Fairfax County Weekender — Oct. 26-28, 2018

Oct. 26: Trick-or-Treat

BOO-stravaganza: Celebrate the Halloween season with a variety of themed games, go trick-or-treating to animals and enjoy a wagon ride. Finish the evening with a small treat bag for the road. Reservations are required. There are two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 3 to 8. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Also on Friday:

Creepy Crawly Hayride: Enjoy a night hayride along the creepy Cross County Trail looking for all things that come out after dark. After the hayride, warm up by a campfire, enjoy s’mores and hear stories of some of our animal kingdom’s most creepy residents. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Ages 2 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Free Birding Walk: Come see the colors and hear the sounds of a fall migration. This free birding walk will be led by master naturalist Kristine Lansing. There likely will be gentle uphill and downhill stretches on slightly uneven terrain. Be prepared to stroll about 2 miles in comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Please bring your own binoculars. From 8 to 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. All ages. For more information and to register call, 703-759-9018.

Family Splash at RCC Pool: Drop in for a night of family fun. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Entry fee is $13 Reston/$26 Non-Reston (for groups up to five people). Groups of six or more must pre-register by calling the Aquatics Service Desk at 703-390-6150.


Oct. 27: Ghouls and Ghosts

Halloween Campfire: Enjoy a ghoulish ghost haunt and ghost stories and s’mores by the campfire. S’mores ingredients will be provided. From 6 to 8 p.m.at Burke Lake Park. $10 per person. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Also on Saturday:

John Marshall Library Opening Day Celebration: Join library staff and the community for Opening Day festivities, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. There will be 123 Andrés, Monsters! storytime, music by Ritorno a Musica, teen gaming, technology open house, face painting and glitter tattoos. Cosponsored by the Library Foundation and the Friends of the John Marshall Library. Free at John Marshall Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-971-0010.

Meet Author Rob Gutro: The author discusses his new book, “Ghosts of England: On a Medium’s Vacation.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. From 10:30 a.m. to noon at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat: Join us in the library’s parking lot! Trick-or-treat at cars set up by the library, make creepy crafts, play games and enjoy light refreshments. Costumes encouraged. From 11 a.m. to noon at Lorton Library. All ages. For more information, call 703-339-7385.Pumpkin Party on the Hill: Bring a pumpkin to paint and decorate, make and taste some pumpkin ice cream and make and bring home your own pumpkin playdough. Learn about the history of pumpkins and enjoy a pumpkin story. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 2 to 12. $15 for individuals or $32 for a group of four. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Historic All Hallows Eve: In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light. From 4 to 7 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Ages 5 and up. $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Halloween Adventure: A festive wagon ride, complete with scarecrows, sweets and stories is followed by more stories and s’mores around the campfire. From 5 to 7 p.m. (also on Sunday) at Riverbend Park., Ages 3 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Haunted Pond: This nocturnal wildlife and local lore program features a craft, a twilight walk into the forest, a campfire with spell-binding stories, s’mores and more. Scary stories are told in the last 30 minutes of the program. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 to 12. $10 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Teen Scream: Take a haunted stroll and/or enjoy a spook-tacular monster mash. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pinn Community Center. Teens. Admission is one non-perishable food item. For more information, call 703-278-8605.


Oct. 28: Madhouse Mayhem

Madhaunter’s Madhouse: The haunted maze of terror and Ghost Bar Cinema are back and screams will echo across the 55-acre historic Workhouse campus, built on the grounds of the abandoned and notorious DC Department of Corrections Lorton Reformatory. Redesigned trails, spookier scenes, creepier characters and more spectacular special effects, all designed to bring guests’ darkest fears and nightmares to life. The popular, zombie-themed Madhaunter Escape Room will be on-site during the haunt, too. Oct. 5-31 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Recommended for ages 13 and up. $20 per person. Tickets online. For more information call 703-584-2900.

Also on Sunday:

Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce: Preschoolers hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin to decorate inside and take home. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 5. $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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