zombies will shoot runners with blood-filled water guns throughout the run. The obstacles are low to moderate risk and are designed for runners of all ages and ability levels. Runners are encouraged to wear a costume or white shirt. There will be prizes for wildest individual, couple, and team costumes. Prizes will also be awarded for bloodiest and muddiest runners. Runners will have access to live music and a DJ dance party. See you at the start line! OBSTACLES Walls of death, tire gauntlet, bloody steeplechase, mudslide, blood and guts pit, pumpkin guts pit, blood-filled foam, and 200+ zombies!!! PRIZES Runners will receive a custom made Blood and Guts Run medal and t-shirt when they cross the finish line! GIVING BACK A portion of the profits from the Blood and Guts Run will benefit Susan G. Komen of Virginia and Maryland. For more information please visit www.bloodandgutsrun.com.

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One-Day Events

Fields of Fear

Sep 26 - Nov 1, Cox Farms

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 7:30-11pm
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Cox Farms' Fields of Fear™ is the haunted night-time destination you and your friends have been looking for! When darkness falls on the farm... our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring: Dark Side Hayride's Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant Torchlit Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™ walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! Also enjoy Food & Snacks, Games & Prizes, Haunt Gear & Shopping, and Entertainment. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). ADMISSION TICKETS STRICTLY LIMITED! Last admission at 10pm Come alone or in a group. Buy your tickets online or same-day at the door. Not Recommended for children under 12 years old. All under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+). Proof of age required. See www.fieldsoffear.com for more details

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Cox Farms Fall Festival

Sep 27 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10am-6pm (5pm in November)
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Northern Virginia's largest & most famous Fall Festival! Washington Post Editor's Choice: Cox Farms is "the Big Kahuna of farms with fall festivities in northern Virginia." Northern Virginia Magazine Award: 2009 Best of Nova Award 'Family Friendly Event'. We are celebrating more than 40 years of business for Cox Farms - join the fun and new additions! 5 giant slides, famous hayrides, rope swings, farm animals & their babies, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, farm chores, kiddie zone, apples & cider, food, entertainment, over 90 acres of fun! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. 

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Cabaret Series: Macabre! performed live

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 8:00pm and 1:00pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: $30
Every good story has a wicked villain, and they usually have the best songs in the show! This month the Workhouse Cabaret welcomes a talented cadre of voices to tackle some of the infamy with a good dose of laughter! A live accompanist leads the cast through the darker side of Broadway's music and characters. Ticket price includes planche campagnarde. Macabre! will be performed Oct 4th at 8:00pm and Oct 5th at 1:00pm. For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/cabaret-series-cabaret-macabre

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Halloween Wagon Rides

Oct 4 - Oct 5, Frying Pan Farm Park

Recurring daily
Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
Admission: $8
Our Halloween Wagon rides feature a narrated wagon ride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills,chills,and adventures. Many fright sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles! You will complete your journey with s'mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights, blankets and dress for the weather.Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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Superintendent's Revenge Tournament 2014

Oct 10, Twin Lakes Golf Course

Address: 6201 Union Mill Rd, Clifton, VA
Times: 10am
Phone: (703) 631-9099
Admission: $160/team
Nightmarish layout, frightening pin placements, ghoulish food & spooky prizes! 2 person scramble. Rain date is Oct 17th. Register in the pro shop or call 703-631-9099.

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Family Halloween Party

Oct 18, Vienna Community Center

Address: 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA
Times: 2pm - 3pm
Phone: (703) 255-6360
Admission: FREE
Stop by the Vienna Community Center for a hauntingly good time at our annual Family Halloween Party. There will be festive games and prizes, Halloween crafts, a hayride, storytelling and plenty of fun for all. The party will be held in front of the Community Center (in the event of rain it will be held in the gymnasium.) Make sure to wear your costume! Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Vienna and the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department. No registration is required

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Halloween Family Fun Day

Oct 18, RCC Hunters Woods - The CenterStage

Address: 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA
Times: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact: Debbie Heron
Phone: (703) 390-6163
Admission: FREE
Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. Peter McCory, a famed one-man band, will put children in the Halloween spirit at 12:15 p.m., followed by a wonderful performance at 1:15 p.m. by Bob Brown’s Puppets in Monster Madness. Little ghosts and goblins up to the age of 8 will try their skill at winning candy and prizes when they play carnival games. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian, age 18 or older.

