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Wicked Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in 2019

It’s a sign…you’re in for a wicked fun Halloween!


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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 gobs 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!

American Scream: Halloween Selfie Museum
Where: Tysons Corner Center | Tysons, VA
When: Through November 3
Admission: $15-18 (find discounts)

This unique, immersive experience is a celebration of all things Halloween and Horror. Unlike other Halloween events, guests and fans of Halloween will have the opportunity to interact and enjoy Halloween and horror in a completely ‘Made for Instagram’ experience with incredible photo opportunities to share with their friends.

Fields of Fear
Where: Cox Farms | Centreville, VA
When: Fridays & Saturday through November 2
Admission: $20-35

When night falls on Cox Farms, it’s time for Fields of Fear — for ages 12 and up! The Dark Side Hayride feature 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!

Howl-O-Ween
Where: Great Wolf Lodge | Williamnsburg, VA
When: Through October
Admission: Rates vary

Enjoy a Halloween-themed family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge, where there will be spooktacular fun all month. Kids and parents alike can enjoy special activities including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Howl-O-Ween House, Costume Parade, Monster Bash Dance Party, Spooktacular Story Time, and much more. This, plus the ongoing fun and indoor waterpark will make for an extra special and spooky Halloween! Read more about Great Wolf Lodge in this KFDC post.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
Where: Lake Fairfax Park | Reston, VA
When: October 3-27
Admission: $16 (find discounts)

The Glow isn’t a place to expect frights and ghouls, but you will scream with delight to see pumpkins come to life. 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. As jack o’lanterns illuminate the park for an unforgettable evening, make sure to grab few photos and some seasonal snacks. Don’t forget to check out master carvers as they demonstrate their artistry or to pick up a gourd at the pumpkin patch. There is something everyone will enjoy at this truly magnificent fall spectacular.

Shocktober
Where: Paxton House | Leesburg, VA
When: October 4 – November 2
Admission: $40-50 (find discounts)

Paxton Manor is Northern Virginia’s only REAL Haunted House. Brand new this year, the first 3 levels of the haunted manor have turned into Paxton Hall, a horrifying and haunted boarding school. Encounter new characters, including rebellious students and frightening teachers, as you unravel the dark and mysterious past of Paxton Hall. The haunt also includes Carnival of Souls, the basement of Paxton Manor, an attraction full of creepy clowns and carnival carnage. These haunted attractions are not for the faint of heart; this annual event is PG-13 Scary Fun.

“Eye Spy” Halloween Trains
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks | Bethesda & Wheaton, MD
When: October 4-27
Admission: $6

Hop on board the Halloween Trains! Great for families of all ages, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train will take a ride through “Trainslyvania.” They’ll run every Friday, 4-6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm. Purchase tickets online starting October 1.

Fright Fest
Where: Six Flags America | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Select days through November 3
Admission: $43+

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.

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.

Laurel’s House of Horror
Where: Laurel, MD
When: Through November 2
Admission: $25 and up

Built inside of an abandoned movie theater, Laurel’s House of Horror is one of DC and Maryland’s scariest haunted attractions. The attractions offer sensory overload, a chilling sense of anticipation, and fear with several new exhibits. New and unique escape rooms are open all year during the weekends, and for private parties and special dates. The elaborate House of Horror feature starts up again each September with new themed areas and special guests. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 18-20, 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, a dance party and kids’ karaoke, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. By the end of the evening, Boo at the Zoo commemorative 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 18-19 & 25-26
Admission: $25/adult, $12/child

Trespass into the past and discover the secrets of some of Congressional Cemetery’s “residents.” Soul Strolls, the Cemetery’s annual twilight tours, explore the stories of individuals buried here through guided tours and costumed interpreters. Experience the history of this hallowed ground exactly the way it should be experienced in October – in twilight and darkness, happening upon vignettes and individuals under the guidance of one of our “Dozen Decent Docents.” Hour-long tours depart every 15 minutes 7-10pm on Fridays, and 6-10pm on Saturdays. Beer, wine, and cider will be for sale at the cash bar in the Chapel.

Glow in the Park
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring | Sandy Spring, MD
When: October 19, 6pm
Admission: $42

Do the monster mash through the trees! Enjoy Halloween festivities at the Adventure Park’s spooky Halloween-themed Glow in the Park. Wear your costume for a chance to spin a prize wheel (just make sure it’s comfortable & safe to climb in) — you could win free tickets, a t-shirt, or something else special! Start times will be available every 10 minutes between 6pm & 8:20pm, and tickets are good for two hours of climbing & ziplining + 40 minutes for the safety briefing and getting geared up. Online reservations are highly recommend, as this event tends to sell out. Ages 5 & up are welcome!

