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Calling all little ghosts and ghouls!
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means itโ€™s time to show off costumes and eat plenty of candy.
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From train rides to costume parades to slightly spooky parties, these Halloween events in the D.C. area are great for families with younger kids (and, in some cases, their little dogs, too!).
๐Ÿ“… Thursday, Oct. 26
๐Ÿ“ Alethia Tanner Park (NoMa)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
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More than 1,000 free pumpkins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 4-6 p.m.
After a visit to the pumpkin patch, you can enjoy face painting, dog portraits, a performance from Too Much Talent Band. “Hocus Pocus” will show on the big outdoor screen starting at 6:30 p.m.
Don’t forget your costume for the parade led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse starting at 4:30 p.m. Pets and people are welcome to compete in a costume contest!
Red Bear Brewing’s beer garden will be open until 9 p.m.
DPR Halloween
๐Ÿ“… Oct. 26-31
๐Ÿ“ Various locations
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
D.C.โ€™s Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating Halloween with parties, candy, haunted houses, a silent disco and more special events at community centers across the city.
Hill-O-Ween 2023
๐Ÿ“… Fri., Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Eastern Market
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
โ€œCapitol Hill’s largest Halloween festivalโ€ is coming back for a big in-person celebration. Many details are TBA, but expect costumes, pumpkins and plenty of slightly spooky fun for the whole family.
DC WitchFest
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ metrobar (640 Rhode Island Ave. NE)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Kids and dogs can jump into a costume contest, and everyoneโ€™s invited to paint pumpkins and partake in mystical activities including tarot reading.ย 
๐Ÿ“… Sun., Oct. 29
๐Ÿ“ย  50 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C.
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free entry
๐Ÿ”—ย Details
Enjoy a crafty Halloween by painting a pumpkin at Calico. Youโ€™ll have your choice of gourds from their pumpkin patch. Each costs $5. There will also be a tarot card reader from 2-6 p.m. Itโ€™s a family-friendly event; kids must be accompanied by a parent.
More D.C. events:
Cabin John & Wheaton Halloween Eye Spy Train Ride
๐Ÿ“… Saturdays and Sundays through 10/29
๐Ÿ“ Cabin John Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park
๐Ÿ’ฒ $6
๐Ÿ”— Details
All aboard the miniature train! Take a ride through โ€œTrainslyvaniaโ€ on one of Montgomery Countyโ€™s mini trains and see how many seasonal items you can tick off your โ€œEye Spyโ€ card.
Click here for Wheaton tickets and click here for Cabin John tickets. Weโ€™ve noticed many time slots selling out, so consider booking early! Some tickets will be available onsite, but ride times wonโ€™t be guaranteed, Montgomery Parks said.
Six Flags Kids BOO Fest
๐Ÿ“… Select dates through Oct. 29
๐Ÿ“ 13710 Central Ave., Bowie/Mitchellville, Maryland
๐Ÿ’ฒ $45
๐Ÿ”— Details
A kid-friendly haunted house, special Halloween shows, and a trick-or-treat trail will make little ones scream with delight.
BOO Fest is included with regular admission. Remember that the big Fright Fest scares begin after the sun sets!

AVFD Station 7 Terror Trail
๐Ÿ“… Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28
๐Ÿ“  2380 Davidsonville Rd, Gambrills, Maryland
๐Ÿ’ฒ $25 (Terror Trail) or $10 (Boo Loop maze)
๐Ÿ”— Details
Looking for a family-friendly haunt? Visit the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department to wind through the scary Terror Trial aimed at kids aged 8 and up. If the kids want to have a less spooky adventure, get lost in their new Boo Loop Maze for $10. Itโ€™s geared for kids under 8.
Kids are welcome to come in costume, uncover the mysteries of the Boo Loop and search for hidden clues in their new scavenger hunt, too. You can purchase tickets at the firehouse or online.
๐Ÿ“… Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Ridge Road Recreational Park in Germantown
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Skate through an afternoon of creepy fun with a DJ and lawn games while grabbing treats available for purchase from local food trucks.
โ€œRink users must bring their own skates, rentals will not be available. Some seating will be provided but guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets,โ€ Montgomery Parks said.
Costumes are allowed, but make sure they donโ€™t cover your face or pose a tripping hazard.
Fall Frolic
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Glen Echo Park
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Decorate a trick-or-treat bag, compete in a costume contest and get candy from artistsโ€™ studios on a day of artsy Halloween activities.
Parking is free, or you can take Montgomery County Ride-On bus #29 from the Friendship Heights and Bethesda Metro stations along the Red Line.
Boo Bash at Westfield Wheaton Mall
๐Ÿ“… Sun., Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ 11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, Maryland
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Come in costume for trick-or-treating at stores around the mall until 4 p.m., and stop by the Macyโ€™s Court on the lower level for the Boo Bash. There will be activities for all ages, including cupcake decorating, pumpkin painting, a dance party and a costume contest. Little ones can also make a card and help donate candy to kids who canโ€™t trick-or-treat this year.
