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Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween Around DC in 2017

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Why wait until the actual day to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year? Besides the bonus of getting extra mileage out of costumes and having more excuses to indulge in sweets, Halloween festivities are a treat any day. And there are loads of ways to get into the spirit during the days leading up to the grand event. From no-fright fun to cool and creepy thrills, this annual KFDC round-up has all of the details on where and when you and the kids can have a wicked good time around DC and even a bit…beyond. Mwahahaa. Happy Halloween!

Haunted Pep Rally
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: October 4, 6:30-9
Admission: Free

Fans of all ages are invited to Nationals Park to enjoy the fright and delight of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Haunted Pep Rally, a free, Halloween-themed experience as the team prepares for their fourth Postseason run in six years! Everything you need to know can be found online on the official blog of the Washington Nationals, Curly W Live.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
Where: Lake Fairfax Park | Reston, VA
When: October 6-29
Admission: $16

The Glow features an enchanting and unforgettable wonderland of more than 5,000 hand carved, illuminated pumpkins transformed into beautiful landscapes, iconic figures and larger than life structures. Come stroll down Jack’s Lane, a 1/3 of a mile jack o’ lantern landscape where you’ll experience everything from artistically detailed single pumpkin carvings to amazing scenes created by our talented carvers!

“Eye Spy” Halloween Trains
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks | Bethesda & Wheaton, MD
When: October 7-29, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $6

Hop on board the Halloween Trains! Cabin John and Wheaton’s “Eye Spy” trains feature just enough “boo” power for kids age 8 and under (but families of all ages can enjoy them). Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and Wheaton Train & Carousel will be dressed up as “Trainslyvania.” Both will run every Saturday and Sunday October 7-29. Purchase tickets online starting October 1.

Ghost Tours: Escape the Museum
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 7, 8, 22, 28, 29, 31
Admission: $30

Angry spirits. Mysteries and lies. Can you find the truth in time? Solve puzzles and find clues to reveal the truth and escape the room. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Fields of Fear
Where: Cox Farms | Centreville, VA
When: Fridays & Saturday through November 5
Admission: $15-25

When night falls on Cox Farms, it’s time for Fields of Fear — for ages 12 and up! The Dark Side Hayride is all new for 2017, now featuring The Lost Circus,a circus abandoned in the early 1900s that now comes to life when the living approach. The friendly Imaginature Trail takes a dark turn for Fields of Fear, transforming into The Forest: Back 40, which consists of half a mile of fear. The Forest joins two other haunted attractions at Fields of Fear, the Dark Side Hayride and the Cornightmare. The Firegrounds feature several bonfires, a six-lane slide, music, karaoke, entertainment, tasty treats, Foamhenge, and more!

Fright Fest
Where: Six Flags America | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Select days through October 29
Admission: $57+

Fright Fest, presented by SNICKERS®, is back at Six Flags America. It’s a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and go back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on, including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals.

Curiosities: a collection of natural wonders
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Through November 5
Admission:

A little bit creepy, a little bit curious, this exhibit is full of an assorted collection of jars, bottles, and boxes, full of bones, skulls, insect carcasses, eggs, furs, feathers, and various preserved specimens. Curiosities: a collection of natural wonders is a delightful mix of oddities perfect for the Halloween season! Of course, while you’re there, explore the rest of Annmarie’s art offerings.

Spooky SPY Family Night
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 13, 6-9pm
Admission: $14

Ditch your Halloween costume and change your while identity at the Spy Museum’s annual Halloween event! Has your brother been spying on you? Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills? Now’s your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after-hours access to the Museum. Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, and enjoy SPY snacks and a chance to explore all forms of spy tradecraft. Go in disguise as your favorite spy! For ages 5 and up, includes exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more! Space is limited — advance registration required. (One adult required for every five KidSpy agents.)

Halloween on the Green
Where: Town Green | Vienna, VA
When: October 14, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy fall, family fun at Halloween on the Green, sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation. Activities include a spooky craft, games and prizes, storytelling, moon bounces, petting zoo, treats to eat, a visit from Vienna Singing Princesses, and a chance to carve or paint your own pumpkin. A limited number of pumpkins are available, provided by DePaul’s Urban Farm. Everyone is sure to have a howling good time!

Blood & Guts 5K Run
Where: Bull Run Regional Park | Centreville, VA
When: October 14
Admission: $40

The Blood and Guts Run is a Halloween experience that your family and friends (ages 5+) do not want to miss! This is not your ordinary 5k — encounter hordes of zombies and 10+ obstacles. Run in costume! Finishers receive a custom medal, access to food trucks, Knockerball, costume competitions, dancing, and more! Look for a deal on registration here.

Book Some Halloween Fun
Where: DC Public Libraries | Around DC
When: Several October dates
Admission: Free

Story times, crafts, and children’s parties all with Halloween themes are taking place at libraries around the city. Drop in for the fun — all of the activities are free! Be sure to check age recommendations to confirm they’re appropriate for your child as they vary by event.

Story & Discovery: Dia de los Muertos & Ghost Wings
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: October 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Admission: Free

Join the National Museum of the American Indian for story time session on Tuesdays and Saturday in October. People in all cultures have always used stories as a way to teach children history, culture, and traditional values. Visitors will be able to engage hands-on with various activities and objects that deepen their understanding of Native communities represented in the story.

Halloween Sleepover
Where: National Museum of American History | National Mall, DC
When: October 20
Admission: $120-135/person

It’s a special Halloween-themed sleepover for this real life night at the museum that has you solve a Smithsonian mystery of historic proportions. Wear a costume as you become a detective and roam through the museum’s galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects—and even become a presidential candidate. After you have solved the crime, roll out your bag and sleep soundly knowing that you’ve protected some of America’s treasures — and had plenty of fun. For ages 8-12.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 20-22, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

Join the National Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, one of DC’s most popular events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, live entertainment, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Kids will love grooving to the music on the entertainment stage, featuring kids scary-oke. And don’t miss the extreme pumpkin-carving demonstrations! By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs. Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Costumes encouraged!

Soul Strolls
Where: Congressional Cemetery | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 20-21 & 27-28
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child

Congressman, carpenters, suffragists, and bootleggers are among the graveyard residents on Capitol Hill, and they all have a unique tale to tell. Congressional Cemetery’s annual Soul Strolls explore these stories through guided tours and costumed interpreters. Typically only open from dawn to dusk, this special event allows nighttime access to the public. Hour-long walks depart every 15 minutes 7-10pm on Friday and 6-9pm on Saturday, with beer, wine, and cider will be for sale (to put you at ease among the spirits).

