Del Ray's favorite Halloween traditions are moving online, with contests for Best Decorated House, Business, and Block; plus Best Group Costume and Best Pet Costume; plus a Halloween Scavenger Hunt on the Avenue, taking place Halloween week.
"Our primary concern is always the health and safety of our community," said Del Ray Halloween Parade organizer Gayle Reuter. "While we are heartbroken that we can't bring 7,500 ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and princesses to the Avenue for a parade, we're excited about hosting some of our favorite Halloween traditions in a safe, socially-distant format."
In addition to the Best Decorated House and Business Contests, 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. "During the pandemic, we have constantly been in awe of how our community has figured out new ways to connect with our neighbors, safely," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. "We're excited to see the creativity of neighbors coming together in the group costume contests and block decorating contests."
Among the events:
Held each 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. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween