Halloween in Alexandria is so legendary, one day is not enough to experience all of the eclectic tricks and treats throughout October. Whether you’re in search of hair-raising haunts, family fun, or simply want to satisfy your sweet-tooth, celebrate “witch-ever” way you prefer all month long with these eekstraordinary parties, tours, events and more.
Port City Black Veil Happy Hour | Female Stranger Mystery Quest
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October 14, 2016 at Gadsby’s Tavern
Join Port City Brewing Co. and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as they celebrate the release of the Long Black Veil, a special craft beer inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger. From 6-8 p.m., enjoy Port City’s Long Black Veil IPA in the Gadsby Courtyard for a special happy hour. Other Port City beers will be available through a cash bar. From 8-10 p.m. this year only, dive deeper into the Female Stranger story as you try to unravel the mystery. After the Happy Hour, head inside and meet major players in the story. Reach your own conclusions about her identity in celebration of the 200th anniversary of this local legend.
Raven’s Night at The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall
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October 22, 2016 at The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall
Raven’s Night, The Birchmere’s annual Halloween party, is back and bigger than ever this year with “Celestial Bodies” featuring a belly dance show like no other and a full course evening of sensational spectacles. Pre-show entertainment includes tarot card readings, variety arts, sideshow performances and more.
Halloween Bash at The Brewery
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October 28, 2016 at Port City Brewing Co.
At Port City Brewing Company’s Halloween Bash, the Tasting Room and brewery will be filled with tricks and treats so start planning your costumes now. There will be prizes for the Best Beer Themed, Most Unique and Best Couple/Group costumes. There will also be a Halloween Scavenger Hunt throughout the Tasting Room—keep an eye out for hidden spider rings. Find a spider ring and bring it to one of the Port City Brewing Company Beer Guides to claim your prize.
Halloween Tap Takeover
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October 29, 2016 at Blackwall Hitch
The Halloween Tap Takeover at Blackwall Hitch celebrates with boos and views from their expansive back patio on the Potomac River waterfront. Guests can enjoy the spooky holiday fun with a costume contest and a tap takeover by South Street Brewery from Charlottesville, Virginia highlighting fall and pumpkin-themed beers. Guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to show their creativity and win a two-for-one brunch certificate.
Ghost & Graveyard Tour
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October 1-31, 2016 with Alexandria Colonial Tours
On the Ghost & Graveyard Tour, you’ll follow an 18th-century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district known as Old Town. On this entertaining tour you’ll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. No pets please.
Alexandria Ghost Tour Pub Crawl
October 1-31 with Nightly Spirits Tours
Unearth the shady and seedy history of Old Town Alexandria on this 2.5-hour guided ghost tour and pub crawl. Walk along hidden alleyways and see historic places and haunted buildings. Plus, stop at up to 4 bars along the way for some local spirits.
Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour
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October 16 and 29, 2016 with Alexandria Colonial Tours
Learn the rich history of Alexandria from a different perspective during the Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour. Visit the graves of many of Alexandria’s most prominent and historic families, including nurse Emma Green and Confederate spy Frank Stringfellow from national PBS drama series, “Mercy Street.” Hear the stories of how the Civil War transformed their lives and the city forever.
Ghosts of Alexandria Tour
October 21, 27 and 28, 2016 with Discover Alexandria Tours
This ghostly tour explores Alexandria’s most haunted locations on and off the beaten path with new tour company Discover Alexandria.
The Gadsby’s Tavern Ghost Tour
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October 28, 2016 with Alexandria Colonial Tours
On The Gadsby’s Tavern Ghost Tour you’ll follow your colonial-costumed guide through the eerie Alexandria streets, visit a cemetery, and enter one of the most haunted buildings in Old Town. You’ll hear the tragic story of the Female Stranger, and visit the very room where this mysterious woman was transformed into a ghost.
Ghosts & Grief Tour
October 29, 2016 at Lee-Fendall House
Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of supernatural encounters at the Lee-Fendall House with special night-time Ghosts & Grief Tours. Learn more about the rituals and customs behind our modern day funeral practices. Customs such as draping the mirrors, how long a widow would mourn for her husband or children, social expectations and dress will be explored.
Special Halloween Ghost Tour
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October 30, 2016 with Discover Alexandria Tours
The Special Halloween Ghost Tour starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center and wraps through the back roads of Old Town stopping at places like The Christmas Attic, John Douglas Brown House, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, and many more. The Halloween Ghost Tour takes visitors past Christ Church to other less-visited stops like the Freedom House. At each stop guides cover a brief background of the location, what horrible event occurred there, and what modern day paranormal phenomenon was detected. Guests are guaranteed to leave with the chills!
20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
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October 30, 2016 in Del Ray
Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray’s favorite traditions. The 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories.
Sugar Shack’s Halloween Skull Hunt
October 1-31, 2016 throughout Alexandria
On October 1, 2016 Sugar Shack Donuts will begin its annual Halloween scavenger hunt. This year they have hidden 40 skulls between their two DMV locations in Alexandria and Arlington. There are 36 small skulls and four large skulls. The small skulls are redeemable for a dozen house donuts. The large skulls are redeemable for lots of donuts and some merchandise, too! Keep your eyes peeled—most skulls are hidden in nearby shops, restaurants, and parks.
3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
October 29, 2016 at Lee-Fendall House
Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins for local children to discover at the 3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Other activities include crafts to take home, a sticker station, temporary tattoos, spooky stories, a costume parade with prizes as well as drinks and refreshments. Every participating child receives a pumpkin—one pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside. Costumes encouraged!
Carluccio’s Children’s Halloween Costume Party
October 27, 2016 at Carluccio’s Alexandria
This fun cookie decorating party from 6-8 p.m. includes a children’s Halloween costume contest, free pasta dinner for the kids and of course happy hour specials for the parents during the event!
“A Party to Murder”at The Little Theatre of Alexandria
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October 22-November 12, 2016
It’s Halloween and six people have come to play a murder-mystery game hosted by writer Charles Prince at a rustic island cottage in Michigan. This play is a fast-paced farce, so what could go wrong? As the characters embark on a weekend of fun, ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings, and it becomes clear that they are both playing for laughs and their lives. The Little Theatre of Alexandria audiences are treated to rising tensions, secret passageways, incriminating letters, unexpected corpses, and a 25-year-old unsolved mystery that will propel the audience to…well, we don’t want to give away the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.
Poe in Alexandria
October 30 and 31, 2016 at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum
Come to The Lyceum for two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe! Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.”
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
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October 29 and 31, 2016 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate
Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft during Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon. Watch historical activities and demonstrations including dancing and chocolate-making. There’s even a children’s costume parade around the mansion with prizes for the most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes.
Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques
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October 31, 2016 throughout Old Town, Alexandria
On Monday, October 31, start trick-or-treating early and stop by the dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages from 2 to 6 p.m.!
Bark-or-Treat Canine Cruise
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October 28, 2016 with Potomac Riverboat Co.
Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac for the Bark-or-Treat Canine Cruise. We will have Halloween treats on board—be sure to have your four legged friend in their best costume!
October 30, 2016 with The Dog Park boutique
It’s all about the dogs during Doggy Trick-or-Treat! Boutiques will have treats, sales and a costume contest for pups. Come to The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria to get your map and pictures taken, then tour the rest of the participating stores to get more treats and find a sale or two in town!
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