Looking for some great Halloween fun in the Washington, DC Area? During the month of October, celebrate Halloween and get spooked at a haunted house, romp around a pumpkin patch or go on a haunted city tour or through a haunted forest in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
Fright Fest at Six Flags America
September 29 - October 28, 2012. Mitchellville, Maryland. Enjoy the spooky attractions and shows at one of the Washington, DC Area’s largest Halloween celebrations. Enjoy a family friendly event with street entertainment, your favorite rides in the dark and a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
September 28-October 28, 2012. Doswell, Virginia. The amusement park features ten mazes, six scare zones and more monsters and creepers than ever before. While the attractions of Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children may still enjoy Halloween fun of Howl-O-Fest, the ultimate kids Halloween party. During daylight hours, age-appropriate Halloween Fun awaits little ghouls and goblins in KidZville and Nickelodeon Central.
Boo at the Zoo
October 26-28, 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m. National Zoo, Washington, DC. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating. Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Costumed volunteers will hand out candy at more than 40 treat stations.
Pumpkin Patches in the Washington DC Area
Find the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals in the DC area, including Maryland and Virginia. Enjoy family-friendly farm activities and enjoy the Halloween and fall harvest season.
Corn Mazes in Maryland and Virginia
In recent years, this has become a favorite family fun way to celebrate the Halloween season. Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map.
Ghost Tours in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Take a guided walking tour and hear ghost stories and legends about infamous haunted places such as Lafayette Square Park, Historic Alexandria or downtown Annapolis. Find ghost tours around the region.
DC Drag Queen Race
November 1, 2012. (date change due to the hurricane). A crowd gathers in Dupont Circle for an informal street parade and race of costumed drag queens. See photos and details.
Halloween Costume Parties in Washington, DC for Adults
For adults ages 21 and over. Gather your friends and get creative and dress up for a night of fun and frolicking. Find the details of nightclub events.
October 24-November 4, 2012. The Washington Ballet performs at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts. Celebrate Halloween and enjoy a live ballet about the famous Count Dracula.
Silver Spring Zombie Walk
October 27, 2012. Pre-walk party at the Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave. begins at 8 p.m., Walk departs at 9:30 p.m. from the corner of Georgia Ave. and Bonifant St. The event concludes at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., for a special screening of the 2004 British romantic zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead.
Halloween Parades Around the Washington DC Area
Get in the spirit of the season and check out the season’s most popular and creative costumes.
Many communities around the region host a parade to encourage kids to show off their costumes.
Halloween Spooktacular at the Kennedy Center
October 28, 2012, 1 & 3 p.m. National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert, Concert Hall. NSO musicians dress up as ghosts, ghouls, and goblins for a “spirited” performance. Come early dressed in your spookiest costume for pre-concert trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” For ages 5 and up.
Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
October 27, 2012, 2-8 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia. Join creepy space aliens, mysterious astronauts and ghostly pilots for safe, indoor trick-or-treating. Visitors will enjoy story times, face-painting stations, hands-on activities, free screenings of an episode of “The Jetsons” in the Imax Theater, karaoke, simulation games and robotics demonstrations.
Hallowmarine at the National Aquarium
October 27, 2012, 12-4 p.m. National Aquarium, Washington, DC. Halloween-themed activities include face painting, a costume contest for children, live music from real swashbuckling pirates and a spooky scavenger hunt.
Halloween Trains at Montgomery Parks
October 11–14, 18–21, 25–28, 2012. Montgomery Parks offers two different Halloween-themed train rides; a fun and festive ride (geared to ages 8 and under) at Cabin John Regional Park and a very scary option (for ages 8 and up) at Wheaton Regional Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for drives at each location.
Be sure to see the guide to Haunted Houses and Haunted Trails on Page 2
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