Autumn marks that weird time of the year where it is warm during the day and super chilly at night. It is also the perfect time to spend some time outdoors next to the fire. If you are looking to warm up on those cold nights (and enjoy a gooey s’more) visit one of these campfire events around NoVA.
Oct. 17, 3 p.m.
Learn how to cook and harvest your own food like the native people at this special campfire cookout. Participants will discover how resources were used and learn some easy recipes and cooking techniques. // Riverbend Park: 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls; $12
Oct. 23, 6-7 p.m.
Stay comfy inside your home for a virtual campfire. Join others in the community for a night of scary stories and festive crafts. Craft packages need to be picked up at Sterling Community Center prior to the event. // free
Oct. 23 & 30, 6:30 p.m.
After a hard week of work or virtual learning, enjoy a relaxing night around the campfire. Each week the program features a variety of activities to help learn about nature, including nature walks, animal presentations and interactive activities. // Lake Accotink Park: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield; $12
Oct. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Take the family to the fun and educational Creepy Crawly Campfire. Gather around the campfire for a night of songs, stories, animal guests and s’mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. // Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park: 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington; free
Oct. 25, 3:30-5 p.m. & 5:30-7 p.m.
Spend your Sunday night at the park enjoying this fun adventure. Start off your night with a wagon ride full of scarecrows and treats. Afterwards, enjoy festive stories and s’mores around the campfire. // Riverbend Park: 8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls; $12
Oct. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Enjoy some Halloween festivities with your campfire at this Haunted Night Hike. Travel through the haunted woods then enjoy scary stories by the fire as you feast on s’mores. Participants are asked to wear appropriate footwear and bring a personal facemask. // Potomac Overlook Regional Park: 2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington; $8
Oct. 30, 7:30-9 p.m.
Gather for a night of spooky stories around the fire pit at Ben Lomond. The historic site is known for its use as a Civil War hospital and many have claimed to see ghosts wondering the site. Participants are asked to bring their own chair and flashlight. // Ben Lomond Historic Site: 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas; $5
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