Creepy Cupcakes Kids Confectionery Class
Where: Creative Saints Loft | Hyattsville, MD
When: October 19, 1-3pm
Admission: $35

This event is for kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations! Children ages 6-12 will learn pastry decorating techniques such as molding and piping from one of the areas Top Pastry Chefs Padua Player of SugaChef Desserts! If you’re looking for an exciting way to have some not-so-scary day time fun bring your little ones dressed in their BEST costumes ready to create! Each ticket includes a 2-hour instructor lead class by Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player of SugaChef Desserts, 1/2 dozen uniquely decorated cupcakes (Spiders, Witches, and Frankenstein Oh MY!!), Vigilante Coffee and sweet treats for adult ghouls, + candy and punch for kid ghouls

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: October 20
Admission: $15-18

Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Nicholas Hersh leads this exciting concert experience, which features music from Harry Potter and more. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Rumpus Room Family Dance Party: Halloween Special
Where: Black Cat | 14th Street NW, DC
When: October 20, 11am – 1:30pm
Admission: $15

The Rumpus Room, 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 go dance. 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 10 and under and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome.

Boo-Tiful Mobile
Where: Hidden Pond Nature Center | Fairfax, VA
When: October 20, 2-3:30pm
Admission: $10

Create a spooky mobile of your favorite Halloween characters. All materials will be provided. For children ages 3-12, and must be accompanied by an adult for this 90-minute program.

Halloween on the Farm
Where: Watkins Regional Park | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: October 20, 4-7pm
Admission: $4/ages 2+

Head Old Maryland Farm at Watkins Regional Park for a Halloween & Fall themed event for little ones. Enjoy hayrides, games, crafts, cider, creepy-crawly animals, a costume contest, and pumpkins for purchase. Kids 13 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Read more about Watkins and Old Maryland Farm here.

Boos and Brews (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: National Building Museum
When: October 21, 6-9pm
Admission: $20 ($10/members)

It’s that spooky time of year again, so join the National Building Museum for an evening to eat, drink, and be scary! Boos & Brews will feature scary ghost tours around our haunted halls, a monster mash-up of songs by DJ EPX, a costume contest, fun games, devilishly delicious food, and wicked good beer from various breweries including Port City and Right Proper. For ages 21+.

Night of the Living Zoo (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 25
Admission: $30-40, $65-90/VIP

Step right up for Friends of the National Zoo’s adults-only night of curiosities, grotesques and beastly good fun. The dark carnival arrives to thrill crowds. Street performers—including a sword swallower, a fire eater, living statues, magicians and stilt walkers—will delight guests. Food trucks will sell delicious food to pair with craft beer and wine. There will be dancing, live-band karaoke and animal encounters, and, of course, no Halloween event would be complete without a costume contest. VIP guests also can enjoy complimentary food from local restaurants, an exclusive mixed drink and a souvenir, fortune telling, treats at a candy bar, a private DJ and dance floor, and a special photo station.

Toddler Time Halloween Parade
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 24, 10:30am
Admission: $20/adult, $12/age 2-12

Join the B&O for a spooktacular Toddler Time, as we celebrate the end of this year’s Toddler Time program Halloween style. Featuring festive fun, we’ll read Alice Schertle’s Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, before making monster grab bags to fill with all sorts of fun tricks and treats during our costume parade around the Museum’s campus.

Hilloween
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 25, 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 25, 6:30-7:30pm & 7:30-8:30pm
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!

BOOtanica
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: October 25, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: $18/child (free for parents)

Gather the family together for a fun evening! Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary. Space is limited. Register children ages 3–12, parents are free.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: October 26, 12-5:30pm
Admission: Free, but parking is $15 until 6pm

Explore the spooky side of air and space at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center’s 13th 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.

Spooktacular Kids Pizza Class and Party
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: October 26
Admission: $32

Matchbox invites all mini chefs to a kids pizza party featuring a hands-on pizza-making class complete with chef hat and customized personal pizza, a tour of the kitchen and pizza ovens, jack-o-lantern cookie decorating, and other Halloween treats, plus a round of mimosas for parents! Tickets are available here for select Matchbox locations — Capitol Hill, 14th Street, Rockville, Merrifield, Pentagon City, Potomac Mills, One Loudon.

Día de los Muertos Family Day
Where: American Art Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 26, 11:30am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with SAAM! Enjoy Mexican folk dance performances throughout the day, a live Mariachi band, and face painting! Leave your handmade ofrendas (offerings) including paper marigolds, calaveras (skull masks), and paper monarch butterflies on our beautiful Day of the Dead altar.

Haunted Washington Scavenger Hunt
Where: Lafayette Square | Downtown, DC
When: October 26, 2pm
Admission: $22

You just might after this spooky tour that reveals the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. On teams, you’ll follow clues to ghost-plagued buildings near the White House and answer tricky questions about what you find. 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 a bit spooky, a bit macabre, a bit goofy, and a lot of fun. It’s also a bit slower paced than Watson’s regular hunts because the questions are longer, in order to fill you in on the eerie events that transpired at each location. Recommended for older kids or KidFree. For private groups, they also offer a Kids Edition of this ghoulish game, suitable for ages 7 and up.