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Historic All Hallows Eve

Oct 18, Sully Historic Site

Address: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
Times: 4pm
Admission: $10
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light.

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Oct 23, Frying Pan Farm Park

Address: 2309 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Times: 6-8pm
Contact: Frying Pan Farm Park
Phone: (703) 437-4101
Admission: $10/child Reservations required.
(3-8 years) Come to the Indoor Arena Barn dressed in your favorite costume anytime between 6 and 8 pm. Enjoy fun, games, and a wagon ride. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. Reservations required.

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Boo at the Zoo

Oct 24 - Oct 26, National Zoo

Recurring daily
Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Phone: (202) 633-2922
Admission: $20 members, $30 non-members (plus small parking fee)

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don't forget your costume!

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Bradley Farm Haunted House

Oct 24 - Oct 25, Bradley Farm Barn

Recurring daily
Address: 13159 New Parkland Drive, Herndon, VA
Times: Fri & Sat 6-10pm (Kids Haunt Sat 1-5pm)
Admission: $5

Be warned ... we will terrify you from the moment you arrive!

Bradley Farm Haunted House is a Halloween destination appropriate for the entire family! There are no gross-out gory haunts. And there is a special kids haunt with a milder scare and lots of kids activities on Saturday from 1-5pm.  Rain or shine. All proceeds benefits Herndon-Reston FISH.

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Halloween Costume Party and Late Evening of Mild Fright

Oct 24, Club Phoenix Teen Center

Address: 120 Cherry St, SE, Vienna, VA
Times: 3:30pm - 10pm
Phone: (703) 255-5736
Snakes, bats and witches galore. Let's see what this Halloween has in store! Come in your best costume to enjoy the food, games, and costume contest that we have planned. Pizza will be served for dinner and change into your cozy pair of pajamas for an evening of age appropriate Halloween movies. All grades (6th-8th) can stay until 10pm. 

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Oct 24, Herndon Community Center

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 787-7300
Admission: $8 advance, $11 day of
Enjoy ghoulish games, a spooky craft and a children's show.  Fee covers all activities, show and a treat bag. Get more boo for your buck and register early; parents must accompany children at the event. 

Children's show is MAGIC of SPEED
The High Energy Magic of Speed is one of the east coast's premiere magic acts. Speed is the hyperactive, fast talking slick magician, while Curl is the fun loving, bubbly stage assistant. This combination leads to a fun, exciting and mystifying illusionist team!

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Workhouse Arts Center Haunted Trail

Oct 24 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring daily
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 7pm - 10pm
Contact: Workhouse Arts Center
Phone: (703) 584-2900
Admission: Evening trail, $10; Daytime trail, $5
As part of its "31 Nights of Frights," the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA invites visitors to its terrifying, spine-chilling Haunted Trail Oct. 24-Nov. 1. During an exclusive event for six hair-raising nights only, visitors can walk the Haunted Trail with friends and family. Visitors will experience the macabre outdoor scenes in the lesser traveled areas of the historic prison campus and enjoy special effects, live scare actors and a nightmarish, immersive storyline about a growing horde of infected drones. Admission to the evening trail is $10 per person; daytime/family tours are $5 per person. All proceeds go to support the Workhouse Arts Center programs. The paved, outdoor trail takes 30 minutes to complete and may not be appropriate for everyone. This event will be scary and is recommended for ages 13 and older.

