October 27, 2018
The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Haunt the Town on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. This brand-new event features a full day of free activities for everyone, including a carved pumpkin contest, a costume parade, a magic show, a movie in the park, and more!
Haunt the Town
The day’s events kick off at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Haunt the Town Halloween Hunt Contest to win $150 gift certificate, sponsored by the Occoquan Merchants Guild. Visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes which are decorated with spooky life-sized Halloween figures and fall decorations on porches, benches and doorways. Collect an entry form at participating businesses flying orange and black balloons, hunt for the objects, collect signatures, and turn in the form for a chance to win! Contestants must be 18 years or older to win.
Carved Pumpkin Contest
The community is also invited to participate in the first Town of Occoquan Carved Pumpkin Contest by designing, creating, and submitting family-friendly carved pumpkins! Carve at home, then participants may deliver their creative pumpkins on October 27th between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in River Mill Park. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Judging categories are Child, Youth, Adult, and Artist. Ribbons will be allocated for first, second, and third place. First prize will also win a $25 gift certificate to be spent at businesses located in the historic district!
Then at 4 p.m., costumed kids of all ages are welcome to join in the Occoquan Costume Parade! Contestants will line up at the VDOT parking lot at 121 Poplar Lane and, led by the Mayor of Occoquan, will parade through town, ending up at River Mill Park where costume judging will commence! Judging categories include: Cutest, Scariest, Funniest, Most Original, and Family/Group. The best in each category wins First Prize ribbons and $25 gift certificates!
Magic Show and Movie Night
Finally, this fun-filled day will culminate with a free outdoor magic show at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Occoquan Merchant Guild and featuring The Amazing Kevin! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on to watch the show. To top off this wonderful day, there will be a showing of The Goonies at 6:30 p.m.
Weather update: We have moved the magic show and movie inside Town Hall.
In addition to these fun activities, Patriot Scuba, at 304 Mill Street will provide a sand pit where kids can dig for treasures, and Hauntingly Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours will host spooky tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Schedule of Events
11 a.m. – 4 p. m. Halloween Hunt Contest
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ghost Tours by Hauntingly Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sand Dig at Patriot Scuba
12 p.m. -2 p.m. Carved Pumpkin Contest, River Mill Park
4 p.m. Costume Parade, Mill Street
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Judging and Awards, River Mill Park
5:30 p.m. The Amazing Kevin Magic Show, River Mill Park
6:30 p.m. The Goonies, River Mill Park
All these events are free and open to the public. Free on-street and public lot parking is available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street. The shuttle service, provided by Earnie Porta’s Occoquan Tourism Company, will collect patrons from the lot on the half hour, 11 am to 4 pm, with final pick ups in town at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. The shuttle is free, but donations to the non-profit Patriots for Disabled Divers are appreciated. Stay the day and check your strollers, lawn chairs and blankets at Patriot Scuba, 305 Mill Street, for the concert at River Mill Park.
Be sure to take advantage of the great photo opportunities all month long and #occoquan by sharing your photos on social media. For more information, contact Julie Little, Events and Community Development Director, at (703) 491-2168 or email@example.com. To book a ghost tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Loyalty Pet Care and Ridge Lake Animal Hospital, with support from The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Haunted Hounds Howl-O-Ween on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River Mill Park and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at participating businesses and restaurants throughout Historic Occoquan. Activities include a canine costume contest and parade, canine trick & treating at participating businesses and after party yappy hours at participating dog friendly restaurants. Ticket sales from this event benefit The Prince William Humane Society in support of initiatives in support to the Prince William County Animal Shelter.
The day kicks off with costumed canines, spectators and area pet businesses gathering at River Mill Park at 11 a.m. 458 Mill Street. Canines and their owners will parade around the park at 12 p.m. with judging and awards presented at 12:30 p.m. Then, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., hard working fundraisers and their dogs are invited to trick & treat through the town’s dog-friendly unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes and experience all that Occoquan has to offer.
Spectators should bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on to watch the show!
Schedule of Events
11 a.m. Check In & Gates Open at River Mill Park
12 p.m. Pawrade Step off & Spooktating
12:15 p.m. Roll of Sponsors, Judges Introductions (concurrent with parade procession)
12:45 p.m. Winners Wag & Prizes Awarded
1 p.m. Occoquan Merchants Guild Release of the Hounds on Town
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Trick & Treating at Participating Merchants
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. After Pawty Yappy Hours at Participating Restaurants
Admission is a recommended minimum donation to Prince William Humane Society and should be purchased in advance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haunted-hounds-howl-o-ween-tickets-49870880145. Free on-street and public lot parking is available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street. The shuttle service, provided by Earnie Porta’s Occoquan Tourism Company, will collect patrons from the lot on the half hour 11 am to 11:45 am and 12:45 pm to 4 pm. The shuttle is free, but donations to the non-profit Patriots for Disabled Divers are appreciated.
For more information about the Haunted Hounds Howl-O-Ween, contact the organizer at email@example.com.