Halloween is just a week away…looking for something fun to do in Loudoun? Lots of great spooky happenings in and around LoCo:
The 53rd annual Leesburg Halloween Parade is on Halloween at 6:00 pm, starting at Ida Lee Park and traveling south on King Street. Spectators are asked to bring a nonperishable donation for the Loudoun Interfaith Relief Food Bank; collection boxes will be located along the parade route. Be prepared to gather candy that the parade participants will toss at you!
Great Country Farms in Bluemont is planning a Pumpkin Glow Night, with a display of over 1500 carved and lit jack-o-lanterns on Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. You can bring a carved Jack-o-lantern to enter in the carving competitions, judged for Best in Glow, Scariest and Funniest in 3 classes: children in K-5, youth in grades 6-8, and adult carving. Roast marshmallows over the bonfire while you are there!
This Monday through Friday at 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.
The Virginia Scaregrounds at Paxton Manor in Leesburg are set to scare you this Thursday through Saturday, from 6 to 11, as long as you are 13 or over…the historic home has been transformed into a haunted mansion, with “an abundance of paranormal, bizarre and frightful experiences.” You can buy tickets at the gate for $15 Thursday to Saturday, but Halloween night tickets will be $20. Follow along with their Twitter account for details, too.
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 night from 6 to 9 pm, and is suitable for ages 8 and up. They are promising “eerily twisted rhymes and a grim fairy tale ending”…
I will personally be spending the better part of the weekend at the Baseliners Halloween Classic girls softball tournament in Sterling. My 14 and under Loudoun Storm softball girls will be playing at Claude Moore Park on Saturday and Sunday; all the teams participating will be decked out in spookier versions of their typical uniforms, and there is a softball decorating contest involved, too. Make sure to cheer for the Storm if you come out!
Hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!