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Air & Scare

Oct 25, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, Virginia
Times: 2pm - 7pm
Contact: Visitor Services
Phone: (703) 572-4118
Admission: Free, Parking $15
See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Join us for creepy crafts and activities with a spooky twist including Ghost Blasters, Trick or Trajectory Rocket Launch, spooky science Discovery Stations, Paper Scare Planes, story time, puppet shows, and photo opportunities with costumed characters from some of your favorite space- and ghost-themed movies. Learn about the possibility of aliens in the universe and make your own alien. Visit the Tot zone with the little ones and send the Teens and Tweens to activities just for them. Don't forget to wear your costume, and come prepared for some awesome trick-or-treating!

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Clifton Haunted Trail

Oct 25, Town of Clifton

Address: Chapel Road, Clifton, VA
Times: 7pm - 10pm
Admission: Adults, $15; Children under 12, $10
We are proud to announce the return of this terrifying annual event that winds through Clifton's 8 Acre Park. Parents should accompany children along the Trail. NO flashlights allowed in the park. Arrive early since this popular event tends to get crowded during the later hours. Hardy shoes are recommended.

This year, look out for the new Clifton Haunted Trail t-shirts for sale at the concessions stand. Hot apple cider, fresh pizza by Clifton's newest restaurant Villagio's, cookies and snacks will be available for sale. Parking is free of charge and will be available at the Clifton Floodplain, Clifton Elementary School and Clifton House Shops where hayrides will take and pick-up Trail goers to the event.

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Halloween at Gunston Hall

Oct 25, Gunston Hall

Address: 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA
Times: 4pm - 7pm
Phone: (703) 550-9220
Admission: Regular admission.
A family friendly event with story tellers, pumpkin painting, treats, face painting, Burying Ground tours by lantern, and more!

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Trick or Treating at Reston Town Center

Oct 25, Reston Town Center

Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA
Times: 11am - 4pm
Start your trick-or-treating early! The Reston Town Center invites you to hunt for treats and goodies on Sat., 10/25, 11am-4pm. Costumed children visit participating retailers, and the Information Center for treats and goodies. Look for the pumpkin flyer in the window.

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68th Annual Halloween Parade

Oct 29, Town of Vienna

Address: Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA
Times: 7pm
Admission: Free

This year's parade theme is "Celebrating the Tradition of Vienna Girls Sports." 

Each year, the Town recognizes parade winners before a Town Council meeting in November. Judged categories include Youth Band, Float with Music, Youth Performer, Antique/Classic Vehicle, Adult Band, Float without Music and Adult Performer. The public is invited to attend and find out who won in each category!

Kids are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes. No registration is required; meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of United Band, 374 Maple Avenue E. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride

Oct 29, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Address: 5040 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA
Times: 7-8:30pm
Phone: (703) 631-0013
Admission: $10

Halloween has almost arrived, and with the scariest of holidays comes fun-filled events for families, such as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles and Night Ride on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., families are invited to test their courage and challenge their fears and phobias as they meet and touch creepy-crawly creatures in darkened rooms decorated for the season. This campfire program concludes with a wagon ride through a moonlit meadow and s'mores. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is available through Parktakes Online or by calling 703-222-4664. For information, call the park at 703-631-0013.

Participants will venture through two rooms of the old Lawrence home at Middlegate, where they'll feel the skin and shells of a variety of snakes, turtles, and salamanders -- if they dare. With its creaking floors and shadowy, echoing rooms, Middlegate provides a spooky ambience for learning about local reptiles and amphibians. Fun facts will be shared, such as how eastern king snakes eat venomous snakes, how spotted salamanders use poison for protection, and how a snapping turtle can bite while its head is fully retracted in its shell. There is no real danger to participants; however, children under the age of four will not be able to touch the critters.

While riding through the meadow on the 15-minute wagon ride, participants may catch a glimpse of some of the park's nocturnal hunters. A watchful owl may be seen perched in a tree or diving silently toward a mouse in the field. The shining eyes of foxes and coyotes patrolling the perimeter of the forest may be illuminated by the naturalist's flashlight. Who knows what's lurking in the dark? Animal sightings will be discussed around the warm glow of a bonfire while participants roast s'mores and calm their nerves.

