15 Halloween Happenings This Month
Celebrate the season with haunted drive-thrus, ghost tours, outdoor performances and trick-or-treating for dogs.
Covid-19 continues to cancel events left and right, but Halloween fans are still finding creative ways to celebrate the spookiest season safely. Mask up (in costume!) and give these outings and performances a go.
Nightmare Alley Drive-Thru Terror
When: Fridays, Saturdays (7-11 p.m.) and Sundays (7-10 p.m.) through Oct. 31
Where: Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton
If you love the rush of a haunted house, good news: You can still get your adrenaline pumping without the added fear of potentially contracting Covid-19. Workhouse Arts Center will still host its popular annual fright-fest with costumed actors. This year’s haunted course is an outdoor drive thru. $60 per vehicle (price increases after Oct. 15).
DC Ghosts GhostFlix
When: Through Oct. 30
Love learning about the days of yesteryear and the agitated spirits that allegedly still linger among us? Here’s your chance to participate in ghost tours all across the country—learning about paranormal occurrences in Gettysburg, Boston, New Orleans and other locations. $15 for live events; $13 if streamed later.
When: Through Oct. 28
Where: Strawberry Park in front of the Angelika Theater, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax (Mosaic District)
Psycho director Alfred Hitchcock is known as the Master of Suspense. If you’ve never watched any of his sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat films, here’s your chance. The Angelika Film Center is hosting Rear Window (Oct. 2-8), The Birds (Oct. 9-14), Vertigo (16-21) and Shadow of a Doubt (Oct. 23-28) on its massive outdoor screen. Bring your own blanket. $10.
Halloween Wave Parade
When: Oct. 31, 10 a.m.
Where: Town of Vienna
The Town of Vienna’s annual Halloween parade is still happening this year—just not in the usual fashion. Ten to 15 floats will make their way through the town’s four quadrants, starting at the Vienna Community Center (the parade’s full route will be released on Oct. 29). Viewers are encouraged to don costumes and wave from sidewalks and lawns. The parade is free, but for purchase, individuals can buy a Halloween bag of treats, crafts, capes, pumpkins and more for $20. Order treat bags by Oct. 9.
Drive Thru Drama: Objects in Mirror May be Spookier Than They Appear
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 6-8:15 p.m.
Where: The Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean
What happened to physicist Boris Gool last time the planets aligned and allowed scientists like him to enter another dimension? Kids navigating this drive-thru drama performance can help a modern-day mad scientist solve the mystery, while meeting some Halloween favorites along the way. $15-$20.