Murder is Her Hobby Exhibit
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown DC
When: Opens October 20
Admission: Free

It’s not exactly an event, but for some art with a creepy theme, this exhibit at the Renwick that explores the unexpected intersection between craft and forensic science fits the bill. Frances Glessner Lee’s exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes were crafted to train homicide investigators. Her dollhouse-sized dioramas of true crimes were created in the first half of the 20th century and are still used in forensic training today. Maybe not dollhouses for young kiddos, but older kids and adults might find the fascinating.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: October 21, 12-5:30pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

See the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s 11th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

Zombie Fun Run
Where: Bon Air Park | Arlington, VA
When: October 21,
Admission: $3/advance, $5/day of

They’re back! The family-friendly Zombie Fun Run returns to Bon Air Park. After the run, enjoy spooky games, moon bounces and inflatables, food trucks, and more at the Survival Zone. Register in advance online or by phone at 703.228.4747.

Monster Mash
Where: Center at Leesburg | Leesburg, VA
When: October 21, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the the Village at Leesburg for a frighteningly good time the 9th Annual Monster Mash! There will be center-wide trick-or-treating starting while supplies last, live music, street performers, a costume contest for children and pets, pumpkin decorating, a Creepy Critters Encounter featuring live animals and artifacts, and a Halloween parade.

Haunted Washington Scavenger Hunt
Where: Lafayette Square | Downtown, DC
When: October 21, 28, & 29
Admission: $22

BOO! Sorry to startle you, but you better get used to it if you’re joining this hunt. Armed only with a flashlight, you’ll visit ghost-plagued buildings around and near Lafayette Park while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. Possible cameos by the spirits of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, Andrew Jackson, the (allegedly) suicidal Mrs. Henry Adams, and losing duelist Stephen Decatur. The hunt is played on teams of two to six people. Total running time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Harbor Halloween
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: October 29, 12-2:30
Admission: Free

Trick or treat around the shops at the Harbor. There will be trick-or-treating from 12-2pm. See a showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 12:30pm). Watch a chef pumpkin carving contest. Plus, get one free Capital Wheel child ticket with each paid adult ticket for children in costume!

Great Pumpkin Party
Where: The Community Building | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: October 22
Admission: Free

Join Waterfront Church Kids for an afternoon of fun! There will be games, balloons, face painting, candy, bounce houses and more! Enjoy a safe, fun, local, and free event for kids to celebrate Halloween a little early. The Community Building is located at 1000 5th Street SE.

Halloween Hunt
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: October 23-31
Admission: $30

The Mansion will be decorated for Halloween just for this — celebrate the BOO season on a zany treasure hunt! Have fun searching for autumn & Halloween themed items found only at The Mansion. Over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors (yes 70!) are there to explore, and they guarantee you can see at least 60 of the legendary rooms — but be warned secret doors are tricky to find — if you find 2 or 3 you are an above average sleuth. Learn more about the Mansion on O Street here.

Toddler Time Halloween Parade
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 26, 10:30am
Admission: $18/adult, $12/age 2-12

Join the B&O Railroad Museum for the year’s last Toddler Time — a Halloween celebration and costume parade! Choo Choo Blue, the museum’s mascot, will lead the parade. Children listen to a Halloween story, create a craft, enjoy a train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville, and parade in costume around the Museum to collect special treats – all included with paid admission. It’s a spooktacular event and a train load of fun, you don’t want to miss!

Hilloween
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 27, 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 will be closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. And more will be in Eastern Market’s North Hall. Moon bounces, goody giveaways, face painting add to the excitement. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Boostravaganza
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park | Herndon, VA
When: October 27, 6-7pm & 7-8pm
Admission: $10/child

Celebrate the Halloween season with this annual event at Frying Pan Farm. Attendees enjoy a variety of themed games, dare to enter the slightly-spooky BOO barn, and take a wagon ride. Finish the evening with a small treat bag. Reservations are required, and space is limited, so sign up soon!

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon, VA
When: October 27 & 28, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $12/adult, $6/child

Trick-or-treat at Mount Vernon as George Washington’s estate open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. Join a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft. Guests can also check out wool carding, spinning, and fish net making in the historic area before greeting “Martha Washington” on the piazza of the Mansion. Historic chocolate-making demos and tastings will take place. Burn off all the extra excitement (and calories!) with 18th-century dancing. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begins at 5pm, and prizes will be awarded for most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes!

Halloween Spook-tacular
Where: St. Paul’s Center |
When: October 27, 6-8pm
Admission: Canned food donation

You’re invited to bring the whole family to the annual Halloween Spook-tacular at St. Paul’s Center. Go dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy a safe, fun-filled event connecting you with a great community while enjoying pumpkin decorating, spooky crafts, cemetery hayrides, treats, and much more! Main entrance is located on Rock Creek Church Rd. & Webster St NW.

Halloween Kids’ Tour”Haunted House
Where: Capital View Hostel | Downtown DC
When: October 27, 4-6pm
Admission: $6/child $11/adult w/o kids

Imagine a Haunted Mansion surrounded by the mist of spirits… and you’re invited to visit! You will be entering through the haunted cemetery, while in the house you will be scavenger hunting for the witches’ three keys…prizes for all of those who find them all! Fun games for the entire family, including photo booth with scary characters.

Paranormal Mansion Tours
Where: Oatlands Estate & Gardens | Leesburg, VA
When: October 27-29, 7pm & 8pm
Admission: $30/adult, $12/age 12 & under

Get a “different” look at Oatlands on this after dark tour of the old mansion. Hear ghost stories and accounts of unexplained occurrences on the property. Advance reservations are required and non-refundable. Not recommended for children under 8.

Spooky Story Time
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 28, 11am
Admission: Free

Join the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress for a spooky story time and stay for some spine-tingling activities! For ages 5-10, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Plan to stay after to explore the rest of the LOC, including the Chamber of Mystery, a special exhibition that is a show-and-tell of intriguing tales of Halloween and Día de Muertos Day of the Dead through a variety of treasures representing a wide range of resources within the Library.

The Rumpus Room Halloween Dance Party
Where: U Street Music Hall | U Street Corridor, DC
When: October 28, 11am – 2pm
Admission: $10

DC’s only daytime dance party for families, returns in time for Halloween! This October they’ll be getting (slightly) spooky in the club, so put on your costumes and come dance with us! Get ready for a dance floor filled with little ghosts, goblins, witches, dragons, and pumpkins of all ages. The soundtrack for the day will be a family-friendly mix of dance hits and Halloween classics, all at a kid-friendly volume. Rumpus Room is designed for kids 8 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

Falloween
Where: Market Common | Clarendon, VA
When: October 28, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Market Common Clarendon’s fifth annual Falloween Festival celebrates the season and the October holiday with a day of delights for the whole fam. Highlights include a Big BArn Puppet Show, pumpkin decorating + crafts for kids, and a trick-or-treat session throughout the property, a stilt walker, scarecrow making, and a petting zoo.

