Weekender: Ghost Train, Dog Costume Contest, Hallows Eve and More

See what is happening this weekend in Fairfax County.

Get scared this weekend with Halloween events in Fairfax County.
Get scared this weekend with Halloween events in Fairfax County.

By Greg Hambrick

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Boneyard Hunt. Bring out your costumed pup for a special event for dogs. Lake Accotink Park will host a Howloween Dog Costume Contest and Boneyard Hunt. Special prizes and treats will be available. All dogs must be leashed and friendly. $6 per dog. 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Lake Accotink Park Road, Springfield. 

Haunted trains. Go on a spooky ride in the 33rd annual Ghost Train at Burke Lake Park. The event is at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the park on 7314 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Ride the train, get on the bounce house, take a ride on the carousel and more.  

Boo! More Parks! Fairfax County Parks Authority has several other Halloween events this weekend. Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce, Halloween Fest at Green Spring Gardens, Historic All Hallows Eve at Sully Historic SIte, Halloween Goblin Golf at Lake Accotink and more. Costs, times and locations vary.

Clifton Haunted Trail. The town of Clifton hosts this spooky walk through the woods on Saturday. View over 20 haunting skits, grab some hot cider, and watch a movie. Find out more.  

Old School Halloween Party. Busy weekend at Jammin’ Java with a lot of shows planned, but we’ll keep with the Halloween theme and highlight the “All Souls Day” Old School Halloween Party presented by SNRG. There will be a costume contest for best old school costumes. From $10. 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Avenue E., Vienna. See the complete Jammin’ Java schedule.

Scream … Surprise! Some of Disney’s most popular characters hit the ice at the Patriot Center all weekend for Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate. There will be performances of holiday themes, including a Halloween Haunt by the Disney villains, along with a birthday party with the Mad Hatter and more. From $20. Times vary. Thru Sunday. Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

Back So Soon? Yes. Summer camp returns as an extra Halloween treat. The Workhouse Arts Center hosts a Halloween Mini Camp this weekend, with costume and cooking lessons, and more. For ages 6-10. $145. Register. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.

Barns Bursting. Busy weekend at the Wolf Trap with folk, country and bluegrass concerts. Sam Bush, the “king of Newgrass,” kicks off the weekend’s events Thursday. Memphis-born Jesse WInchester performs Friday. And folk duo Magpie presents a 40th Anniversary show on Saturday. Costs and times vary. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna.


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