Ten Ways to have a spirited October in Prince William & Manassas

Ten 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 every Friday and Saturday in October, 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.

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!

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!


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 21st

Rippon Lodge is one of the oldest homes in the area, and during October it is also one of the spookiest. Visit for a candle lit tour that will surely make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Hospital Horrors by Night at Ben Lomond Historic Site – October 29th

Experience a Civil War hospital at night and hear about the stories of soldiers and doctors whose lives were changed during the Civil War. Guided tours run every half an hour and flashlights are encouraged.

Overnight Stay in Brentsville Jail – October 28th

Spend the night inside the nearly 200 year old prison and learn about the crimes that led to the previous tenant’s captures and the outcomes of their fate.

Haunt the Town in Occoquan – October 29th

Join the shops of Historic Occoquan in a spooky scavenger hunt and enter to win a life size Victorian Halloween figure to add to your haunting home décor.

Haunted Happenings in Historic Downtown Manassas – October 29th

Visit Historic Downtown Manassas for a costume contest, trick-or-treating, games, popcorn, and a parade of costumes. Make sure to bring your whole family including the dog!


Other Spirited Activities:

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! 

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