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For some of us, work schedules, baby’s bedtime, or personal comfort don’t jive with traditional October 31st trick-or-treating. For others, one night isn’t enough time to go all out for Halloween! Fortunately, there are plenty of festive trunk-or-treat events open to the public this fall in Loudoun County.
Whether you’re searching for a church community event, free admission, or pet-friendly treats, we have you covered. Let’s discuss when and where to find all those classic Halloween feels in LoCo this October.
What does it mean to “trunk-or-treat?”
Daytime trunk-or-treat events have been popping up over the past few decades as a safer alternative to nighttime trick-or-treating. Local churches held the first trunk-or-treat festivities to bring communities together.
The premise of trunk-or-treat is simple. Rather than going door-to-door, kids (and grown-ups!) dressed in costumes go from car trunk to car trunk to receive candy or other small treats. Today, churches, community groups, and local businesses typically host these parking lot events.
Here in Loudoun, trunk-or-treat is now so popular many participate in addition to traditional trick-or-treating (guilty!). Trunk-or-treat events in 2022 often include a wealth of additional Halloween activities, such as games, crafts, music, food, and costume contests.
How do you participate in a trunk-or-treat event?
Most trunk-or-treat events have at least two types of participants:
- “Trunk-or-treaters” (children and families who make their rounds to collect candy)
- Trunk hosts (volunteers responsible for providing decorated cars and passing out the goods)
Number two will nearly always require advance sign-up. While most events are walk-ins for trunk-or-treaters, a few require advance registration, so always read event details carefully.
What should I bring to a trunk-or-treat event?
Trunk or Treaters
If you are trunk-or-treating you will typically just show up with your kids in costumes and walk around the various trunks provided by the event host.
Events will sometimes provide goodie bags; however, you may wish to bring a trick-or-treat bucket just in case!
Specifications on trunk decor and treats are often set by each event coordinator. In most situations, you’ll want to bring:
- Decorations for your trunk theme (e.g., balloons, streamers, tablecloth, candy basket)
- Tape, scissors, and any other gear needed to set up your decor
- Extra water and snacks for you/your kids
- Candy treats or small toys to pass out to children of all ages*
*If you are providing treats for a trunk-or-treat event this year, consider including some non-food items in your stash for very young children and those with allergies!
12 Can’t-Miss Trunk-or-Treat (& Trick-or-Treat) Events in Loudoun
Here are the who, what, when, and where of LoCo’s trunk-or-treat events (and traditional trick-or-treating alternatives) for the 2022 Halloween season.
Come one, come all! Crossroads United Methodist Church invites you to bring the kids, friends, and family out for their annual Trunk or Treat parking lot event.
If you want to pass out candy and are already dreaming up a theme for your trunk, I suggest signing up soon because spots can fill up quickly!
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 2:00-3:30 PM
Where: 43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
How to Sign-Up: Crossroads requires advance registration only if you wish to decorate your car and bring candy to pass out (you can do so here). Otherwise, show up with the kids ready to trunk-or-treat!
Questions? Contact Crossroads UMC here.
Calling all pet parents and pet parents-to-be! Bark Bash is the place to be this Halloween season, where “treat” takes on a whole new meaning.
Hosted by local pet businesses and animal rescue organizations, Bark Bash includes an afternoon filled with:
- Pet-friendly trick-or-treating
- A pet costume contest
- Dog caricatures
- A photo booth
- Music & more
Bring your 4-legged friend dressed in their best Halloween costume, or become a forever family for a local rescue in need!
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 12-3 PM
Where: 20365 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA 20147
How to Sign-Up: No advance registration is required to attend Bark Bash or participate in the pet costume contest. If you are interested in participating as a vendor or event sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Kelsey Smith at email@example.com.
If you’re looking for classic Halloween fun for the whole family, head over to Brambleton Town Center for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. In addition to the goodies, you can also enjoy:
- Fall craft station
- Balloon artist & more!
When: Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 12-2 PM
Where: 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton, VA 20148
How to Sign-Up: No registration is required, but go early if you can! The first 300 participants will receive a free trick-or-treat bag at the event table.
Questions? You can reach out to Brambleton Town Center here.
Back by popular demand, the Village at Leesburg will be hosting its annual Monster Mash event. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of:
- Trick-or-treating through the village
- Pumpkin decorating
- Costume contest parade (for both humans and pets)
- Watching professional pumpkin carvers in action!
I spoke with the event coordinator, and they expect their usual large crowd, so plan for some traffic! Fortunately, there should be plenty of free parking in the on-site garage.
When: Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 3-6 PM
Where: 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
How to Sign-Up: Monster Mash does not require advance registration.
Questions? Contact the Village at Leesburg here.
The Leesburg Church of the Nazarene has announced the return of their long-time annual Trunk-or-Treat! They plan to roll out all the bells and whistles, including:
- Classic trunk-or-treat
- Small train ride (for the youngest trunk-or-treaters)
- Campfire with s’mores
- Popcorn & a movie (indoors)
- Free hot dogs
- Carnival games & more!
When: Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 1-4 PM
Where: 17667 Roxbury Hall Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175
How to Sign-Up: This event does not require advance registration for trunk-or-treaters.
