Halloween on South Lee Street in Old Town’s Southeast Quadrant is THE event in Alexandria on Halloween. This beloved community gathering dates several decades. If you are an Alexandria native like Allison and Jamyn, you will recall spending your childhood Halloweens here.
Long before the big day, residents of South Lee Street start decorating their homes with spider webs, skeletons, and other spooky and fun Halloween decor. Year after year, neighbors try to outdo one another with their decorations. Some of them are incredibly lifelike!
The gathering is well known throughout the DC area. The Alexandria Police close off the street to traffic, including several blocks surrounding the area. The 94.7 Fresh FM’s Tommy Show now has a presence at the event. They give children goody bags filled with treats from the National Confectioners Association.
The atmosphere on the street (and the surrounding streets like Allison’s) on the evening of October 31 is incredibly festive. Little ones start to appear around 5 pm as neighbors wait outside on their stoops to greet trick-or-treaters until about 10 pm. Word is some families give out more than 3,000 pieces of candy! There are also many adult parties that line the route – so it is a fun and social affair for all ages. The gathering is very dog friendly as well – as are most in Old Town!
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