Alexandria, VA’s 17 Extraordinary Halloween Events October 10, 2014
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Alexandria, VA's
17 Extraordinary Halloween Events

"Howl-o-Ween," Ghost Tours and Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques


Alexandria, VA - This October, celebrate the spookiest time of year in Alexandria, a city with a remarkable past whose spirits continue to haunt its streets today. Halloween festivities stretch across the month of October, encouraging families and visitors to don their most creative costumes and learn about Alexandria's history while indulging in sweets from favorite local "haunts." Trick-or-treat throughout the Old Town Boutique District, strut down the dog-walk in the Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest or embark on a fright-worthy late-night tour of Alexandria's haunted hotspots. Only a city as riddled with history as Alexandria can produce chills to last all season.

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October 14, 2014

"Long Black Veil" Brew Release Event
6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $25 advance registration, $30 at the door
Gadsby's Tavern, 134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-4242


Join Port City Brewing Company and Gadsby's Tavern Museum as we celebrate the release of Port City's newest beer, Long Black Veil. This black India Pale Ale was inspired by the famous tale of the Female Stranger, an unidentified woman who died at Gadsby's Tavern on October 14, 1816. Be one of the first to taste the beer on the anniversary of the Female Stranger's death and visit the room where she died!

October 16, 2014

Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Readings from the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7 p.m.
Admission: $10
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Hear actors from Guillotine Theatre interpret stories and poems by the master of the macabre in the reputedly haunted Athenaeum, where spooks await to make their appearance, and enjoy a dessert reception following the reading.

October 17-18, 2014

Doctor Summoned to Carlyle House Historical Haunts Tour
7-8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15/person or $25/couple; $5/child (ages 12-17)
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


This Historical Haunts Tour takes you inside the historic Carlyle House, where you will witness the efforts of the doctor to save the life of the critically ill Colonel John Carlyle. Learn about early American medical practices and witness 18th century medical instruments in use.

October 18, 2014

Raven's Night at the Legendary Birchmere Music Hall
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25
The Legendary Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305


In celebration of the spooky season, belly dancers slink across the stage and reenact old, familiar tales with a modern twist. Guests are encouraged to join in the festivities by wearing costumes of their own and witness expert choreography in a legendary concert setting.

October 19, 2014

Cauldron Tea at Carlyle House
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: $30/adults, $15/ages 5-12
Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Come to the Carlyle House terrace for a spooky afternoon tea that will be sure to cast a spell on your Halloween celebrations. Little ghosts and goblins will enjoy child-friendly foods, crafts, and a goody bag at the 11 a.m. crafty tea, while adults are invited to an afternoon tea and tour of the museum to learn about 18th century funeral and mourning practices in Virginia. Costumes are encouraged for both teas.

October 24-25, 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
5:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 children ages 1-12, $5 infants ages 0-1, $5 ages 13+
Lee-Fendall House, Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Alexandria's ghosts and goblins will fill the Lee-Fendall House 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.

October 24, 2014

Ghost & Graveyard Special Halloween Tour
7 a.m.-9 p.m. (Tours run every 15 minutes)
Admission: $15/adults, $7/ages 7-17
Tours depart from the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King Street in Alexandria
For one night only, Alexandria Colonial Tours will end its special Halloween tour in the very room where one of Alexandria's most mysterious women became a ghost. Weave your way through some of Alexandria's most haunted locations hearing tales of this historic city's past and end in the bedroom of the "Female Stranger" at Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Partial proceeds benefit Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

October 25, 2014
Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Old Town Alexandria


Start trick-or-treating early and stop by the more than two dozen shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages.

