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Celebrating Halloween in Old Town

October 23, 2018

Your Alexandria apartment isn’t the only place in Old Town getting decked out for Halloween!

There are spooky spots all around Alexandria that are getting prepped for some spine-chilling events. Put together a killer costume. Step out of your Alexandria apartment and into the night. And, most importantly, don’t lose your head.


At Ivy Hill Cemetery

Enjoy Tales from the Vault, brought to you by the Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Society. On October 20, you can experience real stories of horror in the chilly underground at Ivy Hill. There will be two sessions, starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8pm. There will also be trivia and raffle prizes… but don’t get too comfortable. The Petrified Woman haunts. On October 27, from 7-9 p.m., you can visit the vault again (if you dare) for a reading of famous stories by the haunted poet Edgar Allen Poe. Last, but not least, the Volalex costume party will be hosted at Ivy Hill on October 30, from 6-8:30 p.m.


At Carlyle House

On October 28, you can come to Carlyle House for ghostly tales of Alexandria’s past on the front lawn (complete with s’mores) from 7-10 p.m. or a Zombie Escape from 6:30-10 p.m. Or go on the 27th from 6:30-10 p.m. and try your hand at escaping the famous Sanderson Witches.


At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Another October 27 event for adults only is happening at Gadsby’s Tavern from 8-11 p.m. Disguise yourself as a pre-19th century lord or lady for this Masquerade Ball. English Country dancing is the order of the evening and classes taken in advance are recommended. Enjoy the live music and seasonal dessert collection as you dance the night away. And don’t forget your mask!


At Lee-Fendall House

Get an exclusive after-dark tour of Lee-Fendall House this October 26, with tours starting at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tragic and mysterious stories spun around death and the occult will dazzle the imagination, while historians provide an interesting look at Victorian mourning practices like covering mirrors, séances and mourning clothing. For a family-friendly alternative, consider the pumpkin hunt on October 27 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Children in costume can hunt for hundreds of colorful toy-filled pumpkins, in addition to craft and sticker stations, temporary tattoos, spooky stories and refreshments.


At Mount Vernon

This historical landmark is hosting a trick or treating event on October 27 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The kids won’t be the only ones in costume as reenactors hand out sweets and teach about local Virginia history.


You can do more than hand out candy at your Alexandria apartment this Halloween. Take part in any of these Halloween-themed events for the week leading up to the big day. Buy a costume or make one from scratch, go trick or treating with the kids or attend your own adults-only party. Whatever your plans are this Halloween, give yourself time to check out ROSS’ Alexandria apartments. Tour today and see just what you’re getting for your money.