Legends by Lantern
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 28, 7-9pm
Admission: $5

Find out what happened to Corporal Frank Scott and see the airfield by lamplight while hearing tales of the past. Wear your costume on this tour that starts with a hayride, and concludes with hot cider and a fun fall activity. Director’s choice costume awards will be given each hour!

Halloween in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: October 28, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $2

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more! The 18th Annual Halloween in the Garden will feature more than 70 community organizations and businesses donning costumes and handing out candy and treats to all the children. Free ooky, spooky crafts will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission fees will benefit local charities. Don’t forget to bring your camera — there are always unique photo opportunities with the boo-tiful decorations.

Trick or Treat in the Garden
Where: Tudor Place | Georgetown, DC
When: October 28, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $10/non-member, $7/member, $5/accompanying adult

Halloween is “spooktacular” at Tudor Place! Wear your costumes (optional) and follow meandering paths to find treats (not tricks!) in every corner of the enchanting North Garden. Enjoy pumpkin-decorating and other crafts, face painting, and outdoor games amid lovely autumn color.

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: October 28, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

John Henry’s Spook-tacular Halloween Concert
Where: Avalon Theater | Alexandria, VA
When: October 28, 10am
Admission: $8, $6.50/members

For the thirteenth year, John Henry brings his playful musical style to the Avalon for our annual Halloween concert party. Children are encouraged to dress in costume (adults, too!) and sing and dance along during the show. Treats will be distributed afterwards.
Tickets: $8 / $6.50 members

Spooky Saturday in Rockville
Where: Rockville Town Square| Rockville, MD.
When: Saturday, October 28, starts at 11 a.m.
Admission: Free

Head to Rockville Town Square for a Spooktacular Saturday. Dress in costume and visit participating merchants for Trick-or-Treating, giveaways, and specials. Stay in costume or just stay ready for some fun with happy hour and late night dining and drinking specials!

Haunted Circus & Candy Climbs
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: October 28 & 29
Admission: $42-55 (ages 5-6 free with paid adult)

Celebrate Halloween in the trees with the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. On October 28, a special Halloween Circus Glow from 7-11pm will feature a spooky playlist, a lit up park, and the SSAP Circus! On October 29, complete a course and get a treat! (Note that costumes are welcome, but they are not liable for any damages to costumes if you choose to wear them.) Read more from KFDC about the Adventure Park here.

Halloween Carnival
Where: Falls Church, VA
When: October 28, 6-8:30pm
Admission: $2/children ages 2 and up (adults free)

The City of Falls Church has been hosting the annual Halloween Carnival for over 30 years! Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. The first hour is best for children up to 2nd grade, and 3rd – 6th graders will enjoy the second hour.

Boo-seum Bash
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: October 28, 10am – 3:30pm
Admission: $15.95/ages 2 and up

Have a spooktacular Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate celebration for kids and families. Boogie to hair-raising tunes from Mr. Don. Have a boo-tiful design painted on your face. Learn about creepy, crawly and COOL bugs with Bug Patrol and meet furry creatures with Wildlife Adventures. Plus, make tasty treats in the form of Cinnamon Bats with McCormick and don’t forget to wear your favorite costume!

Spooky Science
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: October 28, 12-4pm
Admission: $24.95/adult, $18.95/ages 3-12

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the MSC’s 9th annual event, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Spend the afternoon with making gooey, glowing slime, decorating pumpkins, exploring spooky sensory bins, and even watch pumpkins being launched off of the roof!

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park | Kensington, MD
When: October 28, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Headfirst Camps this Halloween for a spooky afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at the first ever Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! Warner Circle Park will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Kids can participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a rock wall. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques
Where: Old Town Boutique District | Alexandria, VA
When: October 28
Admission: Free

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Old Town Boutique District’s annual event to start their trick-or-treating early. Stop by the dozens of shops, where they’ll be dishing out treats and some maybe some family-friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Twilight Tours
Where: National Colonial Farm | Accokeek, MD
When: October 28, 7-9 pm
Admission: $10

There’s something spooky happening on the Bolton farm. This evening tour of the National Colonial Farm takes you back to 1770 and introduces you to some of Maryland’s most unsavory characters, and the superstitions the colonists developed to combat their fears of the supernatural.

Witches & Wizards
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 28-29
Admission: $18/adult, $12/age 2-12

Celebrate Halloween at train museum! Dress as your favorite wizard or witch and take a ride on the Wizards Express, see sword demos, and enjoy all kinds of magical activities throughout the day, including a Wizards show. See the website for all the details.

Halloween Fun — & Shopping
Where: Simon Centers around the DMV
When: October 28-30
Admission: Free

Families are invited to grab a broomstick and fly to Washington, DC-area Simon centers to get in the spooky spirit! Clarksburg Premium Outlets, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, St. Charles Towne Center, and Queenstown Premium Outlets are celebrating the haunted Halloween season with a variety of FREE, enchanting programs. Be sure to check the schedule of events, as activities and dates vary by shopping center.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: October 29
Admission: $15-18

When is it ever cool to “boo” the orchestra? On Halloween, of course! But watch out, because at this frightfully fun concert, ghoulishly attired musicians might “BOO” you from behind their instruments in return. Don your best costume, come one hour early to the Atrium for trick-or-treating plus a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” and then take your seat in the Concert Hall for a program of goosebump-inducing favorites! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Gymbo-Ween
Where: Gymboree Play & Music | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 29, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: $20

It’s Gymboree’s biggest party of the year! Dress up and join the Halloween fun: Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, parades, and more! Reserve your spot, as space is limited. For children up to 5 years old.

Gymbo-Ween for Babes
Where: Gymboree Play & Music | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 29, 1-3pm
Admission: $20

This party is for the littlest Halloween-goers, 24 months and under! Dress up and join the Halloween fun: Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, parades, and more! Reserve your spot, as space is limited.

Halloween Brunch at Kingbird 
Where: The Watergate Hotel | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 12–2pm
Admission: Free, but brunch price depends on order

Join a special Halloween Brunch on Sunday! Kingbird will have a build-your-own candy apple station for kids 12 and under. Their resident magician Alain Nu, will mystify all ges with his amazing mentalist skills and judge a costume contest at 1pm. Reservations are not necessary, but are suggested.

Del Ray Halloween Parade
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, VA
When: October 29, 2pm
Admission: Free

One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. Awards and goody bags are given out, too. The Parade and all activities are free.

