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Halloween Happenings

Saturday/Oct. 16

<cal2>Miss Spider's Tea Party. Discover the difference between spiders and insects and make a mask to take home. From 10-11 a.m., Walker Nature Education center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. For children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Cost $4 per child, RA members; $7 per child, nonmembers. Reservations required by Oct. 13, call 703-435-6530.

Autumn Adventure. A family event at the Pavilion at Reston Town Center, which includes pumpkin patch arts and crafts, √íliving scarecrows,√ď hay rides, a hay maze, face painting, make-and-take arts and crafts from 12-5 p.m. Children invited to participate in a costume parade and contest at 1:30 p.m. Trick or treating will take place from 4-5 p.m. at participating Reston Town Center retailers. Admission price is $5 per child or $20 per family. The proceeds will benefit the programs of Reston Interfaith. For more information on shopping, events and dining at Reston Town Center, visit www.restontowncenter.com.

<cal1>Tuesday/Oct. 19

<cal2>Babes in the Woods-Animals of the Night. Take a walk through the woods and find out about the animals that come out after dark, from 10-11 a.m., Walker nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. Includes puppets, Owl and Bat. For child ages 18-35 months accompanied by an adult. Cot $4 per child, RA members; $7 per child, nonmembers. Reservations required by Oct. 14, call 703-435-6530.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Spooktacular. Costume party for children ages 3-9 at the Herndon Community, 814 Ferndale Ave. Each participant will receive a Halloween treat bag, slice of pizza, chips and a drink, plus have the opportunity to go on a spooky walk, create crafts and enjoy some spooky entertainment. Parent involvement encouraged and advance registration required. It starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. There will be magic shows at 7 and 7:45 p.m. The fee is $5 per child in advance or $7 per child at the door. For more information, call 703-435-6868 or register online at www.herndon-va.gov.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Little Tyke Night for Preschoolers. Take a twilight tour of the forest for an experience complete with Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o- lanterns, sound and light effects and creatures of the night. A 30-minute guided walk. This is not a horror show. Come meet a delightful cast of Halloween characters. Snacks and hot cider will be on sale. Enjoy free popcorn and Halloween cartoons while waiting in line. Call Reston Association at 703-435-6530 for more information. From 6-8 p.m., at Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, park along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool. Fee $5/person.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 28

<cal2>Halloween Trail. The woods are alive with spirits. Take an after-dark tour through the forest for an experience complete with Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, sound and light effects and creatures of the night. A 30-minute guided walk. This is not a horror show but has a few frights. Snacks and hot cider will be on sale. Enjoy free popcorn and Halloween cartoons while waiting in line. Call Reston Association at 703-435-6530 for more information. Children must be 5 years or older. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, park along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool. Fee $5 per person.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Howling Halloween Bash. Gotta Swing hosts a dance at the Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Road in Herndon, with a dance contest for those in costume. Includes treats, decorations and surprises. Jokers Wild is the live band. Beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. followed by the band between 9-midnight. Cost $12 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com for more information.

Halloween Trail. The woods are alive with spirits. Take an after-dark tour through the forest for an experience complete with Halloween lore, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, sound and light effects and creatures of the night. A 30-minute guided walk. This is not a horror show but has a few frights. Snacks and hot cider will be on sale. Enjoy free popcorn and Halloween cartoons while waiting in line. Call Reston Association at 703-435-6530 for more information. Children must be 5 years or older. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, park along Glade Drive or at Glade Pool. Fee $5 per person.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 30

<cal2>Six Flags Trip. Teens are encouraged to come celebrate Halloween at Six Flags America as the park transforms into the Fright Fest. The trip includes transportation by motor coach, driver, escorts, dinner at a park restaurant optional, and park tickets. This trip is for kids ages 12-15. The fee is $37 without dinner or $45 to include dinner. Chaperones are welcome for the same fee. The bus leaves from the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave, at 2 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. No refunds after Oct. 23. For more information, contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868 or register online at http://www.herndon-va.gov.

Egyptian-themed Halloween. The community room at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Children

ages 1-8, and their caregivers, are invited to join center staff from 12-2 p.m. for "Trick-or-Treat in Ancient Egypt." Explore King Tut's tomb and play carnival games. Wear a costume. For further information, directions, or to request a reasonable

accommodation, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (V/TTY) or visit the Web site at http://www.restoncommunitycenter.gov. The Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, is located in Hunters Woods Shopping Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road,

Reston.

Trick-or-Treating Event. At Franklin Farm Village Center from noon-2 p.m. Free trick-or-treat bags available at Sears Appliance and Hardware and Shiang Yu Restaurant while supplies last. Includes arts and crafts at GNC, a savings bond drawing at Chevy Chase Bank, and 99 cents "kids scoops" at Baskin Robbins. The center is located at the intersection of Franklin Farm road and Fairfax County Parkway, Herndon.

<cal1>Sunday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Harvest Carnival. Word of Grace Christian Center is hosting its Harvest Carnival, a Halloween alternative, from 6-8 p.m. Free admission including candy, inflatables, motorcycle rides, carnival games, puppet show. Concession stand will sell hot dogs, etc. and drinks. Located at 13832 Redskin Drive, Herndon. Call 703-796-9673 or visit http://www.wogf.org for more information.