Halloween happenings: Enjoy some spooky and sweet events this month

Former Strasburg Mayor Tim Taylor's home is on the Strasburg Heritage Association's Ghost/Graveyard Walking Tours, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Courtesy photo by Tim Taylor

From haunted trails and ghost walks to costume contests and corn mazes, here are some ways to start celebrating  Halloween around the valley:

Shenandoah County

• The Strasburg Heritage Association will sponsor ghost/graveyard walking tours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at Hotel Strasburg.

Tours leave every 15 minutes and the last tour leaves at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets, which are available at the hotel, are $3 in advance or $5 on Oct. 28 and free for ages 13 and younger.

A special bus tour for those with disabilities will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at the BB&T parking lot. Registration is required by Saturday for the bus tour by calling 540-325-4397. Information: www.strasburgvaheritage.org.

• American Fright Night hosted by American Celebration on Parade and Shenandoah Caverns near Mount Jackson begins at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and Oct. 27, 28 and 31.  Leave the kids at home and enjoy a frightful night.

Admission: $10 per person. Location: 261 Caverns Road. Shenandoah Caverns.

• The Corn Maze at Bridgemont Farm offers fun for the whole family. Hay rides, rope maze, corn hole and more. Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 12. Hours:  4-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 – 7 p.m. Sundays.


Warren County

• The  fifth annual Zombie Charitable Walk will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.  Participants are asked to arrive at the Bing Crosby Stadium around 5:15 p.m. for socializing and pictures. The walk begins at 6 p.m. Mark Clay and Ted Seely will perform their original song “Small Town Zombies.”

Frederick County

• Halloween Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest returns to the Family Drive-In in Stephens City from 4 to 7 p.m Saturday and on Oct. 28. Bring the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes, and have them Trunk or Treat before the movie. Participants are asked to bring up to 500 pieces of candy or other treats for the event. There also will be a car  decorating contest and a costume contest for all age groups and pets.

Halloween-related movies for families will be shown on Screen 1 and more horror-style films will be shown on Screen 2 for adults and teens.

Admission: With the movie: $8 adults; $4 children (ages 3-11). For those participating in the Trunk or Treat event admission is $10 per car

The Haunted Trail is held each Friday and Saturday night in October. Donation is $2 per person.  Not recommended for small children.

• The first Stephens City “Ghost Walk” will be held Oct. 27 and 28 starting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 819 Fairfax St., Stephens City. Walks will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 28.

Costumed guides will lead walkers on a 40-minute “visit” with many of the town’s original residents and conclude with refreshments in the parking lot of Jones Funeral Home.

Admission is $5 per person at the door. Not suitable for children under 7. Proceeds benefit Just4Kidz, an after-school child-care program sponsored jointly by Trinity Lutheran, Stephens City Mennonite and Stephens City United Methodist churches. Information: 540-869-4019.