The Magic Garden
Where: Piscataway Park | Accokeek, MD
When: October 29, 11 am-2 pm
Admission: Free; $5/magical craft

Hogwarts, schmogwarts. Piscataway Park is the place to learn about *magic*. Join this event to explore the magical plants of this special place. Skip herbology for an enchanting plant walk, make your own potion in the Museum Garden, and design your very own elder wand at the Visitor Center. And don’t forget to visit the National Colonial Farm to see what’s bubbling in their cauldron and dip your own candle worthy of the great hall.

Pumpkin Painting Party
Where: Brookland’s Finest
When: October 29, 3:30-5:30pm
Admission: Free, but plan to eat & drink!

Brookland’s Finest is hosting a Halloween pumpkin painting contest on the restaurant patio. All supplies, including the pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes will be provided. At the end of the contest, judges from Brookland’s Finest will select a winning pumpkin for kid-friendly prizes. Throughout the contest, happy hour ($4 rail drinks, $5 select drafts, $6 house red or white) will be provided for adults along with hot, spiced rum cider. Chef/Partner Shannan Troncoso and Sous Chef Inma Bonarelli, will put together a DIY caramel apple bar for the little ones, and adults, too!

Daddy Daughter Halloween Dance
Where: Dominion Valley Country Club | Haymarket, VA
When: October 29, 5:30-7pm
Admission: $40, $15/extra child

A fun night out just for Dads and Daughters! Join Gainesville Ballet at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA, for a delicious buffet meal, dancing, and a prize for the best Daddy-Daugher costume. Dress-up is encouraged, but not required. Learn how to do the Monster Mash, Thriller dance, and more!

Dracula
Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 30
Admission: $10

We Happy Few is proud to present Bram Stoker’s Dracula as the next installment of the Classics in Action series. Experience this nightmarish achievement of storytelling as it drags you through the memorandum, newspaper clippings, and diary pages of a frantic vampire hunt. With faithful adherence to Stoker’s text, immersive staging, and chilling, terrifying (and of course silly) performances, they bring the audience into the heart of Dracula’s conflict: the intersection of predator and prey.

Haunted House at Captains Cove
Where: Hotel Indigo | Old Town Alexandria, VA
When October 30-31, 4:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

The hotel will turn its library into the “Haunted House at Captains Cove” this Halloween! Trick-or-treaters are invited to enjoy a pirate-themed haunted experience, playing on the hotel’s nautical theme and the area’s maritime history. There is no admission fee, but patrons are encouraged to donate to Act for Alexandria, a local organization which distributes grants for revitalization of the Alexandria area and community. Haunted house guests will be treated to a spooky atmosphere and pirate-themed goodie bags. Lee Street Trick-or-Treaters are welcome to join in the fun.

Fall Festivals
Where: Around the DMV
When: Through early November
Admission: Varies by locale

Many of the fall festivals around the area incorporate Halloween fun into their offerings. Pick out potential jack-o-lanterns, do Halloween-themed crafts, go on rides, and more. See a list of seasonal celebrations here.

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Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween Around DC

Elsa, Frida, & Oliver ready to hit the Halloween scene last year

Elsa, Frida, & Oliver ready to hit the Halloween scene last year



Why wait until the actual day to celebrate one of the best holidays of the year? Besides the bonus of getting extra mileage out of costumes and having more excuses to indulge in sweets, Halloween festivities are a treat any day. And there are loads of ways to get into the spirit during the days leading up to the grand event. From no-fright fun to cool and creepy thrills, this annual KFDC round-up has all of the details on where and when you and the kids can have a wicked good time around DC and even a bit…beyond. Happy Halloween!

“Eye Spy” Halloween Train
Where: Cabin John Regional Park
When: October 8-9, 14-16, 21-23, & 28-30
Admission: $6 and a can of food

Hop on board the Halloween Train! Cabin John’s “Eye Spy” features just enough “boo” power for kids age 8 and under. Along the ride through the woods on the train, kids can try to find Halloween friends hiding along the way and mark them off their “Eye Spy” game cards that they receive with admission. Guests can also enjoy Halloween movies every night, face painting on Saturdays and Sundays, and light refreshments for sale. The “Eye Spy” train runs 1-6pm on Fridays and 11-6pm on weekends. Purchase tickets online starting October 1 here.

Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel
Where: Wheaton Regional Park
When: October 8-9, 14-16, 21-23, & 28-30
Admission: $6

Wheaton Regional Park’s Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel are back and scarier than ever! This annual Halloween attraction is best for guests ages 8 and up, because they “aim to scare” (and this is part of the website description, so take their word for it). Admission includes one ride each on the train and carousel, plus entrance to the Hall of Jack o’ Lanterns movie theater presenting scary films every night. The train and carousel run 6:30-9:30pm each night. Purchase tickets online starting October 1 here. Plan to bring canned food, too, to help neighbors in need.

Costume Drive to Help Families in Need
Where: Hilton McLean Tyson Corner
When: Through October 14
Admission: n/a

Steph Snaps Photos, Hilton McLean, and Harth have yet again joined forces for their 2nd annual costume drive, aiming to secure gently used or new costume donations for local families. The collected costumes and funds will benefit a diverse number of non-profit organizations in our community that will provide costumes for children and families. New or gently used costumes of any size can be dropped off at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner any day. Cash donations are also accepted at www.gofundme.com/costumedrive2016 — the money collected will help purchase additional costumes with size requirements that have not been fulfilled through the donation process.

Howl-o-Scream Package
Where: Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA
When: Weekends in October
Admission: Rates start at $339/night

Fiery foliage, Halloween-themed spooky events, and mild temperatures will greet you at Kingsmill Resort when you check in this fall. While there are those that believe the waterfront condo-style resort has its share of paranormal activity, there is plenty of room for lively, younger spirits of all ages. (The old spirits are behind the bar.) For those looking to elevate the fear factor, the resort offers the Howl-O-Scream Package, which includes accommodations for two nights, daily breakfast, complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and shuttle service to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. Guests also get access to Busch Gardens with two Fun Cards.

Boostravaganza
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: October 13, 6-7pm & 7-8pm
Admission: $10/child

Children ages 3-8 are invited to come to the Indoor Arena Barn dressed in their favorite costumes anytime between from 6-8pm. Enjoy fun, games, and a wagon ride. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. Reservations are required, and space is limited, so sign up soon!

Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza
Where: Kennedy Center
When: October 13-16
Tickets: $24-99

Cirque de la Symphonie brings its trademark brand of awe-inspiring feats and thrills, including jugglers, aerialists, contortionists, strongmen, and more, to a program set to classic spooky music, such as Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre, and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, among other familiar tunes. The Sunday matinee performance is part of the NSO Family Concert Series, designed for young audiences. Beginning one hour before the performance, children and families can enjoy the “Haunted Hall” activities, which include games and activities, an instrument petting zoo, and spook-tacular decorations. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume for all for performances.

