Alexandria is one of America’s most historic haunts, making this Halloween weekend a can’t-miss fall fright. Been too “wrapped up” to make Halloween plans? Don’t be scared, even if you’re a mummy, we’ve got you covered with these spooky and kooky Halloween weekend picks.
Friday, October 30th
7:00 p.m. / $15
Get in the ghostly groove at Rhythm & Roots Halloween Experience: Ancestors and Good Spirits at the Athenaeum. This mystical evening of West African music and movement highlights stories of spirits.
Photo Credit: The Athenaeum
7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. / $16 adult, $10 child, dogs ride free
Potomac Riverboat Company
Bone voyage! This year’s Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise is selling out fast. Don’t let your dog be the only one to miss out on the costumed fun, treats and Halloween music along the Potomac.
Photo Credit:Potomac Riverboat Co.
3:30 – 6:30 p.m. / $10 adult, $5 youth
Start early with Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon. Bring the family for a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, arts and crafts, a costume parade and more.
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Saturday, October 31st
8 p.m. – Midnight / $5
Del Ray Artisans Gallery
The Del Ray Artisans’ Halloween Costume Party puts the ‘art’ in party at their event, featuring food, music and drinks. The gallery will exhibit ‘Skeletons: Exploring Under the Surface’ for its final weekend.
Photo Credit: The Del Ray Artisans
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Start the day early and spend Halloween trick or treating with the boo-tiques in Old Town. Stop by the dozens of shops handing out tasty treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages.
Reception: 6 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m. / $100
The Grille at Morrison House
New this year, the Grille at Morrsion House is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner: a 1920s Themed Costume Dinner Party. This is the ultimate Halloween haunt, with a full-on murder mystery dinner and show.
Photo Credit: The Grille at Morrison House
Brews and Boos:
Night of the Living Chad will include a costume contest, drink specials and “deadly” tunes at local favorite, Chadwicks.
The Fish Market
The Fish Market will also be hosting “Nightmare on King Street” with a DJ and dancing on Alexandria’s biggest dance floor. Dress your best (or worst) for a chance to win cash prizes.
8:00 p.m. / $15
Poe in Alexandria is happening Friday and Saturday, with a petrifying performance from actor David Keltz. Hear chilling classics such as “The Black Cat” as Ketlz recreates Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849.
Throughout the weekend, you can keep searching for one of 31 goat figurines hidden throughout Alexandria by Sugar Shack. The event has been going on all month, so goat numbers may be dwindling. The hunt is worth the hard work—each figurine is worth at least a dozen donuts.
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Header image by M. Enriquez for Visit Alexandria