Halloween, fall events set

Posted: October 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

Ben Lizer, son of Virginia Farm Market owner Joe Lizer, works on a pumpkin display at the business on North Frederick Pike. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

Winchester — Area Halloween haunts, happenings and festivals will fill the month with pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls.

The month will have a mixture of new and returning events as local farms, organizations and churches offer parties, haunted houses, corn mazes, zombie events, trick-or-treating and other activities.


Skyline Laser Tag is putting its own spin on the holiday by offering a Haunted House along with its Zombie Shoot this year, said Alexa Haynes, manager.

Both activities will be held on weekends this month.

The Zombie Shoot brings together actors portraying zombies and people trying to shoot them.

Both events will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays this monthand from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 and 31 at the venue, 2012 S. Loudoun St.

The Haunted House is $10 for adults and $8 for ages 12 and under. The Zombie Shoot is $5 and is recommended for ages 5 and older. For more information, contact 540-662-2272 or go to skylinelastertag.com.

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 through this month. The hayrides cost $6 per person and each rider will receive a pumpkin.

The farm will also offer the Happy Harvest Corn Maze for $6 with a 10-acre cornfield with squares of different sizes. Children under 4 are admitted free. No tickets are sold an hour before closing.

The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The farm will have nighttime hay rides and corn maze and will open its Haunted Nightmares Haunted House from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 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.

People can also visit a hay bale maze and farm animals for free.

Visit thepumpkin-patch.net or call 540-667-7377.

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park at 985 W. Parkins Mill Road in Frederick County also has a Pumpkin Patch open this 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 from 10 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 Happy Apple corn maze from 1 to 6 p.m. daily this month. Maze admission is $5 or free for children 3 and under.

The regular farm hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and apples are available to buy, as are pumpkins, Asian pears and late-season vegetables. Visit mackintoshfruitfarm.com or call 540-955-2161.

Devil’s Den Haunted Attractions at 1900 Valley Ave. is open weekends throughout the month and the week of Halloween.

The hours of operation are 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Oct. 29 to 31.

Tickets cost $15 per person. The den is open rain or shine. For more information, visit thedevils-den.com.

Wayside Farm, 5273 Harry Byrd Highway, near Berryville, will have an Angry Bird corn maze, pumpkin patch, animals, hayrides, and food from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays to Sundays through Nov. 3.

General admission is $10 per person and 2 and under free. Contact 540-539-3276 or info@waysidefarmfun.com or go to waysidefarmfun.com.


Creekside Station shopping center on Valley Avenue will have its fall festival from noon to 5 p.m. today. Admission is free. The day will include a balloon bounce and joust, live music by BB Wolf, prizes, a photo memento, jewelry-making craft, and face painting. There will be live hawks and owls presented at noon and 2 p.m. by Wild Birds Unlimited. A wine tasting will be held with proceeds benefiting NW Works.

For more information, go to creeksideproperties.com.

Oct. 12

Kern Motor Co., 2110 Valley Ave., will hold a free fall carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 to showcase its new showroom.

The event will have complimentary lemonade, cotton candy, funnel cakes, elephant ears, snow cones, popcorn and two inflatable slides. Contact Katie Childress at 540-667-1500, ext. 105.

Oct. 19

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department will add a new Zombie 5K to its offerings this year to benefit Area 13 Special Olympics.

Check-in and onsite registration at Clear Brook Park will be from 7 to 8 a.m. and the race is at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $20.

Participants can run, walk or stroll while they try to avoid zombies on the trails. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers; top master male and female, and top three male and female finishers in each age group.

The Parks and Rec will also bring Halloween Happenings to Clear Brook Park at 112 Clearbrook Drive from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

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.

Trick-or-treating and pumpkin painting for children up to age 12 will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. while supplies last.

For information about either event, call 540-665-5600 or visit www.co.frederick.va.us/departments/o-z/parks-recreation.

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. 19 (rain date Oct. 26) 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 and the Shenandoah Oncology Angel Fund.

