16+ Open houses this weekend, 10/24-10/25

Looking for a new home? Visit an open house in Oak Hill! Home prices range from $294,900 for a 2-bedroom, 3 bath, 1509 sq ft condo on Quick Street to $1,675,000 for a 5-bedroom, 7-bath, 8873 sq ft home on Mary Etta Ln.

Need an agent to show you these or other homes on the market? I’d be happy to help! Visit my other site, http://www.oakhillvahomes.com/ to search for a home and request a visit or contact me directly using any of the contact methods on my Contact Form.

Things to do this weekend – Weekend of October 24, 2014

Friday, Oct. 24

  • Bradley Farm Haunted House. 6pm-10pm. Bradley Farm Barn, Herndon, VA off West Ox Road. $5, all proceeds benefit Herndon-Reston FISH
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, find something wicked for your Halloween celebration. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Woodchuck Cider Tasting, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 4 pm – 7 pm. “Join us for a Cider sampling with Vermont Hard Cider!! They will be pouring Woodchucks Fall Seasonal Cider as well as the Woodchuck Private Reserve Pumpkin.” FREE
  • Cox Farms Fields of Fear. 7:30pm-11pm. 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120. $13 for a basic ticket (admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride); $19 for Fear Plus+ Admission, which includes admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride, plus one entry to Cornightmare.
  • Edwards Landing Lights – 7:15pm-9pm (nightly through Oct 30th)- Leesburg. Private Message the homeowner to get the full address. It’s a little more out of the way than everything else posted here, but it’s worth it! FREE, but please consider donating to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center in the donation box outside the home.
  • NextStop Theater Company presents: Sylvia. (Formerly Elden Street Players) – Herndon, VA. 8pm. $28 purchased online

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • Bradley Farm Haunted House. 1pm-5pm kids’ haunt, 6pm-10pm. Bradley Farm Barn, Herndon, VA off West Ox Road. $5, all proceeds benefit Herndon-Reston FISH
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, find something wicked for your Halloween celebration. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Ithaca Beer Company Beer Tasting, Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 3 pm. “Tasting the Ithaca Flower Power, Green Trail and their current seasonal beer.” FREE
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.
  • Air & Scare, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. 2pm-7pm. $15 parking. “See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters character. Air & Scare is fun for the whole family! Please note: For security reasons, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.”
  • Cox Farms Fields of Fear. 7:30pm-11pm. 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120. $13 for a basic ticket (admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride); $19 for Fear Plus+ Admission, which includes admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride, plus one entry to Cornightmare.
  • Edwards Landing Lights – 7:15pm-9pm (nightly through Oct 30th)- Leesburg. Private Message the homeowner to get the full address. It’s a little more out of the way than everything else posted here, but it’s worth it! FREE, but please consider donating to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center in the donation box outside the home.
  • Burke Lake Park Ghost Train – Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.
  • NextStop Theater Company presents: Sylvia. (Formerly Elden Street Players) – Herndon, VA. 8pm. $28 purchased online

Sunday, Oct. 26

  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.
  • Edwards Landing Lights – 7:15pm-9pm (nightly through Oct 30th)- Leesburg. Private Message the homeowner to get the full address. It’s a little more out of the way than everything else posted here, but it’s worth it! FREE, but please consider donating to John’s Hopkins Children’s Center in the donation box outside the home.
  • Burke Lake Park Ghost Train – Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.
  • NextStop Theater Company presents: Sylvia. (Formerly Elden Street Players) – Herndon, VA. 2pm. $28 purchased online

Halloween Candy and Food Allergies

TPP-Blog-BadgeWhen purchasing candy for Halloween, consider offering alternatives to candy. With the growing number of kids with food allergies (peanuts, gluten, dairy, and more), candy might not be an option for them. Food Allergy Research & Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project is encouraging families to offer alternatives to candy for kids who have these allergies. You can download and print a flyer to post on your door to encourage kids to visit your house!

Note that this doesn’t mean that you can’t also hand out candy. Who knows, maybe other kids will also want alternatives to candy. I know I personally loved the houses that handed out pennies or nickels instead when I was a kid! Stickers were also a hit. A dentist in our neighborhood hands out tattoos, and my own kids can’t wait to put them on every year.

For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project, what you can do to help, and to download a flyer, visit the FARE website.

22 Open houses this weekend, 10/18-10/19

Looking for a new home? Visit an open house in Oak Hill! Home prices range from $294,900 for a 2-bedroom, 3 bath, 1509 sq ft condo on Quick Street to $1,299,000 for a 5-bedroom, 5-bath, 6777 sq ft home on Winter Wren Ct.

Looking for a rental? There’s an open house for that! This townhouse on Beckingham Drive features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms for $2,100 per month.

Need an agent to show you these or other homes on the market? I’d be happy to help! Visit my other site, http://www.oakhillvahomes.com/ to search for a home and request a visit or contact me directly using any of the contact methods on my Contact Form.

Things to do this weekend – Weekend of October 17, 2014

Thursday, Oct. 16

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 6-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Pumpkins by the CampfireRoast marshmallows at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-10 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 10 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Wine Tasting at Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 12 pm – 6 pm. “Every week, our store features a new theme at our Tasting Table. This week, we are showcasing a selection of Cabernets. Join us as we taste these wines, plus additional selections as chosen by our Wine Manager. Coupons available for tasting selections. Selection subject to availability.” FREE
  • Beer Class: Not Your Father’s Lagers & Ales, Total Wine and More, 13055-C Lee Jackson Highway, Greenbriar Town Center, Fairfax , VA 22033. 3 pm – 5 pm. “We’re pulling out some flavorful, strong beers for this class. This beer journey goes way beyond what your father probably had in the fridge. Taste a range of different color beers covering a wide, palate-smacking flavor spectrum.” $15 per person.
  • Historic All Hallows EveIn the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour Sully Historic Site by lantern light from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
  • Watershed Clean-Up Day. Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Please call to reserve a section of the watershed at one of these sites:
    Frying Pan Farm Park, 703-437-9101
    Lake Fairfax Park, 703-471-5414
    Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794
    Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
  • Dinosaurs GaloreFollow a naturalist as you and your child (ages three to seven) dig into dinosaurs and explore this prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.
  • Life in the Leaf LitterJoin a naturalist for a hike from 2 to 4 p.m. and explore the forest floor at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

Sunday, Oct. 19

  • Fall Carnival Fun. 12-7 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Free parking and admission. Games, rides, and tasty fair food. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. Regular ticket price is $1 each or 24 tickets for $20. Discount unlimited-ride passes available for use Thursday evening 6–10 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 12–4 p.m.
  • Farm Harvest Days. 11 am – 3 pm. Frying Pan Farm Park, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia. Fall is a busy time on the farm! Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat or a cow, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun! Some activities may have fees.
  • Pumpkins in the Park Festival. Lake Fairfax is excited to bring back its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family like our burlap sack slide, face painting, class demonstrations, carousel rides, food and outdoor fun. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Preschool Pumpkins in the Park. Children with a registered adult enjoy activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A small pumpkin is included in the $7 admission fee. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.
  • Microscopic MonstersUse a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney Pond their home. This one-hour program meets at E.C. Lawrence Park at 1 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
  • Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo! Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $12 admission.

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