Reston Halloween House Delights Younger Tykes

Children of ages three to ten enjoyed Reston Association’s non-ghoulish Halloween House and Trick-or-Treat Trail at Walker Nature Center, held Oct. 25-26. According to Katie Shaw, Nature Center Manager, advance times sold out once again before the weekend even though the association added more tickets for this year’s event.

Star Wars characters gear up to greet children on the Trick-or-Treat Trail

According to Reston Connection, “Now in its 22nd year, the first of three activity areas, the free carnival with face painting, crafts, games, and refreshments greeted lucky ticket holders. Witch Rose Moss, 5, fancied her face painted green but sister, Lucy, 1 1/2, clung close to mom and dad, unsure of the larger than life-size costumed characters.

At the second activity site, families roamed the LED candlelit forest trail, met more friendly costumed characters, and collected candy and prizes. Jocelyn Wood, 6, of Great Falls, took a liking to her borrowed flashlight. She and others, such as Emma Hamilton, 2, of Reston, made their way with family members to the pavilion turned big dance party with sound and light effects where Star Wars Galactic Heroes invited the children to dance.”

Katie Shaw said, “When I see people out in the community, they often tell me how much they loved the Nature Center’s Halloween event, and how creative it is — sometimes years later… We have teen and young adult volunteers who remember coming as children… This year, we are thankful for George Mason University for providing a volunteer force of 40 students in their Social Action and Integrative Learning Program.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.