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A trick-or-treater heads out in search of candy on Halloween 2017.

It’s Halloween and little ghosts and goblins are getting ready to descend on area neighborhoods, seeking out tasty treats.

Prince William County does not designate an official time date or age range for trick-or-treating, but the Prince William County police department does offer the following safety tips for trick-or-treaters and their parents:

  • Make sure kids wear light colors, or put reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they are not a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents, or a trusted adult, should accompany young children.
  • Make sure kids know not to enter strange houses or strangers' cars.  Children should stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home.  One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they are still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place.

For more tips, watch this public-service announcement from Prince William County government:

If you’re looking for an alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating, check out these events planned in the Prince William County area.


Halloween Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Nokesville Neighborhood Library

Come dressed in your Halloween attire and enjoy some stories and crafts.

Parade of Costumes

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Chinn Park Regional Library

For children with caregiver. Come in costume for Halloween stories, songs, and a parade through the library. Two times: 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Halloween Storytime

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Potomac Community Library

For ages 18 to 36 months with caregiver. Wear a costume, if you like, and trick-or-treat after story time. Family members welcome.


Halloween Storytime and Costume Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

 Bull Run Regional Library

No trick, just treats. Wear your costume, enjoy a not-at-all-spooky Halloween story time, then take a promenade around the library to collect some fun treats that are just right for kids.


Happy Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Central Community Library

For all ages, with caregiver. Come in costume for a few spooky stories, a treat and join in a parade of costumes through the library.

Annual Mall-O-Ween Trick or Treating

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Manassas Mall

Trick or treat throughout the mall on Halloween night. Come in costume between 5 and 7 p.m. to join in the fun.

Manassas Park Trunk-or-Treat

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St., Manassas Park

Come to the Manassas Park Community Center for an evening of fun and safe trunk-or-treating. Decorated vehicles will fill the parking lot with their trunks open and full of treats.

Monster Mash

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Central Community Library, 8601 Mathis Ave., Manassas

For all ages, with caregiver. Join in for spooky stories, games and Halloween treats. Costumes encouraged.

Great Pumpkin Celebration

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m.

Cabela’s, 5291 Wellington Branch Road, Gainesville

Enjoy crafts, games with prizes, and photos from 4-8 p.m., plus trick-or-treating from 5-8 p.m., and a Halloween costume parade at 6 p.m. There also will be cookie decorating from 5-7 p.m. This is a free community event.

Boo Bash at Potomac Mills

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Potomac Mills mall, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge

Come in costume for spooky family fun for kids age 12 and under. Enjoy free entertainment and candy and see Reptiles Alive at 5 p.m. in front of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Plus, get pictures taken with fun Halloween characters and enjoy activities based on “Vampirina” and your favorite Disney Junior pals, from 5-7 p.m. in Saks Court. (Character appearances are not a part of the event.)


Harvest Party

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.

Christ Chapel Ministries, 13909 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge

Woodbridge Nazarene Trunk-or-Treat

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6:30 -8 p.m.

Woodbridge Nazarene, 14001 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge

Woodbridge Nazarene church hosts this Halloween alternative to trick-or-treating, with inflatables, warm drinks, a family photo booth, candy and more. This is a free community event.

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