Are you looking for perfectly LoCo Halloween festivities? Here are some great local events to make this Halloween fangtastic:
The 54th annual Leesburg Halloween Parade is on Halloween at 6:00 pm, starting as always at Ida Lee Park and traveling south on King Street. Please bring a nonperishable donation for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief Food Bank; collection boxes will be located along the parade route. And be prepared to gather (or duck!) candy that the parade participants will toss at you!
Great Country Farms in Bluemont will host their Pumpkin Glow Night on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29 from 6 to 9 pm, displaying over 2000 carved and lit jack-o-lanterns You can enter your own Jack-o-lantern in the carving competitions, judged for Best in Glow, Scariest and Funniest. Roast marshmallows over the bonfire while you are there!
Monday the 24th through Saturday the 29th, at 6, 7 and 8 pm, Oatlands in Leesburg is hosting their Oatlands After Five Paranormal Tours, with tales of ghosts and unexplained happenings at the plantation, plus details of “ongoing paranormal investigations” there. Tours are suitable for those 8 and older, and space is limited, so reservations are encouraged. (Saturday is already sold out!)
Alas, The Virginia Scaregrounds at Paxton Manor in Leesburg are not opening this year. Instead, Paxton is hosting Shocktober, inviting you to brave the Haunted Mansion, The Funhouse, and/or the Haunted Well of Souls. They are open Friday through Sunday every weekend in October, and also on Monday the 31st for Halloween.
The Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods at Algonkian Park in Sterling looks tempting….but wear appropriate shoes and clothes, folks, as you will be tromping on uneven paths through the woods. Their website says that “haunted houses are for sissies” so I’m guessing it should be pretty scary!
The Old Stone School at Hillsboro will be haunted again by the Loudoun Valley High School Drama Club and the Hillsboro Community Association on Saturday the 29th from 6 to 9 pm, and is suitable for ages 8 and up. I heard something about the Grim Reaper minding the door, and a Janitor wandering around sweeping up hands and feet…
I will personally be spending the better part of the Halloween weekend at the Baseliners Halloween Classic girls softball tournament in Sterling. My 14 and under Loudoun Storm softball girls will be playing on Saturday and Sunday; all the teams participating will be decked out in spookier versions of their typical uniforms. Nearly every Storm team is participating, so make sure to cheer for them if you come out!
Hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!
(photo credit…it’s not a Leesburg house, but Shane Gorski took it, and it rocks.. )