Spooktacular Family Day Piano Show
Where: Bobby McKey’s | National Harbor, MD
When: October 26, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission:

Need an excuse to dress up? Bobby McKey’s is offering an afternoon Halloween party that’s not to be missed. Head down to the National Harbor for some serious FUN! They combine 2 hours of all request live piano music with a costume contest, a lunch buffet, fountain drinks, and of course encouragement of singing along and wiggling in your seats! Bar is open for non-driving parents.​

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon, VA
When: October 26, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $16/adult, $8/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 in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: October 26, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $2

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more! The 20th 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. Booths will be spread out around the Parking Circle and down the Wooded Path allowing guests to roam at their own pace – free range trick-or-treating! Also enjoy g Halloween-inspired music and dancing with a guest DJ. 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 26, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15/non-member, $10/member, $5/adult

Get into the Halloween spirit! Explore the Tudor Place garden as the seasons change, and trick or treat throughout the site. Make your own superhero bracers and festive owl decoration. Play traditional outdoor games, enjoy face painting, and paint your own pumpkin to take home. Costumes suggested but not required. This outdoor event will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather!

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: October 26, 1-4pm
Admission: Free, but small cost for some activities

The Glen Echo Park Partnership’s annual Halloween-themed family event is open to the public, and visitors of all ages are invited to the Park to explore the arts through hands-on crafts, Halloween activities, trick-or-treating and visiting open studios. It’s a safe and fun Halloween event with something for everyone. Register here.

Halloween Yoga
Where: Capital Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: October 26, 10-11:30am
Admission: $10

Join Little Moon Yoga at Capitol Cider House for a morning of Halloween Yoga FUN! This family yoga class is for families of all ages and abilities. While wearing your best halloween costume, practice playful yoga postures and games all centered around a Halloween theme. Doors open at 10am, yoga starts at 10:30am – bring a mat. Space is very limited for this event, so purchase tickets in advance to guarantee a spot. Full food and drink menus will be available.

Halloween Kids Cooking Class
Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy | Chevy Chase, DC
When: October 26, 9:30-11:30am
Admission: $25/child, $15/adult

Join a fun, hands on Kid’s Cooking Class Experience featuring all your favorite Halloween fun! A chef will guide your little one on creating a culinary masterpiece. Before the event, everyone will enjoy a Maggiano’s Breakfast Buffet and coloring activities. Next, the Chef will demonstrate and instruct hands-on how to make caramel apples, step by step! Pumpkin and cookie decorating is also included during this fun-filled morning.

Spirits & Spirits
Where: Downtown Occoquan, VA
When: October 26, 11am – 10pm
Admission: Free (some activities require fee)

The Town of Occoquan will host Spirits & Spirits, a full day of activities for everyone, in downtown Historic Occoquan. The brand-new event includes kids’ events, a costume parade, a magic show, a Haunted Maze and a Spirit Garden with all of your favorite beverages from 5-10pm. In addition to these fun activities, Hauntingly Historic Occoquan Ghost Tours will host spooky town tours from 11am – 4pm. Purchase/prebook your tours here.

Día de los Muertos
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: October 26, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at The Wharf. Head to Pearl Street for a memorable afternoon with live music by La Unica, beer stations for parents, street food, a photobooth, an altar contest, and more. Want to get creative yourself? Decorate a sugar skull or get your face painted. Plus, there will be prizes for the best self-painted faces.

Historic All-Hallows Eve
Where: Sully Historic Site | Chantilly, VA
When: October 26, 4-7pm
Admission: $10

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light. For ages 5+.

Halloween Carnival
Where: Falls Church, VA
When: October 26, 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 – 5th graders will enjoy the second hour.

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: GIGS Courtyard | Kensington, MD
When: October 26, 2-6pm
Admission: Free

Join the 2019 Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll! The GIGS Courtyard in Kensington, MD, will be transformed into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Participate in a costume parade and enjoy family-friendly attractions including live musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a hay maze. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.

Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration
Where: Hillwood Museum & Gardens | Northwest DC
When: October 26, 2-4pm
Admission: $13/adult, $8/member $5/age 6-18, free/under 6

You’re invited to bring your “best friend” to Hillwood for Halloween fun. Explore Hillwood’s twenty-five acres of landscaped gardens and lush natural woodlands with your four-legged friend, while enjoying a costume competition, yappy hour, and a visit by City Dogs rescue.

Calabash Carnage: Family Pumpkin Carving
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, October 26, 2-4 pm
Admission: Free, but pumpkins are $5

Celebrate Halloween and have lots of fun at Brentwood Arts Exchange! Families are invited to join a Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Use your imagination, create your own designs, and leave the mess with them. Let them know you’re attending by going to the Facebook event page.

Pumpkins in the Park
Where: Canal Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: October 26, 4-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a cauldron full of spooky new surprises at the Capitol Riverfront BID’s annual event. Bring little monsters out to decorate their own pumpkins, play in the moon bounce, and get their faces painted (all for free). Kids-at-heart can make insta-worthy leaf wreaths, enjoy beer, wine, and cider (for purchase), and get cards read by a real life fortune teller! The whole gang can hop on brooms and head across the street to catch a free screening of Hocus Pocus. Dress to impress — they’ll be handing out prizes throughout the day for best-dressed humans and howlers (that’s “doggos” in Halloween-speak).

