From a Scarecrow Contest to Haunted House Tours to a Week Long Celebration starting with a Vampire Ball, Go Blue Ridge Travel highlights the must experience Halloween events in the Shenandoah Valley. A great time to plan a 48-hour road trip for adults and families, pick your activity from mulled wine and cider donuts to a Zombie 5K road race.
Leaves are falling, apples have been picked, and one of the most popular holidays is just around the corner. October wraps up the month with celebrations of Halloween. Here are great activities and events for the kids and the adults.
Scarecrow Days in The Plains – This is the third year for this little town’s Scarecrow Days. Hardly frightening and all meant in fun, it’s the merchants’ way of celebrating fall and the love of laughter. Even if you cannot visit The Plains, then go to social media and share your photos. Public voting has started and winners will be announced on October 26h.
Another small town is also decking out for Halloween. This year, for the first time, the historic town of Shepherdstown, WV will celebrate Halloween with a week-long “Boo!Fest.” The Boo!Fest will begin with a “Vampire Ball” at the Community Club the evening of Friday, October 25, and conclude with the town’s traditional trick-or-treat on German Street on Halloween night, October 31. This small quaint West Virginia town welcomes everyone to attend this seven-day celebration. Check the schedule so you do not miss out on a scary happening.
Corn Mazes and Pumpkins – Since the Shenandoah Valley grows a lot of corn, corn mazes abound in all of our regions of Go Blue Ridge Travel. Starting in Loudoun on Route 7, you can visit Great Country Farms for their annual Pumpkin Festival. Just over the mountain visit Mackintosh Fruit Farm for their Happy Apple Maze. Pick a pumpkin, take a hike on their 1 – 2 miles paths and enjoy a cup of warm cider to celebrate the fall. Then right down the road near Berryville, stop by Wayside Farm to see The Angry Birds.
If haunted House Tours are part of your fun, discover the real nightlife of Leesburg! In its 22nd year, the Hauntings Walking Tour allows visitors to tour the haunted homes and businesses of Leesburg. Once a year through the generosity of the property owners, the Loudoun Museum is able take the tours inside several of the haunted places. “We have people coming from all over the country for this,” says Peter Kelpinski, Hauntings founder and long-time member of the Loudoun Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We have some sites where the stories need to be updated each year because new occurrences are documented over the past year.” Hear about the widow who fought to keep her house and has never left- she even helps with the housework; the Civil War Colonel who watches over the office staff during the day; and many more spirits that do more than go bump in the night!
GoBRT knows how popular marathon races are but have you ever participated in a Zombie 5K. Even if you do not run or walk the race, at least go to experience the wild fun. Put on by Clarke County Parks and Recreation, this race is very unusual with strict rules to keep the zombies in check. There are races, walkers, rollers, and Zombie Chasers levels. But pick your costume carefully so you can run fast!
If you are traveling down south Interstate 81, then stop off at the Mt Jackson exit of lots of fun. Visit Shenandoah Caverns and American Celebration on Parade. Nothing is spookier than walking thru a dark cave and having your partner whisper ghost sounds in your ear. The Corn Maze at Bridgewater Farm claims to be largest in the Shenandoah Valley. If you want more adventure then attend Bryce Resorts Bike Bonanza Bash on Saturday October 26th. Then if you still have energy, head back to The Family Drive In Theater for the 4th Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Costume Contest.
Then two days after Halloween on November 2nd. Whether you use the Silo Drop, the Zip Wire Sploosh or Pumpkin Drop Zone, there will be some Pumpkin Chunkin’ going on November 2nd through November 5th at Great Country Farms. Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern or stock up on other squash and let ‘em fly. Create your own team toss or group battles to see who can create the most artistic mess. Roam the 5 acre playground and enjoy the Giant Pumpkin Jumping Pillow, Triple Threat Slide, and more.
Finish out the holiday with The American Conservation Film Festival beginning on October 31st and running thru November 3rd. Over 65 films over 4 days and 5 venues, the festival celebrates the art of film making honoring students and veterans of the industry. Located in Shepherdstown, check out the schedule and purchase your tickets.