Halloween Events

Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings

Saturday, October 16

Historic All Hallows Eve at Sully Historic Site

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

Hardly Haunted Hayride at Frying Pan Park

30-minute rides at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Admission: $5 for Fairfax County residents; $7 for non-residents. Register online here.

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

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!

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

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

National Cathedral Gargoyle Tour

2 p.m.

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

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

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)

Play: The Best Haunted House Ever (Encore Stage and Studio)

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

Halloween Carnival: Falls Church City

6 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

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!

Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales

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.

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