off your fun side and reacquaint yourself with your neighborhood or even with the Virginia you
love. Here’s how.
If you are looking to get out of your house, try visiting these haunted places:
Saturday, October 29, 2016: 7-9 p.m. Ben Lomond, Manassass
Ben Lomond Historic Site served as a Confederate Field Hospital after the Battle of First
Manassas. Nighttime tours of the house and grounds will be held every half hour, and
guides will share stories of soldiers, doctors, and others from the Civil War. Bring a
flashlight for this in-the dark tour!
• Cox Farms Fields of Fear™ Hours and night vary, Centreville, VA.
This place is the haunted destination of your creepy dreams!
“When darkness falls on the farm… our fields fill with creatures of the night. Featuring:
Dark Side Hayride’s Zombie Zoo, The Firegrounds/Midway bonfires and the Giant
Torchlit Slide. If you’re really in for a scare, test your nerves in the Cornightmare™
walk-through cornfield terrors; with Claustrophobia, Vortex, Crypt and more! There’s
also The Forest: Back 40, where you can walk more than half a mile through the dark
woods, if you dare!”
Or have your own haunted house…
Most of the year, our homes are a showcase of beauty and calm; but when Halloween arrives,
some folks can’t wait to break out the cobwebs and ghouls. If you aren’t ready to venture out to
see haunted Virginia, get your friends and other neighborhood adults together and have a
haunted house for adults.
Themes, such as The Walking Dead or classics such as The Bride of Frankenstein, appeal to the
scaredy-cat in all of us. Create game and goodie stations throughout your yard with a seating
area at the end of the “trail” for a nice chat to catch up with your neighbors.
Have a Classic Autumn Yard…
Not everyone goes ghoulish for All Hallows Eve. If you’re not one for fake spiders and
pointy hat witches, go classy and hold a fancy dress party. Set out simple décor based on
just black and white coloring and tailor your refreshments to simplicity. Try these:
• Avoid the mess with no-carve pumpkin decorating with your colors. Simple
crochet doilies draped over a pumpkin and then spray-painted white or black
make for an elegant look.
• Pour cocktails into classic goblets or vials. Use clear cocktails with a bit of green
• Paint a table candelabrum black and fill with black candles.
• Use glow sticks under the ice in your drink station to give off a creepy cast.
• Choose a theme such as Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey.
Halloween is not just a time to relive our youth or enjoy the seasonal events it brings; there is an
importance in the spirit of community that envelopes a neighborhood. Halloween is a perfect
time to be introduced to a real understanding of your area’s atmosphere. As acquaintances grow
into alliances, people watch out for each other and their families, also increasing the safety and
enjoyment of the areas we live in. Let’s revel in the season and in this sense of community.
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris
was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a
member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of
all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top
500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.