2018 Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia October 1, 2018

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Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia

Trick-or-Treating at Historic Sites, Howling Fun for Hounds

and Ghastly Legends Come to Life

Alexandria, VA—Ghostly cemetery tours, family-friendly trick-or-treat events at historic sites and more than 20 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 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques and 5th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Canine friends are also welcome at special events such as the Bark or Treat Canine Cruise and Doggie Trick-or-Treat. Hear haunting tales at special events like the Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewing Co. and Poe in Alexandria. Thrill seekers won’t want to miss Zombie Escape at Carlyle House. 

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

Featured Events:

Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewing Co.
October 12, 2018 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Admission: $85
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
shop.alexandriava.gov/events.aspx   

Join Port City Brewery and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum as we honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death with her specialty beer—the Long Black Veil. This special craft beer was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger who died at the tavern on October 14, 1816. Enjoy great local beers on the anniversary weekend and learn the history surrounding her tragic story. Evening will include four courses.  

Bark or Treat Canine Cruise
October 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults; $15 ages 2-11; dogs free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com 

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. 

Zombie Escape at Carlyle House
October 26, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $30 online; $40 at the door
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com  

The Zombie Apocalypse. D.C. was one of the first cities to fall when the apocalypse began. As such, Alexandria was a close second due to proximity. However, your group has managed to survive by barricading off a hotel. For a while the supplies were enough to keep your group going. But now, they’re dwindling at a fast rate. To keep your group afloat, several of you have volunteered to head out on a supply run. Now, you must navigate your way through zombie infested territory to claim what supplies are on your list and make it back to your base safely. Tickets available online. 

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon 
October 27, 2018 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission: $14 adults; $8 ages 11 and under
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
www.mountvernon.org  

Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft in this unforgettable evening. Watch wool carding and spinning, historic chocolate-making, and fishnet making demonstrations in the historic area. In order to burn off all the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing in the upper garden before greeting Martha Washington. Walk in a children’s costume parade around the Mansion—prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes! Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.  

22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade 
October 28, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues, Alexandria, VA 22305
www.visitdelray.com   

Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray's favorite traditions. The 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center 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.

More Events:

Ghost & Graveyard Tour
October 1-31, 2018 nightly at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday second tour at 9 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults; $10 ages 7-17
Tour departs from Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-519-1749
www.alexcolonialtours.com   

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.  

Ghosts of Alexandria Tour
Various dates throughout October
Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens and students, 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
https://discoveralexva.wordpress.com    

This ghostly experience explores haunted Old Town at twilight, learning more about the city’s history and lingering spirits. Dogs are welcome.  

Masquerade Ball Dance Classes
October 11, October 18 and October 25, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 per class; $30 for the series
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov    

In preparation for the Masquerade Ball on October 27, 2018 learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Times are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and cost is $12 per class or $30 for the series. Those not familiar with this style of dancing should complete at least one full class to become accustomed to the figures and language for the ball. Reservations are recommended.   

Anniversary of the Female Stranger’s Death
October 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov   

Learn the story of the Female Stranger during tours on the 202nd anniversary of this local legend’s death. While journeying through the museum, chat with Dr. Samuel Richards, the physician who treated her, as part of the Museum’s Facetime with History program.

Tales From the Vault with Terry & Wayne
October 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $20
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-7413
www.ivyhillcemetery.net  

This lecture features Haunted Virginia by Historians and storytellers Terry Gish & Wayne Kehoe in The Ivy Hill Cemetery's Public Vault. Hear stories of horror from around the commonwealth of Virginia. The Old Dominion is the oldest state in the United States and thus has the most ghost stories. There will be trivia, raffle prizes, tales and ghostly haunts, and, if you feel something cold near you, do not worry—it might be the spirit of the Petrified Woman.  

Tombstone Art Tour
October 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Admission: $15
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-7413
www.ivyhillcemetery.net  

Come learn the meanings behind the symbols on our tombstones, from historic to modern day and what messages the dead would like to convey.  

Ghostly Tales at Carlyle House
October 26, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $5
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
www.novaparks.com 

Join storytellers from Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past on the front lawn of Carlyle House for ghostly tales of Alexandria's past.

Grief & Ghosts Halloween Tours at Lee-Fendall House
October 26 through October 28, 2018 starting at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10; free to members
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.leefendallhouse.org  

These special evening tours examine funeral and mourning practices in the Victorian era. Traditional mourning clothes and hair jewelry will be displayed and guides will share stories of tragic deaths and mysterious occurrences that have happened in the house. 

Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques 
October 27, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
www.oldtownboutiquedistrict.com 

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, 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 beginning at open of business.  

5th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
October 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 adults; $15 ages 1-10; infants free
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
www.leefendallhouse.org   

The Lee-Fendall House Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt returns to Alexandria on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin. The Hunt schedule is Saturday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. All children of elementary school age or younger are eligible to participate in the Halloween Pumpkin Hunt. Older children and adults are welcome to enjoy all other activities. 

Poe Readings in the Vault
October 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $20
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314 
703-549-7413
www.ivyhillcemetery.net

The Guillotine Theater presents “Poe in the Vault” at Ivy Hill Cemetery. This is a sell-out event in a most suitable environment.

VolAlex Costume Party
October 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $20
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-7413
www.ivyhillcemetery.net  

Once again VolAlex hosts its October event at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Historical tour included and prizes for best costume.

Masquerade Ball 
October 27, 2018 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission: $45
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
www.alexandriava.gov   

Inspired by the season, disguise yourself and dance the night away at the Masquerade Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Come dressed in your favorite pre-19th century costume and don’t forget your mask! Enjoy live music, English country dancing, cash bar and dessert collation. Pre-19th century period attire or cocktail attire welcome. Reservations required.

Doggie Trick-or-Treat
October 28, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Dog Park, 705 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-888-2818
www.thedogparkva.biz   

It's that time of year again! You and your family—especially your doggies—are invited 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 have pictures taken, then tour the rest of the participating stores to get more treats and find a sale or two in town.

Special Halloween Ghost Tour
October 29 through October 31, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults; $10 senior citizens and students, 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
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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!

Poe in Alexandria
October 30 and October 31, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
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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.” 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. 

Raven’s Night at The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall 
November 3, 2018, main show at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25
The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305
703-549-7500
www.ravensnight.com 

Raven’s Night ushers in the season on November 3, 2018 at The Birchmere. Now in its seventh year, this sensational modern take on the traditional masquerade ball celebrates life. The theme for 2018 is Momento Mori, so get ready to be transported to another realm where other-worldly beings come to visit and entertain you. As with past years, Raven’s Night: Momento Mori 2018 includes three distinct events woven into one: mesmerizing world-class dance performances at The Cabaret Macabre; a dinner concert featuring live music; and a pre-show event combining an alternative World’s Fair-styled exposition and sideshow, including Tarot card readings, magic and belly-dancing. Belladonna and Ken Vegas present a new page in macabre entertainment, which is about to be turned, as the sixth annual Raven’s Night comes to the legendary music hall. With something for everyone and a great way to celebrate the Day of the Dead weekend! 

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th- and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. 

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