Del Ray's favorite Halloween traditions are moving online, with contests for Best Decorated House, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Block, Best Group Costume and Best Pet Costume, plus a Halloween Scavenger Hunt on the Avenue, taking place Halloween week.  

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, the annual Halloween parade is cancelled due to COVID-19.  We look forward to seeing all the ghosts, goblins, princesses, and superheroes on the Avenue in 2021!

Best Decorated House Contest

Nominations are now closed for the Best Decorated House contest; click here for a map of the Top Ten, and click here to vote for the People's Choice Award! Thank you to The Jen Walker Team for sponsoring this favorite Del Ray tradition!

Best Group Costume Contest

The annual best group costume contests will take place online, with entries due by 12 p.m. on November 1.  Note: this replaces the stroller decorating contest -- while we'd love to see the stroller "floats," one is not required to enter.  Click here to enter.  Thank you to Bobi Bomar and the Homes of Alexandria Team for sponsoring this contest!

Best Pet Costume Contest  

The annual best pet costume contest will move online.  The deadline to enter is October 28; voting will take place October 29-30, with winners announced October 31.  Click here to enter.  Thank you to Paul Haire of Your Dog's Best Friends for sponsoring this contest!

Best Decorated Block Contest

This year marks the debut of the Best Decorated Block contest, inspired by the creativity of the community during Del Ray's socially-distant First Thursday porch parties that brought neighbors together during the summer.   The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated Block is Sunday, October 25 at 12 p.m.  To nominate a block, click here

Best Decorated Business Contest

The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 25 at 12 noon -- decorated businesses will be featured in the Halloween scavenger hunt.  To nominate a business, click here. 


Costumes for Children In Need

Traditionally, the Del Ray Business Association collects gently used Halloween costumes and hosts a free costume shop for children.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, DRBA will partnering with the Alexandria Boys & Girls Club and Community Lodgings, giving community members the opportunity to purchase a costume for a specific child.  Click here to donate a costume to a child in need.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Walk the Avenue (in costume or not!) and find Halloween-themed items in Del Ray's murals and decorated businesses.  Click here for the scavenger hunt clues and instructions!   Four winners (randomly selected from all entries) will receive a $50 gift card to spend at their favorite Del Ray business.

   Held year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  

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