This month is full of exciting Halloween events in Reston and the DC area. Here is our huge list of activities for kids, teens, adults, and even dogs!
RESTON HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Stay close to home for these family-friendly Halloween celebrations.
Reston Community Center’s Halloween Family Fun Day
Oct 18, RCC Hunters Woods, Reston
Children age 8 and under can dress in their costumes and enjoy live music and carnival games.
Reston Zoo Boo
Oct 18-19, Reston Zoo
Activities for young children include trick-or-treating, a Creepy Crawly Critter Touch Station, a maze, face painting, and a pumpkin picking tractor ride.
Pumpkins in the Park Festival
Oct 19, Lake Fairfax Park, Reston
Bring the whole family for burlap sack races, carousel rides, a puppet show, and more.
Halloween House Trick-or-Treat Trail
Oct 24-25, Walker Nature Center, Reston
Take the family for a non-scary walk along a forest trail and meet a cast of friendly characters. Tickets are already sold out, so look out for this event next year if you missed your chance this time around.
Trick or Treat at Reston Town Center
Oct 25, Reston Town Center
Children can dress in their costumes and enjoy safe, daytime trick-or-treating at participating stores. Look for the identifying pumpkin flyer in the store windows.
Halloween Story Time
Oct 29, Reston Regional Library
Wear your costume to the library for free family fun.
Howl-o-Ween at Lake Anne
Oct 31, Lake Anne Plaza, Reston
Take your dog, cat, or other animal friend to Lake Anne for a Halloween evening of costume contests, treats, and yappy hour.
OTHER NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND DC-AREA HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Venture a bit further out of town for these family-friendly celebrations.
Oct 24, Herndon
This event for kids age 3-8 includes a magic show, games, crafts, and a bag of treats.
Air and Scare
Oct 25, Udvar-Hazy Center
This branch of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum offers safe, indoor trick-or-treating, spooky science experiments, and photo opps with Star Wars characters.
Blood and Guts Run
Oct 25, Centreville
Fight your way through a 5K obstacle course as zombies chase you and try to shoot you with blood-filled water guns.
City of Falls Church Halloween Carnival
Oct 25, Falls Church
Young children and elementary school-aged kids will enjoy this carnival’s games, moon bounce, haunted house, and reptile show.
Dog Costume Contest / Goblin Golf / Lakeside Bonfire
Oct 25, Lake Accotink Park, Springfield
Lake Accotink hosts a day full of Halloween events for your family and dog, including glow-in-the-dark golf and spooky carousel rides.
Clifton Haunted Trail
Oct 25, Clifton
Take a spooky hike along this haunted trail. Kids under 10 are welcome, but this tour may be too intense for some children.
Del Ray Halloween Parade
Oct 26, Alexandria
Show off your kids and dogs in their costumes in this annual tradition. There will be prizes for costumes and stroller decorations.
Halloween Whodunnit NSO Family Concert
Oct 26, Kennedy Center
Bring your kids and dress in your costumes for a wacky, musical mystery show. Come early for trick-or-treating and a musical instrument “petting zoo.”
Vienna Halloween Parade
Oct 29, Vienna
This large parade includes floats, bands, performers, and antique vehicles. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Music and Theatre thru the Decades.”
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Oct 31, Alexandria
Take your kids trick-or-treating at George Washington’s home, with scavenger hunts, wagon rides, and colonial games and demonstrations.
Great Falls Spooktacular
Oct 31, Great Falls
This free event for children and families includes trick-or-treating, a haunted house, and a pet parade.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND DC-AREA HAUNTED HOUSES
These DC-area haunted houses are not for children or the faint of heart! These events are for teens and adults only.
Markoff’s Haunted Forest
Oct 3-Nov 1, Dickerson, MD
This impressively horrifying outdoor adventure is a personal favorite. Convincing actors will scare you along a haunted trail, zip line, canopy tour, or hay ride.
Fields of Fear at Cox Farms
Sept 26-Nov 2, Centreville
This fall festival transforms into a nighttime scare fest, with a haunted hayride, bonfires, and the Cornnightmare Maze.
Gravensteen Haunted Productions: The Curse of Frau Mueller
Sept 26-Nov 1, Washington D.C.
This huge haunted house uses skilled actors and elaborate sets to create a terrifying experience.
Oct 3-Nov 1, Leesburg
This event offers four haunts in one location: Paxton Manor, the Haunted Well of Souls, the Last Ride, and the Fun Tunnel.
The Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods
Oct 4-Nov 1, Sterling
Take a half-mile forest adventure along the haunted White Trail of Algonkian Regional Park.
Haunted Trail at the Workhouse Arts Center
Oct 24-Nov 1, Lorton
This new attraction leads you through a frightening path through an old prison.
Where are you planning to celebrate Halloween? Let us know in the comments!