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Halloween Happenings

Saturday/Oct. 22

<cal2>Hauntings of Aldie. Discover the real night life of Aldie. The Loudoun Museum will host an old-fashioned Halloween party for all ages at the Aldie Mill. Apple bobbing, party games, music, a country dinner, ghost storytelling and enter a costume parade. Fun for the whole family. Dress is country casual and costumes are encouraged. Call 703-777-7427 or e-mail administrator@loudounmuseum.org.

Spooktacular. All ages. Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Includes hay rides, face painting, costume contest and midway booths. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov regarding registration or more information. Admission $10. 4-6 p.m.

Festival and Candy Run. Arcola's 6th Annual Haunted Halloween Festival and Candy Run for all ages. Arcola Community Center, 21244 Gum Spring Road. Includes games, rides, food and prizes. Bring the little ghosts and ghouls and watch them run for all the candy they can get. Call 703-327-3111. Free admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 24

<cal2>Batty for Bats. Ages 3-5. Be a bat for a day. Visit a pretend bat cave, feel what it is like to have wings and find your way around with sound. Discover these nocturnal creatures through play, stories, art, singing and exploring outdoors. These are drop-off classes. 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. The cost for this program is $10.25 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Wednesday/Oct. 26

<cal2>Stories Around the Campfire. Ages 6 and up at Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. Enjoy storytellers' scary and historic tales from 6-7:30 p.m. Enter a pumpkin carving contest and vie for prizes for smallest, scariest and most creative. Cap off the evening with marshmallows toasted over an open fire. Rain date Oct. 27. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration required, call 703-444-1275.

<cal1>Thursday/Oct. 27

<cal2>Batty for Bats. Ages 3-5. Be a bat for a day. Visit a pretend bat cave, feel what it is like to have wings and find your way around with sound. Discover these nocturnal creatures through play, stories, art, singing and exploring outdoors. These are drop-off classes. 9:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. The cost for this program is $10.25 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling. 703-444-1275.

Flashlight Candy Search. Ages 6-10. Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Must register in advance, but payment will be taken at the door. Call 540-338-4122. Admission $3. 7-7:30 p.m.

<cal1>Friday/Oct. 28

<cal2>Hauntings of Leesburg. The Loudoun Museum will host the 14th year of spirited walking tours of haunted sites in Leesburg, 6-10 p.m. Call 703-777-7427 or e-mail administrator@loudounmuseum.org.

Flashlight Candy Hunt. Ages 4-10. Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church St., Sterling. Call 703-430-6673 for registration information. Admission: $5. 7-7:30 p.m.

Flashlight Candy Hunt. Ages 2-10. Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Children will have fun gathering goodies in the dark. Bring a flashlight and don't forget a trick-or-treat bag. Call 703-430-9480 for registration information and schedule for age groups. Admission $5. 6:30-8 p.m.

Preschool Halloween Party. Ages 2-6. Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for a fun and safe time. Advance registration is required, but payment will be taken at the door. Call 540-338-4122. Admission: $5. 6-7 p.m.

<cal1>Saturday/Oct. 29

<cal2>Hauntings of Leesburg. The Loudoun Museum will host the 14th year of spirited walking tours of haunted sites in Leesburg, 6-10 p.m. Call 703-777-7427 or e-mail administrator@loudounmuseum.org.

Halloween Hay Ride. All ages. Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont. The town's one and only hay ride, trick-or-treat event. Call 540-338-5882 for registration information. Admission $8 over 2 years old, free 2 and under. 6-9 p.m.

Pumpkins & Pancakes. All ages. Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Drive, Purcellville. Celebrate Halloween with all-you-can-eat pancakes, a Halloween candy hunt, carnival games, crafts, a pumpkin-carving contest and more. Call 540-338-7603 for registration information. Admission $5. 9-11 a.m.

Family Pumpkin Carving. All ages. Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Pumpkins, carving tools, and candles will be provided. Pizza dinner available for additional $5. Prizes awarded. Register by Oct. 22. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov. Admission $10 per pumpkin. 4-6 p.m.

Spooktacular Trick or Treat Hunt. Ages 1-6. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg. There will be spooky crafts, gnomish games, yummy snacks and a trick-or-treat hunt. Register by Oct. 22. Call 703-771-5281. Admission $7. 11 a.m.-noon.

<cal1>Monday/Oct. 31

<cal2>Hot Dog, It's Halloween. All ages. Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg. Enjoy a hot-dog dinner for adults and children. Call 540-687-6375. Admission $2 for children, $3 for adults. 6-8 p.m.

Halloween Celebration. Ages 3-15. Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way, Lovettsville. Make the night special with a Halloween carnival after trick-or-treating. Enjoy games, story telling and a costume parade. A children's meal and refreshments are available for purchase. Call 540-822-5284 for information. Admission $5 per child. 6-7:30 p.m.

Halloween Parade. At 6 p.m., the Kiwanis Club of Leesburg holds its 48th annual Halloween parade in Leesburg. Children, and the young at heart, are invited to line King Street between Ida Lee Park and Safeway and have candy come to

them as they watch colorful floats and groups pass by. Grand

Marshals will be members of the Virginia Army National Guard. Spectators and participants, are asked to bring a canned good or paper product to the parade. Loudoun InterFaith will collect and distribute the donations to those in need in the county. Manned collection boxes will be placed along the parade route for your convenience. Parade entries being accepted, registration required by Oct. 21. Contact the Kiwanis club through Suzanne Wright at 703-737-2175 or

suzannewright_va@adelphia.net or Annie Hulen at 703-771-1484 for complete details and to register.

Costume Party. The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, will hold its 6th Annual Halloween Costume Contest Dance, from 2-4 p.m. Call 703-430-2397.