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Cascades Blog: Spooktacular Sterling

This year, Algonkian Regional Park will be haunted only by the memories of 10 years of what may be the area’s longest running frightfest, the Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods. The Halloween event will not be returning to the park this year—and the plan is for it to come back to life in 2018 at a new location.

There was a large philanthropic footprint in the days when zombies and all manner of unspeakable things roamed those woods during the month of October. The event promoted the Scream for the Cure and the Run, Zombie, Run 5K obstacle race and supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, diabetes research organization JDRF, breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, Fraternal Order of Police #69, Sterling Volunteer Fire Department 618, and area high school drama departments, athletic teams and more.

It took a large cast—of actors, volunteers and patrons—to create a screaming good time for all. Rest assured, their presence will be felt in these woods for a long time to come. After all, a “residual haunting”—considered by ghost hunters to be a type of recording of a past event or events—has to get its start somewhere.

Costumes in Cascades: If you’re wondering what to do about a new look for Halloween, Spirit Halloween is operating a pop-up store next to Staples in the Cascades Shopping Center on Cranston Street. The store offers professional-grade costumes, as well as indoor and outdoor seasonal décor such as animatronics and fog machines.

Library spirits: The Loudoun County Public Library at Cascades is celebrating Halloween with some spirited offerings of its own.

Tween Challenges: Halloween Minute to Win It offers creative and fun challenges for grades 4-6 on Oct. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ghost hunter and author Walt Gavenda returns to the library for a discussion of “Things That Go Bump in the Night… And Sometimes in Broad Daylight.” The evening of true stories, recommended for an adult ghost-hunting audience, takes place Oct. 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

A free showing of “Hotel Transylvania 2,” for all audiences, takes to the screen at the library on Oct. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Haunted Loudoun: Tickets are available for the Loudoun Museum’s annual “Hauntings” tours, a museum fundraiser. Make reservations online at leesburghauntings.org for 90-minute walking tours of homes and businesses the evenings of Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28.

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