Weekender: Trick or Treat, Dog Costumes and Pie

This may be one of the most fun weekends of the year and your Fairfax County Parks have a lot to contribute.


  • Break the Ice! There’s lots of spooky fun to be had on the ice as as Haunted Rock ‘N Blades returns.  Hit the rink and test out your skills at this special Halloween edition, and be sure to wear a costume! 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Mount Vernon RECenter Ice Rink. $10/person, includes rental skates. For information call 703-768-3224.
  • Trick or Treat — Haunted Woods: All your favorite ghosts and goblins are back again this year, along with two new tantalizingly scary treat stations. Children ages 6 to 14 are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Event is rain or shine. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $10/person ($7/Meadowlark members). Payment (required in advance) can be made by calling 703-255-3631 x 0.
  • Haunted Pond: Scary stories told by the campfire, and a night walk into the forest in search of foxes, deer and owls. Bring a flashlight. S’mores provided. Canceled if rain. Children ages 6 and above welcome. 7 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $8/person.  Register online.


  • Doggone Fun: Are you and Fido ready for some howlin’ good Halloween fun? Show off your costume creativity and help your furry friend compete for special prizes and treats at the Howloween Dog Costume Contest and Boneyard Hunt. The contest is followed by a walk through the “boneyard” to sniff out well-earned treats. All dogs must be leashed and friendly toward other dogs, children and people of all ages. 2 to 4 p.m. Lake Accotink Park. $6/dog. Register (required) by phone at 703-569-0285.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: This imaginative and racy rock ‘n roll musical is one of the first and only real audience participation films.  Costumes are encouraged, participation is appreciated and personality is required! A shadow cast will be selected by random draw 15 minutes prior to the film screening. The first 100 tickets sold will include a complimentary prop bag. (No outside props allowed.) Advanced ticket purchase recommended. 9 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $10/person. For information call 703-495-0001.
  • Haunted Hayride: Journey into the past at Laurel Hill, site of the former Lorton Prison. Discover its secrets and the stories of its past while enjoying a hayride. Stops at various locations along the way. To get everyone in the mood, Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” will start each ride. Trips last one hour. 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Hidden Pond Nature Center. $10/person.  For information call 703-451-9588.
  • Delta Blues Guitarist Scott Ainslie: Part storyteller, part historian, part educator and a highly talented player. A consummate musician, Ainslie’s lion-hearted voice will be accompanied by one of his choice instruments – acoustic guitar, National slide guitar or fretless gourd banjo. Ainslie will also share historical anecdotes and his personal experiences with numerous elder blues musicians. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater. $20/person ($15/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Halloween Family Fun Day: Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy sensational performances perfect for the whole family. Famed storyteller Gary Lloyd will put children into the Halloween spirit, followed by a performance by Bob Brown’s Puppets in “Monster Madness.” Little ghosts and goblins age 8 and younger can also try their skill at carnival games to win candy and prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian age 18 and older. Noon to 2 p.m. Reston Community Center’s Hunters Woods. Free. For information call 703-476-4500.


  • Great Scot! Award-winning Scottish singer Julie Fowlis wows crowds with her Scots Gaelic folk song stylings. Fowlis, who has won Gaelic Singer of the Year and Album of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, specializes in the music of her native Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands to the west of Scotland. Her knowledge of the region’s folk music traditions is matched only by her passionate performances, which are by turns heartbreakingly emotional and irresistibly exuberant. 4 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre.  $25/person ($18/McLean Community Center Tax District residents.)  For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Costume Halloween Run: Participate in the Fifth Annual Halloween Run! Costumes are encouraged. Group A (ages 13 and older) begins at 9 a.m. Group B (ages 12 and under) begins at 9:15 a.m. Burke Lake Park. $10/ages 12 and under, $15/ages 13 and above. To register, call 703-866-0566.
  • Ghost Train: Board the haunted train at Burke Lake for a special ride through the forest. Costumes are encouraged! The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Burke Lake Park. $4.50/person.  For information call 703-323-6600.
  • The Story of Pie: See and hear the story of pie throughout history and taste a mystery pie. 1 to 3 p.m. Historic Green Spring. $27/person includes a traditional English tea program. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.