Boo! Readers, I hope you’re ready for the spooookiest weekend of the year—it’s Halloween! Although this mischievous missive comes to you from a few hundred miles inland, in the great state of Ohio, I am there with you in spirit, haunting your trunk-or-treats and rattling my chains nearby your ghost tours… at least… let’s hope that’s me rattling… Yikes! Let’s get to it before this post gets too scary!
I’m not going to pretend any of you are interested in much other than the gory goings-on at area Halloween celebrations. To that end, following is a teeth-chattering round-up, courtesy of Loudoun Now’s calendar cthulhu Jan Mercker, of all the places you’ll find the monsters mashing this weekend!
Friday, Oct. 27
Leesburg Haunting Tours
Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St., Leesburg
Experience the spooky side of downtown Leesburg’s historic homes, with costumed guides and ghost stories galore. Tickets are $25 and advance purchase is required.
Waltonwood Halloween Extravaganza
Waltonwood Ashburn, 44141 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn
Loudoun’s newest senior living community opens its doors to neighbors of all ages for a screening of “Hotel Transylvania,” trick-or-treating, snacks and a costume contest. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is requested at 571-918-4854.
Paxton Manor, 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg
It’s your last chance to check out the region’s scariest haunted house. The new Carnival of Souls features crazed killer clowns in twisted underground carnival carnage. The event benefits Paxton Campus. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. Advance purchase is recommended.
Saturday, Oct. 28
Ghost 5K and Scarecrow Sprint
The Barn at One Loudoun, 20450 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn
Run in costume and spend the afternoon enjoying live entertainment and Halloween activities. The fun run starts at 3 p.m. and the 5K kicks off at 4 p.m. Registration for the 5K is $35 on race day. Registration for the fun run is $12.
Purcellville Halloween Block Party
21st St. between O St. and Main St.
Purcellville’s seventh annual pre-Halloween bash features a costume contest, games, food for sale and live entertainment. Event is free and open to the public.
‘The Hamilton Murders’
StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn
StageCoach Theatre Company presents an interactive historical whodunit based on conspiracy theories around the 1804 murder of Alexander Hamilton. The $65 ticket price includes dinner catered by Savoir Fare and the show. Wine, beer, and soft drinks will be sold separately. Advance purchase is required.
Leesburg Haunting Tours
’90s Halloween Party with Doc Marten and The Flannels
Tally Ho Theater, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg
Wear a costume and get your groove on to 90s favorites from this Baltimore-based tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance.
Howl O’ Ween Dance
Sterling Fire and Rescue, 46700 Middlefield Drive, Sterling.
Enjoy an evening of live music, light fare and soft drinks, raffle and silent auction to benefit Virginia German Shepherd Rescue. Bring your favorite canine for a night of fun. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
Smokehouse Halloween Boo-B-Que
Smokehouse Live, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg
Enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment by DJ Hot Mike. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. No entry fee.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Hillsboro History Talk: The Burnt Mill
15250 Cider Mill Road, Hillsboro
The Short Hill Historical Society hosts historian Rich Gillespie for a guided visit to historic Burnt Mill. Gillespie will share the history of the mill and discuss burning raids during the Civil War. Participants can stay for the long-standing tradition of lighting jack-o-lanterns in the windows of the mill ruins after sunset. The program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested and carpooling is recommended.
Leesburg will hold its incredibly popular Halloween parade beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. As with all town parades, King Street, between Ida Lee to the north and Safeway to the south, will be closed to traffic starting around 4:30 p.m. so all the costumes ghouls and goblins may secure the perfect candy-catching spot on the curb. Everyone—adults, kids, pets and specters from another dimension—are encouraged to dress up for the event. Aside from candy, parade-goers will see lots of high school marching bands, floats from local businesses and, this being an election year, a smattering of glad-handing politicians. On your way out the door, grab a few non-perishable canned goods to donate to Loudoun Hunger Relief—our area’s largest nonprofit food bank will have drop-off bins located along the parade route. For additional details, go to leesburgkiwanis.org.