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Night of the Living Zoo

Oct 30, National Zoo

Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Admission: $20 FONZ members, $30 non-members, $55 VIP

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

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Halloween Spooktacular

Oct 31, Great Falls Village Center

Address: 776 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA
Times: 5pm - 7pm
Phone: (571) 293-0474

The Haunted House by Great Falls Friends and Neighbors
The Falls Salon's incredible Haunted Forest
Adeler Jewelers will have both a scary and a princess area on their porch
and Listen to the sounds of the Langely High School Band

The Spooktacular was launched over 20 years ago, by members of Great Falls Friends to provide younger children with a central, convenient place in Great Falls to have fun trick or treating. It was because of their initiative that still today we have Great Falls vendors offering candy around the Village Green as well as in the Safeway shopping center at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road.

Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating right in the heart of town.

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Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Oct 31, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA
Times: 3:30pm-6:30pm
Phone: (703) 780-2000
Admission: $10 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets are required for all adults and children to attend this event.

Join the costumed cast of interpreters for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area. A special scavenger hunt is available for our more adventurous guests. All trick-or-treaters are invited to join in the children's costume parade around the Mansion at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best "George" and "Martha" costumes!  Participate in a Halloween craft activity in the greenhouse. 

Special trade demonstrations, like 18th-century wool carding, spinning and fish net making, will take place in the historic area. Listen to Halloween-themed stories in the straw bale amphitheater, enjoy colonial games and dancing demonstrations, and take a wagon ride.

The Mansion and Donald W. Reynolds Museum will not be open for this event. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m.

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Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness

Nov 1 - Nov 2, Cox Farms

Recurring daily
Address: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA
Times: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Phone: (703) 830-4121
Admission: See Website for Details

What happens to pumpkins after Halloween? Pumpkin Madness Days of course! Bring your own used jack o' lantern and experience them getting hurled, smashed, dropped and squished! This is one of the best events of our Fall Festival and a ton of fun.  If you've never been, come and visit us for a smashing twist to our famous Fall Festival!

Last entry at 4PM during Pumpkin Madness days!

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On-Going Events

Halloween Music & Light Show

Oct 1 - Oct 31, Creepy Nights on Calamo

Recurring daily
Address: 7104 Calamo Street, Springfield, Virginia
Times: Sunset through 9:30pm (weeknights); through 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)
Contact: Hauntmasters Chris or Catherine
Phone: (202) 744-8276
Admission: FREE, but any canned or non-perishable food donations will be gratefully accepted to support the food bank for local charity E.C.H.O.
For 2014:

Nightly during October - Back by popular demand - the Halloween Music & Light Show! Details on the light show here. Listen to the speakers out front or on your car radio on FM 91.1.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Friday October 31 7:00-10PM.


We're located on Calamo Street in Springfield Virginia; just south of DC and about a mile from the 395/495/95 "mixing bowl".

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Great Pumpkin Gathering

Oct 16 - Nov 1, Town Square at Tysons II

Recurring daily
Address: 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons Corner, VA
Times: 6pm - 10pm
Follow up a visit to Tysons Harvest Festival with this inspired display. Artisan pumpkin carvers showcase a dazzling display of pumpkin art beyond your wildest imagining. Humorous, beautiful, terrifying, and just plain terrific, the dozens of different faces you'll see are sure to spark your creativity. Your kids are going to love these. Look out, Charlie Brown. These are some truly great pumpkins. Displays change daily. From Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 6 pm to 10 pm.

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Rocky Horror Show

Oct 17 - Nov 1, Workhouse Arts Center

Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
Address: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA
Times: 8pm
Admission: $10 - $15
Presented by Unquiet Theatre Company. Written and composed by Richard O'Brien. Directed by Katy Chmura. Choreographed by Jonathan M. Faircloth.

Innocent Brad and Janet find themselves seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures. Join us for this campy, neo-traditonal Halloween Musical favorite... LIVE on stage! Audience Call-Out Nights are on Saturday performances and our Halloween performance ONLY.

A la carte cash bar, soft drinks and concessions are sold before each performance. Outside food and drink is not permitted.

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