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Best Halloween Events 2014 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

Haunted Houses, Pumpkin Patches and Trick-or-Treating


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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.

Various Halloween Events, this page
Haunted Houses and Trails, see page 2

Fright Fest at Six Flags America
2014 Dates to Be Announced. 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
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Doswell, Virginia. The amusement park features ten mazes, six scare zones and more than 20 thrilling rides. While the attractions of Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children will enjoy the all-new Planet Snoopy during the day, featuring Halloween family-favorite activities, including a hay maze, pumpkin painting, the chance to get behind the wheel of a pedal tractor, live entertainment and more.

Boo at the Zoo
October 24-26, 2014, 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.

Night of the Living Zoo
2014 Date to Be Announced., 6:30 - 10 p.m. National Zoo, Washington DC. Wear your best costume while enjoying the zoo by moonlight. Experience bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. This is an adults-only event.

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
October 28, 2014. 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.

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 Movies in the Washington DC Area
See a great horror movie and get spooked by warewolves, vampires or axe murderers.

Halloween Costume Contests for Your Dog in the Washington DC Area
Do you like to dress your pet up for Halloween? The Washington DC area hosts many costume contests for you and your dog.

Halloween Howl at the Hamilton
2014 Date to Be Announced., 8:30 p.m. Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. Part concert, part Halloween party, this fun filled show features performances of the greatest Halloween hits from the last 40 years. Werewolves Of London, Thriller, Bad Moon Rising, Psycho Killer, This Is Halloween, Sympathy For The Devil, I Put A Spell On You, & many more to be included. Dress in costume, prizes will be awarded.

Tilted Tourch Spook-o-rama Halloween Variety Show
2014 Date to Be Announced., 9 p.m. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC. The premier variety show presents their annual Halloween production featuring gremlins, goblins, and witches on brooms gathering for a party under the moon.

Zombie Run at National Harbor
2014 Date to Be Announced., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Plaza at National Harbor. The event is a Zombie-infested 5K where you can be a zombie, a runner, or an observer of the apocalypse. The run will raise money for Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to children in developing countries. Participants will use speed, agility, and their intact brains to overcome obstacles and avoid flesh-eating Zombies.

Silver Spring Zombie Walk
2014 Date to Be Announced.. 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 a spooky film.

Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
2014 Date to Be Announced., 2-7 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.

Blood and Guts Run
2014 Date to Be Announced., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. The event includes bands, food trucks, costume competitions, a DJ dance party, and a wild 5k zombie obstacle course.

Halloween Spooktacular at the Kennedy Center
2014 Date to Be Announced., 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.

Halloween Trains at Montgomery Parks
2014 Dates to Be Announced. 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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