Halloween is huge in Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC, area. From family-friendly festivals to terrifying haunted houses, each fall you can count on more than 100 events to celebrate the spooky and downright scary. The latest addition to the area falls into the former category and makes an illuminated show out of a Halloween icon.
The Glow, coming to Fairfax County October 6-29, 2017, is a display of more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. On weekends, a section of Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia, will be aglow with the lights from these artistically carved creations. There also will be fall treats and drinks, photo opportunities, and fun for visitors of all ages. This is a family-friendly event with no scary elements. Visitors take a Halloween stroll along a trail (one-third of a mile long) illuminated by thousands of jack o’ lanterns, all with unique elements.
In the Pre-Historic Park, jack o’ lantern dinosaurs stand up to 16 feet tall. Captain Jack and his band of marauders helm a 30-foot-long pirate ship, complete with skeletons and pumpkin pirates. In the pumpkin graveyard, guests will encounter black cats, ghosts and gravestones.The Glow also illuminates some of the capital region’s most famous figures, and pumpkin look-a-likes include politicians, musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses.
The family fun also includes costume contests, pumpkin painting classes and a face painting station. A live pumpkin carving demonstration will show visitors how to create their own masterpieces.
The Glow opens October 6, 2017, and takes place Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during the rest of the month. Tickets start at $16, and are on sale now at glowdc.tixr.com. Advanced tickets are required.