by Patch Staff
Halloween 2013 events are all around the region, in Northern Virginia, in Maryland and in Washington, DC.
Here in Vienna, our Halloween Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Registration has already closed for parade floats and groups, but children are welcome to walk in the parade.
Children who would like to walk in the parade should meet at 6:30 pm in the parking lot of Virginia Commerce Bank, 374 Maple Avenue E. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
More in Vienna:
Vienna’s annual Halloween Party for kids ages 4 through 12 will be on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is free. Come in costume! There will be carnival games, crafts and door prizes. The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and Optimist Club of Vienna are the sponsors. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at (703) 255-6360.
There will be a Halloween Costume Party and Late Night Evening of Mild Fright for teenagers on Friday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Club Phoenix Teen Center located in the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE. Admission is Free. Attendees are invited to dress in costume. There will be games, food, a costume contest and an age-appropriate Halloween movies. All grades (6th through 8th) are welcome to stay until 10 p.m. For more information, call (703) 255-5721.
Here are other Halloween 2013 activities, some close to home and some just a short distance away.
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COX FARMS FESTIVAL
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Va. (703) 830-4121
2013 Dates: Through Nov. 5; hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
November 2-3 is Pumpkin Madness Weekend; discounts to public servants Nov. 2-3. More than just a pumpkin patch, with a spaceship, mining sluice and mechanical bull new this year. The festival includes giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals, straw tunnels, apples and cider, food, entertainment Small patch pumpkins for everyone with paid admission.
HEATHER HILL GARDENS
8111 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station, Va. (703) 690-6060
2013 dates: Through October. Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Zip on over to the zip line and be sure to visit the pumpkin fort. Look for a moon bounce and farm animals, too.
26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Va. (703) 327-4424
2013 dates: Through first week of November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
Hay rides and fun, spooky zones, hillside tunnels and a train ride, plus Noah’s Ark, petting animals, swinging bridge, antique tractors, fire pits, and, of course, pumpkins.LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK
19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, Virginia (703) 433-0002
2013 dates: Through Nov. 5, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (5 p.m. after Daylight Savings) All kinds of things for the little ones at this petting zoo. A hay maze, unlimited hayrides, straw mountains, rope swings and more.
George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, Va. (703) 780-2000
2013 dates: Oct. 26 - 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Horse-drawn wagon rides at this huge fall festival but, alas, no pumpkins.BURKE NURSERY AND GARDEN CENTER
9401 Burke Road, Burke, Va. (703) 323-1188
2013 dates: Through Oct. 31. The annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground runs daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Who doesn’t want some clowns to counteract all the ghosts this season — unless, of course, you’re afraid of clowns, too. All kinds of farm animals, magicians, musicians and wagon rides.
15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg, Va. (703) 779-9372.
2013 dates: Through Nov. 5.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
9166 Liberty Mills Road, Somerset, Va. (434) 882-MAZE (6293).
2013 dates: Through Nov. 3
The big-daddy of Virginia corn mazes. Four separate trails range in difficulty and take about 30 minutes for the easiest. Feeling bold? Take 2-3 hours for the most challenging. Picking: flowers, produce, pumpkins or strawberries.
Old Tavern Rd., Just off I-66, Exit 31, The Plains, Va. (540) 456-7339.
2013 dates: Through Nov. 3. Fridays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Corn maze adventure, giant slides, animals and hayrides.
5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Md. (301) 620-9316.
2013 dates: Through Nov. 5.
Part of Summers Farm Adventure which includes a huge jumping pillow, a pumpkin train and — wait for it — pig races!
5225 Catlett Road, Midland, Va. (540) 439-4806.
2013 dates: Weekends through October. Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12:30-8 p.m.
Corn maze, haunted corn maze, gift shop, hay rides and, you got it, cows.
A-BOOS-MENT, AMUSEMENT PARKS
Mitchellville, Md. Directions.
2013 Dates: Through Oct. 27.
Billed as one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the metro area, Six Flags has street entertainment, and a trail for kids to trick-or-treat.
HALLOWEEN HAUNT AT KINGS DOMINION
Doswell, Va. Directions.
2013 dates: Through Oct. 27
Special mazes and scare zones, and a special, less-scary place for kids.
Annual Halloween Party at Potomac Overlook Regional Park: For $10, you get live music, food, games, arts and crafts, storytelling and guided hikes through the wood. Advanced registration required. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The park is located at 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington. Info: 703-528-5406
Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 25: HiBall Events is hosting a Monster Bar Crawl along the Orange Line in Arlington from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost about $12, and $1 of that will be donated to Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia. So far, 20 bars in Ballston, Courthouse and Clarendon are participating. Costume contests and drink specials are expected to be announced closer to the event. Get off your broom and check out Clarendon Nights for the full rundown of participating venues.
HALLOWEEN'S A ZOO
BOO AT THE ZOO
2013 dates: Oct. 25-27, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Kids can trick-or-treat while visiting bats, spiders, owls, and other animals. Haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. More than 40 stations will be manned by costumed volunteers handing out candy.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO
2013 Date: Oct. 30, 2013, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. 21 years and older only, with a valid ID.
Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours - Call (571) 572-9410 or email Hauntedoccoquan@gmail.com.
LOVE A PARADE
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Ida Lee Park, King Street to Fairfax Street, Leesburg, Va. This Northern Virginia community has held an annual parade every year since 1957, except for last year due to Hurricane Sandy, so be sure to come out this year!
October 23, 7 p.m. Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Branch Road to Center Street. Vienna, Va. The parade brings the community together to show off their Halloween costumes. Held rain or shine.
Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. Market Common Clarendon, 2800 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, Va.
Oct. 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Del Ray (Alexandria), Va. 17th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade along Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte Avenue and the playing fields at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. There have been thousands of participants in the past. Costumed children, adults, strollers and pets are all invited to march. There is no registration for children and families that march in the parade. Those participating gather on Mount Vernon Avenue south of Bellefonte Avenue prior to 2 p.m.
HALLOWEEN RUNS AND ZOMBIE WALKS
Oct. 26, 2013, 2-7 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Va.
Oct. 26, 2013, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Va.
Among the events: A 5k zombie obstacle course.
Oct. 26, 2013, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Plaza at National Harbor in Maryland at the foot of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. 5K run to raise money for Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to children in developing countries.SPINE-TINGLING SCREENINGS
Check out a special showing of "The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari." It's at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the McLean Community Center. This 16mm silent film will be shown while composer Ben Model improvises a score on the piano and film preservationist Bruce Lawton gives background and context to one of the original horror films. Cost: $10 for the general public or $6 for McLean Community Center Tax District residents.