The Best Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin, No Carving Knife Necessary

Posted on October 8, 2020 by Warren Duffie

It’s the season of fall festivals and pumpkin-picking! That also means you might be gearing up to carve your annual jack-o’-lantern. But these creative DIY ideas might convince you to put down the carving knife and do something different this year.

Crayon Drip Pumpkins [Good Housekeeping]
This customizable craft gives you tons of artistic license over your pumpkin. You can leave the pumpkin in its natural orange state or paint it white, black, or really any color. Just make sure the color of the pumpkin canvas goes well with whatever crayons you have on hand! After the paint dries, unwrap the crayons (leftover stubs work, too) and situate one near the stem of the pumpkin. Use a hairdryer to melt it and send the wax drips artfully cascading down the pumpkin. Repeat with as many crayons/colors as you want!

Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkins [Two Shades of Pink]
Here’s a fun way to put extra yarn or twine to good use: wrap your pumpkins in it. This tutorial showcases a few different ways that you can swathe pumpkins or gourds in any shade of yard. Simply loop the yarn around the pumpkin horizontally, continuing to stack up layers until you reach the stem, or twist the yarn vertically and weave it back and forth from bottom to top. Then wrap the stems in some string of a different color as the final flourish.

Gingham Painted Pumpkins [Kelly in the City]
If you love the sweet, classic look of gingham, this might be the DIY for you. In true farmhouse-chic fashion, the tutorial creates checkered pumpkins that are much more stylish than a jack-o’-lantern. Start by painting the entire pumpkin white. Once the white base dries, add vertical stripes in the hue of your choice. Choose a darker shade of the same color to create vertical stripes and achieve that cute gingham effect.

Happening Now Near Your Apartment: Reston Farm Garden Market Fall Fest

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until Nov. 1, the Reston Farm Garden Market Fall Fest is on! To keep it safe for everyone, the farm has implemented a new ticketing system to limit the number of guests at any one time. Purchase your tickets online and choose a specific date and time to come to the farm, and you’ll have an hour and a half to enjoy everything it has to offer! This will give the staff plenty of time to sanitize everything before the next group arrives.

So what exactly will there be to see at the Fall Fest? An inflatable corn maze, bouncy slides, and a pumpkin moon bounce, to name just a few of the attractions. There will also be train rides and farm animals, a balloon artist and caricature artist, and even a face painter. And even if you don’t make it to the Fall Fest, you can always stop in at the garden market for everything from houseplants to local produce.

What Antique Treasures Will You Unearth at Roaches in the Attic?

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Your apartment is home and you want it to reflect that. Personal touches in your furniture and decor can help bring your unique style to your space, be they particular colors or fashions you’re drawn to.

One of the best methods for finding those unique items is visiting an antique shop and, just a few minutes away in Herndon, Roaches in the Attic Antiques provides one of the best. Your friends and family will be delighted to see a few fresh flowers showcased in a Depression glass vase, atop a coffee table crafted well before you were born. Dates will have an immediate conversation started with a burgeoning collection of vintage books and vinyl sitting in your antique bookshelf. You’ll be confident that no one in your social circles will have the same piece and, most importantly, you’ll have picked out something special to add that finishing touch to your favorite place.

Roaches in the Attic features more than 1,500 square feet of displays to browse, so you’re sure to find a treasure to make your home feel more like your own personal haven.

Trick or Treat in Reston!

Posted on October 26, 2018 by

It’s Halloween at Reston Town Center! To celebrate, bring the family to the trick-or-treating event for kids at participating stores and the Guest Center. The event will be held on Saturday, October 27, and will last from noon to 4 p.m. Just look for the pumpkin flyers in the windows of participating retailers. Also, don’t forget to stop by Scrawl Books to meet Curious George and listen to stories with everyone’s favorite monkey.

Participating retailers include:

American Tap Room-Reston
ArtInsights Gallery of Film and Contemporary Art
Charm City Concierge
Crafthouse Reston
Davelle Clothiers
Dawn Price Baby
Greater Reston Arts Center
Reston Town Center Guest Center
Kendra Scott
LePain Quotidien
lou lou boutiques
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Potomac River Running Store
Scout & Molly’s
Scrawl Books
William Sonoma

A Canine Celebration at DogFest DC!

Posted on October 10, 2018 by

Grab your four-legged friend and head to the Reston Town Center for some tail-wagging fun during DogFest DC!