The Best Haunted House Ever
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: October 14-23
Tickets: $15/adults, $10/children

Encore Stage & Studio presents a Halloween-inspired show this season: When students from two different high schools sneak into a local haunted house to scare their classmates, utter chaos ensues. At first it seems like the students are just pulling Halloween pranks, but when a spooky zombie and mysterious ghost don’t fit into the students’ haunting plans it can only mean one thing–they are not alone in the house! Happy haunting! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Spooky SPY Family Night
Where: International Spy Museum
When: October 14, 6-9pm
Admission: $14

Ditch your Halloween costume and change your while identity at the Spy Museum’s annual Halloween event! Has your brother been spying on you? Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills? Now’s your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after-hours access to the Museum. Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, and enjoy SPY snacks and a chance to explore all forms of spy tradecraft. Go in disguise as your favorite spy! For ages 5 and up, includes exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more! Space is limited — advance registration required. (One adult required for every five KidSpy agents.)

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Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: October 16
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Capital City Symphony’s Family Concerts are always fun, interactive, and educational. This year’s program is inspired by the spookiness and fantasy of Halloween, so don costumes to join in the fun! Face the ghosts and ghouls of Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, or enter the fairy tale world of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Along the way you’ll learn how the instruments of the orchestra combine to bring these amazing stories to life. Go 30 minutes before show time to meet the musicians at the Instrument Petting Zoo — kids just might discover their new favorite instrument.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo
When: October 21-23, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

Join the National Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, one of DC’s most popular events for the kiddie crowd. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, live entertainment, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Costumes encouraged!

Soul Strolls
Where: Congressional Cemetery
When: October 21-22 & 28-29
Admission: $20/adult, $10/child

Congressman, carpenters, suffragists, and bootleggers are among the graveyard residents on Capitol Hill, and they all have a unique tale to tell. Congressional Cemetery’s annual Soul Strolls explore these stories through guided tours and costumed interpreters. Typically only open from dawn to dusk, this special event allows nighttime access to the public. Hour-long walks depart every 15 minutes between 6 -9pm, with beer, wine, and cider will be for sale (to put you at ease among the spirits).

Monster Mash
Where: Center at Leesburg
When: October 22
Admission: Free

Join the the Village at Leesburg for a frighteningly good time the 7th Annual Monster Mash! There will be center-wide trick-or-treating starting while supplies last, live music, street performers, a costume contest for children and pets, a Halloween parade, and as seen on Food Network’s Halloween Wars, Extreme Pumpkin Carving by James Hall, pastry design by Al Dibartolo, and chocolate sculpture with our very own Santosh Tiptur.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum
When: October 22, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

See the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s 11th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Fun for the whole family!

Haunted Museum Historic Ghost Tour
Where: National Building Museum
When: October 23, 29, & 31, 8pm & 9pm
Admission: $22/members, $25/non-members

Ghost tours at the National Building Museum combine history, humor, and several hair-raising tales into a fun evening. The Museum houses many artifacts related to the building — plans, drawings, and tools — as well as some objects that defy easy explanation, including a collection of shoes found underneath the foundation, believed to have been buried to ward off evil spirits, and a plaster mask, thought to be a death mask dated from the late 1800s. The building is spectacular — and eerie — with the lights out! This tour is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets are limited.

Harbor Halloween
Where: National Harbor
When: October 23, 12-2:30
Admission: Free

It’s a spooktacular family event that will include activities for everyone. Join the fun at The Black Dog’s Howl-loween. Trick or treat around the shops at the Harbor. Enjoy a showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 12:30am). Watch a chef pumpking carving contest. Plus, enjoy special activities, including pumpkin decorating, a Halloween coloring station, and a fabulous family fall themed photo station.

Falloween
Where: Market Common Clarendon
When: October 22, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Market Common Clarendon’s fourth annual Falloween Festival celebrates the season and the October holiday with a day of delights for the whole fam. Highlights include live children’s entertainment by Rainbow Rock and Mr. Knick Knack, a petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating + crafts for kids, and a trick-or-treat session throughout the property. This follows the annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk, in partnership with Homeward Trails and Doorways For Women and Families, which starts and ends on The Loop at Market Common Clarendon beginning at 10am, stopping through local businesses to support both partners with a costume contest taking place at the end of the event.

A Spooktacular Halloween Party
Where: Carluccio’s in Old Town
When: October 27, 6-8pm
Admission: $20

Join Carluccio’s in Old Town Alexandria for a spooktacular evening! The restaurant will be hosting a children’s Halloween party with cookie decorating and a costume contest. Kids ages and up will receive a free pasta meal, with ticket purchase, and accompanying adults can enjoy happy hour specials. Children and accompanying adults encouraged to dress up!

Paranormal Mansion Tours
Where: Oatlands Estate & Gardens
When: October 27-29, 7pm & 8pm
Admission: $30/adult, $12/child

Get a “different” look at Oatlands on this after dark tour of the old mansion. Hear ghost stories and accounts of unexplained occurrences on the property. Advance reservations are required and non-refundable.

Hilloween
Where: 7th Street SE in front of Eastern Market
When: October 28, 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 will be closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. Hayrides, moon bounces, goody giveaways, and even a mini carousel add to the excitement. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Haunted Hangar
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 28, 7-9pm
Admission: $5

Wear your costume and enjoy fun fall themed activities. Explore the museum’s gallery and all of its hidden haunts. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun await kids and families at the museum where old aircraft and other aviation displays wow visitors.

Spirits of the Past
Where: Bradley Farm in Herndon
When: October 28-29
Admission: $5

The Bradley Farm Haunted House promises everyone a ghoulishly fun time, and for a good cause — proceeds from the community fundraising event help Herndon-Reston FISH bring emergency help to folks in our community. This year’s “Spirits of the Past” theme promises fright and fun! On Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm, it offers a dark and scary adventure that’s perfect for tweens, teenagers, and adults. For the younger crowd, there’s a kids haunt with a milder scare on Saturday from 1-5pm that includes trick-or-treating inside the haunted house for children 10 and under, as well as face painting, balloon art, carnival-style games, live entertainment, and costumed characters.

Spooktacular Halloween Bash
Where: St. Paul’s Center
When: October 28, 6-8pm
Admission: Free

You’re invited to attend St. Paul’s Rock Creek Parish annual Spooktacular Halloween Bash! Join the fun in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s Center (201 Allison St NW) for an evening filled with treats, spooky crafts, pumpkin decoration, cemetery hayrides, and more! The main entrance is on the corner of Rock Creek Church and Webster St NW. In the spirit of treats, please bring a canned food item for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Mr. Jon & Friends Halloween Party
Where: Jammin Java
When: October 29, 10:30am
Admission: $8

Kids musical performer Mr. Jon and playing a Halloween Party concert at Jammin Java. His silly interactive show includes classics like “Wheels On The Bus” along with originals, and his my puppet friend George the Monkey will join the fun, too. All ages can enjoy it, but the 1-6 crowd will dig it most.

