The season of ghostly sightings and goosebump-raising storytelling is upon us in Alexandria. Whether it’s a ghoul or a bowl of candy behind the door, you won’t know unless you ask the magic words: “Trick or Treat?” Here are a few of our favorite spooky events going on in and around Alexandria for Halloween:
Trick or Treat at the Carlyle House Historic Park
Bring your costumed little ones for fun, free, and safe trick or treating from 5 to 7 PM on October 31. The treats and tricks will come in 18th century fashion at this historic home, which is said to be one of Alexandria’s most haunted establishments. In the case of inclement weather, check on the status of the event by calling the museum.
Alexandria’s Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour
Depart from the Ramsay House Visitor Center in Old Town and follow an old-fashioned lantern carried by an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. You’ll hear the best of Alexandria’s unsolved mysteries and haunting tales of vengeful ghosts. Tours take place every evening starting at 7:30 in October, though for an even more hair-raising experience, attend Friday and Saturdays’ 9:30 tours.
Trick-or-Treating at Mt. Vernon
On October 27 and 28 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon will be celebrating with wagon rides, Halloween-inspired craft shops, a costume parade at 5 PM, and prizes for the best George and Martha Washington costumes. Rain or shine, bring your family and go back in time for this trick or treating event.
Need a hotel in Alexandria for Halloween?
If you’re planning on visiting for the Halloween season, you need to choose a hotel that’s comfortable, accessible, and affordable enough to allow you to enjoy all of the ghoulish activities. That’s where the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir comes in. Our hotel is located just 15 minutes away from Mount Vernon and includes a complimentary hot breakfast bar, free shuttle to the metro, and WiFi access throughout the hotel. To make your visit less complicated, we’re now offering a Mount Vernon Package, which includes two tickets to the estate and at least two nights at our hotel. Come see why visitors to Mount Vernon and other parts of D.C. have consistently chosen the Holiday Inn Express & Suites name for both value and comfort.