Here are some great Shenandoah Valley grown up Halloween Happenings, from Shepherdstown and Winchester to Harrisonburg. Do good while you do fun,. Take in a fright – or a sight. Be a part of the apocalyptic fight. Or just relax and enjoy live music and a locally crafted adult beverage
While family friendly and trick or treating are important pillars of Halloween, adults enjoy the holiday just as much as kids. Put one of these October evenings on your calendar.
Shenandoah Valley Grown Up Halloween Happenings
Held October 24 -31 in Shepherdstown, WV, BooFest is a week long spooky celebration. Things start October 24 with a “haunted reads” book tour at Four Seasons Books as well as a three course meal and musical entertainment at Bistro 112. Then put on your costume for a good cause at The Vampire’s Ball on October 25 at the War Memorial Building. Proceeds go to community programs and preservation projects.
Three best selling authors will be back at the Four Seasons on October 26 for “Mysteries, Monsters and Martinis.” Fable Circuit will make their third Boofest appearance with a show at the Devonshire Arms Cafe & Pub that night. There’s also a Creepy Cocktail Crawl of the Shepherdstown Historic District. The ever popular Witches Tea with tarot, palm and psychic readers takes place October 27. More events are listed each day, both adult and family-friendly. Include a stay at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown or the nearby Hillbrook Inn and enjoy the Fall in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.
More Do Good While You Do Fun
In addition to the BooFest Vampire Ball, Winchester’s Youth Development Center is also hosting a fundraising Spooktacular Halloween Ball October 19 with a costume contest and live music. Or put together a softball team for the Halloween Havoc charity tournament on October 26 at Sherando Park to benefit Project Lifesaver. You can also stop by the park and bid on silent auction items or take a chance on a raffle.
More Shenandoah Valley Grown Up Halloween Happenings
Harpers Ferry Brewing in Loudoun County is hosting a Vampire’s Masquerade and Ball on October 26th. There will be craft beer, themed food, and a DJ. After the ball, spend the night in one of Harpers Ferry Adventure Center’s cabins then have a pint and a yoga session back at the brewery on Sunday. The brewery is also part of the November 2 Loudoun’s Largest Halloween Party at the National Conference Center
Costumes aren’t just limited to masquerades and contests. Can you believe the Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a Halloween staple for over 40 years? Take in this cult classic and do the Time Warp again at The Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester October 26. This is the original interactive movie. A portion of the ticket sales goes to Aids Response Effort.
The Family Drive In at Stephens City is also showing Halloween flicks. There’s a double feature of Zombieland (a must for any Halloween movie collection) and the new Joker. Enjoy a retro evening under the stars – bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Maybe you like your zombies more three dimensional? Then put together a squad and head over to Winchester’s Skyline Laser Tag for a zombie hunt October 19 and 26. Tickets: $8 per game, on line; $10 per game, at door.
Pumpkin Carving Contest, Corn Mazes and Live Music
What’s Halloween without a Jack-O-Lantern? Stop by West Oaks Farm Market just outside Winchester and pick your own orange orb, making sure you get a “before” pumpkin selfie. Carve your creation and post an “after” pic with your before photo on the farm’s social media. Winner will be announced October 31st. And we have some great ideas for what to do with pumpkin leftovers on the GoBRT blog.
West Oaks has some terrific “after hours” musical entertainment with bluegrass by local favorites Springfield Exit on October 17 and then Blue Ridge Rain on October 25. And while you’re at the farm, see if you can find your way out of the corn maze!
Other Shenandoah Valley Grown Up Halloween Happenings
The Town of Purcellville will be out in force for the October 26 Block Party on 21st Street. This is a family-friendly event with grown up twists – think Magnolia’s at the Mill for street food along with a beer garden.
At the other end of the Shenandoah Valley you’ll find grown up Halloween Happenings in Harrisonburg. Starting October 19, residents and visitors can enjoy two Haunted Ghost Tours. After touring the Southern Route, take a walk on the new Northern Tour. The big question with haunted houses and ghost tours is “Can I bring my kid?” The answer is usually yes, but only if your kid likes scary things.
The following weekend, October 26, Massanutten Resort is hosting a 21 and over “Thrill on the Hill” at the ski lodge. There will be a DJ and music, costume contests, a full service bar, food and huge prizes. Tickets are only $5 at the door.
These are just a few ways “big kids” can celebrate Halloween. And to find fun for you and your family, just click here.