Cathay Howl-O-Ween
Where: Cathay Future Center | Rickville, MD
When: October 26, 4:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join a creepy, creative family experience filled with seasonal art activities, delicious food & treats, great gifts & prizes, an international art competition exhibit, and a grand art academy opening! Activities are suitable for children age 1.5+. RSVP by October 23 to be entered in a SPOOKtacular raffle! (Note: RSVPs can be after 10/23, but you will not be entered in the raffles.)

Halloween Hunt
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: October 27
Admission: $35

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.

Harbor Halloween
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: October 27, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

Join the annual Harbor Halloween event at National Harbor. Trick or treat around the shops at the Harbor. There will be trick-or-treating from 1-3pm. See a showing of Hocus Pocus on the Plaza Big Screen (movie will begin at 1:30pm). Watch a chef pumpkin carving contest. Plus, enjoy special activities, including pumpkin decorating, a Halloween coloring station, and a fabulous family fall themed photo station.

Del Ray Halloween Parade
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, VA
When: October 27, 2pm
Admission: Free

One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the 23nd 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. (PS: All of October C&W will be focusing on the adoption of black cats and kittens. Superstition or not, black cats often have lower adoption rates. They’re two-thirds less likely to be adopted than white cats, and half as likely to be adopted as tabby cats. But black cats are just as adorable and deserve a loving home!)

Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Fort Hunt Preschool | Alexandria, VA
Date: October 27, 3-5pm
Admission: $5/age 3+, $18/family of 4

Bring the kiddos for a spooky obstacle course, festive crafts and treats, and some Halloweeny fun and games! This annual event is one of our favorites and is open to the public. Rain or Shine. More info + get your tickets online here.

Purr-anormal National Cat Day Celebration
Where: DC Cate Cafe & DC Kitten Cafe | Georgetown, DC
When: October 28-31
Admission: Free with cat costume (see below)
Crumbs & Whiskers’ purr-anormal celebration for National Cat Day is a real treat. With Halloween and National Cat Day (Oct29) just days apart, the kitten and cat cafes have a scary good skela-bration. That week, October 28-31, the Cat and Kitten Cafes are offering FREE experiences to the first 10 people who dress up as cats. So put on your cat suits and ears, and draw on some whiskers and prepare for some hocus purr-cus.

17th Street High Heel Race (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: 17th Street NW, btwn P & S | Dupont Circle, DC
When: October 29, 9pm
Admission: Free

The High Heel Race is a 30+ year DC tradition, with a rich history of “Crossing The Line Since 1986.” On the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators pack the Dupont Circle Neighborhood to watch hundreds of costumed drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down Historic 17th Street, NW. The race begins at 9pm, but people start gathering at 6pm.

Monster Mash-Up Workshop
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 30, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to create their own paper monster! All templates, markers, and sparkly bits provided. Join this family workshop in the JRVC on the 3rd Floor. Face painting, too!

Trick-or-Treat at the Mall
Where: Fashion Centre | Pentagon City, VA
When” October 31, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Calling all little pumpkins! Ghouls and gals are invited to enjoy not-so-spooky fun at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City on Halloween evening. Costumed kiddos can trick-or-treat for crave-worthy candy and tempting treats at participating stores displaying a Jack-O-Lantern sticker in the window. Families can also shop for the season’s latest looks at top brands, including Gap, Macy’s, Nordstrom, The Children’s Place and more.

Fall Halloween Festival
Where: Ronald Reagan Building | Downtown DC
When: October 31, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy Halloween and Fall Festival fun at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center! Bring family and friends to enjoy free Halloween festivities including: a hay bale maze, face painting, pumpkin decorating with Blick, candy giveaways, costumed characters, DC Public Library Book Bike, music, food vendors, and so much more!

Halloween Skate
Where: Ashburn Iceplex | Ashburn, VA
When: October 31, 12:30-2pm
Admission: $5

Wear a costume and pay only $5 for public skate with skate rental. Please no costumes with masks that cover your face. Skaters can participate in the costume contest and trick or treat around the rink.

Hall-O-Screen Party: A Nightmare Before Christmas
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 31
Admission: Free

The Kennedy Center brings the fun outdoors this Halloween with a free night filled with tricks and treats for the DC community. Patrons are welcome to come in costume to celebrate the haunted holiday at the REACH. Join a dance class to learn the moves to ghoulish tunes such as “Thriller,” “Monster Mash,” The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s “Time Warp,” and more. Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on the REACH Video Wall. Enjoy savory and sweet items from food trucks as well as drink specials. Patrons must show valid identification to consume alcoholic beverages. There will also be opportunities to get sweets and swag.

Spooky Awesome & Amazing Celebration
Where: The St. James | Springfield, VA
When: October 31, 6-10pm
Admission: $15-50

Trick or Treat, play fun games, enjoy food and drinks from a satellite bar, costume contest for prizes, a haunted Nerf battle zone walk through and more! Costumes are welcome, but not mandatory. Trick or Treat throughout The St. James with fun games like Mummy Races, Capture the Ghost, Spider Climb on the Rock Wall, and more! Vim & Victor, the restaurant there, will offer a late night Halloween Happy Hour for parents until 10pm. This ticket also includes free access to the Super, Awesome & Amazing activity center.

