Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings
Saturday, October 16
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: $8; must be reserved and paid in advance by Wednesday, October 13. Register online here.
Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA
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. Prepaid reservations required by 10/13.
Thursday, October 21
30-minute rides at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Frying Pan Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA
Take a Halloween themed wagon ride through the park followed by a treat! Also occurs on Friday, October 22, Tuesday, October 26, Wednesday, October 27, and Thursday, October 28.
Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24
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!
Saturday, October 23
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: FREE, but parking is $15.
Indoor trick or treating, face painting, free screening of “The Jetsons,” robotic demonstrations, space aliens, astronauts, and ghostly pilots. Check out this cool video; their website has much more information, as well.
Sunday, October 24
Admission: $10 per adult; $5 per child; $30 per family
Meet at the 7th floor auditorium, using elevators just inside the Wisconsin Avenue doors, to view gargoyles and grotesques. No reservations required. Binoculars recommended. Cameras welcome.
Wednesday, October 27
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
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. Expect traffic delays, road closures, and detours. Check the website for parking suggestions.
Friday, October 29 (matinee and evening performances through November 7)
Tickets: $8 children, students and seniors; $10 everybody else
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington, VA
This play features child actors! Synopsis: The students at Hoover High and Jenkins High School decide that professor Jarvis Stitch’s creepy manor is the perfect place for a fundraiser. At first it looks as if one group is rattling chains to scare the other. But wait! There’s more hair-raising than fundraising in store when they realize that a mysterious third party is doing the scaring! Click here for show times and dates.
Saturday, October 30
6 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.
Falls Church City Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA
For babies and children through the grade 6. Carnival games, moon bounce, face painting, crafts, haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature.
Sunday, October 31st Happy Halloween!
Concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Come up to 90 minutes before to see the instruments and trick or treat.
Tickets: $15 and $18.
For ages five and older. Dress in costume for pre-concert trick-or-treating (. Conductor Brett Mitchell and the NSO will be wearing their own trick-or-treat outfits as they perform Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, John Williams’s Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and music from other scary tales.