Halloween Weekend Picks

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


Rhythm & Roots Halloween Experience: Ancestors and Good Spirits

7:00 p.m. / $15

The Athenaeum

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.

Lyceum Alexandria VA

Photo Credit: The Athenaeum

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise

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.

Canine Cruise Alexandria

Photo Credit:Potomac Riverboat Co.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. / $10 adult, $5 youth

Mount Vernon

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.

Mount Vernon Trick or Treat

Photo Credit: flickr user Ed Cabic

Saturday, October 31st


Del Ray Artisans’ Halloween Costume Party

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.

Del Ray Halloween Costume

Photo Credit: The Del Ray Artisans

Trick or Treat in the Boo-tiques

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Old Town

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.


Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

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.

Morrison House Murder Mystery

Photo Credit: The Grille at Morrison House

Brews and Boos:

Night of the Living Chad

Chadwicks Restaurant

Night of the Living Chad will include a costume contest, drink specials and “deadly” tunes at local favorite, Chadwicks.


Nightmare on King Street

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.



Poe in Alexandria

8:00 p.m. / $15

The Lyceum

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.


Sugar Shack Goat Scavenger Hunt

Throughout Alexandria

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.

Goat Sugar Shack


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Header image by M. Enriquez for Visit Alexandria