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead Festival
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: November 1-3
Admission: Free

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with an after-hours event, performances, and family activities. The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America and in many Latino communities across the U.S. as a way to honor family and friends that have passed away. This celebration originates from the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya.

Post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover
Where: National History Museum | National Mall, DC
When: November 2-3
Admission: $100

The Nation’s T-rex has returned to the Natural History Museum, and his towering skeleton has been drawing big crowds to the amazing Deep Time exhibition in the brand-new David H. Koch Hall of Fossils. A post-Halloween Smithsonian Sleepover offers the perfect way to avoid the rush and spend plenty of quality time with your favorite dinosaur. And as a bonus, you can wear your Halloween costume one more time. Pack your sleeping bag and a toothbrush and join a small group of fellow adventurers as one of the world’s most popular museums closes its doors and the crowds leave for the day. For kids ages 8-14.

Bone Yards
Where: Yards Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: November 2, 2-4pm (Rescheduled from 10/27)
Admission: Free

The Yards is celebrating the spooky season with a puppy costume party at The Yards Park! Families and their furry friends are invited to enjoy Halloween festivities including Halloween crafts, costume face painting, puppy trick-or-treating, festive music and, of course, a puppy fashion show. Puppy parents can enter their pets into the competition for a chance to win gift cards to your favorite shops and restaurants at The Yards and other prizes.

Día De Los Muertos
Where: General Getty Neighborhood Park | Wheaton, MD
When: November 2, 2-4:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Montgomery Parks to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Originating in Mexico, the vibrant tradition is an opportunity for family and friends to gather and celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones. The festive event will include a Mariachi band, face painting, games and building a communal Altar de Ofrendas (Offerings). Altar de Ofrendas traditionally include candles, flowers, food, photographs, and mementos to honor the memory of passed relatives. Everyone is encouraged to bring items to include in the altar.

Pumpkin Chunkin’
Where: Great Country Farm | Bluemont, VA
When: November 2-3
Admission: $10/adult, $8/child

Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern to a smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself or bring your pumpkin to the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to the upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a 40-foot lift. You will be sure to love giving your pumpkin one final ride. (What happens to all those smashed pumpkins? The pigs and cows love to eat them and GCF composts the rest.) The Roosteraunt Concession stand will be open 11am-3pm — don’t miss the Cider Donuts! Of course, plan to enjoy the farm’s playground, full of fun, too!

Sunday Funday: A Halloween-Themed Event
Where: Wheaton Veterans Urban Park | Wheaton, MD
When: November 3
Admission: Free

Keep the fun going after the big day and head at this Sunday Funday Halloween-themed event! Activities include a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin painting, s’mores roasting, face painting, balloon sculptues, lawn games, and a DJ and music. There will also be plenty of food, hot chocolate, cider, and beer available for purchase.

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.

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


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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!

Story & Discovery: Dia de los Muertos & Ghost Wings
Where: National Museum of the American Indian | National Mall, DC
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays thru October 15
Admission: Free

Join the National Museum of the American Indian for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, story time sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am in October where they will read the storybook Día de los Muertos, written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros. Families are invited to join and learn about the traditions of Día de los Muertos, including ofrendas, sugar skulls, silly skeletons, and more!

Howl-O-Ween
Where: Great Wolf Lodge | Williamnsburg, VA
When: Through October
Admission: Rates vary

Enjoy a Halloween-themed family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge, where there will be spooktacular fun all month. Kids and parents alike can enjoy special activities including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Howl-O-Ween House, Costume Parade, Monster Bash Dance Party, Spooktacular Story Time, and much more. This, plus the ongoing fun and indoor waterpark will make for an extra special and spooky Halloween!

Fields of Fear
Where: Cox Farms | Centreville, VA
When: Fridays & Saturday through November 4
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 feature 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!

Sleepy Hollow
Where: Synetic Theater | Rosslyn, VA
When: October 3 – November 4
Admission: $20-40

Synetic Theater’s adaptation of Sleepy Hollow pulls together all the elements that made Synetic famous: Gothic horror, iconic characters and imagery, an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes our productions something akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story). Recommended for ages 13+.

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
Where: Lake Fairfax Park | Reston, VA
When: October 4-28
Admission: $16

The Glow isn’t a place to expect frights and ghouls, but you will scream with delight to see pumpkins come to life. 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. 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 talented carvers. Wander into Prehistoric Park, where you’ll stare up into the golden eyes of sixteen-foot tall dinosaurs or yell ARRRGG!! as you see pumpkins crash amongst the ghostly pirate ship. Your favorite movie stars, superheroes, and even some princesses come to life through the jack o’ lantern magic!

