There are a number of options to celebrate Halloween around the District of Columbia. Adults can choose from some wild Halloween parties. Families can select a kid friendly event to enjoy. It’s October and time to make plans to celebrate Halloween in Washington, DC and NoVa for 2022.
Pumpkin Trolley Fest - Colesville, MD - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2019
The National Capital Trolley Musuem remains closed due to COVID – Check their website or Facebook for opening details and event dates, if available, or look for this event to return next year in 2021. Normally: Pumpkin TrolleyFest includes trips to Pinson’s Pumpkin Market from 12:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. both weekends. Pumpkin tokens available in the Museum Shop.
Bark or Treat Canine Cruise - Alexandria, VA - Oct 19, 2019
Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac! They will have Halloween treats on board. Be sure to have your four-legged friend in their best costume.
Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater at the Kentlands Mansion - Gaithersburg, MD - Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Theater with desserts – each year with a different theme. Guests will enjoy a fun evening with a buffet of sweet treats. A cash bar will be available for those 21 & older. Photo ID required for alcohol sales. Recommended for 15+.
Night of the Living Zoo - , DC - Oct 25, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It’s a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss!
Fall Festival - Arlington, VA - Oct 26, 2019
Puppet shows, trick or treating in stores, hay maze, decorate mini pumpkins, hay maze and more
Giant Halloween Graveyard Jam - , DC - Oct 26, 2019
Halloween party with costume contest including first prize of $500 cash.
Boo at the Zoo – National Zoo - , DC - Oct 23 to Oct 25, 2020
The spooky season is almost here! Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, a dance party and kids’ karaoke. This frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family.
Boos & Brews Halloween Bar Crawl - , DC - Oct 24, 2020
Put on your coolest, scariest or sexiest costume & come get your BOOze on with a bar crawl through DC
Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon, VA - Oct 31, 2020
Celebrate Halloween with 18th-century entertainment and activities. Guests receive a take-home craft and a bag of candy. 3:30-6:30 at Mt Vernom
Halloween Eye Spy Trains - Rockville, MD - Oct 2 to Oct 31, 2021
Great for families of all ages, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train will take a ride through “Trainslyvania.”
Halloween in the Garden - Dowell, MD - Oct 23, 2021
Trick or treating from 10-4pm. $5 per person – advanced tickets required for members and nonmembers. Proceeds benefit local charities
Spooky Skull Hike - Colesville, MD - Oct 24, 2021
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)!
Kids Halloween Workshop - Alexandria, VA - Oct 24, 2021
Mini Crafty Hour with your kids where they can DIY a Halloween Treat Tote or make a Halloween-themed project. Treats for the family, and dogs, too! All ages welcome.
Del Ray Halloween Parade - Alexandria, VA - Oct 24, 2021
Following the parade awards are given for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller during a brief ceremony. There is no fee to compete for Best Costume or Best Decorated contests. Judges include elected officials and city dignitaries.
Vienna Halloween Parade - Vienna, VA - Oct 27, 2021
75th anniversary. Since 1946, the Town of Vienna has hosted a Halloween parade for area families. Now held rain or shine on Wednesday evening the week before Halloween, the parade includes floats and other forms of entertainment marching down Maple Avenue, from Branch Road to Center Street.
Day of the Dead Festival - , DC - Oct 28, 2021
Virtual for 2021. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosts a free public program to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with an after-hours event, performances and family activities
BOOtanica - Wheaton, MD - Oct 29, 2021
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 Loyld present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary.
Trunk or Treat - Germantown, MD - Oct 30, 2021
3pm at Journey’s Crossing
Air and Scare - Chantilly, VA - Oct 30, 2021
Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, the annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. 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.
Halloween Carnival - Falls Church, VA - Oct 30, 2021
Two timeslots for younger (infants to K) and older (1-5 grade) kids, including puppet shows, movie screenings, crafts and games, and more.
Fall Frolic at Lee-Fendall House - Alexandria, VA - Oct 30, 2021
Enjoy some seasonal family fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during the Fall Frolic. Put on your Halloween costumes and join us for activities catered to children ages 3-12. Activities include a “ghost” hunt, crafts, and a costume parade. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance
DC Halloween Crawl - , DC - Oct 30, 2021
Bust out your best costume and get ready for a spooktacular party like no other this season. The official DC Halloween Crawl celebrates the scariest time of the year with thousands of your closest friends
Nightmare on M Street Bar Crawl - , DC - Oct 30, 2021
Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade - Leesburg, VA - Oct 31, 2021
65th anniversary. Leesburg has had an annual Halloween parade since 1957, and since at least 1964 the Leesburg Kiwanis club has organized and sponsored it. Come out, in costume if you like, to watch high school school bands, decorated floats, classic cars, police, fire, and rescue units, and more. Just line the route anywhere on King Street between Ida Lee Park and Safeway to be entertained and get some treats!
More Fall Activities near Washington DC and Baltimore:
DC Area Oktoberfests
Baltimore Haunted Houses
Baltimore Ghost Tours
Baltimore Halloween Events
Thanksgiving in Baltimore
Thanksgiving in Washington DC
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