Halloween in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: October 29, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $1

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more! The 17th Annual Halloween in the Garden will feature more than 70 community organizations and businesses donning costumes and handing out candy and treats to all the children. Free ooky, spooky crafts will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission fees will benefit local charities. Don’t forget to bring your camera — there are always unique photo opportunities with the boo-tiful decorations. New this year, purchase a line-hopper pass for $3/person, on sale at the admission gate from 10:30-11am, and jump to the front of the trick-or-treating line!

Trick or Treat at Tudor Place
Where: Tudor Place
When: October 29
Admission: $10/non-member, $5/member, $3/accompanying adult

Halloween is “spooktacular” at Tudor Place! Wear your costumes (optional) and follow meandering paths to find treats (not tricks!) in every corner of the enchanting North Garden. Enjoy pumpkin-decorating and other crafts, face painting, and outdoor games amid lovely autumn color.

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: October 29, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Halloween Carnival
Where: Falls Church
When: October 29, 6-8:30pm
Admission: $2/children ages 2 and up (adults free)

The City of Falls Church has been hosting the annual Halloween Carnival for over 30 years! Infants through fifth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. The first hour is best for children up to 2nd grade, and 3rd – 6th graders will enjoy the second hour.

Fall-O-Ween Country Fair
Where: Port Discovery
When: October 29, 10am – 3:30pm
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up

Dress up the little ones in their favorite costumes and join Port Discovery’s annual festival. Enjoy not-so-scary, family friendly programs and performances including science-themed activities, crafts, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more!

Spooky Science
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: October 29, 12-4pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/ages 3-12

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the MSC’s 8th annual event, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Spend the afternoon with making gooey, glowing slime, decorating pumpkins, exploring spooky sensory bins, and even watch pumpkins being launched off of the roof!

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park in Kensington, MD
When: October 29, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Join Headfirst Camps this Halloween for a spooky afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at the first ever Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! Warner Circle Park will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Kids can participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a rock wall. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Halloween-Themed Storytime
Where: Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supplu
When: October 29, 11am
Admission: Free

Join 826DC at Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Company for a scary (but not too scary) storytime. Join for age-appropriate readings of Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” or one of their favorites, “The Hairy Toe,” while you shop for last minute Halloween costumes at the store full of magically fun items. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
When: October 29, 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Halloween at the library! Join staff at MLK Library in the Children’s Room for a spooky scavenger hunt and see what treats await! Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Halloween Fun in Occoquan
Where: Occoquan, VA
When: October 29
Admission: Free

Join the town of Occoquan for a day of Halloween fun! Enjoy life-size Halloween characters found on shop benches, porches, and doorways. Hunt for six Halloween characters pictured on the entry form (available at any participating shop) and be entered into a drawing to win a life-sized Venetian Victorian Halloween figure!

Halloween Festival at the Market
Where: Glover Park-Burleith Farmers’ Market
When: Saturday, 9m – 1pm
Admission: Free

Join your local farmers for a Halloween celebration! The Glover Park-Burleith farmers’ market, with Ace Hardware of Glover Park, is hosting free pumpking painting (pumpkins provided!) and trick-or-treating around the market! Free popcorn, stickers, arts & crafts and more! All in addition to live music and tons of fresh, local food – eight varieties of heirloom apples, veggies, meats, dairy, baked goods, organic coffee, olive oils + prepared food!

Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: October 29-30
Admission: Free

Join the National Museum of the American Indian for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: October 29 & 31, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $12/adult, $6/child

Trick-or-treat at Mount Vernon as George Washington’s estate open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. Join a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft. Guests can also check out wool carding, spinning, and fish net making in the historic area before greeting “Martha Washington” on the piazza of the Mansion. Historic chocolate-making demos and tastings will take place. Burn off all the extra excitement (and calories!) with 18th-century dancing. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begins at 5pm, and prizes will be awarded for most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes!

Pumpkin Parade Parties
Where: Gymboree of DC
When: October 29 & 31
Admission: $20/non-members, $15/members ($5/sibling)

Dress up and join the Halloween fun at one of two Gymboree parties! Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, and parades will be part of the festivities. Newborns – 5-year-olds are invited October 29 3:30-5:30pm, and newborns – 2-year-olds can party October 31, 2-3:30pm. Reservations required: Call 202.627.2450 or email wdc@gymboreeclasses.com. Gymboree DC is located at 2639 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 113.

Trick or Treat in the Boo-tiques
Where: Old Town Boutique District in Alexandria
When: October 31, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Old Town Boutique District’s annual event to start their trick-or-treating early. Stop by the dozens of shops, where they’ll be dishing out treats and some maybe some family-friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Spy Fright
Where: International Spy Museum Store
When: October 31, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Go deep undercover this Halloween at the Spy Museum where spooks of every kind will be on the prowl. Spend the scariest night of the year at the place where disguises aren’t just for Halloween! Everyone is invited to arrive in disguise in the Spy Museum Store, where acclaimed professional make-up and disguise artist, Roger Riggle, will be on hand to teach the tools-of-the-trade necessary to transform guests in preparation for a night of tricks and treats. Demonstrations are free-of-charge and include quick disguise applications meant to help guests create their own undercover masterpieces.

Halloween Trick or Treating
Where: Fashion Centre at Pentgaon City
When: October 31, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Pumpkins, superheroes and wizards are invited to showcase this year’s frightfully-festive Halloween ensembles in Pentagon City during mall-wide trick-or-treating on Halloween evening. Spooky characters can find candy treats from participating retailers displaying a sign in the window.

Costume Carnival
Where: Gateway DC
When: October 31, 5-9pm
Admission: Free

Events DC is hosting its first annual Costume Carnival at Gateway DC on Halloween! Local community partners such as Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and Safer Stronger DC will decorate booths under the Gateway DC pavilion and hand out candy for kids to trick-or-treat. Children and adults who dress up for this event will be automatically entered in a costume contest, and designated judges will select one youth boy, one youth girl, and one adult to each win a Visa gift card! RSVP to the free event here.

Trick-or-Treating & Photo Ops
Where: Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
When: October 31, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

It’s not a trick, but there will be treats! Little shoppers are encouraged to participate in the Leesburg Outlets’ mall-wide trick-or-treating event this spooky season for a chance to show off costumes and collect tasty snacks from the center’s participating retailers. And Halloween’s favorite black cat, Jinx, will be strolling through the center, available for photo opportunities!

Day of the Dead Art Workshop
Where: Arlington Arts Center
When: November 4
Admission: $25

Get ready for AAC’s annual Day of the Dead Celebration at these sessions where students can create works of art inspired by the Latin American holiday. There are two classes, one for ages 7-10 and one for ages 11-14.

