Oct. 5: 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 Friday:
Author Kim Ventrella on “The Skeleton Tree”: Kim Ventrella, who worked as the youth services manager at Patrick Henry Library, is now a Scholastic-published author. Learn more about Stanly Stainwright’s life and the inexplicable presence of a bone growing in his backyard. Books available for sale and signing. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Kingstowne Library. Grades 3 and up. For more information, call 703-339-4610.
Adapted Teen Tour/Ride/Dance: Young adults with special needs and their buddies get a tour of Frying Pan Farm Park, a wagon ride and learn some social dancing at the farm. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 12-21. $12 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Fall Harvest Campfire: Play children’s games from the 1900s, enjoy fireside stories and s’mores. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to roast. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3-adult. $10 per person. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Oct. 6: Running Through Town
The Mclean 5K: The McLean 5K Run features a certified course through the heart of McLean and is designed to appeal to runners of all abilities. Competitive runners, casual runners, walkers, strollers and well-behaved pets are welcome. Also an opportunity to express appreciation for the first responders from the McLean Volunteer Fire Department and McLean District Police Station. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the McLean Square Shopping Center, 6631 Old Dominion Dr. McLean. All ages. Register online. For more information email: McLean5k@mcleancenter.org.
Also on Saturday:
Cook with the Masters: Meet Chef Cliff from TenPenh Tysons and learn cooking tips and tricks from a pro. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Registration is required; register online. Adults. For more information call 703-356-0770.
Special Fall Garden Tour and Tea: Take the garden path less traveled and explore the beauty of fall on a docent-led tour of Green Spring Garden’s woodland stream valley and ponds. Stroll through this lush, naturalistic area and discover its varied plantings, streambank, magnolia bog and wildlife. Hear the story of our c. 1830 Spring House and the mysterious ruin nearby. Then enjoy a traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. Adults. $12 (tour only); $32 (tour and tea). Reservations required, call 703-941-7987.
Four Club Fall Classic Jefferson Cup: The Jefferson Cup Tournament Series concludes with this nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament where participants are allowed to have only four clubs in their bags for the duration of the tournament. 1 p.m. at Jefferson District Golf Course. $35 per person, fee due at registration and includes lunch and prizes. Rain date is Oct. 13. For more information, call 703-573-0444.
Are You Going to Eat That?: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has many edible and useful plants growing wild; all you have to do is look carefully. Enjoy a naturalist-led hike and identify plants that are safe to eat and which ones to avoid. Other helpful plants will be identified for uses such as rope making and folk remedies and with connections to Eastern Woodland Indians. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 12-adult. $8 per person. Register online. Wear sturdy shoes for walking, Meet at the pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Gin Dance Company at RCC: Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff delves into how our lives unfold before us with her newest work, including the premieres of “200 Feet,” and “We, The Moon, The Sun.” 7:30 p.m. CenterStage RCC Hunters Woods. All ages. $30 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Oct. 7: Living in the Past
Federal Era Living History Day: In 1814, the young United States of America was at war with Great Britain and across the street from Colvin Run Mill (then Carper’s Mill) the president joined his wife after witnessing the burning of Washington, DC. Come to the Mill and meet American sailor and soldier re-enactors from this pivotal time in Virginia and national history. See demonstrations of military tactics and arms of the day and witness a canon firing. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. All ages. Free. No reservations required. Tour costs apply for the Mill Tour. For more information, call 703-759-2771.
Also on Sunday:
Blacksmithing Demonstrations: Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. All ages. Free. For more information call 703-759-2771.