Del Ray Halloween Parade Cancelled Due To COVID-19; Costume, Decorating Contests Go Virtual

October 05, 2020 11:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    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:

  • Best Group Costume & Best Pet Costume Contests:  The annual best group costume and best pet costume contests will move online, with entries due by 12 p.m. on November 1.  For complete details and to enter, visit

  • Best Decorated House, Best Decorated Block, and Best Decorated Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House, Best Decorated Business, and Best Decorated Block is Sunday, October 25 at 12 p.m.  To nominate a house, business, or block, visit   The Del Ray Business Association will release a map of the top ten nominees by Wednesday, October 28. 

  • 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 is partnering directly with organizations serving Alexandria children in need, giving community members the opportunity to purchase a costume for a specific child via an Amazon Wish List.  For more information, visit  

  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Walk the Avenue (in costume or not!) and find Halloween-themed items in Del Ray's murals and decorated businesses.  The hunt launches on Friday, October 23!   Four winners (randomly selected from all entries) will receive a $50 gift card to spend at their favorite Del Ray business.  Details at  

   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

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