Fun Halloween Events and Activities in the Falls Church Area
Even though Halloween falls on a Monday this year, there is still lots of fun to be had in the lead-up to the scariest day of the year. From exploring haunted woods to picking pumpkins, here are some fun Halloween events and activities near Falls Church.
Navigate a Corn Maze
Corn mazes are right up there with hayrides as quintessential Halloween activities. If you haven’t done one before, now is the time.
Fortunately, there are quite a few options in the area once you head out into the country a little bit. There’s a huge, 24-acre maze in Leesburg at the Temple Hall Fall Festival, and in Clifton you’ll find a corn maze at Whitehall Farms. There’s also one in The Plains.
Don’t worry about getting lost — that’s the whole point. Good luck finding your way!
Enter the Haunted Forest
According to legend, the woods of Algonkian Regional Park were once the location of a secluded boarding school, where the disappearances of several students were linked to a deranged caretaker who dressed as a clown to torment students. Nowadays, some people hear mysterious laughter coming from the woods or spot an eerie figure dressed as a clown.
You can explore this legend yourself at The Haunted Forest, where visitors take a half-mile hike through spooky woods. There’s also a haunted house at the site for some extra scares. Watch out for clowns!
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Sure, apple picking is a fun fall activity, but have you been to a pumpkin farm? Nothing says Halloween more than a creepy Jack o Lantern, and it’s cool to carve a pumpkin you picked yourself. Also, walking around a pumpkin farm on a brisk fall day gets you outside at a beautiful time of year.
There are lots of options. Here’s a big list of all the places in Northern Virginia where you can go pick out a pumpkin.
Party With Your Friends at the National Zoo
On the Friday before Halloween, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. hosts an adults-only Halloween party called Night of the Living Zoo. The event will feature fire-breathers, illusionists and other neat attractions perfect for the Halloween vibe, and costumes are highly encouraged. Keep in mind that tickets are required in advance, and the event usually sells out, so act fast!
(Night of the Living Zoo is a 21-and-up event. For a more family-friendly zoological Halloween adventure, check out Boo at the Zoo this weekend.)
Attend a Family-Friendly Halloween Carnival
Every Halloween for the past three decades, Falls Church has put on a family-focused Halloween Carnival geared towards elementary school-aged kids. This year’s carnival will be held on Oct. 29, and it’ll feature carnival games, a haunted house, arts and crafts and other activities. You’re sure to see lots of little ghosts, ghouls and princesses running around!
There’s plenty to keep you and your friends busy this Halloween in the Falls Church area. Find an awesome costume and have fun!
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