Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia October 5, 2016


Claire Mouledoux
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Leah Spellman, APR
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Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia

Trick-or-Treating at Historic Sites, Spooky Canine Fun and Ghastly Legends Come to Life

Alexandria, VA — Ghostly cemetery tours, family-friendly trick-or-treat events at historic sites and more than a dozen other creative events make Alexandria, Virginia the spookiest place to celebrate Halloween. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s history is filled with remarkable stories and mysterious legends of spirits who still haunt the city’s brick-lined streets. Halloween festivities stretch throughout October, encouraging families and visitors to don their most creative costumes at events such as the 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques and Halloween Tap Takeover. Canine friends are also welcome at special events such as the Bark or Treat Canine Cruise and Doggy Trick-or-Treat. This year only, Port City Brewing Company and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum join together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Alexandria’s most famous ghost, the Female Stranger. Celebrate the legend with the release of Port City’s Long Black Veil and try to unravel the mystery.

Find Alexandria’s Halloween events at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/halloween.


Port City Black Veil Happy Hour | Female Stranger Mystery Quest
October 14, 2016; happy hour 6-8 p.m., quest 8-10 p.m.
Admission: TBA
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join Port City Brewing Co. and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we celebrate the release of the Long Black Veil, a special craft beer inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger. Proceeds from this special happy hour and event, held on the 200th anniversary of her death, help support the museum’s educational programs.

Happy Hour (6-8 p.m.): Enjoy Port City’s Long Black Veil IPA in the Gadsby Courtyard for a special happy hour. Other Port City beers will be available through a cash bar. $25 per person (includes one drink and light appetizers, and dinner is available for purchase through Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant).

Quest (8-10 p.m.): This year only, dive deeper into the Female Stranger story as you try to unravel the mystery! Join us for the happy hour then come inside and meet major players in the story. Reach your own conclusions about her identity as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this local legend. Space is limited at this one-time event.

Bark or Treat Canine Cruise
October 28, 2016 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Admission: $16 adults; $10 ages 2-11; dogs free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac! We will have Halloween treats on board. Be sure to have your four legged friend in their best costume.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
October 29 and 31, 2016 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults; $6 ages 11 and under
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft during this unforgettable evening. Come and see wool carding, spinning, and fish net making in the historic area before greeting “Martha Washington” on the piazza of the mansion. In order to burn off all the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing in the upper garden. Historic chocolate-making demonstrations and chocolate tastings will take place. A children’s costume parade around the mansion will begin at 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes! Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.

20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, Alexandria, VA 22305

Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray's favorite traditions. The 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories. The parade and all activities are free! Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m.


Ghost & Graveyard Tour
October 1-31, 2016 nightly at 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday second tour at 9 p.m.
Admission: $13 adults; $7 ages 7-17
Tour departs from Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

You’ll follow an 18th-century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district known as Old Town. On this entertaining tour you’ll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. No pets please.

Halloween Skull Hunt
October 1-31, 2016
Admission: Free
Various locations between Sugar Shack Donuts’ Alexandria and Arlington stores

On October 1, 2016 Sugar Shack Donuts will begin its annual Halloween scavenger hunt. This year they have hidden 40 skulls between their two DMV locations in Alexandria and Arlington. There are 36 small skulls and four large skulls. The small skulls are redeemable for a dozen house donuts. The large skulls are redeemable for lots of donuts and some merchandise, too! Keep your eyes peeled—most skulls are hidden in nearby shops, restaurants, and parks.

Ivy Hill Cemetery Tour
October 16 and 29, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults; $10 children
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302

Learn the rich history of Alexandria from a different perspective. Visit the graves of many of Alexandria’s most prominent and historic families, including nurse Emma Green and Confederate spy Frank Stringfellow from the hit PBS series, MERCY STREET. Hear the stories of how the Civil War transformed their lives and the city forever.

Ghosts of Alexandria Tour
October 21, 27 and 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens, active duty military and veterans; $5 children; free for ages 5 and under
Tours starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

This ghostly experience explores Alexandria’s most haunted locations on and off the beaten path.

Raven’s Night at The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall
October 22, 2016 doors open 5 p.m.; main show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25
The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305

Belladonna and Ken Vegas invite you to step out of the ordinary and into an extraordinary evening of entertainment! A belly dance show like no other, Raven’s Night offers a full course evening of sensational spectacles and otherworldly Celestial Bodies. Featuring pre-show entertainment such as tarot card readings, variety arts, sideshow performances and more.

