7 Spooktacular Halloween Events

Grownup-focused or kid-friendly, there's something for everyone this season. Even if you don't have a costume.

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, and that’s not a bad thing. It means there are lots celebrations the weekend before – and some the weekend after – you go trick-or-treating with the kiddos. Here are a few events worth checking out. There’s fun to be had for little ones, as well as for big kids over 21.


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Vampire’s Ball and Pirate’s Ball at Synetic Theater

It’s a Neverland Halloween at Synetic Theater, where tickets to the 11th annual Vampire’s Ball on Oct. 27 get you a seat for the 8 p.m. performance of Peter Pan, plus a post-show party with dancing, an open bar and a costume contest. Music will be provided by the theater’s resident composer and deejay Konstantine Lortkipanidze. Tickets range from $30 to $75. Want to celebrate with the kids? New this year is a Pirate’s Ball on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m., which the theater is billing as a family-friendly version of the Vampire’s Ball. Tickets include the 2 p.m. performance of Peter Pan, along with after-show family activities, light appetizers and mingling with members of the cast. Costumes are encouraged, as well as trick-or-treat bags. Tickets range from $25 to $50.


Halloween Yoga at New District Brewing

A friend had this to say about scarfing down her kids’ stash of Halloween candy: “Must stop eating the fun-size candy if I want to keep the fun-size body.” Get yourself centered and reallocate those calories with New District Brewing’s “Spookasana” vinyasa yoga class on Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m.  Set to spooky music, the class will continue the relaxation after shavasana with beer. A $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) pays for the class and one pint of craft brew. Bring your own mat.


Merrifield Garden Center’s dog costume contest. Photo by Jesse Draper.

Merrifield Garden Center Dog Costume Contest

Think kids look cute in costumes? Try pugs, poodles and other dog breeds roaming Merrifield Garden Center, dressed in whatever fanciful creations their owners dream up. The 11th annual dog costume contest is free and will take place Oct. 28 at 12 noon, rain or shine. Grand prize is a $100 gift card.

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