Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, Oct. 25: Haunted Happenings 

Haunted Pond: Explore nocturnal wildlife and local lore featuring live animals, a walk into the forest at night and a campfire with spellbinding stories and s’mores. Listen to scary stories the last 30 minutes. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Also on Friday:

Basic Gardening: Eco-Savvy Gardening: Gardeners can create healthy, sustainable and beautiful gardens by working with nature’s resources to develop a low maintenance, urban retreat. Master gardeners will show you how. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For more information call 703-642-5173.

Pumpkins by the Campfire: Families bring a small pumpkin to decorate and join in pumpkin-related games and activities including roasting marshmallows at the campfire and share pumpkins stories that aren’t scary. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Haunted Cabaret — The Music of “Nevermore” and More…Come for a cabaret performance with a Halloween flavor! A sinister sextet will perform music of the most infamous villains to grace the stage with a spotlight feature on the music of Matt Conner's “Nevermore.” His original musical interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe's best known poems, stories and characters will both delight and fright! A la carte cash bar available. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center Friday and Saturday. $25/adult and $20/student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, Oct. 26: Ghosts, Goblins and More

Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce: Preschoolers hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin to decorate inside and take home. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. This program is offered at 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/child. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.


Also on Saturday:

Ghost Train at Burke Lake: Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween and meet costumed characters along the way. From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Park (also on Sunday). The carousel also will be running. $4/person; pay at site. For information call 703-323-6600.

Kids Korner: Mushrooms: Preschool children, ages 3 to 6 with an adult, explore nature. An outdoor activity and craft are included. From 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.

Design Combos: Native Grasses & Shrubs: Tour fall gardens with horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol to view native ornamental grasses and shrubs in their fall glory. Learn about the culture and care of these plants and how to make combinations that provide color, form, texture and movement in your sunny or shady fall garden. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $18/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest and Boneyard Hunt: Show off your pet’s unique personality and compete for special prizes and treats! Take your dog for a walk through the "boneyard" to sniff out well-earned treats while the judges confer. All dogs must be leashed and friendly toward other dogs, children and people of all ages. Gather from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park’s large pavilion. $6/dog. Same-day registrations by 2 p.m. will be allowed on a space-available basis. To register in advance and for information, call 703-569-0285.

Family Fun Halloween Fest: Wear your Halloween costume to this celebration of nature’s weird and wonderful creatures. Learn the fascinating true stories behind carnivorous plants and the fanged animals that live on blood: vampire bats, leeches and much more. Ghoulish games, creepy crafts and sinister snacks make this a fright fest of fun. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Junior Equestrian: This hands-on, unmounted class for children ages 7 to 10 offers an overview of horse basics. Groom, lead and exercise a horse, learn about tack and equipment and practice horse care and handling. Help with feeding and first aid. From 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park $8/child. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

Historic All Hallows Eve: In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods, music and family gatherings. Experience these traditions from 4 to 7 p.m. as you tour Sully Historic Site by lantern light. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-1794.

Halloween Goblin Golf and Hayride: Come for this spooktacular event and step your way along all nine holes of the “haunted” mini-golf course to play a round with glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Ride the spooky carousel and go on a tractor-drawn hayride adventure through the nighttime woods. Warm up by a blazing beach bonfire. Costumes welcome! From 5 to 8 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. $10/person; ages 2 and under free. Advance payment and registration recommended. Same-day registrations are allowed until 7 p.m. To register in advance or for more information, call 703-569-0285.

Halloween Wagon Rides: Enjoy a narrated one-hour wagon ride along a trail filled with family-oriented thrills, chills and adventures. Complete your journey with s’mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights and blankets and dress for the weather. Rides depart at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. $8/person. Register online. For information call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Bats, Bugs and Owls Oh My! Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls. From 6 to 7 p.m.at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Bring a toasting stick; we provide marshmallows. $6/person. Register online. For more information call 703-941-1065.

The Wonder Bread Years: A salute to the baby boomer generation written by and starring “Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell, this fast-paced, hilarious production gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. From 8 to 10 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $30/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-790-0123.

 Sunday, Oct. 27: The Young and Young at Heart

Young Soloists Recital: A lovely afternoon of chamber music from violinists Isabella Brown, Joshua Brown, Nicholas Brown and pianist Wiley Skaret awaits you. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. Free; no registration required. For information call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Oktoberfest Sunday Soirée Dance: As inexpensive and enjoyable dates go, they don’t get any better than this! Come hear the music of the Wayne Tympanick Trio as you try out your favorite dance moves and enjoy appetizers and other refreshments. Lederhosen and dirndls optional. From 3 to 5 p.m. at The Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center. $5/person; pay at door. For information call 703-790-0123.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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