The Weekend Round-Up:
October 27-29

Halloween scenes ghoul-or on Capitol Hill!



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* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Kid-Friendly Eats
* Bike Rides
* On the Water
* Baltimore with Kids
* Peaceful Places

Wicked Fun!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Celebrate Halloween all weekend long leading up to the big day! A scary amount of events and activities that embrace the spooky spirit are happening over the next few days. A bunch are detailed in this round-up, and this post has info on even more where you can find all the tricks and treats.

Mystery Mansion
Where: Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase | Chevy Chase, MD
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $10-20

Get into the Halloween spirit at this family friendly haunted house and outdoor fest with live actors and just enough thrills and chills to make the time fly. While this is always a no contact haunted house, if you are young or easily frightened, it’s recommended to attend with a friend! Parents encouraged, and adult haunted house fans are welcome. Mystery Mansion tickets also allows access to the grounds and all activities of the Bonfire Bash: Fire pits, live music, outdoor movies, food sales, photo ops, food and drinks for sale, and a few scary happenings. The haunted house is designed for guests as young as 5-12,  but the Mystery Mansion experience appeals to Halloween fans of all ages. You can aslo opt for just the Bonfire Bash.

Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5-8pm
Admission: Free
Capitol Hill’s annual neighborhood event is legendary for little ones!  The block of 7th Street SE next to Eastern Market is closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. Enjoy live pumpkin carving, a DJ spinning tunes for a spooky dance party, face painting, photo booths, and more Halloween themed fun. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Spooktacular Outdoor Movie Night
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7pm (gates open at 6pm)
Admission: Free

Kick off Capitol Riverfront’s Halloweekend Festivities on Friday evening with a family-friendly screening of Hocus Pocus (1993). Even better, you can view ro where the DC United and Washington Spirit play soccer! Access to the pitch is limited on a first-come, first-served basis, and concessions will be available for purchase during the movie. Tickets are general admission both on the pitch and in the stands. Get your tickets here.

Air & Scare 
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15

The annual Air & Scare event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is back with activities inside and out!  Details TBA, but past events have included trick or treat stations, creepy crafts, spooky experiments, and other Hallloween-themed activities; special story times and puppet shows; photo ops; and costume contests. [Note: The outdoor portion of the event is sold out, but there is plenty to enjoy inside.]

Halloween Scenes
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free
One of my favorite things about Halloween on Capitol Hill is the many houses decked out in decor for the holiday. And strolling (or biking or scooting) around to see them makes for a wicked fun family activity.  The Hill is Home makes that easier with their Spooky Hill Map.  Even if you don’t live here, it’s worth coming to the area to experience, especially since you can make a longer day of it and plan for a visit to the Library of Congress or the U.S. Capitol, some browsing at Eastern Market, or play time at one of the many parks or playgrounds.

Adams Morgan Apple Festival
Where: Unity Park | Adams Morgan, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free

The 10th Annual Adams Morgan Apple Pie Baking Contest and the 15th Annual Licking Creek Bend Farm Heirloom Apple Tasting returns to Adams Morgan on Saturday. The event will take place in front of The Line Hotel and directly across the street from the farmer’s market in Unity Park at Euclid and Champlain Streets NW. Highlights include an heirloom apple tasting and a homemade apple pie baking contest from neighborhood residents . Area bakers compete for the title of ‘Best Apple Pie’, and attendees can purchase slices for $6 each to support Jubilee Jumpstart, a neighborhood nonprofit that provides high-quality early childhood education with a focus on children and families with the least access.

Halloween Dance Party
Where: Park Potomac | Potomac, MD
When: Saturday, 10am
Put on your dancing shoes and Halloween costumes and head to Park Potomac for their annual Spooktacular Halloween event.  Featuring Marsha and the Positrons performing their tunes, join them on the lawn for some Halloween fun! Come in your cutest, spookiest, best costumes.

Pumpkins in the Park
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: Free

The 10th annual Pumpkins in the Park will feature an array of fun and seasonal festivities — pumpkin decorating, a giant moon bounce, a mobile photo booth, live music by popular local Zydeco band Little Red & the Renegades, a roaming magician, and seasonal beverages* for purchase. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the first 150 registered guests to arrive will receive a free seasonal beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) and a fresh apple cider donut. All ages are invited to join. Pumpkins available on a first come first serve basis. Advance registration recommended.

Garlic Planting Party
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Help ward off evil spirits at the Arboretum’s annual Garlic Planting Party in the Washington Youth Garden. Celebrate our WYG community and the end of the growing season with garlic planting, face painting, fall art activities, food tastings, vegetable harvesting, and more. Wearing costumes is highly encouraged! Read more about the Washington Youth Garden in this KFDC post and view scenes from fall at the Arboretum here — it’s gorgeous this time of year!

Día de los Muertos Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family for live entertainment, including traditional Mexican folk dance by Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana, an exhilarating mariachi performance, and a showcase of different Latin American music genres and dances with Sol y Rumba. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy face painting throughout the day as well as Día de los Muertos-themed crafts. All ages can have fun exploring the museum’s stunning exhibition, Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea in a Día de los Muertos scavenger hunt.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through October 30
Tickets: $25

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life’s big questions through the eyes of the Peanuts gang as they play baseball, fly kites, struggle with homework, swoon over crushes, and celebrate the joys of friendship. Growing up is serious business! Recommended for all ages.

Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $15

Witch Wartsmith hosts the annual Halloween Spooktacular, and you get to vote on the winner! Part contemporary competition show, part vintage telethon, and part punpalooza, this spooky variety show will tickle your funny bone. Some contestants change year to year, so come back to see old and new friends alike!

Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event, where they focus on the arts-y & crafts-y more than the scary. Activities include decorating a Trick-or-Treat bag and other crafts, a festive fall photo-op, costume contest, and Trick-or-Treating at resident art studios and galleries. Costumes encouraged – even the scary ones!

All Ages Dueling Piano Show
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: Saturday, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $25-29.75

Tack this on to your Halloween fun at National Harbor! It’s a Family Show at Bobby McKey’s on Halloween weekend, so it’s likely to celebrate the spooky season, too (ie, go ahead and dress up!) Enjoy three hours of all request live piano music, plus food and drinks, and of course encouragement of singing along and wiggling in your seats! Bar is open for non-driving parents.

Hill Family Biking Halloween Ride
Where: Around Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 4-5:30pm
Admission: Free
Join the first ever Hill Family Biking Halloween ride! It will be start at the Maury Elementary Parking Lot (C& 12th Pl NE), but the route will be a mystery until the day of the ride! They’ll be using the Spooky Hill is Home map to ride the scariest blocks on the Hill. (You can contribute to that map here.) The ride will end at Lincoln Park for some spooky fun including a costume contest with prizes donated by The Daily Rider.

The Tell-Tale Heart
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: Through November 5
Tickets: $35-65

A good show for the Halloween season…  Sanity and madness blur on stage as two unlikely companions find themselves intertwined in complete isolation, with chilling results. Synetic’s reimagined tale explores the pitch-black depths of the human psyche, spiraling into madness and torment —and we ask ourselves “Who is the crazy one?” With a mix of laughter, dread, and gleeful macabre, Synetic Theater sneaks into the world of Edgar Allan Poe’s famed, nightmarish tale, The Tell-Tale Heart. Recommended for teens and older.

The Wiz
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Through Sunday
Tickets: $59-139

This groundbreaking twist on The Wizard of Oz changed the face of Broadway—from its iconic score packed with soul, gospel, rock, and finger-snapping 70s funk to its stirring tale of Dorothy’s journey to find her place in a contemporary world. Audiences get to enjoy the epic grooves of such beloved, timeless hits as “Ease on Down the Road,” which became the show’s break-out single, and the bona fide classic “Home” in this spectacular revival.

Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through November 12
Tickets: $56-105

When the Commander-in-Chief publicly calls his wife a “See You Next Tuesday,” all H-E-Double Hockey Sticks breaks loose. In this searingly funny Broadway hit, POTUS follows how seven women of dramatically different backgrounds minimize the damage done by male arrogance and political posturing, in an endearing homage to the women who keep things running behind the scenes. Recommended for teens and older.

Watch the Wizards
Where: Capitol One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $16

The Wizards’ season just started so bounce on over to Capital One Arena and watch them play the Memphis Grizzlies. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Jaleo, Carmine’s, and Shake Shack.  See even more places here.

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead Celebration
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to participate in activities including dance performances, papel picadoartist demonstrations, the unique art of sawdust carpets, and paper marigold and mask making. Visitors are also invited to leave photos and mementos of their loved ones on the ofrenda (altar), or commemorate them by writing their names on a butterfly and attaching it to the memorial arch. Note that some events will be ongoing, whereas others occur only at certain times.

Family Funday with King Bullfrog
Where: Hook Hall | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5

Bring the kiddos for some dancing and singing with King Bullfrog at Hoook Hall on Sunday.  They’ll have coffee and frozen drinks available for purchase for parents, and crafts for the kids to enjoy! Proceeds from the show benefit DC Action.

All the Fall Fests
Where: Around the DC region
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Fall festivals are in full swing at locales all around the area to celebrate the season From pumpkin patches and apple picking to corn mazes and hayrides to giant slides and jumping pillows, there are activities GALORE to help folks embrace the autumn spirit.

Autumn off the Farm
Where: Around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

Farm festivals may be the go-to autumn outing, but there are lots of other fantastic ways to enjoy the season around the area. This KFDC post lists 10 great places to check out for fall adventures.

* The annual Marine Corps Marathon is on Sunday, so be aware of road closures.
* The fantastic, free Side Yards is returning to Yards Park next Friday!
* Washington Post reviews “delightfully weird” movies to see this fall.
* Came across this fun item as I was poking around for holiday gift ideas.
* Think it’ll get cold enough for a warm, cozy coat like this?  (Currently 40% off!)
* Just ordered this set, a dupe of this very pricey version. Will report back when it arrives.
* Taylor + Travis > Work
* Make them suffer! 😂
* A version of this was first published nearly 10 years ago.  Sadly, it’s still relevant today.

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