A free guided ghost tour of the city of Winchester, led by Sandy Jones, meets at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the corner of Loudoun and Cork streets. Call 540-535-3660 or visit oldtownwinchesterva.com.

The Top of Virginia Building Association/Carter Lumber Cash Party will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Greenwood Fire Hall, 809 Greenwood Road. Tickets are $35 each. Must be 21 to attend. Event has a Halloween theme with a costume contest, food by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, an open bar, and prizes.

For more information, contact 540-665-0365 or info@tvba.org.

Clarke County Parks and Recreation will have “A Mystery Dinner Party: James D. Murder High Class Reunion” from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the recreation center, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville.

The dinner party will have a “Totally ’80s” theme as old friends and enemies come together to see what everyone has become. They soon realize one of them has become a murderer.

The program for ages 16 and up is $30. For more information, contact 540-955-5143.

Oct. 22

Spookcessible, a Halloween event for children with special needs, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Children’s Dream Accessible Playground in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester.

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 with playing at Christianson Familyland. Admission is free. Register by Oct. 21 with Winchester Parks and Recreation by calling 540-662-4946.

Oct. 26

Winchester Salsa Group will have a Halloween Party from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Aloft Hotel, 1055 Millwood Pike. Admission is free. Costumes are encouraged.

Contact Jorge Figueroa at 540-327-0647.

The Loudoun Street Mall will host Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 26 with several events.

Posh Pets Boutique at 16 S. Loudoun St. will hold a Halloween Pet Parade at 3 p.m. on the mall.

The annual Downtown Trick or Treat will run from 3 to 5 p.m.

Children may pick up coloring sheets for a coloring contest at the Downtown Welcome Center, 33 E. Boscawen St., or in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum and turn them back in by Nov. 2.

A free guided ghost tour of the city of Winchester, led by Sandy Jones, meets at 5 p.m. at the corner of Loudoun and Cork streets.

Call 540-535-3660 or visit oldtownwinchesterva.com.

Clarke County Parks and Recreation will have its second Zombie 5K Oct. 26 at Chet Hobert Park.

Check-in and onsite registration is from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., and the race starts at 3 p.m. People can pick a side — runner/walker or runner/walker zombie chaser. The race will have four start times, separated by minutes to allow space between the groups.

The cost is $15 and is limited to 100 participants. Participants must be 10 or older.

For more information or to register, contact 540-955-5140.

Clarke County Parks and Rec’s Enchanted Pumpkin Patch will materialize from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 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/parks-and-recreation.htmlfor more information.

NW Works will hold its eighth annual Haunted Casino Night fundraiser from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets cost $50 at the door and are available in the NW Works office or at nwworks.com. For more information, call 540-667-0809.

Rutherford Crossing shopping center will have a centerwide Halloween Trick or Treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Check its Facebook page for details.

The Family Drive-In Theater at 5890 Valley Pike near Stephens City will hold a Halloween Costume Contest and Trunk or Treat from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 with bounce houses, haunted hayrides, pumpkin face drawings, apple-bobbing, trunk-or-treating (each car should bring two to three bags of candy), costume contests for children, adults and pets, 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 the familydriveintheatre.com.

Several events will be held in and around Kernstown Commons Oct. 26. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., will have a Cartoon Cereal Party at 11 a.m. with Halloween themed cartoons and cereal. Cost to be announced.

The Kernstown Trick or Treat is free and will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. with parents bringing 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 2 p.m. Participants must register and attend rehearsals.

The theater also will hold a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 11:30 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.

Oct. 30

The Apple Blossom Mall will hold its Halloween Boo Bash Oct. 30, featuring three different activities. Children may have their pictures taken in costume from 4 to 8 p.m., trick or treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and participate in a costume contest from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration for the contest begins at 5:30 p.m. and the judging takes place at 6 p.m. Face masks can be worn only by children 12 and under. No toy weapons are permitted.

Oct. 31

The Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church at 1025 Cedar Creek Grade will have a trunk-or-treat event at 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Candy and fun will be shared with parents and children. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is free. Contact 540-667-9399.


To add events, contact F.C. Lowe at flowe@winchesterstar.com.