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Family Friendly Halloween Events in Arlington

by Katie Pyzyk October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm 5,520 14 Comments

Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, so fans of the holiday have a number of opportunities to attend events over the next few days. There are numerous events for adults at the area bars and restaurants, but here is a list of some family friendly activities for participants of all ages:

  • Halloween Harvest (5:15-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24) — Buyers and Renters Arlington Voice (BRAVO) is hosting a community gardening event. There will be face painting, a treasure hunt, pumpkin decorating and healthy snacks fresh from the garden. Attendees can learn more about community gardens at the free event, which will be held at Whitefield Commons (106 N. Thomas Street).
  • Fire Pit of Horror (6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27) — Join Arlington’s WSC Avant Bard at the Lubber Run Park fire ring as performers bring classic horror tales to life. There will be readings of works by Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP online.
  • Douglas Park Halloween Trail of Terror (7:00-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27) — A haunted trail located at 1620 S. Quincy Street in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods or nonperishable items for donation to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.
  • Trick or Treat with Shirlie (2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27) — The Village at Shirlington is encouraging patrons to dress up in costumes while enjoying free treats at the restaurants and shops. Several of the businesses will have promotions, face painting, crafts and other activities. A list of all participating businesses can be found online. Entries for the pumpkin carving contest can be dropped off at the Hilton Garden Inn from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the winner will receive a $100 gift card to One, Two Kangaroo Toys.
  • FALLoween (10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27) — Market Common (2700 Clarendon Blvd) will hold its annual free event featuring a petting zoo, face painting, music and trick or treating at some of the businesses. A performance by Rocknocerous kicks off the event at 10:00 a.m. People and pets are invited to join in the costume parade at noon.
  • Halloween Party (1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27) — Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street S.) will host a special day for kids ages 3-11. Activities at the free event include carnival games, moon bounces, crafts, a costume parade and prizes.
  • Ghostbusters Viewing (8:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27) — Take in a showing of the classic movie “Ghostbusters” in the Dome Theater at Artisphere. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online.

A listing of some pet friendly Halloween activities can be found in a previous article.

  • Tabs

    $8 to see a movie that’s on TV several times this time of year?

    • YTK

      When I was a kid it was 25 cents to go to the movies and you could watch the movie over and over again.

      • Mrs Brady the old lady

        you could have a night out on the town for a penny and everything was made of wood

      • Let’s not even mention gas prices!

    • Glebe Roader

      And, they will wonder why no one shows up.

      • drax

        I went a few years back. It was sold out. It’s about more than just the movie you see.

        • Captain_Obvious

          Besides the movie, what more is there ?

          • drax

            The fun of watching it with a crowd of people on a big screen instead of alone on your couch at home. You know, the reason people go out for beer, or food, instead of having those at home every night too.

          • Captain_Obvious

            Watching a movie with a bunch of people is not comparable to going out for beer, food, etc. I watch a movie to WATCH a movie and not hear other a-holes talking. I go out for beer, food to eat, drink and socialize and talk. Could I put it any more simply ?

    • Quackers

      Here too the movie’s expected to be nearly sold out:


      • Glebe Roader

        It’s $3 at the Drafthouse.

  • YTK

    Hope those trick or treaters on South 8th street will watch out for the potholes and gravel and craters between the roadway and the new sidewalks.

  • PearDPea

    A Fire Pit of Horror sounds like a perfect family event

  • Bacon

    A few years ago they had Ghost Busters showing at the free Friday outdoor movies in Rosslyn. I took the kids.


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