2019 Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia October 1, 2019

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Halloween Events in Alexandria, Virginia

Trick-or-Treating at Historic Sites, Howling Fun for Hounds and Eerie Entertainment Abounds

Alexandria, VA—Spine-chilling ghost tours, family-friendly trick-or-treat events in historic settings and plenty of pet-friendly activities make Alexandria, Virginia the perfect spooky spot to celebrate Halloween. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s history is filled with remarkable stories and mysterious legends embedded in brick-lined streets and centuries-old sites. Halloween festivities stretch throughout October, encouraging families, visitors and four-legged friends to don their most creative costumes at events such as the 23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, 6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt and Doggie Trick-or-Treat. Soak up eerie entertainment like the Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewing Co. and Poe in Alexandria. Fans of spooky cinema will want to revel in Carlyle House’s Tim Burton-themed festivities.

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

Featured Events:

Female Stranger Beer Dinner with Port City Brewing Co.
October 14, 2019, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Admission: $85
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
shop.alexandriava.gov/events.aspx 

Join Port City Brewing Company and Gadsby's Tavern Museum as they honor the anniversary of the Female Stranger's death with Port City’s Long Black Veil beer in her honor. 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 and a four-course meal and learn the history surrounding her tragic story. Tickets are available online at shop.alexandriava.gov/events.aspx.

Canine Halloween Cruise
October 25, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Admission: $24.99 for adults; $15.75 ages 2-11; infants and dogs ride free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-684-0580
www.potomacriverboatco.com  

Come out with your costumed canine and cruise along the Potomac River to some Halloween tunes. Halloween treats will be provided onboard. Be sure to have your four-legged friend in their best costume.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
October 26, 2019 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $16 for adults; $8 ages 11 and under
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
mountvernon.org/halloween

Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft during 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 of the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing before greeting Martha Washington. Walk in a children’s costume parade—prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes. Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.

23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 27, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
It begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte Ave.
visitdelray.com/halloween

Witness a community’s creative spirit at Del Ray’s beloved annual Halloween Parade. Children, pets and strollers are invited to show of their finest and scariest Halloween garb as they strut up Mount Vernon Avenue past local businesses decked out for the spooky season. Following the parade, awards are given for Best Pet CostumeBest Decorated BusinessBest Decorated Home and Best Decorated Stroller during a brief ceremony.

More Events:

Ghost & Graveyard Tour
October 1-31, 2019 nightly at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays second tour at 9 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults; $14 for seniors, military and law enforcement; $10 for children
Tour departs from Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-519-1749
alexcolonialtours.com 

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.

“Haunted & Historic Hotel Package” at The Alexandrian and Morrison House
Available from October 1-31, 2019
The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-6080
thealexandrian.com
Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 
703-838-8000
morrisonhouse.com

Experience Old Town Alexandria’s spooky history. Book this package and enjoy two adult tickets to Alexandria’s Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour, two ghoulish Halloween cocktails at Jackson 20 or The Study and a chance to make fang-tastic memories. Dates of your stay must fall between October 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019. Offer valid through October 31, 2019. 

Specialty Tour: Death at the City Hotel
October 19, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission: $20
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4242
shop.alexandriava.gov/events.aspx 

The City Tavern has been the site of many historic events, but also of macabre ones. This special tour explores the stories of the people who breathed their last breath at the hotel and the scenes surrounding them. Bring your friends and raise a glass (drink provided) to those who have come before, from a famous actress to Civil War soldiers. You won't look at this historic corner of Alexandria the same again.

“The Haunting of Hill House” at The Little Theatre of Alexandria
October 19-November 9, 2019; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
Admission: $21-24
The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-0496
thelittletheatre.com

Get spooked by “The Haunting of Hill House,” based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel. Considered one of the best ghost stories of our time, this tale is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror.

6th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
October 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 for adults; $15 ages 1-18; free for infants. Prices differ at the door.
Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-548-1789
leefendallhouse.org 

Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween objects 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, and one pumpkin in each of our pumpkin hunt sessions will have a certificate for a special prize hidden inside. Costumes are encouraged.

