An Extraordinarily Spooky Halloween Destination October 2, 2013

Events all month long include ghost tours, costumed dogs competing at "Howl-o-Ween," boutique trick-or-treats and more.

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An Extraordinarily Spooky Halloween Destination
Ghost Tours, "Howl-o-ween" and Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques

This Halloween, celebrate the spookiest time of year in Alexandria: a city with a remarkable past, whose spirits continue to haunt its streets today. 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 delectable sweets. Trick-or-treat throughout the Old Town Boutique District, explore the Christmas Attic's haunted upstairs 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 12, 2013

The Christmas Attic/Urban Attic Annual Get Wicked Event

6-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Christmas Attic, 125 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Join the Christmas Attic staff for a tour of the store's attic and learn who haunts the Christmas hotspot's top floor. Kid friendly activities include a spooky story time between 6-7 p.m., craft activities, tarot card readings and face painting. Show up in a Halloween costume and receive a special gift!


October 17, 2013

Poems and Stories of Edgar Allen Poe

7 p.m.
Admission: $10
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Actors from Guillotine Theatre will read stories and poems by one of the original masters of horror in a historic setting rumored to be haunted. This year's readings include The Tell-Tale Heart, The Oval Portrait, The Cask of Amontillado and The Raven.


October 19, 2013

Spirits, Suffering, and Society: Death in Civil War Alexandria

6-9 p.m.
Admission: $15
Lee-Fendall House, Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Lee-Fendall House, once sanctuary to wounded Union soldiers, continues its second-annual living history program, this year exploring the mass degree of loss experienced by Civil War soldiers and their families. Visitors witness reenactments of a soldier facing his death, a 19th century casket surrounded by grieving family members and a spiritualist providing closure to those in need.


October 20, 2013

Cauldron Tea at Carlyle House

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

Don a Halloween costume and delight in spooky afternoon tea on the terrace of Carlyle House. Learn about 18th century funeral rituals and mourning practices in Virginia or tour the grounds and museum.


October 25, 2013

Ghosts and Folklore of Alexandria

7 p.m.
Admission: $10
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Betty Ward of Footsteps to the Past and author/historian Michael Lee Pope share stories of Alexandria's haunted past, followed by a dessert reception. Daring participants are urged to embark on a short ghost walk after the event.


October 25, 26 & 27, 2013

Ghost & Graveyard Special Halloween Tour

6:30-9 p.m. (Tours run every 15 minutes)
Admission: $15/adults, $7/ages 7-17
Tours begin on the corner of King & Fairfax Street outside the Burke & Herbert Bank

For a limited time only, Alexandria Colonial Tours ends its special Halloween tour in the very room where a tragic death occurred. Additionally, weave through some of Alexandria's most haunted locations, from Candie's Candies to Christ Church, hearing tales of this historic city's spooky past. Partial proceeds of Special Halloween tours go to Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

October 26, 2013

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 26, 2013

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 26, 2013

Ghoulish Graveyard at The Sugar Cube

1:30-3 p.m.
Admission: $35
The Sugar Cube, 1218 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

This year children six and up are invited to stop by one of Alexandria's favorite sweet shops to create chocolate pudding "dirt" and chocolate skulls for spooky Halloween treats.


October 26, 2013

Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise

10 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Admission: $15/adults, $9/children, dogs ride free
Alexandria City Marina, 0 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

The Potomac Riverboat Company invites guests with costumed-pup 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 26, 2013

The Reenactment of John Carlyle's 1780 Funeral and Footsteps to the Past

6:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $15/ghost tour, museum visit, and funeral re-enactment, $10/museum visit and funeral re-enactment, $5/museum visit
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Revisit the funeral of Alexandria's co-founder John Carlyle and learn about early American mourning practices. Follow Carlyle's coffin and funeral party by candlelight to the deceased's grave or partake in a Historical Haunt Tour which explores Alexandria's haunted hotspots. Tours offered every 15 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 8 p.m.


October 27, 2013

17th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

2-3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Those participating should meet on Mount Vernon Avenue south of Bellefonte Avenue prior to 2 p.m.

Don your best Halloween costume and march in the 17th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, which historically has attracted thousands of participators. Adults, children and dogs are all welcome to join.


October 28, 2013

Superstition and Magic in the Classical World

7 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

This lecture by historian Lauren Hammersen explores the role of magic and superstition in the day-to-day lives of ancient peoples, which ultimately composed the foundation for contemporary myths, legends and folklore.


October 30-31, 2013

Poe in Alexandria

Doors at 7:15 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15
The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Watch as actor David Keltz returns to the Lyceum to reenact famed storyteller Edgar Allen 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, 2013

Halloween at the Athenaeum

Twilight-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Stop by the Athenaeum for hot cider and trick-or-treating for a spooky holiday in a historic 19th-century setting.


October 31, 2013

Doggie Howl-o-ween Costume Contest

Contest registration from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Contest begins promptly at 6:00 pm
Winners announced at approximately 7:00 pm
Admission: $10 registration, $10 suggested donation for non-participants
Jackson 20, 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Jackson 20 and Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Alexandria host their annual Doggie Happy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest, where local pets and their human companions model their Halloween finest while competing for prizes in a contest in the outdoor courtyard.

Prizes will be awarded for:
• Most Glamorous Getup
• Best Dressed Couple (pet/owner costume combo)
• Top Dog Award (best overall costume)

This year's prizes include an overnight stay at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia ("Most Glamorous Getup" award) or the Hotel Monaco Alexandria ("Best Dressed Couple" and "Top Dog Award") plus dinner for two. The evening's festivities will also include Halloween-themed cocktails for purchase and light fare, as well as water bowls for all canine companions. Contest registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be limited to 50 participants. The event will support the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.