Weekend in the Parks

It’s the final weekend of October. Time to yuk it up, ride the ghost train or hit the dance floor at your Fairfax County Parks.


  • Just for Laughs: End the week on a high note as the Workhouse hosts another Live Stand-up Comedy Night. This event features local comedian and radio show host Danny Rouhier from “The Holden & Danny Show.” Rouhier has performed all over North America at clubs like Caroline’s on Broadway, the DC Improv, Funnybone comedy clubs and at festivals in Boston, DC, Detroit and Seattle. Ages 18 and above welcome. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center. $15/person (in advance, $20/person at the door). For information call 703-584-2900.
  • Haunted Wagon Ride and Scary Movie: Take a wagon ride through the haunted meadow and then roast marshmallows over a campfire and watch a scary Halloween movie on a giant outdoor screen. Bring flashlights and blankets. Participants age 8 and above are welcome. 7 to 10 p.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (meet at Cabell’s Mill). $6/child, $8/adult. For information call 703-631-0013.
  • Basic Gardening — Easy to Grow Shrubs: Shrubs add shape and structure, in addition to flowers, berries, autumn color, foliage and colored stems. Master Gardeners show you how properly selected shrubs are easy to care for and can provide year-round interest. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


  • Happy Howl-oween! Are you and Fido ready for some howlin’ good Halloween fun? Head over to Lake Accotink for the Annual Howloween and Boneyard Hunt to witness the best in canine creativity. Watch as festive furry friends compete for special prizes and treats! The costume contest is followed by a walk through the “boneyard” to sniff out well-earned treats. All dogs must be leashed and friendly. 2 to 4 p.m. Lake Accotink Park’s large pavilion. $6/dog. To register call 703-569-0285.
  • Re-enactment of John Carlyle’s 1780 Funeral: Step back in time and be part of the historic funeral of Alexandria founder John Carlyle as you learn about mourning practices in early America, then join the funeral procession as mourners proceed with the coffin from Carlyle House south on Fairfax Street to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. A short 18th-century benediction and blessing will be held in the Meeting House followed by a mock internment at John Carlyle’s lantern-lit grave in the cemetery. The package includes a ghost tour of Old Town Alexandria, during which participants will visit the candlelit Carlyle House to view the coffin and pay respects to surviving family members. 6 to 9 p.m. Carlyle House Historic Park. $15/person. (Death and mourning program only, $5/person.) To purchase tickets call 703-683-3451.
  • Halloween Goblin Golf and Bonfire: A spooktacular event geared toward adults and children of all ages. Boldly venture forth onto the haunted golf course to play a round of miniature golf with glow-in-the-dark golf balls! Ride the spooky carousel, sip hot chocolate and hear stories around a beach bonfire. 6 to 9 p.m. Lake Accotink Park marina. $8/person. Costumes welcome. To register call 703-569-0285.
  • Family Fun — Wizard’s Plant and Potions: Muggles, conjure up some magic in the gardens and explore the special powers of Harry Potter’s favorite plants. Craft a wizard’s wand and learn potion recipes just in time for Halloween! Participants ages 5 and above are welcome. 2 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.
  • Ghost Train at Burke Lake: Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Burke Lake Park. $4/person. (Also Oct. 28.) For information call at 703-323-6600.
  • Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets in “Migration”: Master puppeteer Hobey Ford returns to the natural world of animals to explore the wonders, trials and sometimes unspeakable beauty of those in search of a better way of life. A young Mexican girl, Beatriz, witnesses wild animals and insects migrate while going through the same thing with her family. Ford performs the voices and manipulates the puppets in full view, connecting the action on stage to the audience. This gorgeous production is a touching story of change and hope that will move your family. For ages 5 and above. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. $15/person ($10/McLean Community Center district residents.) For information call 703-790-0123.


  • Song and Dance: Hit the dance floor (in costume this week if you like!) as the Sunday Soiree series makes a comeback. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Don’t miss these casual dances and make sure to bring friends. Dance or just listen to the music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio. Refreshments will be served and included in the price of admission. 3 to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center. $5/person. For information call 703-790-0123.
  • Family Backyard: Toad Abodes: Attract slug-eating toads by building a shady spot with a flower pot, a fresh water source and a hibernaculum for overwintering. Learn why harmless toads have been misunderstood for centuries! Suited for ages 4 to 11. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

Information was correct at time of publication. Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled.