15 Halloween Happenings This Month
Celebrate the season with haunted drive-thrus, ghost tours, outdoor performances and trick-or-treating for dogs.
When: Oct. 30 & 31
Where: Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington
If you’re sick of watching Netflix, consider taking a trip—down memory lane and outside your house—to watch some favorite old-school cartoons while feasting on an all-you-can-eat cereal bar and brunchy cocktails (try “The Sonny,” a White Russian topped with Cocoa Puffs). The Drafthouse is hosting an “After Dark” Halloween-themed cartoon event on Oct. 30 and a more traditional Saturday morning viewing session on Oct. 31 at noon. Masks are required upon entry and tables are positioned six feet apart. Costumes encouraged. $15.
When: Oct. 31, 2-6 p.m.
Where: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Under normal circumstances, costumed guests at George Washington’s Mount Vernon are invited to trick-or-treat in the historic area. That’s not possible this year, but the site is planning other kinds of spooky fun for little ones to enjoy, from Halloween shows and crafts, to a chocolate-making demonstration and, of course, a bag of candy upon exit. $8-10.
When: Oct. 31, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Dogma Bakery, 2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive (Shirlington)
Dogma Bakery is hosting a costume contest and your furry friend is invited. Photos will be taken at check-in, with pet costumes subsequently judged on social media. Each participating pup will receive a goodie bag for collecting housemade treats (participating dogs will have designated trick-or-treating time slots). Registration required. Cost is $12 per dog.
When: Oct. 31, 5 -10 p.m.
Where: Falls Church Distillers, 442 S. Washington St., Suite A, Falls Church
Time to bust out the tie-dye and channel the spirit of Jerry Garcia. Join Great Northern saxophonist Ron Holloway, singer Amy Wilson and keyboardist Jesse Aronson for a socially distanced outdoor performance of your favorite Dead tunes, with belly-warming libations from Falls Church Distillers. Free.
When: Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna
It may be a little chilly, but Jammin Java is staging a Halloween party with live, outdoor music. Just because the entertainment is 90s-themed doesn’t mean your costume needs to be! The show is free, but there is a two-item minimum purchase policy for those sitting at tables.