Held at the Pavilion on Saturday, October 13, from noon to 3 p.m., this pooch-centric celebration benefits Canine Companions for Independence, which provides expertly trained service dogs to people with disabilities free of charge.

Event attendees—human and canine—will enjoy a day of fun, food, music, raffles, doggie demonstrations on an agility course, and various treats and freebies. You’ll also hear riveting stories of real human-dog graduate teams that live and work in the D.C. area.

It’s the perfect recipe for fun—you, your dog, a huge play area, and a great cause. Check out DogFest DC and help make a difference in the lives of people and pooches. Learn more at

DogFest DC
Saturday, October 13, from noon to 3 p.m.
Reston Town Center
1818 Library Street

Calling All Superheroes!

Posted on October 28, 2017 by

Want to show off your inner superhero? Come out to Scrawl Books for Be Your Own Superhero Day!

Held Sunday, October 29, from noon to 6 p.m., the event will feature costume contests, official Wonder Woman art, superhero activities, and heroic snacks. To enter the costume contest, just come by and show your best superhero look.  The winner will receive a gift basket with books and swag!

Learn more at

Be Your Own Superhero Day

Scrawl Books

Sunday, October 29, noon to 6 p.m.

11862 Market

Reston, Virginia

Movie Time at the Washington West Film Festival!

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

Experience a magnificent celebration of cinematography and philanthropy at the Washington West Film Festival!

Held Thursday, October 26, through Sunday, October 29, at Reston’s Bow Tie Cinemas & Pavilion, the festival will feature award-winning new films and red-carpet events.

One great story should lead to another, which is why the Washington West Film Festival is committed to give 100% of net box office proceeds to struggling communities. By attending the festival, you become a producer of a real-life story of hope. Previous festivals have screened films produced by HBO, Tom Hanks, and Martin Scorsese, and welcomed Hollywood stars such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Oktoberfest in Reston!

Posted on October 4, 2017 by

It doesn’t get any better than beer and brats, served up German-style! Celebrate the glory of great brews and food at the Flavors of Fall Festival (formerly Oktoberfest Reston), produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce!

Held Saturday, October 7, from noon to 11 p.m., at the Reston Pavilion, this fun event will feature Oktoberfest-themed entertainment like traditional German music and dancing, seasonal beers and cuisine from 17 area restaurants and breweries, and action-packed family activities.

There also will be a chili cook-off and a Pumpkin 5K. This popular race is perfect for wearing your favorite lederhosen or even this year’s Halloween costume! It’s sure to be a blast!

For more information about the Flavors of Fall Festival, visit

Celebrate Beer Culture at Northern Virginia Brewfest!

Posted on October 14, 2016 by

In recent years, the Northern Virginia region has earned a reputation as one of America’s premier and inventive beer destinations. Get a firsthand look at this delicious phenomenon at the Northern Virginia Brewfest, held October 15-16 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville!

Lose yourself in a hop-happy menu of cold ones, as more than 60 breweries feature their best American-style beers (over 85 choices!). Learn the intricacies of each particular beer, how beer is made, and how to brew your own.

To stay fueled and energized while sampling these sudsy delights, feast on beer-friendly foods such as chicken wings, chili, and BBQ, to name just a few. Other fun entertainment options include live music and children’s activities such as face painting, air-brush tattooing, moon bounces, and rock climbing.

To learn more about the Northern Virginia Brewfest, visit

Northern Virginia Brewfest

October 15-16

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bull Run Regional Park

7700 Bull Run Dr.

Centreville, Virginia

Beer and Brats at Oktoberfest Reston!

Posted on October 7, 2016 by

It doesn’t get any better than beer and brats, served up German-style! Celebrate the glory of great brews and food at Oktoberfest Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce!

Held October 8-9 at the Reston Pavilion, this fun event is divided into two outstanding celebrations. On Saturday, October 8, from noon to 11 p.m., there will be Oktoberfest-themed entertainment like traditional German music and dancing, seasonal beers and cuisine, and action-packed family activities.

On Sunday, October 9, come out to the Oktoberfest Reston Pumpkin 5K & Kids’ Pumpkin Dash. Starting at 8:15 a.m., this popular race is perfect for wearing your favorite lederhosen or even this year’s Halloween costume! It’s sure to be a blast!

For more information about Oktoberfest Reston, visit