More Maryland events:
LEGOยฎ Discovery Center Brick-or-Treat: Monster Party
๐Ÿ“… Oct. 6 to Oct. 31
๐Ÿ“ Springfield Town Center
๐Ÿ’ฒ $28.99+
๐Ÿ”— Details
Lego is getting a spooky twist, plus a new movie in its 4D theater: โ€œThe Great Monster Chase.โ€ Come in costume to build pumpkins, meet the LEGO mummy and more.
Air & Scare
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free (parking is $15)
๐Ÿ”— Details
While the outdoor portion of the event is sold out, no tickets are required for people of all ages to enjoy Air & Scare activities inside.
The parking lot may be crowded, so consider public transit. Fairfax Connector Bus No. 983 stops at the Innovation Center Station on the Silver Line and the Udvar-Hazy Center. 
Trick or Treat at Mount Vernon
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 28, 2-6 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Mount Vernon
๐Ÿ’ฒ $25 (adult)/$15 (youth) for nonmembers
๐Ÿ”— Details
Kids can collect candy around the historic grounds, join a costume parade and watch special presentations, including a Punch and Judy puppet show and lesson about 18th-century magic.
Halloween Bash at the Farm!
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Hope & Serenity Farm Sanctuary (10445 Manley RoadNokesville, Virginia)
๐Ÿ’ฒ $20 per person donation
๐Ÿ”— Details
Hang out with more than 200 farm animals (including some in costume!), look for clues at the scavenger hunt, join a costume contest and have more farm-style fun at this fundraiser for the sanctuary.
27th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
๐Ÿ“… Sunday, 10/29, 2 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Del Ray, Alexandria
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Come one, come all, come in costume for Del Rayโ€™s Halloween parade.
It is set to begin on Mt. Vernon Avenue south of E. Bellefonte and go to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields.
You bet there are contests! Sign up for the best-dressed pet and the stroller decoration competition before the parade at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues.
The contests are free to enter. Registration closes at 1:30 p.m.
Stick around after the parade for live music and the awards presentation.
More Virginia events:
Family Mystery Day at the Library of Congress
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ Thomas Jefferson Building – Great Hall (10 1st Street SE, Washington, D.C.)
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free, but entry pass required
๐Ÿ”— Details
Choose from two author events, test your skills in a scavenger hunt and check out a full day of activities on the Mezzanine level.
For kids aged 6-12+, Worm from Jerry Spinelliโ€™s novel โ€œDead Wednesdayโ€ and Milo from Ben Hatkeโ€™s graphic novel โ€œThings in the Basementโ€ will meet kids and share stories.
For middle- and high-school-aged readers, Kayvion Lewis, author of โ€œThievesโ€™ Gambit,โ€ and Delilah S. Dawson, who wrote โ€œMidnight at the Houdini,โ€ will talk about writing high-stakes mysteries. 
All of the authors will also sign books in the Great Hall following their programs.
Itโ€™s free, but youโ€™ll need a timed-entry pass to visit the Thomas Jefferson building.
NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
๐Ÿ“… Sun., Oct. 22, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ The Kennedy Center
๐Ÿ’ฒ $18+
๐Ÿ”— Details
Celebrate Halloween and Dรญa de los Muertos with old and new classic songs. Come early for trick-or-treating and to check out a special Haunted Hall Musical PLAYspace! Itโ€™s recommended for kids aged 5 and up.
Lil’ Pumpkins Festival
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 21, noon to 4 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Bouncy houses, trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, costume parades and spooky dance parties will keep the kids entertained, and grown-ups can stop by a beer garden, Artisan Market and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Box Concerts.
The day will wrap up with a free, outdoor screening of โ€œPooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie.โ€
Harbor Halloween
๐Ÿ“… Sun., Oct. 22, noon to 3 p.m.
๐Ÿ“ National Harbor
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Trick-or-treat at participating businesses from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., watch โ€œHocus Pocusโ€ on the plaza at 1 p.m., or watch a pumpkin carving contest starting at 2:30 p.m.
Kids who come in costume can even take a free ride on the Capital Wheel with the purchase of adult admission.
Want to let your pet show off their costume? The Pet Pawrade is set for 2:45 p.m. โ€“ and there will be prizes!
Fall Festival with Maniac Pumpkin Carvers
๐Ÿ“… Sat., Oct. 21
๐Ÿ“ Tysons Corner Center The Plaza
๐Ÿ’ฒ Free
๐Ÿ”— Details
Watch Maniac Pumpkin Carvers transform gourds into something spectacular while enjoying live music, a photobooth, face painting, crafts and a fall market.
Bring your pooch in their Halloween best: A pet costume contest will kick off at noon!

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