Shocktober
Where: Paxton House | Leesburg, VA
When: October 5 – November 4
Admission: $35-40 (look for a deal here)

Paxton Manor is Northern Virginia’s only REAL Haunted House. Brand new this year, the first 3 levels of the haunted manor have turned into Paxton Hall, a horrifying and haunted boarding school. Encounter new characters, including rebellious students and frightening teachers, as you unravel the dark and mysterious past of Paxton Hall. The haunt also includes Carnival of Souls, the basement of Paxton Manor, an attraction full of creepy clowns and carnival carnage. These haunted attractions are not for the faint of heart; this annual event is PG-13 Scary Fun.

“Eye Spy” Halloween Trains
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks | Bethesda & Wheaton, MD
When: October 6-28, 10am – 6pm
Admission: $6

Hop on board the Halloween Trains! Great for families of all ages, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train will take a ride through “Trainslyvania.” They’ll run every Saturday and Sunday October 6-28. Purchase tickets online starting October 1.

Icktober
Where: Maryland Science Center | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturdays & Sundays thru Ocotber
Admission: $24.95/adult, $18.95/ages 3-12

October turns into a gross, messy, slimy month of fun as the monthly theme switches to Icktober and embraces the yuck. Every Saturday and Sunday this month look for themed activities, shows, and demonstrations sure to make your skin crawl!

Fright Fest
Where: Six Flags America | Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Select days through October 28
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.

Halloween Camping
Where: Little Bennett Campground |Clarksburg, MD
When: Weekends in October
Admission: Varies by campsite

They’re celebrating Halloween every weekend in October at Little Bennett Campground! Reserve a site to enjoy pumpkin decorating, costume contests, trick or treating, a haunted trail, and more!

Spooky SPY Family Night
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 12, 6-9pm
Admission: $15

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.)

Blood & Guts 5K Run
Where: Bull Run Regional Park | Centreville, VA
When: October 13
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!

Hyattsville Zombie Run
Where: Magruder Park | Hyattsville, MD
When: Saturday, 7:30-11am
Admission: $30-35

Support a local school, get some exercise, and have fun at this 3rd annual Zombie Run! The event raises much needed funds for the Hyattsville Elementary PTA — and is sure to be a scream. Dress in costume and opt for the 5k, 1-mile, or 1k option. Get a fun t-shirt, too!

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.

Creepy Cupcakes Kids Confectionery Class
Where: Creative Saints Loft | Hyattsville, MD
When: October 19, 1-3pm
Admission: $35

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins! Join Executive Pastry Chef Padua Player of SugaChef Desserts in the Hyattsville Arts District for this Halloween-themed class. This event is for kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations! If you’re looking for a safe and exciting way to have some SpOOky fun bring your little ones dressed in their BEST costumes and lets create! Each ticket includes:
2 hour instructor lead class, 1/2 dozen uniquely decorated cupcakes (spiders, witches, and Frankenstein, oh my!), coffee and sweet treats for adults, spooky punch for kids, and candy giveaway.

Boo at the Zoo
Where: National Zoo | Woodley Park, DC
When: October 19-21, 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. 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 19-20 & 26-27
Admission: $25/adult, $12/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).

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.

Air and Scare
Where: Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: October 20, 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 12th 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 20, 10am – 1pm
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.

Pizza Class & Halloween Costume Party
Where: Matchbox locations around the DMV
When: Saturday, 10am
Admission: $30

Dress in costume and join Matchbox for a Halloween-themed kids pizza party. Festivities include a hands-on pizza making class for kids (complete with chef toque), a tour of the kitchen and pizza ovens, jack-o-lantern cookie decorating and other Halloween treats, and a round of mimosas for parents. This will take place at the following Matchbox locations: 14th Street, Capitol Hill, Merrifield, One Loudon, Potomac Mills, and Rockville.

Monster Mash
Where: Center at Leesburg | Leesburg, VA
When: October 20, 3-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the the Village at Leesburg for a frighteningly good time the 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 live cake sculpting demo, slime making, a Halloween parade, and more.

Haunted Washington Scavenger Hunt
Where: Lafayette Square | Downtown, DC
When: October 20 & 27
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. Recommended for older kids or KidFree. Use the promo code HALLOWEEN18 to save $5 on tickets!

Spooky Skull Hike
Where: Maydale Conservation Park | Colesville, MD
When: October 21, 10-11:30am
Admission: Free

Can you find the animal skulls hidden in the woods? On this self-guided hike, you’ll walk a short loop in search of skulls, and use clues to identify them. Stop by any time during program hours, and pick up a clue sheet. Get a Halloween treat after identifying all the skulls (or for wearing a costume)! Intended for ages 3+.

Ghost Tours: Escape the Museum
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 21, 24, & 31
Admission: $30

Do you believe in ghosts? Dare to walk the museum halls after dark? Test your mettle in this year’s Ghost Tour experience: Escape the Museum. Angry spirits. Mysteries and lies. Can you find the truth in time? Solve puzzles and find clues to reveal the truth and calm a vengeful spirit. A 30 – 45 minute escape room followed by ghostly tales of the museum. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Harbor Halloween
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: October 21, 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, enjoy special activities, including pumpkin decorating, a Halloween coloring station, and a fabulous family fall themed photo station.

