Several ways to have a spirited October in Prince William & Manassas
Prince William & Manassas, Virginia is full of haunted history and spooky spirits. In order to make the most of your visit to the area, check out the Halloween-inspired events and attractions below.
Ongoing haunted tours:
The Weems-Botts Museum is one of the most haunted homes in Virginia and you can visit for a haunted tour. Stay around after your tour for hot chocolate by the campfire. If you are feeling brave, you can spend the night in the museum, but beware this experience is not for the faint of heart. For hours and fees, click here >>>
Historic Occoquan is a small town that dates back to pre-Civil War. Because of its long history, the town has seen its share of hauntings over the year, and haunted tours are offered throughout the year.
Seasonal Haunted Trails and Houses:
The Death Trail: Dumfries, VA
This is a scary seasonal attraction that is perfect for people looking for a fright night! Learn more here >>>
Haunted Laurianne Woods: Gainesville, VA
In The Woods, the shadows cast a little longer than normal. The colors grey and drain from the vegetation that wither in the hard soil. Beware The Woods! Learn more here >>>
Special, Spirited Events:
PetOberfest at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center – October 15th
Looking for a Halloween-inspired event to attend with your pup? The PetOberfest will have a pet parade, a pet costume contest, a pet photo booth, and more!
Spirits of Rippon Lodge – October 20th & 21st
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $10 per person, (not appropriate for young children).
Rippon Lodge's diverse history is full of truths, myths and rumors, such as that the course of Route 1 was altered to avoid its ghostly residents. Come and experience a uniquely haunting tour of the historic house and grounds by candlelight, perhaps encounter the departed spirits of notable residents and neighbors, and hear their tales of sadness and triumph. Reservations Required; this is a walking tour at night with uneven grounds, surfaces and darkened rooms. Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking; flashlights recommended. Tours every 20 minutes (7, 7:20, 7:40, 8, 8:20 and 8:40 pm.). Call 703-499-9812 for reservations.
Hospital Horrors by Night at Ben Lomond Historic Site – October 29th
7p.m. – 10 p.m.; $10 per person, not recommended for children under 12
Ben Lomond has a grim history as serving as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First Manassas. Come experience a unique opportunity to tour the house and grounds in the recreated hospital and hear the stories of soldiers, doctors, and loved ones who were forever changed during the Civil War. Guided tours every twenty minutes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended.
Historic Cemeteries of Brentsville Walking Tour - October 28th
Tours: 11am; 1pm; 3pm; $5 per person
In the nearly 200-year history of the community of Brentsville, many cemeteries have sprung up in the area. Unfortunately, some of these burial grounds are now lost to history. However, others are still marked today. Join local historians for a special walking tour of historic Brentsville as we explore some of these little known spots.
Other Spirited Activities:
FARMS, OUTDOORS & AGRI-SITES
Do you like pumpkin carving and fun costumes more than the haunted sites? Prince William & Manassas is home to two different farms that have pumpkins, gourds, and plenty of less-spooky decorations. Visit Burnside Farms or Yankey Farms for your pumpkin carving needs and other seasonal produce and decorations!
K9's in the Vines at The Winery at La Grange - Sat. October 14
11am, $20 per person.
This event is $20 per person and includes a tasting of our three estate wines: Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. You’ll get a souvenir glass to take home. Participants will get to walk with their dogs through the vineyard which will be set up with tasting stops for each wine next to their respective vines.
Fall Migration Bird &Nature Walk at Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands - October 14
8 a.m.; FREE, Donations.
The Julie J. Metz Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve is home to a diverse bird population. Join local birding and nature experts on a guided walk along the trails and boardwalks. Discover this unique 120 acre property in the heart of Woodbridge. Bring binoculars and guide books. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. You will get muddy if it has rained in the days proceeding. No pets please.
Halloween Costume Party at Brew Republic Bierworks
Enjoy a freakishly fun Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 28th from 7-11pm for a creepy costume contest, complete with awards, haunted live music, ghoulishly featured food items, beer, wine, tricks, treats and much more. Learn more here >>>
Stanger Halloween at Heroic Aleworks
Mark your calendars because Heroic is going all out to turn your world "upside down" with Stanger Halloween. They have lots of amazing stuff planned with a fun costume contest. Learn of other events at Heroic Aleworks here >>>
Jack-O-Lanterns are easily associated with October so start you pumpkin carving adventures by exploring one of the many pumpkin patches with the family:
- Burnside Farms 4905 James Madison Hwy, Haymarket, VA 20169 703-930-3052
- Evergreen Acres 12801 Hazelwood Dr, Nokesville, VA 20181 (703) 594-3330
- Yankey Farms 14039 Owls Nest Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181 (703) 618-3782
- Lake Ridge Nursery and Pumpkin Patch 3705 Old Bridge Rd Lake Ridge (703) 590-0178
For more October things to see & do, click here >>>
**must be 21 to drink at wineries, breweries and distilleries, please drink responsibly - never drink & drive.