Halloween Weekend Picks: October 30-31

Halloween is “creeping up” on Alexandria, and after a month full of supernatural fun, the festivities are still going strong. If you (or your dog) are still wondering what to do in Alexandria for Halloween, we’ve got the scoop here! 


Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Contest registration at 5 p.m.; contest at 6:15 p.m.; winners announced at 8:30 p.m.

Jackson 20

Halloween-in-Alexandria-dog-friendly-costume-contestImage credit: Kimpton Hotels 

You know what they say: if you’ve got it, haunt it! Jackson 20 is calling all canines for its Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest, where up to 50 contestants will strut down the dog-walk in their Halloween finest.


Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise: SOLD OUT

October 30, 2014

7 p.m.

Alexandria City Marina

Halloween-in-Alexandria-dog-friendly-canine-cruiseImage credit: Potomac Riverboat Company

For one night only, costumed pups and their guests can cruise around the Potomac, enjoying Halloween tunes, doggie treats and photo ops. (UPDATE: Tickets for this year’s event are sold out, but be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s cruise.) To all our salty sea dogs, bone voyage!


Poe in Alexandria

October 30-31, 2014

8 p.m.

The Lyceum

Halloween-in-Alexandria-Edgar-Allan-PoeImage credit: Wikipedia

Shortly before his death in 1849, “master of the macabre” Edgar Allan Poe paid a visit to Alexandria. He returns to Old Town this Halloween in the form of actor David Keltz, who will reenact Poe’s spine-tingling storytelling at the Lyceum.


Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon

October 31, 2014

3:30-6:30 p.m.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Halloween-in-Alexandria-Mount-Vernon-Trick-or-TreatImage credit: Mount Vernon

A scavenger hunt, children’s costume parade, spooky storytelling, wagon rides and more will greet visitors to Mount Vernon on Halloween. Feeling competitive? Prizes will be awarded for the best “George” and “Martha” costumes, so start ironing those breeches and powdering that wig!


Del Ray Artisans’ Halloween Ball

October 31, 2014

8-11 p.m.

Del Ray Artisans

Halloween-in-Alexandria-Del-Ray-Artisans-Halloween-BallImage credit: Del Ray Artisans Flickr

Eat, drink and be scary at the Del Ray Artisans’ Halloween Costume Ball, where guests will enjoy music, food, drinks, a silent movie and pieces by local artists. Costumes are a must!


For more on Halloween events in Alexandria, click here.