Fall Festivals
Where: Around the area
When: Through early November
Admission: Varies by locale

Many of the fall festivals around the area incorporate Halloween fun into their offerings. Pick out potential jack-o-lanterns, do Halloween-themed crafts, go on rides, and more. See a list of seasonal celebrations here.

Did I leave out any good ones? Let me know in the comments!


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Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2015

Halloween kitty and Minecraft Steve haunt the neighborhood last year

Halloween kitty and Minecraft Steve haunt the neighborhood last year



Costumes, candy, and a frightening amount of fun are a recipe for one killer holiday! Even better, while the actual day may still be weeks away, you can celebrate all month long. Loads of activities and events that embrace the spooky spirit take place all over the DC-Metro, and they’re creeping up on the calendar. This annual KFDC list has all of the details on where and when you can have a wicked good time celebrating one of the best holidays of the year. Happy Halloween!

Haunted Museum Historic Ghost Tour
Where: National Building Museum
When: October 9-31 (Fridays), 8pm & 9:15pm
Admission: $10/members, $15/non-members, adults are free

Ghost tours at the National Building Museum combine history, humor, and several hair-raising tales into a fun evening. The Museum houses many artifacts related to the building — plans, drawings, and tools — as well as some objects that defy easy explanation, including a collection of shoes found underneath the foundation, believed to have been buried to ward off evil spirits, and a plaster mask, thought to be a death mask dated from the late 1800s. The building is spectacular — and eerie — with the lights out! This tour is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets are limited.

Scary Face Pancakes
Where: IHOP Restaurants
When: Throughout October
Admission: Free (but plan to buy pancakes!)

IHOP is celebrating Halloween throughout the month of October by offering kids the opportunity to create their very own Scary Face Pancakes. And on October 30 from 7am – 10pm, they’re giving away the sweet treats for FREE to children 12 and under.

“Eye Spy” Halloween Train
Where: Cabin John Regional Park
When: October 10-11, 16-18, 23-25, & 28-31
Admission: $5 and a can of food

Hop on board the Halloween Train! Cabin John’s “Eye Spy” features just enough “boo” power for kids age 8 and under. Along the ride through the woods on the train, kids can try to find Halloween friends hiding along the way and mark them off their “Eye Spy” game cards that they receive with admission. Guests can also enjoy Halloween movies every night, face painting on Saturdays and Sundays, and light refreshments for sale. The train runs 3-8pm on weekdays and 1-8pm on weekends. Purchase tickets online starting October 1 here.

Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel
Where: Wheaton Regional Park
When: October 10-11, 16-18, 23-25, & 28-31
Admission: $5 and a can of food

Wheaton Regional Park’s Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel are back and scarier than ever! This annual Halloween attraction is best for guests ages 8 and up, because they do their best to make it “very scary” (and this is part of the website description, so take their word for it). Admission includes one ride each on the train and carousel, plus entrance to the Hall of Jack o’ Lanterns movie theater presenting scary films every night. The train and carousel run 6:30-9:30pm each night. Purchase tickets online starting October 1 here.

Haunted Chocolate House Workshop
Where: Tudor Place
When: October 10, 12pm & 1:30pm
Admission: $10/member, $20/non-member, $4/adult

After a “spooktacular” family-friendly tour of the historic garden, children build and decorate “haunted houses” to take home, made of chocolate walls and candy decor. For children aged 5+ and their family members. One chocolate house per registered child.

Boostravaganza
Where: Frying Pan Farm Park
When: October 15, 6-8pm
Admission: $10/child

Children ages 3-8 are invited to come to the Indoor Arena Barn dressed in their favorite costumes anytime between from 6-8pm. Enjoy fun, games, and a wagon ride. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. Reservations are required, and space is limited, so sign up soon!

Spooky SPY Family Night
Where: International Spy Museum
When: October 16, 6-9pm
Admission: $14

Ditch your Halloween costume and change your while identity at the Spy Museum’s annual Halloween event! Has your brother been spying on you? Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills? Now’s your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after-hours access to the Museum. Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, and enjoy SPY snacks and a chance to explore all forms of spy tradecraft. Go in disguise as your favorite spy! For ages 5 and up, includes exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more! Space is limited — advance registration required. (One adult required for every five KidSpy agents.)

Adventures in Halloweenville
Where: Village at Leesburg
When: October 16, 23, 30, 17, 24, 31
Admission: $5

Don’t miss this October’s one-of-a-kind interactive Halloween Adventure hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Halloweenville is a non-scary haunted house designed for children ages 6-11 and their parents complete with a Pumpkin Village for 3-5 year olds. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. The event run from 6-8pm pm Fridays and 12-7pm on Saturdays.

Halloween Family Day
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: October 17
Admission: Free

Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Get in the Halloween spirit with spooky craft activities, scavenger hunts, and live music and performances. Whether in new costume or an old favorite, all are welcome to arrive wearing their Halloween best!

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo
When: October 23-25, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $20/members, $30/non-members

Join the Zoo for their annual not-so-spooky Halloween haunt. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. New this year will be an entertainment stage with musicians, jugglers, and a DJ spinning Halloween favorites. Also, don’t miss a themed hay maze and scarecrow field. Costumes encouraged!

Coal Mine
Where: Bradley Farm in Herndon
When: October 23-24
Admission: $5

The Bradley Farm Haunted House promises everyone a ghoulishly fun time, and for a good cause — proceeds from the community fundraising event help Herndon – Reston FISH bring emergency help to folks in our community. This year’s “Coal Mine” theme promises fright and fun! On Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10pm, it offers a dark and scary adventure that’s perfect for tweens, teenagers, and adults. For the younger crowd, there’s a non-scary version on Saturday afternoon from 1-5pm that will include trick-or-treating inside the haunted house for children 10 and under, as well as face painting, balloons art, carnival-style games, live entertainment, and costumed characters.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air & Space Museum
When: October 24, 2-7pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

See the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s 11th Annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Fun for the whole family!

Halloween in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: October 24, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $1

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more! The 16th Annual Halloween in the Garden will feature more than 70 community organizations and businesses donning costumes and handing out candy and treats to all the children. Free ooky, spooky crafts will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission fees will benefit local charities. Don’t forget to bring your camera— there are always unique photo opportunities with the boo-tiful decorations!

Howl-O-Ween
Where: Market Common Clarendon
When: October 24, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Your furry family member can get in on the Halloween fun at this event. Market Common Clarendon has partnered with Homeward Trails and Doorways VA to host the 2015 Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk that will start and finish at Market Common Clarendon with trick-or-treating and an exciting pet costume contest! Walk through Visit stores and restaurants in The Loop and continue to businesses around the community, until you make your way back.