Halloween Hunt
Where: Mansion on O Street | Dupont Circle, DC
When: October 24-31
Admission: $35

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.

Halloween Parade
Where: Town Green | Vienna, VA
When: October 25, 7pm
Admission: Free

The 71st annual Vienna Halloween Parade returns to Maple Ave. This amazing “Towny” parade is an area favorite that draws tens of thousands of viewers from all over Virginia, DC and Maryland.

Toddler Time Halloween Parade
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 25, 10:30am
Admission: $20/adult, $12/age 2-12

Join the B&O for a spooktacular Toddler Time, as they celebrate the end of this year’s Toddler Time program Halloween style. Featuring festive fun, they’ll read Alice Schertle’s Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, before making monster grab bags to fill with all sorts of fun tricks and treats during our costume parade around the Museum’s campus. All included with paid admission, it’s a spooktacular event and a train load of fun, you don’t want to miss!

Frankenstein Story Time
Where: Library of Congress | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 26, 10:30am — 11:15am
Admission: Free

The Young Readers Center (YRC) at the Library of Congress will present a special Frankenstein-themed story time for infants and toddlers. Space is limited and is available at first come, first served basis. All children and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Hilloween
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: October 26, 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 26, 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!

BOOtanica
Where: Brookside Gardens | Wheaton, MD
When: October 26
Admission: $18/child (free for parents)

Gather the family together for a fun evening! Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary. Space is limited. Register children ages 3–12, parents are free.

Paranormal Mansion Tours
Where: Oatlands Estate & Gardens | Leesburg, VA
When: October 26-28, 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.

Vampire’s Ball (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Synetic Theater | Rosslyn, VA
When: October 26
Admission: $65-75

This year’s Vampire’s Ball will follow a performance of Synetic’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s Classic American Ghost Story, Sleepy Hollow. If you don’t lose your head over the spooky show, you’re sure to lose it over the one-of-a-kind party you’ll only experience at Synetic Theater. At this year’s party, guests will dance the night away (music courtesy of Resident Composer and Halloween DJ, Konstantine Lortkipanidze), enjoy a special Halloween cocktail at the Open Bar, munch on light appetizers, and have a chance to win awesome prizes at our annual costume contest!

Legends by Lantern (KidFree suggestion!)
Where: College Park Aviation Museum
When: October 26, 7-8:30pm
Admission: $10 (includes drink ticket)

What happened to the College Park Postmistress? See the airfield by lamplight while hearing tales of airmail. Warm up after your adventure with fall cider and share some ghost stories of your own. Advance registration appreciated. For ages 21+.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Where: Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens | Mount Vernon, VA
When: October 27, 3:30-6:30pm
Admission: $14/adult, $8/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 in the Garden
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: October 27, 10am – 4pm
Admission: $2

Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more! The 19th 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 27, 10am – 1pm
Admission: $15/non-member, $10/member, $5/accompanying adult

Get into the Halloween spirit! Explore the Tudor Place garden as the seasons change, and trick or treat throughout the site. Make your own superhero bracers and festive owl decoration. Play traditional outdoor games, enjoy face painting, and paint your own pumpkin to take home. Costumes suggested but not required. This outdoor event will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather!

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: October 27, 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, VA
When: October 27, 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.

Pumpin Rock ‘n Roll
Where: Warner Circle Park | Kensington, MD
When: October 27, 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 hay maze. 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 27, 10am – 5pm
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.

Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration
Where: Hillwood Museum & Gardens | Northwest DC
When: October 27, 2018, 2-4pm
Admission: $13/adult, $8/member $5/age 6-18, free/under 6

Grab your four-legged friend and high-tail it to Hillwood for an afternoon of Halloween fun on the Lunar Lawn. Strut your mutt in our canine costume competition and purchase a signature champagne cocktail at Yappy Hour. Admission price is with 1-2 dogs.

Scary Skate Party
Where: Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion | Anacostia, DC
When: October 27, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the National Park Service for it’s very first Scary Skate party at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion. Wear your best Halloween costumes and skate for free at the only skating pavilion in the entire National Park Service. Enjoy music, games, and fun for the whole family as the National Park Service continues the celebration in honor of 100 years of Anacostia Park!

Witches & Wizards
Where: B&O Railroad Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 27-28
Admission: $18/adult, $12/age 2-12

Celebrate Halloween at train museum! Young witches and wizards can head to the B&O because wizarding school will be in session. Learn simple science in potions class and explore the history of railroading in our “magical objects” display. Grow your own plant buddy in herbology class plus run through our magical maze to enter a raffle to win a railroading storybook and a free cone card from The Charmery!

