Arlington Halloween 2022

Arlington Halloween 2022

Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins – oh my!

The days are growing shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and the leaf trucks are gearing up to start their collection – another spooky season is here in Arlington.

With Halloween creeping around the corner, here are some ways to make the most of your trick-or-treating, frightening fun, and safe spookiness in Arlington.


While Arlington doesn't have set hours for trick-or-treating, you should expect the candy crusade to coincide with sunset, which is just after 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022.

As Arlington's younger population takes to the streets, keep in mind these trick-or-treating tips from Arlington County Police Department:

* See and be seen! Select bright costumes, add reflective tape and/or carry flashlights and glow sticks.

* Plan your trick-or-treat route in advance. Stick to familiar neighborhoods and well-lit streets. 

* Never send children out alone. Younger children should be with a trusted adult. Ensure older children take friends and stay together.

* Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners, using traffic signals and/or crosswalks.

* Motorists are encouraged to slow down, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on your headlights earlier in the evening to spot children from greater distances.  


* Howl-O-Ween: The Rosslyn BID and the Rosslyn Dog Owners Group (R-DOGS) are teaming up for a Halloween-themed evening of dog-friendly activities, treats, and fun at the Gateway Park Interim Dog Park on Friday, Oct. 28, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

* Dracula at Synetic Theater: Bram Stoker’s classic tale rises again in Synetic’s bold and bloody adaptation of the world’s most iconic horror story. Event page; Oct. 13-Nov. 6

* Día de los Muertos: Celebrate Día De Los Muertos at an evening picnic at one of Arlington’s venerable cultural institutions recently renamed Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington (formerly Arlington Arts Center). Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

* Monstergrams: Get Instagram-spooky this Halloween season (if you dare)! Check out the Monstergrams mural at Lubber Run Park featuring your favorite spine-chilling monsters made especially for you and your social media friends by the Parks and Recreation’s Community Arts team. Take a photo and post on Instagram with #ArlMonstergrams.

* Virginia Ghosts Campfire: The whole family is invited to the Fort C.F. Smith Park fire ring for old-fashioned fun and of course, S’mores. Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28., 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; Registration required.

* Nature Spooktacular: Join a 'Spooktacular' evening of fun learning about nighttime animals and cultural festivities surrounding nature this time of the year. Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

A Spooky—and Safe—Halloween

Over the past two-plus years, we’ve learned new ways to enjoy pandemic holidays – from the CDC, here are some more tips for staying COVID-safe this Halloween:

  • Stay home if you’re sick. Skip the Halloween party if you aren’t feeling well.

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 

  • Take precautions in crowded or indoor events as informed by your county’s COVID-19 Community Level, like wearing a high-quality mask (and Halloween masks don’t count). Consider making the mask part of the costume—like a doctor, nurse, ninja, or cowboy.

  • If you’re hosting celebrations, review options for improving ventilation in your home. This can help you reduce virus particles in your home and keep COVID-19 from spreading.

  • Keep your hands clean. If you’re out trick-or-treating, bring hand sanitizer. If you’re giving out candy, wash your hands frequently.

And of course, the best way to protect yourself and others from severe illness from COVID-19 on Halloween (and every day) is to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations.