Category Archives: Halloween

The Weekend Round-Up:
October 27-29

Halloween scenes ghoul-or on Capitol Hill!

 

 

Get inspo for local fun in these go-to posts:
Autumn Adventures
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* 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.

Hill-O-Ween
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
Admission:
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.

POTUS
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.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* 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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Five Things: October 25, 2023

 

 

1. There are a lot of Halloween events coming up this weekend ahead of the actual holiday next week, so get ready for them with the round-up of Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween Around DC in 2023!

 

2. This new exhibition in the sculpture garden at the Kreeger Museum looks and sounds fantastic.  Have you visited the off-the-beaten-path museum in the Foxhall-Palisades area?  Read more about it in this KFDC post.

 

3. Ideas for fall getaways in Virginia.

 

4. I’ve shared this before, but in the lead-up to the holiday season, it’s a good time to share again:  Rakuten is an online service that gives you cash back when you shop stores within its network — and pretty much all major stores are part of it.  You can even install a widget, so that a notification will pop up anytime you’re on a site affiliated with Rakutan (and it’s not annoying) to activate the cash-back opportunity.  There’s no catch, just money back, and it adds up!

 

5. Whether or not you’re a Taylor Swift fan, this feature about attending a concert on The Eras Tour is outstanding!  Written by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (the brilliant author of Fleishman is in Trouble), the piece is a deep dive into Taylor Swift’s discography, lyrics, and journey into pop stardom along with a funny, evocative account of the concert experience and how fans relate to Swift and each other.  So good! I shared it via gift link, so it’s free to read.

 

BONUS! Wayfair is having a huge Way Day sale, where you can score some amazing deals on furniture, home decor, and other housewares.  Some things that caught my eye: This immersion blender set, this pretty coffee table, this patio set, this smokeless fire pit, this ceiling fan, these bath towels, this rug, And if anyone happens to be renovating right now, this sale is a jackpot for items like bathroom vanities, bath tubs, kitchen faucets, and cabinet hardware.  It only runs through October 26, so go check it out ASAP!

 

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Halloween Fun for Families at the Mystery Mansion!

 

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This post is paid for by the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, MD, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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Amazon Picks: Spooky Season, But Make it Cute

[Note:  This post was written by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise, a local writer and mom of three young children.   She always has excellent recommendations for kids’ items as well as local explorations with little ones. See more of them hereherehereherehere, here, and here.]

 

Take a seat, eight-foot creeper at Spirit Halloween. With three little ones — ages 6, 4, and 3 months — I’m soaking up what’s left of our “cute Halloween” era.  The build-up to October 31 in our house starts as soon as the first fall breeze hits and is enhanced with some adorable, on-theme items.  Here are some Amazon finds that work perfectly for that.

 

 

Books

Spooky Pookie. Sandra Boynton, “pookie,” enough said.

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween. A lift-the-flap favorite from the best-selling series.

Sticker Dolly Dressing – Halloween. An activity book you’ll want to keep!

 

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Clothing

L.O.L. Surprise! Halloween Hoodie. Take all my money, L.O.L. girls.

Pumpkin Floral Sweatshirt Set. Perfect print and price!

Dabbing Halloween T-Shirt. For the four-year-olds that only wear “cool” shirts (eye-roll).

 

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Kitchen

Witches Brew Cauldron Mug. OK, maybe keep this one for your witchy self.

Monster Snack Keeper. For your sometimes hangry monsters.

Halloween Cookie Cutters. Don’t forget the sprinkles.

 

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Toys & Games

Pumpkin Spice Squishmallow. Basic, but too hard to resist.

Halloween Puzzle. The pieces are all Halloween-themed shapes.

Halloween Card Deck. Three classic games in one deck!

 

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Baby Toys

Pumpkin & Chocolate Bar Teether. For the baby-eating-chocolate-bar-on-Halloween photo.

Pumpkin Suction Toy Holder. Seasonal and so smart.

Stuffed Plush Pumpkin Playset. Pull out toys that crinkle, squeak, and rattle!

 

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Indoor Decor

Wiggly Monster Window Clings. Low effort, high impact decorating!

Wooden Ghosts. Add some spirit(s) to your mantle.

Bats Bead Garland. Felt bats felt cute.

 

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Outdoor Decor

Window Crasher Ghosts. The friendliest, Casper-like ghosts.

Unicorn Pumpkin Decorating Kit. My daughter neeeeds this (read in whining voice).

Halloween Fairy Garden. Contrast the larger-than-life yard decor with miniatures!

 

What are your favorite Halloween finds for little ones? Share with us in the comments!

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on one and make a purchase, I may get a small commission.  This helps me continue to produce KFDC, all completely free to readers.  Thank you so much for the support!

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The Weekend Round-Up: October 28-30

 

Happy Halloweekend!

Bookmark-able posts for this weekend and beyond:
Best Outdoors in the DC Area
The Great Indoors
Autumn Off the Farm
Local Hikes with Kids
Bike Rides
Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
Peaceful Places
Baltimore with Kids

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.

Hill-O-Ween
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
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.

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

This Halloween experience for the entire family has a few offerings — a Haunted House, Bonfire Bash, and Crypt. The Bonfire Bash will feature music, food sales, outdoor Halloween movies, and fire pits. The Mystery Mansion is a “haunted house” tour for ages 5 and up.
And the Crypt offers added thrills and chills best for ages 10 and up. All of it includes a $3 food credit. The Women’s Club of Chevy Chase is locate at 7931 Connecticut Ave.

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 2022 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.

Ichabod: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: Fri & Sat, 7:30pm, Sun, 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: $20-45

It’s the final performances for the show that’s perfect for this weekend…  Journey back in time to a quiet glen called Sleepy Hollow, where the denizens of the town are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new school master, Ichabod Crane. An adaptation of Washington Irving’s Classic tale of lore, love and the legendary Headless Horseman, this World Premier Musical by the critically acclaimed creative team Conner and Smith arrives just in time for autumn leaves, pumpkins, and ghost tales around the campfire.

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

The annual Air & Scare event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is back with loads of activities! Enjoy spooky discoveries along with science fun, like an obstacle course through space, a toddler puppet show, story time ad photo ops with Star Wars characters, a Halloween scavenger hunt through the collection, opportunities to create.   Dress in costume , and note that tickets for outside activities are sold out — but there’s plenty to enjoy indoors!

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

The middle block of Canal Park will be transformed into the neighborhood’s very own pumpkin patch! Enjoy all kinds of seasonal festivities — pumpkin decorating (while supplies last), a giant moon bounce, festive photo booth, live music, magic show, and seasonal beverages (for 21+). All ages are invited to join. Pumpkins will be available on a first come, first served basis throughout the event, so go early to get yours.

Women’s Championship Soccer!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 8pm (Fan Fest 5:30pm)
Admission: Tickets start at $30

The KC Current face the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League championship match at Audi Field on Saturday evening.  It’s a big deal because 1) It’s a big match!  2) It’s the first time the NWSL final game is being played in the evening, getting the prime time broadcast coverage the women athletes deserve.  There will also be a pre-game Fan Fest starting at 5:30pm with autograph sessions, face painting, skills competitions, food, and more fun. Purchase tickets here.

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

Catch some hoops actions on Friday night, as the Wizards host the Indian Pacers at home. 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, Shake Shack, and Oyamel.

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

The 9th Annual Adams Morgan Apple Pie Baking Contest and the 14th Annual Licking Creek Bend Farm Heirloom Apple Tasting returns to Adams Morgan on Saturday! Event highlights include an apple tasting and a homemade apple pie baking contest from restaurants and residents in the neighborhood. Area bakers compete for the title of Best Apple Pie, and attendees can purchase pie slices for $5 each to support Miriam’s Kitchen.

Victura Park Fall Fest
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Saturday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free
our annual Fall Festival! From 12pm – 4pm, we have an afternoon of fun planned with face painters, games, s’mores, chili, hot cider and more. Free admission. No reservations or tickets required. Bring the family (including the fluffy ones) and come by!

S.P.I.E.S. 2: Flight of the Hawk
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Saturday through November 20
Tickets: $25

Join S.P.I.E.S. in person, where it is more interactive than ever! This follow-up to the online hit S.P.I.E.S. & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis combines live theatre and taped adventure scenes to create a collaborative and exciting experience where each audience gets to be the hero and solve the puzzles–and no two performances are alike. Recommended for ages 5-11.

Finding Rhythm: Go-Go Music
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm
Tickets: $20

Take a journey through the musical brain with Mother Dance, Father Rhythm, and the Curious Scientist! D.C.’s own Go-go music and brain science come together for this lively show that’ll have kids singing and dancing to the beat. Learn the origins of human rhythm, how rhythm grows the brain, and where children find the source of their own power AND connection. Music neuroscientist and show creator Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver draws together a team of master musicians and teaching artists to tell this powerful, unifying story. Recommended for ages 5+.

