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Halloween Happenings

<ro> Halloween Happenings

<cal2>The 56th annual Halloween parade scheduled for Wednesday, Oct.23 has been canceled. The Town of Vienna has decided not to hold this year's event out of concern for the safety of participants and spectators.

St. Mark Catholic Church at 9970 Vale Road in Vienna has opened its pumpkin patch. On weekends the patch is open from 9 a.m. until dark, on weekdays from 4 p.m. until dark. All the pumpkins were grown on a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Vienna's annual Halloween party for children ages 4-12 will beheld Saturday, Oct. 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Admission is free. There will be carnival games and prizes for everyone

The Annual Halloween Mixer, run by Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, will occur at the Sun Trust Bank, 515 Maple Ave., East. The Mixer is Wednesday, Oct.23 from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information call 703-281-1333.

The Halloween Fun Fest will take place at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in McLean on Saturday, October 26, from 4-7 p.m. All children in the community are invited with a parent or guadian and to participate -dressed in a Halloween costume- in the Halloween parade. Activites include games, crafts and the perennial pumpkin decorating and coloring. "Slime-ade" will be the drink of choice. The church is located at 1545 Chain Bridge in McLean. For more information call 703-356-3346 or visit www.redeemermclean.org.

Halloween fun at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls. Enjoy children's activities, crafts, s'mores and storytelling by Mason Tailspinner on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-4 p.m., $4 adult and $2 child or senior.

The 11th Annual Halloween Spooktacular and Costume Parade will be held on Oct. 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Great Falls Village Center. For more information, contact the Village Centre Condominium Association at 703-759-2485 or at www.greatfallsva.com.

“Magic Of Speed & Thro” will present Halloween magic and illusions on Monday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Vienna community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. This duo combines the art of magic with their own brand of humor and fun. Tickets are $4 per person and admission is free for ages 1 and under. Call 703-255-6360.

Haunted Gingerbread Houses will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Parents and children will create gingerbread houses that will be provided along with icing and decorating supplies. The cost is $24 per family and $18 for district residents. The fee for masterials is $18 per gingerbread house. To register call 703-790-0123.

The Tingler, a classic Halloween horror film, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. In the Tingler, a coroner discovers that fear causes a parasite to grow on the human spine. Two vintage cartoons will precede the movie, which is strongly recommended for ages 8 and older. The cost is $7 per person and $5 for district residents. Call 703-790-0123.

Kids Cook: Halloween Treats will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. Children will prepare Gobb Salad, Eyeballs with Worms and Slime Cocktails. The cost is $53 and $45 for district residents. Call 703-790-0123.

The 2nd Annual Haunted House will take place from Friday, Oct. 25 through Monday, Oct. 28 at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department, 2148 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring. The haunt is aimed at scaring guests. For young children, there will be a Lights-On program on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2-5 p.m. Other hours are Firday, Oct. 25, from 8-11 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6-9 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 28, from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person and can be purchased in advance (by Oct. 24) for a discount. The cost for the Lights-On program is $2 per person. Discounts are available for groups of 15 with advanced reservations. Call 703-560-9413 or e-mail to Haunt@dlvfrd.org for complimentary admission tickets.

Cox Farms will hold its 30th annual fall festival, through Nov. 3. Located at 15621 Braddock Road in Centreville, it will be open daily, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with the last entry at 5 p.m. Phone: 703-830-4121; Web site: www.coxfarms.com. Weekdays except Columbus Day, admission is $7 for those 2 and over; weekends and Columbus Day, it's $9.

Cox will hold specially themed Weekend Festival days. In October, D.C. United will hold its "Kicks for Kids" soccer program there. And Nov. 2-3 will be a Pumpkin Smashing Festival for kids bringing their Halloween pumpkins.

Riverside Campfire - Halloween Howls will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 at Riverbend Visitor Center in Great Falls. The campfire starts at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes pumpkin games, animal sounds and ghoulish stories. Participants who wish to picnic or toast hotdogs should arrive at 6 p.m. Everyone should bring a toasting stick, blanket and flash light. Reservations are required. Call 703-759-9018.

Boneyard Hunt for Dogs: Halloween fun for kids and their canines at Lake Accotink. On Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m., take a short walk to the "boneyard" where treats are hidden for the dogs and their companions. Enter the costume contest for special prizes and treats. All dogs must be leashed and friendly towards other dogs, kids and people. $4 per dog. To register, send the participant's name, address, telephone number, program title and a check payable to Fairfax County Park Authority to Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22150. For more information or to pay by credit card, call Lake Accotink at 703-569-0285.

In Macbeth’s Garden will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Manor House. Participants can learn about the lore and plant history of a witch’s apothecary, followed by a full English tea. The cost is $22 for everyone ages eight and up. Reservations are required.

Halloween Fun will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. The event includes children’s activities, crafts, marshmallow roasting and storytelling by Mason Talespinner. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 per child. Call 703-759-2771.