Día de los Muertos | Day of the Dead
Where: American Indian Museum | National Mall, DC
When: October 27-28
Admission: Free

The end of October and beginning of November marks the end of the long southward migration of large numbers of monarch butterflies. The butterflies’ arrival in Mexico coincides with the observance of Día de los Muertos. This year the museum celebrates monarch butterflies through the creation of an interactive mural with Joaquin Newman (Yaqui/Mexica), butterfly luminaria, and butterfly masks. Butterflies will also appear in a contemporary ofrenda celebrating the marigold paddler, an ancient Maya story interpreted by Evelyn Orantes (Quiche Maya) and traditional ofrendas by Oaxacan-born Lucina Flores (Mexica) and Puebla-born Luz Maria Reyes (Mixtec). Grupo los Tecuanes (Mixtec) shares cultural performances of Danza de los Tecuanes (Dance of the Jaguar) and Danza de los Viejitos (Dance of the Old Men).

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: October 28
Admission: $15-18

An annual tradition at the Kennedy Center! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+,

Del Ray Halloween Parade
Where: Del Ray Neighborhood | Alexandria, VA
When: October 28, 2pm
Admission: Free

One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions, the 22nd 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.

Howl-O-Ween Fest
Where: Washington Cathay Future Center | Rockville, MD
When: October 28
Admission: Free

Join The Cathay School, an internationally recognized educational enrichment center and pre-school, in coordination for Activity Rocket/Thrively for its annual Halloween celebration! Families from around the state of Maryland stop by for festive activities, performances, entertainment, treats, and more. The center is a sprawling 30,000 square feet in size, so there is definitely something for everyone. Also enjoy plenty day of discounts for future classes, workshops, and opportunities. Don’t miss out, RSVP today! More specific details coming soon.

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

Have a shockingly good Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate Halloween party for kids and families! Put your imagination to work as you dress as your favorite character – and join in fun, interactive and mischievous fun celebrating Frankenstein through science activities that will put a spark in your Halloween fun! Create a battery with two different types of metal…and your body at our Spark of Life activity station! Create a creature using conductive dough, electricity, and your imagination at the Dough Creatures activity station. Unleash your creativity and invent a totally new creation by mixing and matching different parts of toys at Port Discovery Children’s Museum Frankentoy activity station. Make art using a robot at our Scribble Bot activity station! Enjoy all of this and more!

Little Spooky Sprouts
Where: Beefsteak | Tenleytown, DC
When: October 28, 11 am
Admission: Free, but pay for meals

Have some Halloween frun at the eatery! Activities include a costume contest, craft station to decorate mini pumpkins, a “HOLLOW-een” taste station of pumpkin dishes and seed snacks using all parts of the pumpkin, FREE JV bowl with purchase of a regular bowl, 1/2 off fall bowl coupon for future use, and Halloween goodie bags with purchase of a JV bowl Sunday through Halloween.

Monster Mash-Up Workshop
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: October 30, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to create their own paper monster! All templates, markers, and sparkly bits provided. Join this family workshop in the JRVC on the 3rd Floor. Face painting, too!

Flight and Fright Night
Where: iFly Montgomery County | Rockville, MD
When: October 28
Admission: See website for special event pricing

Come one come all, first-time flyers to experienced flyers are welcome. All flyers will have the chance to enter a “Ghost Hunt” in the wind tunnel to win prizes. Every attendee can enter the raffle and win free flight packages. Costumes encouraged! Enter the costume contest to win even MORE great prizes and iFLY SWAG! The “Ghost Hunt” begins at 7:30pm, the costume contest is at the end of night. Food and drinks provided.

Trick-or-Treat the Row
Where: Bethesda Row | Bethesda, MD
When: October 30, 5-7pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate All Hallows Eve early with the whole family with an evening featuring entertainment and treats, plus frights, bites, and retail scare-apy. Kids can trick-or-treat for candy around Bethesda Row, while parents visit the Row’s amazing restaurants and retailers. It’s sure to be a spooky good time!

Day of the Dead Art Workshop
Where: Anacostia Community Museum | Anacostia, DC
When: October 31, 10am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Kick off Day of the Dead 2018 at the Anacostia Community Museum! Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday observed each fall throughout Mexico and the United States from the end of October through early November. During this multi-day observance, family and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have transitioned and to help support the spiritual journey of the deceased. At this workshop, families can decorate papier mache skulls in a variety of colors and materials. Arts educator, Irene Clouthier will guide participants in decorating their skulls in the style of artist, Frida Kahlo. As an added bonus, author Dr. Kelsi Bracmort will be on hand to sell copies of her new children’s book, Simone Visits the Museum.

Art & Culture: The Day of the Dead, Catrinas & Calaveras
Where: Mangostreet DC | Shaw, DC
When: October 31 & November 3
Admission: $25

Bring kiddos ages 5-8 to this drop-off class where they can discover and explore the process of cartonería, a traditional Mexican sculpting technique in the making of Catrinas and/or Calaveras.Send young artists with nut-free snacks and socks. Parents are welcome to join their children any time between 9:45-10:30am.

El Día de los Muertos Celebration
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: November 1
Admission: Free

Join the museum for an evening of music, dancing and crafts in celebration of Latin American heritage, including special performances by the DC-based band Los Gallos Negros and dancers from the Maru Montero Dance Company.

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.

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


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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.

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


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