Questions? Contact the Leesburg Church of the Nazarene here.
Rain or shine, Lovettsville Community Center is determined to bring the northern Loudoun County community together with a fun-filled Trunk-or-Treat event!
Sign-up to decorate your car and pass out candy, or bring the kids to collect some Halloween treats. Either way, you will need to click on the event registration page to sign up for this Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services (PRCS)-sponsored event.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: 57 E Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA 20180
How to Sign-Up: Register online here through PRCS. Interested in bringing a decorated vehicle to pass out candy? Call 540-822-5284 or email Lovcc@loudoun.gov.
Questions? You can email the Lovettsville Community Center here.
Purcellville Baptist Church is an excellent western Loudoun choice for family-friendly Halloween festivities. Their trunk-or-treat event will have no shortage of candy, themed trunks, and games for all ages.
When: Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 6-8 PM
Where: 601 Yaxley Drive, Purcellville, VA 20132
How to Sign-Up: Advance registration is required for those who wish to decorate their car and pass out candy. Please read registration details carefully as the arrival time is significantly earlier for event volunteers (don’t worry, you can order pizza for your family directly to your trunk!).
Questions? You can find contact information for the event coordinator here.
Who said church trunk-or-treat events can’t be scary? I spoke with the Edge at Heaven’s Pit, and they have a seriously spooky event planned, including:
- Haunted house
- Games with the local firefighters and police officers
- Food Trucks
- Concert featuring Grave Robber (Christian punk rock band from Indiana) and Reclaim the Day (Christian rock band)
- Bonfire and live acoustic performance
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 6-10 PM*
*Trunk-or-treat, haunted house, and bonfire from 6-8 PM; Concert begins at 7 PM
Where: 35834 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville, VA 20132
Cost: Admission is free for all the Halloween festivities! Additional food will be available for purchase from food trucks.
How to Sign-Up: This event requires no registration.
Questions? You can contact the Loudoun Valley Church of the Nazarene here.
Halloween on the South Riding Town Green is one of my favorite places to take my kids each fall! The event kicks off with a leisurely half-mile parade from the South Riding Golf Club down to Town Hall.
While not technically a trunk-or-teat event, local businesses always seem to pop up with plenty of candy for the kids. Little ones will also enjoy Halloween crafts and activities.
If you have previously attended trunk-or-treat at the Community Baptist Church of South Riding, please note they have instead partnered with this event for 2022.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 2-5 PM*
Where: South Riding Town Green* 43050 Center Street, Chantilly VA, 20152
*If you plan to walk in the parade, you should first report to the South Riding Golf Club at 1:30 PM.
How to Sign-Up: This event requires no registration.
Questions? You can contact South Riding Town Hall here.
If Friday night works well for your schedule, register well in advance and head on over to the Dulles South Recreation and Community Center on October 28th. Children ages 2-12 (accompanied by a grown-up) will enjoy an evening of:
- Trick-or-treating on the Dulles South paths
- Choosing their own pumpkin from a “pumpkin patch”
- Finding their way through a Halloween maze
- Traveling down the spooky trail (optional)
Should it rain, this event will move inside the recreation center.
When: Friday, October 28th, 2022, from 4-7 PM
Where: 24950 Riding Center Dr, South Riding, VA 20152
Cost: $5 per child
How to Sign-Up: You must register in advance here for this event. I suggest signing up soon as space is limited, and registration closes before event day!
Questions? Please call the Dulles South Rec Center at 571-258-3456 with inquiries about this event.
After attending their springtime and 4th-of-July events this year, I am officially hooked on celebrating holidays at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum.
Their 2022 “Truck-or-Treat” event hosted in collaboration with Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center will feature:
- Dump trucks, fire trucks, and patrol cars
- Treats galore
- A pumpkin decorating contest
- Kid-friendly Halloween activities & more!
When: Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 3-6 PM
Where: 21668 Heritage Farm Lane Sterling, VA 20164
Cost: $5 per person (free for children under age 2)
How to Sign-Up: To attend this event, you can register ahead of time here. I spoke with the event director and the pumpkin decorating contest will also require separate advance registration. Stay tuned and check back for when that sign-up opens!
Questions? You can contact the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum here.
- Trick-or-treating around the vendor booths
- Seasonal brews & magical “potion” cocktails
- Spooky music by All Around Acoustics
- Child and adult costume contests (with prizes)
- Face painting
- Food & much more!
When: Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 12-4 PM
Where: 22455 Davis Drive #Suite 120 Sterling, VA 20164
How to Sign-Up: Advance registration is required. You can sign up here.
Questions? Contact the event organizer at the bottom of this page.
Wrapping up on trunk-or-treat events in Loudoun County
Remember that event details can change faster than the fall leaves. Be sure to click through to your chosen event page before you go for the most up-to-date information. (Shout out to our phenomenal community organizations who provide us with an action-packed Halloween season in LoCo!)
Don’t see your event? Please drop us a comment below or send a message so we can help spread the word.
Tana Amodeo is a homeschooling mom of two, former school counselor, and blogging enthusiast.
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