October 25, 2014

John Carlyle's 1780 Funeral Reenactment, Vault Visit and Historical Haunt Tour of Alexandria
6-10 p.m.
Admission: $20/person; $30/couple; $10/child (ages 12-17); children ages 11 & under are free. Reservations are recommended.
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314


From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carlyle House, revisit the funeral of Alexandria co-founder John Carlyle and learn about early American mourning practices. View the coffin and pay respects to surviving family members, then follow your guide into Alexandria's rarely-seen underground vaults to learn more about spirits and legends of the 18th century. Return to Carlyle House at 9 p.m. to join a funeral procession to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, where a short 18th-century benediction and blessing will be held, followed by a mock internment at John Carlyle's lantern-lit grave in the cemetery.

October 25-November 15, 2014

The Rocky Horror Show
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Admission: $25-35
Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


Come see the classic, campy musical that inspired the classic cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Meet innocent couple, Brad and Janet, as they seek shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night. It is there that they meet a mad scientist who has been experimenting with creations of his own. What follows is a night of fun and frivolity in this spoof of old-time horror flicks, an interactive musical that is nothing less than a glitter rock, horror, comedy, alien circus!

October 26, 2014

Doggy Trick or Treat
Goody bag pickup from 1-3 p.m.; trick or treat at participating stores until close of business
Admission: Free
The Dog Park, 705 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 888-2818
Doggy trick-or-treating is back! Pick up a goody bag and a map of participating businesses at The Dog Park, then lead your pet around Old Town to find treats. The Dog Park will also host a doggy costume contest for the chance to win bonus prizes!

October 26, 2014
18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
2-4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Mount Vernon Avenue, south of Bellefonte Avenue


Don your best Halloween costume and march in the 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, which historically has attracted thousands of participators. Adults, children and dogs are all welcome to join.

October 30, 2014

Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest
Contest registration at 5 p.m.
Contest begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Winners announced at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 registration
Jackson 20, 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Celebrate Halloween and the finale of the Doggy Happy Hour series with Doggy Howl-o-ween, where up to 50 contestants will strut down the catwalk in the outdoor courtyard, modeling their Halloween finest. The costume contest benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). During the evening's festivities, guests can purchase Halloween-themed cocktails from Jackson 20 lead bartender Andy Nelson as well as doggy-themed beers from Dogfish Head Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company and enjoy light bites from Jackson 20. Complimentary doggy treats and fresh water bowls will be available for all canine friends.


October 30, 2014

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise
7 p.m.
Admission: $15/adults, $9/children, dogs ride free. Reservations are recommended.
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314


The Potomac Riverboat Company invites guests with costumed pups in tow to cruise around the Potomac River on this 40-minute ride to Halloween tunes. Halloween doggie treats will be provided, as well as a photographer to capture the morning's festivities.

October 30-31, 2014

Poe in Alexandria
8 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Watch as actor David Keltz returns to the Lyceum to reenact famed storyteller Edgar Allan Poe's visit to Alexandria shortly before his death. While the bill changes yearly, audience members are certain to glimpse readings of stories like The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, or The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as poems "The Raven" and "El Dorado."


October 31, 2014

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon
3:30-6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child
George Washington's Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


A historic treat! Mount Vernon opens its doors for the first time to trick-or-treaters for an afternoon filled with fun and games, including a scavenger hunt, children's costume parade, spooky storytelling, wagon rides and more.

October 31, 2014

Del Ray Artisans' Halloween Ball
8-11 p.m.
Admission: $5/person or 5 tickets for $20
Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301


Revel in an evening of merriment among art at the Halloween Costume Ball, where guests will be entertained with music, food, drink, a silent movie and work by local artists. Costumes are required.

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Minutes from Washington, DC and located along the scenic Potomac waterfront, Alexandria offers cosmopolitan shopping and dining against a backdrop of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Named a "Top ArtPlace" for its dedication to maintaining a thriving artistic and cultural scene, the city houses renowned art galleries, theater companies and music halls. Once home to George Washington and key players throughout American history, Alexandria combines its rich history with award-winning restaurants, chic boutiques and ever-evolving arts to create an extraordinary getaway destination.

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