Hey, is something rustling underneath that window? And who keeps tapping at the front door?

No matter how you observe Halloween -- played for frights or chuckles, with the lights burning bright or turned way down for effect -- there's plenty of merriment to be had across the county throughout the coming weekend:

PUMPKIN PATCH, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Bethel United Methodist Church, 6903 Blantyre Rd., three miles north of Warrenton. Pumpkins, gourds and Indian and strawberry corn from the fields of the Navajo Nation. Benefits the church's building and mission projects. Cost varies. 540-347-7288.

HAUNTINGS 2005, for those 12 and older, 6-10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Spirited walking tours of haunted sites begin every 15 minutes from the Leesburg Town Hall, 25 W. Market St. Advance tickets are suggested. $15; $13 for Loudoun Museum members. 703-777-7427.

FLASHLIGHT CANDY SEARCH, ages 6-10, 7-7:30 p.m. today, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Register. $3. 540-338-4122.

FLASHLIGHT CANDY HUNT, ages 2-10, 6:30-8 p.m. tomorrow, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Bring a flashlight and a bag for candy. Call for registration and a schedule for age groups. $5. 703-430-9480.

MAKAABE MANOR HAUNTED HOUSE, "no scare" tour, 7-9 p.m. tomorrow; "haunted house" tour, 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 317 Wildman St. NE, Leesburg. $5 donation for Loudoun Interfaith Relief Inc. No canned goods. 703-777-5911.

HAUNTED HAYRIDE, tomorrow-Sunday, Cows-n-Corn, 5225 Catlett Rd., Midland. First wagon leaves at 7 p.m. or at nightfall. No one admitted after 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees to benefit the group's annual Christmas workshop. $10; includes hayride, corn maze and campfire. Group rates available. 540-439-4806 or www.cows-n-corn.com.

FLASHLIGHT CANDY HUNT, ages 4-10, 7-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Sterling Community Center Annex, 22084 Shaw Rd. Bring a flashlight, and dress in costume or come in regular clothes. Hunt for orange and black eggs filled with candy in a fenced-in ballfield. All participants receive a flashlight necklace and bags for collecting candy. Register. $5. 73-430-6673.

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY, ages 2-6, 6-7 p.m. tomorrow, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. Costumes optional. Register. $5. 540-338-4122.

PANCAKES AND PUMPKINS, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Franklin Park, 17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville. All-you-can-eat pancakes, candy hunt, carnival games, crafts and pumpkin-carving contest. Register. $5. 540-338-7603.

HALLOWEEN FAMILY STORY TIME, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St. Free. 540-347-8750.

TALES FROM THE PUMPKIN PATCH, ages 5-8, 11 a.m. Saturday, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Stories, songs and games. Register. Free. 703-777-0323.

TRICK-OR-TREAT HUNT, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. Spooky crafts, games, snacks and trick-or-treat hunt. Register. $7. 703-771-5281.

HALLOWEEN HOMECOMING, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating for children. Pet costume contest, tricks-for-treats talent show, cooking class about homemade treats for dog and cats, and pet first-aid class. All dogs must have current vaccinations and be leashed. No cats will be allowed unless they are in carriers or leashed. Free. 540-882-3211.

HALLOWEEN HAPPYFEST PARADE, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Fifth and Main streets to Courthouse Square, Warrenton. Children of all ages are invited to wear costumes and join the parade. Free. 540-347-6725.

FAMILY PUMPKIN CARVING, all ages, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Pumpkins, carving tools and candles provided. Prizes. $10 per pumpkin. Pizza dinner available for $5. Register. 703-771-5913.

FEAST OF SOULS, all ages, doors open 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St. Interactive haunted house, outdoor stage with local bands, indoor skate-BMX park, comedian Big Al Goodwin and a local small-business shopping area. $10; $7 with costume. 703-509-9945 or www.ffp.s5.com.

HAYRIDE TRICK-OR-TREAT, all ages, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Philomont Community Center, 36592 Jeb Stuart Rd. Register. $8; 2 and younger free. 540-338-5882.

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dulles Town Center, Routes 7 and 28, Sterling. Entertainment in Center Court. Store-to-store trick-or-treating begins at 4 p.m. Free. 703-404-7120.

TALES FROM MORVEN PARK, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. Lantern tour of Morven Park. Hear tales about staff members' experiences. Reservations required. $5 for adults; $3 for children. 703-777-6034.

HALLOWEEN STORYTIME, ages 4 and 5, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St. Free. 540-822-5824.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AND DANCE, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. DJ Sky Dantinne will provide music. Refreshments. Transportation is available after the party. $2 for members in advance; $4 for everyone on day of event. 703-430-2397.

LEESBURG KIWANIS HALLOWEEN PARADE, 6 p.m. Monday. Parade begins at Ida Lee Park on North King Street and continues to the Safeway on South King Street. Bring a canned good or paper product for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Monitored collection boxes will be placed along the parade route. Free. 703-737-2175.

COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Orlean Volunteer Fire Department, 6838 Leeds Manor Rd. Free. 540-364-1880.

HOT DOG, IT'S HALLOWEEN, all ages, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Middleburg Community Center, 300 W. Washington St. Hot dog dinner and lots of safe fun. $3 for adults; $2 for children. 540-687-6375.

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION, ages 3-15, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Lovettsville Community Center, 57 E. Broad Way. Carnival, games, storytelling and costume parade. Refreshments available for purchase. $5. 540-822-5284.

HALLOWEEN MOVIE, "Frankenstein," starring Boris Karloff, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Dr. Free. 540-439-9728.

-- Compiled by SANDY MAUCK

On Saturday, the Loudoun Museum hosted an old-fashioned family Halloween party at the old Aldie Mill, where 14-month-old Sadie Smith, above, was more interested in eating pizza than in listening to ghost stories. At left, Lisbeth Prins and her niece Ashlynn Rose Prins Crombie came to the party dressed as matching Cleopatras. Below, lit pumpkins greeted the families that ventured out on a rainy night.