Halloween Art Party
Where: Anna Banana Arts & Crafts
When: October 24, 10-11:30am
Admission: $30/child

Join the Georgetown art studio to decorate mini pumpkins and a trick or treat tote, plus make scary spider art. Fun for ages 3-10. Class size is limited, so sign up soon!

Harbor Halloween
Where: National Harbor
When: October 24, 12-2:30
Admission: Free

It’s a spooktacular family event that will include activities for everyone. Join the fun at The Black Dog’s Howl-loween. Trick or treat around the shops at the Harbor. Enjoy a showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 12:30am). And watch the First Annual National Harbor Chef Pumpkin Carving Contest. Bonus: Children in costume ride FREE on the Capital Wheel with adult purchase!

NSO Family Concert: A “Sleepy Hollow”-een
Where: Kennedy Center
When: October 25
Admission: $15-18

All Hallows’ Eve has arrived for Ichabod Crane! Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads all the ghoulishly attired orchestra members in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, his riveting re-imagining of Washington Irving’s classic ghost story about the fabled Headless Horseman, complete with an engaging narrator and spine-tingling sounds. Children should don their own costumes and go early for trick-or-treating in the special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Then, take your seats for a frightfully fun adventure through the classics.

AuduBoo!
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: October 30, 6-9pm
Admission: $5/child, $10/members, $15/non-member

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society for a family-friendly, nature-themed Halloween! Walk the woods at Woodend Nature Sanctuary and enjoy animal encounters and treat stations along well-lit trails. Afterwards, head inside the mansion for refreshments and visit craft stations where you can make animal masks or paint pumpkins. Costumes not required, but encouraged!

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When: October 30, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child

Trick-or-treat a day early at Mount Vernon! Back by popular demand, the estate will again open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. Join a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft. Guests can also check out wool carding, spinning, and fish net making in the historic area before greeting “Martha Washington” on the piazza of the Mansion. Historic chocolate-making demos and tastings will take place. Burn off all the extra excitement (and calories!) with 18th-century dancing. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begins at 5pm, and prizes will be awarded for most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes!

Haunted Hangar
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 30, 7-9pm
Admission: $5

Wear your costume and enjoy fun fall themed activities. Explore the museum’s gallery and all of its hidden haunts. Arts, crafts, hayrides, and spooky fun await kids and families.

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park
When: October 31, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park.

Trick or Treat in the Boo-tiques
Where: Old Town Boutique District in Alexandria
When: October 31, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the Old Town Boutique District to start their trick-or-treating early. Stop by the dozens of shops, where they’ll be dishing out treats and some maybe some family-friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Halloween Carnival
Where: Falls Church
When: October 30, 6-8:30pm
Admission: $2/children ages 2 and up (adults free)

The City of Falls Church has been hosting the annual Halloween Carnival for over 30 years! Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, crafts, a haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. The first hour is best for children up to 2nd grade, and 3rd – 6th graders will enjoy the second hour.

Exorcist Steps Commemoration
Where: Georgetown, Prospect & 36nd Streets
When: October 30, 6pm
Admission: Free

One of the city’s most famous sites will get special recognition Halloween weekend on the 42nd anniversary of the The Exorcist debut. Writer William Peter Blatty will be there along with Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. This is an event more suited for older kids (teens, or parents on a night out) seeing as our kiddies likely aren’t aware of the head-spinning flick.

Fall-O-Ween
Where: Port Discovery
When: October 31, 10am – 3:30pm
Admission: $13.95/ages 2 and up

Dress up the little ones in their favorite costumes and join Port Discovery’s annual festival. Enjoy not-so-scary, family friendly programs and performances including science-themed activities, crafts, live entertainment, yoga, and more!

Spooky Science
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: October 31, 12-4pm
Admission: $20.95/adult, $16.95/ages 3-12

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the MSC’s 7th annual event, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Engage in hair-raising activities, create creepy crafts, and witness fangtastic demonstrations. Spend the afternoon with making gooey, glowing slime, decorating pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags, creating catapults for a punkin’ chunkin’ contest, exploring spooky sensory bins, and much more! Wear your costume to make it a truly spooktacular day.

Trick or Treat at Tudor Place
Where: Tudor Place
When: October 31, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5/members, $10/non-members, $3/adults

Halloween is “spooktacular” at Tudor Place! Wear your costumes (optional), and wander the estate’s many meandering paths to find treats (not tricks!) in every corner of the enchanting North Garden. Paint pumpkins and enjoy other crafts, face painting, and active period games amid lovely autumn color.

Spy Fright
Where: International Spy Museum Store
When: October 31, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Go deep undercover this Halloween at the Spy Museum where spooks of every kind will be on the prowl. Spend the scariest night of the year at the place where disguises aren’t just for Halloween! Everyone is invited to arrive in disguise in the Spy Museum Store, where acclaimed professional make-up and disguise artist, Roger Riggle, will be on hand to teach the tools-of-the-trade necessary to transform guests in preparation for a night of tricks and treats. Demonstrations are free-of-charge and include quick disguise applications meant to help guests create their own undercover masterpieces.

Hilloween
Where: 7th Street SE in front of Eastern Market
When: October 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

Capitol Hill’s annual event is a legendary neighborhood event for little ones. The block of 7th Street SE next to Eastern Market will be closed to traffic for one of the best community Halloween celebrations in the city. Hayrides, moon bounces, goody giveaways, and even a mini carousel add to the excitement. The best part is seeing the masses of jubilant kids in all kinds of costumes indulging in the extravaganza.

Pumpkin Patch Party
Where: Gymboree of DC
When: October 31
Admission: $15/non-members, $10 members ($5/additional child)

Dress up and join the Halloween fun at one of two Gymboree parties! Pumpkin activities, seasonal craft projects, music, snacks, dancing, and parades will be part of the festivities. Newborns – 5-year-olds are invited 11:45am – 1:45pm, and newborns – 2-year-olds can party 4-5:30pm. Reservations required: Call 202.627.2450 or email wdc@gymboreeclasses.com. Gymboree DC is located at 2639 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 113.

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park in Kensington, MD
When: October 31, 12pm
Admission: Free

Join Headfirst Camps this Halloween for a spooky afternoon of music, games, food, and fun at the first ever Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! Warner Circle Park will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Kids can participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a rock wall. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Halloween Yoga
Where: lil omm
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Varies by class

Are you in for an ohh-so-omm weekend?? Go to any family yoga classes over the weekend dressed in your Halloween best (yes, costumes!) for some festive yoga family fun.

Dia de los Muertos
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: October 31 – November 1
Admission: Free

Join the American Indian museum for its annual Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), a celebration originating in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. Learn and take part in this centuries-old tradition, which includes pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs alike.

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