Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.
Free Halloween fun starts here
Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a homemade costume or trying to find the time to head to one of the pop-up Halloween stores in the area to snag one, it’s likely you’ll be looking for opportunities to (a) get more mileage out of that costume, or (b) get the kids out of the house as they anticipate the biggest sugar rush of the year.
Luckily, there are plenty of free Halloween events for families in our area. Here are a few to consider in the days leading up to Monday’s trick-or-treating.
The downtown branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host “Halloween Hoopla” from 10:30 t0 11 a.m. This event is for babies through preschoolers, and includes stories, songs and a Halloween costume parade. Find the event listing here.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is hosting a Halloween costume parade and craft party from noon to 2 p.m. This free event is open to kids ages 1 to 10. More information here.
There will be a fall festival and tailgate trick-or-treating at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds from 3 to 7 p.m. The event features games, animals, hayrides, costume contests and pumpkin contests. There will also be prizes for the best tailgate display. Admission and parking are free. Find more here.
Falmouth Baptist Church in Stafford County will hold its fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Includes games, trunk-or-treat and lots of food. More information here.
Bring the kids to downtown Fredericksburg for trick-or-treating sponsored by the Fredericksburg Police Department. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the 200 block of Hanover Street. Police will pass out trick-or-treat bags and candy, and there will be music and a moon bounce. A costume contest starts at 3 p.m., and kids can trick-or-treat with participating downtown merchants.
The University of Mary Washington is putting on “Pumpkin Palooza” from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Woodard Campus Center. There will be more than 20 crafts and games for kids of all ages. The event will also send out “tours” with University volunteers to trick-or-treat around residence halls on campus. Costumes are strongly encouraged. More information, call 540/654-1802.
Spotswood Baptist Church is holding its annual Fredericksburg Fall Family Festival from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. There will be 80 game booths for kids of all ages inside and outside the mall, hayrides around the Village area, a dunking booth, petting zoo and more. More information here.
The Orange Downtown Alliance will present an afternoon full of Halloween festivities for our children. The annual children’s downtown Trick or Treating starts at 4:00pm. Main Street will be closed off allowing safe entertainment and candy giveaways to children of all ages. All participating businesses and organizations will have orange and black balloons displayed welcoming the little ghosts and goblins. Find more information here.