While the Christmas season is usually full of front yard displays, Halloween is definitely giving it a run for its money in Northern Virginia. Take a trip to these neighborhoods for an evening of frights come to life this month.
4212 Elizabeth Ln., Annandale
The Tombs of Truro are back in Annandale. Want a true fright? This DIY trail is a must this season. The home haunt features plenty of spooky trees, chilling graveyards, and a mausoleum to increase the fright factor.
Captain’s Row, Alexandria
When Halloween rolls around, this Alexandria street never disappoints. With skeletons climbing buildings, gigantic spiders, a 12-foot-tall skeleton, the Wicked Witch of the East, and more, you’ll be in awe of the creativity when walking down this cobblestone street.
As part of its annual Halloween Parade, the Alexandria neighborhood will also be looking for the best Halloween house. The competition has been around for over 30 years, so you know the residents will be going all out to win top honors. Alexandria
Mill Street, Occoquan
The historic (and spooky) mill town adds to its perfect autumn aesthetic come October. During the haunted month, as you do your fall shopping along Mill Street, make sure to check out the different holiday decorations in the shops’ windows for their annual contest.
With a name like that, you’re sure to witness one of the greatest Halloween houses the region has seen. Entering its 19th year of extreme designs, the Herndon home is taking it to the next level with its “Creepy Dolls” display. 610 Spring St., Herndon
6927 Churchill Rd., McLean
Jurassic Park has come to life in McLean. And just like the movie, things don’t look too good for the humans. This setup includes plenty of handmade decorations, including the various dinosaurs spread throughout the yard. Don’t miss out this year because the theme for this house changes every year.
In October, our beloved pets return from the grave and find a new home at this Alexandria pet cemetery. Full of dogs, spiders, horses, and even dinosaurs, walk by the haunted layout to check out all of the eerie creatures that made their way back to celebrate All Hallows Eve. Plus, find spirits from the Wild West, pirates, knights, and dragons.
This yard definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. The family-friendly haunt allows guests to walk through 150 Halloween animatronics that are full of screams, ghouls, and jump scares. Make sure to check the weather before venturing out, as the display is off when it rains. 4401 Dolphin Ln., Alexandria
Between Wilson Boulevard and Pershing Drive lies Arlington’s best spook-tastic street. From a front-yard funeral home to a house turned pirate ship and plenty of ghouls in between, you can spend hours reveling at the stunning yard displays.
This Stafford County home has the ultimate Halloween display. These fanatics change up their skeleton display every week with a new theme, so multiple visits are a must. From a skeleton yoga class to a monster baseball game, you won’t want to miss these designs. Plus, the new creations are posted on Facebook, so you never have to miss out on the fun. 11 Pendleton Rd., Falmouth
Feature imageby Sam Kittner for Visit Alexandria
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