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Falloween in Clarendon this Saturday; get out your cameras!


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From 10 a.m to 2 p.m., the Market Common Clarendon (you know the shops in Arlington with Crate and Barrel, the Apple Store, Pottery Barn, etc.). will offer day time trick or treating at local shops (that is a really good idea, especially if you have little ones) and a children’s costume parade. Fun way to spend the early part of your Saturday! Also promised: a petting zoo and face painting.  Admission is free, of course.

Market Common Clarendon
2800 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 20190


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Vienna Halloween Parade Tonight!

As they have done for more than 60 years, Vienna closes down the main drag and puts on quite a party!  Everyone is invited to come in costume and parade.  This is a very popular, annual event, with 35,000 spectators (!).  I have managed to miss it EVERY year, so I don’t have any insider tips to share, unfortunately.  This year, I’m going, however, and I hope I see you there, too.  Here’s the bad news: you know traffic in Vienna and Tysons Corner during the week is awful at best.  Now this.  Expect traffic delays, road closures, and detours. Check the website for parking suggestions.  If it were me, I would go as early as possible, maybe even take a bus or metro (although that’s a pretty long schelp), or park somewhere and catch an early dinner in town.

If your kids want to march, be sure to assemble by 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank.

64th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade

7 p.m. – about 8:30 p.m. (Costumed kids gather at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank)

This is a FREE event.

Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Brand Road to Center Street, Vienna, VA

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Air and Scare this Saturday at Udvar-Hazy (Dulles-area)

Get the kids together for some early indoor trick or treating this Saturday.  There will also be face painting, free screening of “The Jetsons,” robotic demonstrations, space aliens, astronauts, and ghostly pilots around this Chantilly, Virginia air and space museum (part of the Smithsonian).  Of course, there are also planes and rockets to check out!  Check out this cool video; their website has much more information, as well.

Saturday, October 23

Air and Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission: FREE, but parking is $15.

Chantilly, Virginia

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Boo at the Zoo this weekend

Remember, if you can’t make it to the zoo after dark, you can always go during normal zoo visiting hours and see some of the cool Halloween decorations they put up around the zoo for free 🙂 while you check out the animals.

Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24

12th Annual Boo at the Zoo

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $20 for Zoo members; $30 for non-members (includes one parking pass)

National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

Trick or treating, Halloween decorations, animal visits and zoo keeper presentations about spiders, bats, owls, and other animals.

P.S. If you can’t make it to the Zoo during the evening, or need to save money, you can often see the Halloween decorations (for free) when you visit the zoo during the day on the day of, or the day after, Boo at the Zoo, during regular visitor hours.  Admission to the Zoo is free; parking is not!

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Visit Graves Mountain Lodge for the Apple Harvest Festival this weekend

This is a beautiful time of year to visit Graves Mountain Lodge, a mountain resort in Syria, Virginia, and this weekend is the perfect time to go.  There is a farm to explore, bluegrass music, cloggers, and more.  Enjoy an open-air lunch of brunswick stew, cornbread, and apple cider, or select hamburgers or hotdogs.  They cook apple butter over an open fire.  A full, country lunch is also available in the Lodge (reservations recommended).  The best cooking ever!  For an additional fee, pick apples or ride horses.

Overnight accommodations may be available; call first, though.

Graves Mountain Lodge Apple Harvest Festival in Syria

Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10 AND Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 17

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free, parking is also free

205 Graves’ Mountain Lane, Route 670, Syria, VA

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Cox Farms Opens Today!!

Photo by Christine Krisza

If you have active children (or you are a kid yourself), you must not miss a fall day at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia.  I am sad that my son now says he is too old for it; I still love it.

Cox Farms offer the most fun hayrides EVER, including aliens and fun “getting stuck” in the mud.  And you can ride as often as you want!

There are also hay bales to climb on, frisky goats to feed, and musical performers (often bluegrass and kid folk rock, e.g. Raffi songs).  Don’t forget sunscreen.  Watch a cow getting milked!

Hot dogs and hamburgers are for sale, as well as pies, kettle corn, preserves, apple cider, mums, and pumpkins.  Admission includes a free, small pumpkin.

Cox Farms can get super-crowded on the weekends, but the place is huge, so there is always something to do. Just expect to wait in line for a hayride. During the week, they are often mobbed in the morning by school groups, and that is also when some of the best programming is offered.  But if you want the place to yourselves, you can always visit late in the day during the week.

Aliens and hayrides: never gets old!

September 25 – November 7

Cox Farms Fall Festival

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: $9 during the week; $15 weekends and Columbus Day

15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia (703) 830-4121

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