With Halloween falling on a Sunday, here’s a roundup of a few spooky, scary and family-friendly options for a fun weekend.
Shocktober at the Arc of Loudoun has been open during the month of October and this is the final chance to check out this year’s event. The haunted house is open Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Parking: 112 Church Street, NE, Leesburg. General admission $40. Visit Shocktober.org for tickets.
On Saturday, the Purcellville Halloween Block Party returns for the 10th year. Organized by Purcellville residents and business owners Michael Oaks, Kim Patterson and Hillary Coley, who run the nonprofit Discover Purcellville, the event kicks off at 5 p.m. on North 21st Street. Admission is free.
One of the highlights is the costume contest with four entry categories and prizes totaling over $2,500. The grand prize for the best costume is $500. Trophies are also awarded for the most horrific scream and the howl at the moon contests. Family activities include a magic show, musical performances, games, face painting, food vendors and more. Visit purcellvillehalloween for more information.
Local Loudoun County-based craft vendors and artists have organized a HalloWine Sip and Shop at 8 Chains North Winery from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Curated by ARTisans of Loudoun, there will be a food truck, live music, pet/human costume contest, face painting, fall-themed wine and food pairing, a make and take sign craft from The Aviary Girls and more. 38593 Daymont Ln., Waterford. 8chainsnorth.com
The 3rd Annual Halloween Bark Bash at One Loudoun is from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It is an outdoor, Halloween-themed festival bringing together local pet-focused businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of trick-or-treating and other fun activities. Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn. Downtownoneloudoun.com.
StageCoach Theatre Company will present “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25. Director Kat Brais says she thinks people will enjoy this show, which has a “quirky” premise. The story is about a woman in a cafe and another patron’s cell phone is ringing. It turns out he is dead. The woman begins to pick up the calls coming in and she gets embroiled with his family, mother and mistress. “It is dark, funny and sweet all at the same time,” Brais said. “I want people to come; it’s really good.” StageCoach is celebrating its tenth year in Loudoun County. The theatre is located at 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120 in Ashburn. Stagecoachtc.com.
Experience nature with a Halloween theme at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Purcellville Library will lead the walk starting with a story. Next, the group will walk to spots along the trail where there will be signs with fun facts about owls, bats, spiders, snakes, vultures and other creatures. After the walk, each participant will make a mask of an animal or creature found in nature. 205 Hirst Road, Purcellville. Register at purcellvilleva.gov.
The popular Leesburg Kiwanis Club Halloween Parade is on Halloween night starting at 6 p.m. The parade begins at Ida Lee Park and continues down King Street to Virginia Village Shopping Center. Come out in costume to watch high school bands, decorated floats, classic cars, police, fire, and rescue units, and more. https://k04757.site.kiwanis.org/leesburg-halloween-parade/.