Have you ever been to a Halloween party? I’m not talking party in your friend’s living room, I’m talking a Halloween block party. No? Well then you’re missing out! Go Blue Ridge Travel is thrilled to get you all the information you need about two of the most exciting Halloween Events – Purcellville’s Block Party, and Shepherdstown’s Boo Fest! The weekend before Halloween is an agenda full of events and festivities that you can enjoy with your partner or with the whole crew!
If you want something to do with the whole family, check out the Purcellville Halloween Block Party located right on 21st Street in Old Town Purcellville. From 5 pm-9 pm on Saturday, the block party is open to people of all ages and welcomes you to come participate in the wide selection of activities! There will be Halloween-themed games for the kids, such as Rubber Rat Toss, Pumpkin Bowling, Pin the Nose on the Witch, Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe, and new this year the Rubber Ducky Race. Every kid wins a prize, which means every kid goes home smiling!
Other activities include a magic show and a hilarious comedy show with Last Ham Standing, complete with improv and fun games. Of course, there will be a costume contest with trophies and cash prizes so make sure you come in your best Halloween costume!
This is Loudoun County’s largest Halloween Block Party, and over 5,000 people attend each year, so it’s sure to be a great time! There is no admission cost for this event.
Another entertaining way to get into the Halloween spirit is the Shepherdstown Boo Fest! It starts Tuesday, October 25th, and continues through to Monday the 31st. It is the longest running Halloween event in the Shenandoah Valley, and all ages are welcome to attend.
Shepherd University will be hosting Shep-Or-Treat on Wednesday from 7 pm-9 pm, and children are invited to come participate in activities and go trick-or-treating around campus. Thursday features a “Poe & Prix Fixe with Music” at Bistro 112 on German Street from 6:30 pm-8 pm. On Friday, there will be Mystery Walks with Dana Mitchell and a Vampire Ball! Then on Saturday and Sunday, there is an entire calendar full of activities for both kids and adults, from games to live music to a Creepy Cocktail Crawl! Some events are free, and others charge admission. Click here to see a full schedule and to check out which activities require a fee. This historic town in West Virginia celebrates Halloween like no other!
Haunted houses and scary cornfields are traditional Halloween thrillers, but we have another one for you to check out – the Zombie Hunt at Skyline Paintball & Laser Tag in Strasburg, Virginia. This zombie paintball shoot will be on October 28th & 29th; it starts at sunset and will go until 11:30 pm, which means it will be dark and spooky! At only $12 per person, you and your friends can come ride on a trailer mounted with paintball guns and hunt down the zombies along your ride through the woods! Check in starts at 7:00 pm, and although the event is recommended for ages 10+, children ages 5-9 are welcome as long as they have a paid parent or guardian with them.
On October 30th, children of all ages are invited to Bryce Resort in Basye, Virginia. They are hosting their Haunted Mini Golf and Trunk-or-Treat event that starts at 6:00 pm. Have the kids get dressed in their costumes and come out to play mini golf (because really, what’s cuter than a tiny dinosaur playing mini golf?). Decorate your trunk and participate in the Trunk-or-Treat festivities, and don’t forget to bring candy to hand out to the kids! It is going to be a great time for families and the little ones will love getting to wear their costume a day early!
Another awesome event is the Great Pumpkin Party at Back Home on the Farm in Stephens City, Virginia. Celebrate the last day of their season on October 31st. Activities for the kids include trick-or-treating on the farm, painting pumpkins, smashing pumpkins, and a variety of games. There will also be delicious fall treats to enjoy!
So, if you’re looking to break the normal Halloween routine and do something new and exciting this year, check out these great events! This weekend is full of things to do, and the weather is supposed to be nice and sunny. Get the kids dressed in their costumes and go have some fun! (And don’t forget the camera!)