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Let Loose: Have Fun in Alexandria the Weekend Before Halloween!

Looking for something spooky to do between baseball games? Here are some suggestions

Baseball fever has come to the D.C. area thanks to the Nationals first appearance in The Fall Classic. (Pixabay photo)

Alexandria, VA – The Nationals won the National League pennant and are playing in the World Series! Unbelievable, right? And they are in control with a 2-0 series lead! The home games this weekend are sold out. They all start a few minutes after 8 p.m., so that means fans have to wait all day long for first pitch. If you need a way to relieve your anticipation (or are too nervous to tune in), there are some Halloween-themed events around town that will help. LET’S GO NATS!

Special Thursday Event: Dogtoberfest

Celebrate all things dog (and cat) at Dogtoberfest. (Pixabay photo)

Thursday, Oct. 24

5–7 p.m.

Montgomery Park

901 N Royal Street

Dogtoberfest: A very cool way to get your weekend started early. It celebrates all things dogs and cats. To learn more, read this Zebra article. Attendees will be able to adopt a pet from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation! Come out for a good time and support a great cause. The event is sponsored by the Old Town North Community Partnership.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria’s ‘Taste for Giving’ Dinner

Show your support for Alexandria charities at the Taste for Giving dinner. (Zebra file photo)

Friday, Oct. 25

7–10 p.m.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

600 Delaney Street

This yearly event supports funding for numerous Alexandria charities. Read the Zebra article HERE. Get tickets HERE.

Canine Halloween Cruise

Take your four-legged friend on a festive boat cruise. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Oct. 25

Launches: 6:30 and 8 p.m. (Prices vary)

City Marina (behind Torpedo Factory)

105 N Union Street

Invite your family and friends, and dress the four-legged ones in their best costumes for a cruise on the Potomac. For more details and tickets, click HERE.

Ghost & Graveyard Tour

Stroll among Old Town’s historic tombstones. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27

Times: 7:30 p.m. (Nightly); 9:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday second tour)

Ticket prices vary

Alexandria Visitor’s Center

221 King Street

A costumed guide in 18th century dress leads you through cemeteries around Old Town. Hear the tales of tormented spirits that haunt your surroundings. For ticket info, click HERE.

Halloween Events at Carlyle House

Enjoy a number of Halloween-inspired events throughout the weekend at Carlyle House. (Courtesy photo)

Friday, Oct. 25 – Saturday, Oct. 26

Times and Ticket Prices Vary

John Carlyle House Historic Park

121 N Fairfax Street

Click HERE for ‘Movie Night at Carlyle House’ info.

Click HERE for ‘Carlyle House’s Wonderland’ info.

Click HERE for ‘Carlyle House’s Nightmare’ info.

And don’t forget Trick or Treating at Carlyle House on Halloween night from 4–6 p.m. It’s free!

Waterfront Beer Garden by Port City Brewing Company

Cheers! Enjoy a variety of craft beers at the Waterfront Beer Garden. (Pixabay photo)

Friday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 27

Friday: 4–7 p.m., Saturday: 12–7 p.m., and Sunday: 12–6 p.m. (Free admission, plus cost of food and beverage,)

Waterfront Park

1 King Street

Port City Brewing is having a Halloween party of their own! It is part of Portside in Old Town’s continued celebration of Waterfront Park. Check out all kinds of craft beers. There will be food from Haute Dogs and Fries. Alexandria Colonial Tours will entertain with ghost stories. Costumes are encouraged! The fun is sponsored by the King Street Corridor Initiative.

Halloween Rock Show at Port City Brewing Company

Rock out at the Halloween Rock Show! (Courtesy image)

Saturday, Oct. 26

6–10 p.m. (FREE admission)

Port City Brewing Company

3950 Wheeler Avenue

Local bands are booked to play. Triadem, Surfin’ Satan and the Beach Demons, and Rabid Flash MoB. Stay for the costume contest!

Alexandria’s Farmers’ Market

Pixabay photo

For info on the Old Town Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Old Town North Farmers’ Market, click HERE. (Thursdays, 4-7 p.m.)

For info on the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the West End Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

For info on the Four Mile Run and Artisans Farmers’ Market, click HERE.

Chadwicks Monster’s Ball

Chadwicks hosts the Monster’s Ball this Saturday night. (Courtesy image

Saturday, Oct. 26

Start: 9 p.m.


203 The Strand

Enjoy dancing with a DJ playing great music, a photo booth, fantastic drink specials. There will be a costume contest so dress to win!

23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

If you love a parade, ccheck out Del Ray’s popular Halloween parade. (Courtesy photo)

Sunday, Oct. 27

2–4 p.m. (FREE)

Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Ave

This parade is the ultimate primer for Halloween in Alexandria. Kids are encourage to dress in their best and scariest costumes. Awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller will be given out following the parade.

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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