More Live Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DC Area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular at The Puppet Co.
* Tiny Tots at The Puppet Co. (littlest ones)
* Dracula at Synetic Theater (teens & older)
* Once on this Island at Source Theatre (age 10+)
* The Ballad of Emmet Till at the Atlas Performing Arts Center  (teens & older)
* Dance Nation at Olney Theatre (Rated R)

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.

Halloween Party & Storytime
Where: Commonwealth Baptist Church | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 10:30-11:30am
Admission: $5/child, free for adults
JoinArts on the Horizon for a fun and festive Halloween party and interactive storytime! Explore the wonders of the fall season and all things Halloween using music and creative movement to experience new and exciting stories. After the storytime, stick around to create some fun Halloween and fall themed crafts. Wear your Halloween costumes (adults, too!) and get ready to move and groove with stories, music, and movement. Commonwealth Baptist Church is located at 700 Commonwealth Ave. in Alexandria. Register in advance!

Lil’ Pumpkins Festival
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: Saturday, 2-6pm
Admission:
The 3rd Annual Lil’ Pumpkin Fest at BlackRock Center for the Arts offers the Upcounty community a fun, free, and safe way to enjoy all the Fall and spooky festivities. Activities include trick-or-treating, photo booth, lil’ pumpkin painting, free pumpkins for children under the age of 11, beer garden, and a costume parade. Later that evening, adults can enjoy a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live cast on the MainStage at 6pm & 9pm.

Halloween on the Farm
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Clifton, VA
When: Saturday, 5-8pm
Admission: $10

Trick or treat on the farm! Visit with farm animals, create crafts, play games, tour the decorated farmhouse, and enjoy the fall on the farm. The program runs in three one-hour time slots. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance!

Día de los Muertos Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum in celebrating Día de los Muertos! Bring the whole family to see exciting live performances from Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana, Mariachi Aguila DC, and Sol y Rumba. Enjoy face painting and our featured Día de los Muertos-themed crafts for all ages. If you are unable to make it in person or want to continue the celebration online, visit our Family Zone for more crafts, coloring pages, and performance videos.

PJ Party
Where: Past Tense Yoga | Mount Pleasant, DC
When: Saturday, 5pm
Admission: $40
Ready for a night out? Pat Tense is throwing a pajama party for your kids (5 and up). Drop them off at 5pm with dinner in hand, and they’ll eat, play games, watch a movie, and even do some yoga. Pick ‘em up at 8pm – or they might turn into pumpkins.

Autumn Bonsai Exhibit: The Colors of Nature
Where: National Arboretum | Northeast DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Free
The little trees in the bonsai exhibit at the National Arboretum change with the seasons, too!  Ripe fruit and fall foliage hang from the miniature branches of bonsai and penjing before falling away to reveal their bare winter silhouettes. See selections of red maples, golden ginkgo, and fruited trees from the museum’s permanent collections.  Of course, plan to tour the rest of the Arboretum, which is brilliant with fall color right now.

Halloween at the Harbor
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Sunday, 12:30-3pm
Admission: Free

National Harbor is hosting an afternoon full of spooktacular fun for the whole family, including Trick-or-Treating at select restaurants and retailers, a Halloween Movie, a Chef Pumpkin Carving Contest, and a Pet Pawrade. Visit the website for the full schedule of the day’s events.

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park | Kensington, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

The Pumpkin Rock ‘n Roll is back!  Warner Circle Park in Kensington will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza.  Enjoy lots of family-friendly attractions, including live musical performances, pumpkin derby race, food trucks, and a hay maze.

Family Day Piano Show
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 3:30-6pm
Admission: $27.50-32.50
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 two 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.

The Ins & Outs of DC
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

Want even more options for fun things to do with the kids around the area? If you’re looking for activities outdoors or inside, depending on the weather or simply your preference, these posts are loaded with ideas for ongoing pursuits:
The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids
The Great Indoors

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* A new museum is opening in DC on Saturday!  Read more about the Rubell Museum DC.
* If you’re looking for fun with little ones on Friday, there are a couple of festivals going on in the morning into the afternoon.
* Don’t forget to enter the lottery for tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting on November 30!
Speaking of holiday events, tickets for Step Afrika’s Holiday Step Show are now on sale. (It’s so good!)
* One of DC’s all-time best moments happened three years ago Sunday! (I still get chills watching it.)
* 11 of the scariest places to travel.
* My mom just sent me this cookbook, and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!
I’ve been loving this light, heartwarming TV series, and enjoyed this love story binge.
* Also so excited for this new season to begin on Sunday!
Halloween costumes for couples… who are going through something. 😉

 

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