Temperatures are beginning to dip and leaves are starting to fall; yes, it’s that time of year again when everything is pumpkin-flavored and stores are brimming with all-things Halloween. If your family’s idea of a quintessential fall weekend features hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses and pumpkin festivals, look no further than Leesburg, a suburban town with preserved pockets of rural charm. With working farms and pick-your-own pastures, this is a one-stop shop for completing your autumn bucket list.

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Fall Fun
Temple Hall Farm Fall Festival boasts the largest corn maze on the East coast. You can also shoot pumpkins and corn cobs from a “blaster” at speeds of 50 to 60 miles-per-hour. The Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at the Leesburg Animal Park features wagon rides, moon bounces and a hay maze (along with lemurs and camels and zebras, oh my!).  If you’re looking for a fright, Shocktober has been dubbed the best haunted house in the region. It’s considered a PG-13 attraction, but special “no scare” glow necklaces are available for an additional fee. For an adventure that features ghosts without the gore, check out Loudoun Museum’s Haunting Tours. Have a few detectives in your crew?  Escape Room LoCo offers a hands-on murder mystery adventure. Sixty minutes to stop a murderer fosters some serious family bonding!

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What to See and Do Around Town
You’ll find antique stores, small boutiques and family-owned restaurants nestled in the Georgian and Federal structures that line the streets of downtown Leesburg. Not to miss is Finch Sewing Studio, a quaint fabric and yarn shop that also offers kid-friendly classes and workshops. Not far from downtown is Morvan Park  with over 1000 acres of fields, woods and gardens. There are three admission-based museums, but roaming the grounds is free (and the perfect place for a picnic!). If your kiddos still have energy to burn, check out Ida Lee Park, which has a shaded playground and an educational garden to explore.

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Where to Eat
Longing for a taste of LoCo Ale Trail, but have the kids in tow? Head to Dog Money  a relatively new brewery and restaurant with hand-crafted ales and lagers (brewed on site) and a menu sure to please even your pickiest eater.

Where are your favorite Leesburg hangouts? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Meghan Meyers