“A Party to Murder"at The Little Theatre of Alexandria
October 22-November 12, 2016 at various times
Admission: $19 matinee; $22 evenings
The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314

It’s Halloween and six people have come to play a murder-mystery game hosted by writer Charles Prince at a rustic island cottage in Michigan. This play is a fast-paced farce, so what could go wrong? As the characters embark on a weekend of fun, ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings, and it becomes clear that they are both playing for laughs and their lives. The Little Theatre of Alexandria audiences are treated to rising tensions, secret passageways, incriminating letters, unexpected corpses, and a 25-year-old unsolved mystery that will propel the audience to…well, we don’t want to give away the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

The Gadsby’s Tavern Ghost Tour
October 28, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.; tours every 30 minutes
Admission: $20 adults; $10 ages 7-17
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

You’ll follow your colonial-costumed guide through the eerie Alexandria streets, visit a cemetery, and enter one of the most haunted buildings in Old Town. You’ll hear the tragic story of the Female Stranger, and visit the very room where this mysterious woman was transformed into a ghost! Portions of the proceeds benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

Halloween Bash at the Brewery
October 28, 2016 from 3-10 p.m.; brewery tour at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304

Join us Friday, October 28 for Port City Brewing Company’s Halloween Bash. The Tasting Room and brewery will be filled with tricks and treats. Start planning your costumes now! We will be giving out prizes for the Best Beer Themed, Most Unique and Best Couple/Group costumes.

We will also have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt throughout the Tasting Room—keep an eye out for hidden spider rings. Find a spider ring and bring it to one of the Port City Brewing Company Beer Guides to claim your prize. Reserve tour spots online.

3rd Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
October 29, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults; $12 ages 1-10; infants free
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill our garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts to take home, a sticker station, temporary tattoos, spooky stories, a costume parade with prizes as well as drinks and refreshments. Every participating child receives a pumpkin—one pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside. Costumes encouraged!

Ghosts & Grief Halloween Tours at Lee-Fendall House
October 29, 2016 starting at 7 p.m.
Admission: $7 in advance; $10 at the door; free to members
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions coupled with stories of supernatural encounters at the Lee-Fendall House with special night-time tours. Learn more about the rituals and customs behind our modern day funeral practices. Customs such as draping the mirrors, how long a widow would mourn for her husband or children, social expectations and dress will be explored.

Halloween Tap Takeover
October 29, 2016 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Admission: Free; beers $7 per draft
Blackwall Hitch, 5 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Blackwall Hitch located on the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria, invites guests to celebrate Halloween with a Halloween Costume Tap Takeover on its expansive back patio, which boasts magnificent views overlooking the Potomac River and National Harbor. Guests can enjoy the spooky holiday fun with a tap takeover by South Street Brewery from Charlottesville, Virginia, highlighting fall and pumpkin-themed beers, as well as a costume contest. Dante Coley, brewery representative from South Street brewery, and Patricia Washington from Visit Alexandria will be in attendance to judge costumes and present awards. Guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to show their creativity and win a two-for-one brunch certificate.

Doggy Trick-or-Treat
October 30, 2016 from 1-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Dog Park, 705 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

It's that time of year again! You and your family, especially your doggies, to come to Old Town and trick-or-treat together. We will have treats, sales and a costume contest. Come to The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria to get your map and pictures taken, then tour the rest of the participating stores to get more treats and find a sale or two in town.

Poe in Alexandria
October 30 and 31, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Come to The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum for two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe! Actor David Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes a chilling story or two such as “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.” Mr. Keltz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond, and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.

Special Halloween Ghost Tour
October 30, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens, active duty military and veterans; $5 children; free for ages 5 and under
Tours starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Halloween Ghost Tour starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center and wraps through the back roads of Old Town stopping at places like The Christmas Attic, John Douglas Brown House, Old Presbyterian Meeting House, and many more. The Halloween Ghost Tour takes visitors past Christ Church to other less-visited stops like the Freedom House. At each stop guides cover a brief background of the location, what horrible event occurred there, and what modern day paranormal phenomenon was detected. Guests are guaranteed to leave with the chills!

Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques
October 31, 2016 from 2-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314

On Monday, October 31, start trick-or-treating early and stop by the dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages from 2 to 6 p.m.!

Find more Halloween events at www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com/halloween.

Within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its acclaimed, chef-driven restaurants, bustling boutiques and dynamic arts set against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from its days as George Washington’s hometown. Old Town Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a hidden gem tucked beneath the nation’s capital.

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