Whether your penchant is to search for ghosts during a haunted walk, scream from your seat at a suspense film festival or dress in costume and sail down the Potomac, these events prove that Halloween isn’t just for the school-aged set.
Oct. 4-Nov.5, 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Book early, as these wildly popular spooky wine tastings always sell out. Walk along the historic Centreville property with a glass of wine on his lantern-led outdoor tour, where you’ll learn about the Civil War history behind the storied grounds. Tours last around 30 minutes and cost $55 per person, including your choice of wine. New this year, wine tour guests have exclusive access to the winery grounds from 7-9:30 p.m., with specials on bottles and mulled wine served in a logo mug. // The Winery at Bull Run: 15950 Lee Highway, Centreville; $55
Oct. 16 & 17, 2020, 6-9 p.m.
These 60-75 minute walking tours take you to some of downtown Leesburg’s most spirited locations: the County Courthouse, Lynch House, Glenfiddich House/Harrison Hall and Leesburg Presbyterian Church. During the tour of these historic homes and businesses your guide will regale you with the history and ghostly tales of the town. All tour stops are outside this year, masks are required and advanced tickets must be purchased online. // Loudoun Museum: 16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg; $20
Through Oct. 28, times vary
Fans of The Master of Suspense won’t want to miss the film festival running in October at the Mosaic District theater. It kicks off with Rear Window, followed by The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt and Vertigo. Tickets cost $10 and can be booked online with reserved seating; as always, The Angelika offers a selection of craft beers and wines, small bites and other concessions during the show. // Angelika Film Center: 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; $10 per movie
Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.
The Herndon theatre company has transformed its parking lot into an intimate outdoor performance space with a wine garden and socially-distant, cafe-style seating for 40. Rebecca Ballinger and Joshua Simon bring you an evening of Halloween skits, games, songs and fun. Attendees are welcome to pack a meal, bring take-out or order from a local restaurant, a few of which will deliver, and beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from their on-site bar. // NextStop Theatre: 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon; $40
Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-midnight
Spend All Hallow’s Eve in Leesburg at a drag show and culinary event at ChefScape Kitchen, a food hall, bar and shared kitchen that serves as an incubator for burgeoning food businesses. Watch a performance from Alexa V, Shontelle and cast from your spot at a socially-distanced table with food and drink service via QR code ordering. Tickets must be purchased for an entire table and range from $200 for 4 people to $1,000 for 10 people; lounge tickets include wine, cheese and charcuterie and you can purchase additional add-ons to be set up at arrival. Guests are subject to COVID-19 screening and must wear a mask when not seated at the table. // Chefscape: 1602 Village Market Blvd., Suite 120, Leesburg; $200-$1,000 per table
Editor’s note: This event has been canceled.
Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
Come dressed in costume for this outdoor Halloween concert and costume party at Vienna’s ever-popular coffee house performance venue. The event is free, but guests seated at tables are asked to respect Jammin’ Java’s two-item minimum purchase. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; free
Oct. 31, 7-9 p.m.
Get decked out in costume for a cruise on the Potomac River under the stars with the DC cityscape whizzing by; the trip includes snacks and two hours of top shelf open bar. Ticket options include booking a private table for 6 ($500) or individual tickets for $100. Occupancy is capped at 50% to allow for social distancing, everyone must wear a mask and the event is cashless. // Georgetown Harbor: 3050 K St. NW, Washington, DC; $200-$600
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