Howl-O-Ween in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Costumed Canines to Compete for Howl-O-Ween Prizes

Alexandria, Virginia area dogs will be showing off Halloween costumes and competing for prizes, including for the spookiest, funniest, and most original costumes and most/least enthusiastic pet at the annual Doggie Costume Contest ‘Howl-O-Ween’ hosted by Hotel Monaco Alexandria – A Kimpton Hotel and Jackson 20 to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

Steve Rudin of ABC 7 News will be the emcee. Megan Webb, Executive Director of Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Charlie, Alexandria’s 2017 Animal of the Year will be the judges.

Register to enter the contest here!

This Happy Hour event will feature Halloween-themed cocktails and light bites, as well as contestants strutting down the “catwalk” while competing for “Most Glamorous Get-Up”, “Best Dressed Couple”, and the prestigious, “Top Dog” Award. Winners will receive fabulous prizes, courtesy of Kimpton Hotels and local restaurants.

NOTE: Registration fees benefit AWLA; Hotel Monaco and Jackson 20 restaurant are donating 10 percent of happy-hour food and beverage sales to the AWLA.

Blackwall Hitch entrance in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Photo credit: Blackwall Hitch

Blackwall Hitch Halloween Events to Include Tap Takeover,
Costume Contest, & Festive Food Specials Befitting Edgar Allan Poe

Blackwall Hitch located on the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria, invites guests to celebrate Halloween with a Halloween Costume Tap Takeover on Saturday, October 29th, from 9 PM to 2 AM on its expansive back patio, which boasts magnificent views overlooking the Potomac River and National Harbor. Guests can enjoy the spooky holiday fun with a tap takeover by South Street Brewery from Charlottesville, Virginia highlighting fall and pumpkin-themed beers, as well as a costume contest which will be held from 9 PM to 11 PM.

Dante Coley, brewery representative from South Street brewery, and Patricia Washington from Visit Alexandria will be in attendance to judge costumes and present awards in the following categories: Best Costume, Best Nautically-Themed, and Best Couple. Guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to show their creativity and win a two-for-one brunch certificate. Craft beers from South Street Brewery that will be featured include Satans Pony amber ale, Twisted Gourd chocolate chai pumpkin ale, Bar Hopper west coast IPA, and VA Lager. Beers are priced at $7 per draft. South Street Brewery was purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, whose owners have a deep connection with this Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub.

Additionally, Blackwall Hitch is partnering with Fourth Wall at the Torpedo Factory, just steps from the restaurant, inviting theatergoers to enjoy dinner at the restaurant before heading to the award-winning original immersive play, “A Dream Within A Dream: Madness” on October 30th at 8 PM. Fourth Wall’s newest production, “A Dream Within A Dream: Madness,” is a highly interactive theatrical production presenting a surreal interpretation of the life, works and mad genius of Edgar Allan Poe. By leveraging theater, film, music, dance, art and light design, the audience will be transported from present day into a completely different world: the twisted psyche of Edgar Allan Poe.

Before the show, guests can enjoy Edgar Allan Poe-themed specials, created by Executive Chef Mente Lawson, such as “Meatballs Fra Diavlo,” hellfire-ish spicy mary-nara, set ablaze; “Beet to Death” Salad with beets every which way; “Spaghetti and Eyeballs” with calamari, olive eyeballs, squid ink pasta bloody mary-nara; “Spooky Night Crawlers for 2,” chilled seafood tower over a dry ice graveyard with tuna tartare, lobster salad in shells, shucked oysters, and head on shrimp cocktail with tomb raiders, as well as “One Bad Apple,” apple pie with a caramel candy apple. These Poe-inspired specials range in price from $12 to $59 and will also be available on the restaurant’s menu from October 27th through 30th during both lunch and dinner service.

1407 Russell Road in Alexandria, Virginia
I don’t know about you but, this makes me sad. The Rosemont homeowner on Russell Road who LOVES the holidays has sold their home.

Via Sheriff Dana Lawhorne

Neighborhoods are defined by traditions. Delray has many but none better than the annual Halloween pirate show at 1407 Russell Road. Earlier today, Tami (the pirate lady) called me to break the bad news. She sold her house and is moving to Florida to help her aging parents. Her voice quivered as she told me the sad news. She talked about how much she enjoyed doing this for the community, especially the kids. It gave her great joy. I think she started off with a few pirates and it grew each year. Helping her was a blast. Working on it each year was a tradition that I looked forward to. I will miss the thousands of people who came to see it. I will miss helping Tami do something that allowed us to think about something other than bad news. It was a great distraction. It was a reminder that no matter what, traditions go on and so do it’s people. Tami never let us down. She is a wonderful person who spent all her free time and hard earned money to make us smile. She has a big heart. No surprise that she is moving to be with her parents who need her. Loyalty trumps tradition and that’s ok with me. I will miss her. If you can find time, send her a card or a note to say thank-you:
Tami Sarjeant
1407 Russell Road
Alexandria, Va. 22301

(Photo credit: Google Maps)

Halloween Display
This is an update to this post.

Via LaDonna Sanders of the Alexandria NAACP:

NAACP received a verbal statement from Human Rights Office at approximately 3:00 PM yesterday, and a written statement later in the evening, determining the Halloween display while arguably done in poor taste, it did not represent hate speech under the law. Since the display is on private property, police department could not force the homeowner to remove the display. However the homeowner had removed portions of the display.

Halloween Display

UPDATE (8:36 PM – 11/07): Corrected the neighborhood where the display is/was located.

UPDATE (10:05 AM – 11/5/2015): Alexandria chapter of the NAACP received a response from the Alexandria Human Rights Office. Check it out at this link.

UPDATE (1:55 PM): Added comment from LaDonna Sanders, NAACP chapter president.

A Halloween display in the Seminary Hill neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia is getting quite a bit of attention.

This display, located on North Furman Street, features a corpse wrapped in black hanging from a tree surrounded by white ghosts.

This display isn’t getting rave reviews from the Alexandria chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

We received the above photo from LaDonna Sanders, president of the local chapter of the NAACP. It is my understanding that this photo has been forwarded to police chief and the Alexandria Human Rights office.

The NAACP had this to say about the display:

The NAACP believes the display is offensive and should be removed immediately. While the body is not hanging from the neck the imagery is reminiscent of a lynching.

Our President has alerted City Council of our concern regarding the display.

Ms. Sanders adds:

Despite receiving responses from City Council Members, no action has been taken by them, nor have we received follow up calls regarding any action from the police chief or human rights office.

A constituent of Alexandria shared a picture of her neighbors “Halloween Display”The NAACP believes the display is offensive and should be removed immediately. While the body is not hanging from the neck the imagery is reminiscent of a lynching. Our President has alerted City Council of our concern regarding the display.

Posted by Alexandria branch of the N.A.A.C.P. on Monday, November 2, 2015

I think this is terrible and SHOULD be taken down. So I ask you, my beloved readers, what are your thoughts on this display?


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Halloween is almost here! Here is a list of Halloween events happening in the Alexandria, Virginia area.

The Alexandria Fire Department would like to remind ALL to have a Happy & Safe Halloween. They have put out a list of several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help decrease safety risk during Halloween.


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