Old Town Trick-or-Treat
October 26, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Throughout Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314
oldtownbusiness.org

Old Town is rolling out the orange carpet for all the ghouls and goblins this year. Visit Old Town Alexandria Saturday, October 26, 2019, in your spookiest get-ups to collect treats from participating restaurants, shops, and attractions. Visit oldtownbusiness.org for more information. 

Carlyle House’s Wonderland
October 26, 2019, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 for children ages 0-12; $ 1 for adults and children aged 13+
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

Join Carlyle House for a Tim Burton-themed party on the front lawn. Visitors are invited to interact with several characters from Tim Burton’s films, including Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and play a variety of Burton-themed games. Show off your creativity in the costume contest at 2 p.m. Enjoy Burton films, which will be playing on the back terrace throughout the event. 

Carlyle House’s Nightmare
October 26, 2019, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-2997
novaparks.com

As night falls, Carlyle House shows Tim Burton’s more sinister movies. Participate in a Burton-themed scavenger hunt around the grounds of the house for the chance to win a Burton-themed prize. Enjoy Burton films, which will be playing on the back terrace throughout the evening.

Historic Cemetery Tour
October 26, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, active-duty military and veterans; $8 for children; free for ages 6 and under
Tour departs from the corner of Wilkes St. and S. Payne St.
774-641-9006
discoveralexva.com

Enjoy a guided tour through several of Alexandria’s historic cemeteries. Learn about Alexandria’s famous residents, including those who fought in the Revolutionary War, Mexican War and Civil War. Private tours are available by request (prices will differ). Tickets can be purchased online or at the Alexandria Visitor Center.

Poems and Stories of Edgar Allen Poe at Ivy Hill Cemetery
October 26-28, 2019 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Admission: $20
Tour begins at the Ivy Hill Cemetery Office, 2823 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302
703-549-7413
ivyhillcemetery.net

“Even in the grave, all is not lost!” The Guillotine Theatre presents “Poe in the Vault” at Ivy Hill Cemetery. This is a sell-out event in the most suitable environment. This ghost tour, accessible to those with limited mobility, begins at the Ivy Hill Cemetery Office and ends at the Receiving Vault, where actors from Guillotine Theatre will read from the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Seating is limited. RSVP to info@IHCHPS.org. 

Grief & Ghost Tour at Lee-Fendall House
October 26-October 28 and November 1-2, 2019 beginning 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
leefendallhouse.org

Celebrate Halloween with a look at Victorian mourning traditions combined with stories of tragic deaths and mysterious encounters at Lee-Fendall House. Learn about the rituals and customs surrounding death in the Victorian period, including funeral practices, hair jewelry, mourning clothing, and séances. These tours offer a rare opportunity to see the house after dark. 

Trick-or-Treating with Dogs at Mount Vernon
October 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults and children ages 12 and up; $12 for youth ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
703-780-2000
mountvernon.org/doghalloween

Bring your dog to Mount Vernon for howl-o-ween fun. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in front of the Mansion, meet people from Washington’s world and enjoy treats for your pup (while supplies last). This event is for pups and their humans only. Price included in admission.

Doggie Trick-or-Treat
October 27, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Dog Park, 705 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-888-2818
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. There will be 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 29-30, 2019 at 7 p.m.; October 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, active-duty military and veterans; $8 for children; free for ages 6 and under
Tour starts at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
774-641-9006
discoveralexva.com

Discover Alexandria presents an extended version of its Ghosts of Alexandria tour offered only during Halloween week. Guests will explore haunted Old Town at twilight, learning more about the city’s history and lingering spirits. Tour departs from the Alexandria Visitor's Center. Dogs are welcome. 

Poe in Alexandria
October 30-31, 2019 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4994
shop.alexandriava.gov 

Don't miss two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre: Edgar Allan Poe. Actor David Keltz recreates one of Edgar Allen Poe’s 19th-century speaking engagements, including literary criticism, short stories, poetry, and musings. 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.

Find more Halloween events at VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Halloween

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 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 into 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. Learn more at VisitAlexandriaVA.com

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