15 Halloween Happenings This Month

Celebrate the season with haunted drive-thrus, ghost tours, outdoor performances and trick-or-treating for dogs.

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The Great Pumpkin Paint Off

When: Oct. 17-18, noon-5 p.m.

Where: Ballston Quarter,4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Ballston)

Mexican-American artist Natalie Rogers will be painting 25 mini pumpkins to complement three much larger ones (each standing 4 feet tall) in Ballston Quarter.  Her creations will be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting R.E.A.D. and the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.  Take home a DIY pumpkin painting kit with a qualifying purchase of $75, while supplies last.

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Photo by John Benitez on Unsplash

House of Terror and Family Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m.

Where: The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

The Old Firehouse in McLean is conjuring up Halloween fun for kids of all ages. Those 10 and up can pay a visit to its first haunted teen center event, House of Terror (timed reservations, masks and temperature checks required). Children under 10 can put on costumes and trick-or-treat from themed cars while maintaining social distance. $2 per person.


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Photo by Ronny Sison on Unsplash

Spooky Virtual Family Bingo

When: Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

Where: Online

Gather the fam in front of the computer and try your luck at this game-night classic—with a Halloween twist—courtesy of the McLean Community Center. Prizes will be awarded to round winners and the family with the best costumes. $5 per device; registration is required.


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Photo by Sašo Tušar on Unsplash

Creative Cauldron’s Pitch Dark Radio

When: Oct. 31

Where: Youtube

Creative Cauldron introduced a new class for kids this fall, in which students ages 10 and up are learning how to develop and perform audio plays fit for a podcast. Their final product, which requires them to perform spooky stories like Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, can be viewed for free on Youtube. Teasers, trailers and the results of a paranormal advice column (email pitchdarkradio@gmail.com) can be found on Instagram at @pitchdarkradio. Free.


Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus at Gateway Park

When: Oct. 23, 6:15-10 p.m.

Where: Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington (Rosslyn)

Every Friday this month, the Rosslyn BID is hosting an outdoor movie series in Gateway Park—with seating sectioned off to maintain social distance. Oct. 23 brings a favorite Halloween flick, Hocus Pocus, chronicling the adventures of the the Sanderson sisters. Alcohol is prohibited, but guests are encouraged to bring takeout from local restaurants. Register in advance and wear your mask. Free.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment