Halloween, fall events plentiful
Winchester — The ghosts, ghouls and jack-0-lanterns are coming out in force with a bundle of Halloween and fall events scheduled throughout October in the area.
The month will have a mixture of new events and returning favorites as people celebrate the season with a multitude of parties, haunted houses, trick-or-treating and other activities.
Zombies will run, walk and drag along the trails at Chet Hobert Park with the new Zombie 5K Invasion, said Tracey Pitcock, recreation program coordinator for the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department. The Oct. 27 race is limited to 100 participants, who will be divided between runners and walkers versus zombies.
The race will have four start times, separated by mere minutes, she said. The contest will start at 3 p.m. with runners, followed by running zombies a minute later. Then the walkers start, followed by walking zombies.
“Basically for three miles, they are going to be behind you — harassing you, making you want to walk or run faster,” Pitcock said with a laugh.
Runners and walkers will wear a belt, similar to ones used for flag football, with lifelines on them. Their goal is to finish the race with all lifelines intact, while the zombies are tasked with collecting as many as they can.
Entry for the race costs $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event (if openings remain). Participants must be 10 or older. Race-day registration lasts from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. — also the time when the zombies will have their last-minute transformation. A zombie meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the rules. After the race, a party with awards and raffles will be held.
For more information or to register, contact 540-955-5140.
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society also is delving into the world of the departed for the first time with its “Who’s Haunting Abrams Delight?” event Oct. 27, Director Cissy Shull said.
One-hour tours will depart at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. from Hollingsworth Mill at 1360 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester. Participants will head from the mill to Abram’s Delight, where they will have a conversation with “ghost” Mary Hollingsworth, the last person to die in the house (in 1917), Shull said.
Guests will hear tour guides share experiences of things they have seen and heard in the house. Then they will head to the property’s log cabin to listen to ghost hunting information offered by Stacey Graham of Clarke County, author of “The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide.”
“We wanted to do something a little different from the historical society,” Shull said. “Probably one out of two people who tour the house always ask about our ghosts.”
Admission costs $5 and children 12 and under are admitted free. Each tour will be limited to 20 people. Cider and cookies will be served. The event is not recommended for children under 6. For more information, call 540-662-6550.
A wide variety of other events are planned this month:
Visitors to Hill High Farm at 933 Barley Lane may take a hayride to The Pumpkin Patch to pick a pumpkin during weekends this month. The hayrides cost $6 per person and each rider will receive a pumpkin.
The farm will also offer the Crop Circle Corn Maze, an 8-acre cornfield filled with 42 connecting circles. The maze is open 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The maze costs $5 per person; children under 4 are admitted free. No tickets are sold an hour before closing.
The farm is also home to the Haunted Nightmares Haunted House, open from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays until Oct. 14. Then the house will extend its Sunday hours to 10 p.m. and its Friday and Saturday times to 11 p.m. It will also be open from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 25 and 31. Daytime tickets cost $10 and night tickets $12.
The indoor attraction is not recommended for children younger than 7, pregnant women, or people with health conditions.
An children’s zone with inflatable play devices will be open for younger children from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month.
People can also visit a straw maze and farm animals for free.
Visit thepumpkin-patch.com or call 540-667-7377.
Devil’s Den Haunted Attractions are open in Jim Barnett Park and will be open weekends throughout the month and the week of Halloween until Oct. 31. The hours of operation are 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Oct. 29 to 31.
Tickets cost $13 per person. The den is open rain or shine. For more information, visit thedevilsden.com.
Wilson’s Wild Animal Park at 985 W. Parkins Mill Road in Frederick County also has a Pumpkin Patch open all month, with hayrides available on the weekends. Admission to the patch is free with regular admission to the park, which is $7 for anyone 3 and older and free for children younger than 3.
The park is open from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Last admission is one hour before closing.
Call 540-662-5715 or visit wilsonswildanimalpark.com.
Mackintosh Fruit Farm at 1608 Russell Road near Berryville will have a corn maze from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this month. Maze admission is $7 for anyone 13 and older; $5 for those 12 and younger; children younger than 4 are admitted free.
The maze will turn into a Haunted Corn Maze from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26-28. Admission costs $5 per person.
The regular farm hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and apples are available to buy, as are pumpkins, Asian pears and late-season vegetables. Visit mackintoshfruitfarm.com or call 540-955-2161.
PFLAG of Winchester will hold a Halloween Party at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Courtyard Marriott in Winchester. The event will include a costume contest, 50/50 raffle, fortune-telling, and karaoke. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 540-686-1677.
Spookcessible, a Halloween event for children with special needs, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Children's Dream Accessible Playground in Jim Barnett Park. Children will search for easily accessible non-spooky ghosts to turn in for treats and pick a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch. Visitors should bring lunch and play at Christianson Familyland. Admission is free. Register by Oct. 13 with Winchester Parks and Recreation by calling 540-662-4946.
The Ghouls & Gals party for middle school students, sponsored by the Winchester Parks and Recreation Department, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 in the social hall of the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park. Halloween costumes are encouraged; identification is required for admission. The cost is $5 per person until Oct. 12, when it increases to $8. Food will be available at minimal cost. Call 540-662-4946 or visit winchesterva.gov/parks.
The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department will bring Halloween Happenings to Clear Brook Park at 112 Clearbrook Drive from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
Visitors can ride through haunted trails on hay wagons. Spooky and not-so-spooky rides will be available for younger children. The fee is $5 for those 8 and older; $3 for ages 4 to 7; and free for those 3 and younger. Call 540-665-5600 or visit co.frederick.va.us/parks.
A Haunted Woods Tour, sponsored by the Buracker Bunch Relay for Life team to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20 (rain date Oct. 27) at 2290 Hudson Hollow Road east of Stephens City. Admission is $7.50 per person. Food and drinks will be sold.
The tour will consist of a short hay wagon ride to a Haunted Woods walking trail. Attendees may remain on the wagon and be taken back to the loading site. All proceeds will aid the cancer society.
The Long Branch Historic House and Farm at 830 Long Branch Lane near Millwood will offer a Paranormal & Ghost Tour at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 to 28. Admission is $13. Call 540-837-1856 or visit historiclongbranch.com.
Posh Pets Boutique at 16 S. Loudoun St. will hold its second annual Pet Halloween Parade and Paw-ty from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Pets, children and owners in costume will parade down the Loudoun Street Mall and return to the shop for costume contests, snacks, free Halloween photos and prizes. Admission is free. For information, call 540-722-7213.
The Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department’s Enchanted Pumpkin Patch will materialize from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in Chet Hobert Park for children 3 to 10, with Halloween-themed activities, games, prizes, music, candy and decorations. Costumes are encouraged for youngsters. The fee is $5.
Call 540-955-5140 or visit clarkecounty.gov/parks/parksandrecreation for more information.
NW Works will hold its seventh annual Haunted Casino Night fundraiser from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27. Tickets cost $50 at the door and are available in the NW Works office, at nwworks.com or at Winchester-area Handy Mart locations. For more information, call 540-667-0809.
Thrill the World and Kernstown Trick or Treat will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd. Parents should bring their children to trick-or-treat at the businesses in Kernstown Commons. Face-painting, carnival games, a DJ and a craft table are planned.
Thrill the World is the theater’s annual attempt to help break the world record for most people simultaneously performing the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. The dance starts at 6 p.m. Participants must register. Six dance rehearsals will be held throughout the month.
The theater also will hold a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11 p.m. It is a classic Halloween screening with goodie bags for audience participation. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets cost $20, and a portion will benefit the AIDS Response Effort. For details, call 540-313-4060 or visit drafthouse.com/winchester.
The Family Drive-In Theater at 5890 Valley Pike (U.S. 11) near Stephens City will hold a Halloween Costume Contest and Trunk or Treat from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 with bounce houses, hayrides, firetrucks, pumpkin-decorating contest, apple-bobbing, trunk-or-treating (each car sjpi;d bring two to three bags of candy), costume contests for children, adults and pets, a haunted limousine and movies.
The seasonal movies will be geared for families on Screen 1, with horror films on Screen 2 for the older crowd.
The entry fee is $10 for adults and $4 for children 3-11, if they stay for movies. Without movies, the charge is $10 per carload. Visit thefamilydriveintheatre.com.
Halloween in Old Town will be held Oct. 27 on the Loudoun Street Mall. Free guided ghost tours by Sandy Jones are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. starting at the Cork Street entrance of the mall. Trick-or-treating will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 540-722-7576 or visit oldtownwinchesterva.com.
The Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court in Berryville will hold its Harvest party KAM JAM Oct. 27. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the party starts at 7. The blues, barbecue and harvest party will feature Terry Oates & The Mudcats. Visitors may dress as a favorite musician, musical artist or a musical instrument for prizes. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org.
The Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company at 9381 North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522) will hold a haunted trail and children’s Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The event is free, and snacks will be served. A Haunted Hayride and Terror Trail (admission fee required) will begin when night falls. Call 540-888-3000.
Stephens City United Methodist Church at 5291 Main St. will hold its Fall Fun Fest from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Trunk-or-treating and games such as doughnut-on-a string and candy corn relay will be played. Apple cider and fall treats will be served in the fellowship hall. Admission is free; costumes are optional. Contact 540-869-2348.
Blandy Experimental Farm at 400 Blandy Farm Lane near Boyce will hold a “Full Moon Hike” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes to explore the arboretum under a full moon (no dogs are allowed). Admission for members of Foundation of the State Arboretum is $8; for nonmembers, $10; and for families, $20. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call 540-837-1758 ext. 224.
The Apple Blossom Mall will hold its Halloween Boo Bash from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, with trick-or-treating and a costume contest for five age groups. Registration for the contest begins at 5 p.m. and the judging takes place at 5:30 p.m. Face masks can be worn only by children 12 and under. No toy weapons are permitted.
The Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church at 1025 Cedar Creek Grade will have a Trunk-or- Treat event from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Candy and fun will be shared with parents and children. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free.