Halloween in DC

Are you getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Washington DC?  There are a number of cool things to do and places to go!  Here are just a few of the awesome events going on in or around our nation’s capital this year.

Six Flags America in nearby Mitchellville, Maryland, is hosting its annual Fright Fest through October 30.  These family friendly activities include street entertainment, spooked-up rides, and a trick-or-treat trail.

Kings Dominion amusement park is holding its Halloween Haunt until the 30th as well.  There are nine different mazes, five scary zones, the Howl-O-Fest party, and much more.  It’s also family friendly.  During the day, there are even events for the little ones in the KidZville section.

There are many different pumpkin patches and festivals in the area.  There’s Butler’s Orchard, which offers a hayride, maze, and arts and crafts.  Then there’s the Homestead Farm, where you can venture through a hay maze and pick your own apples and pumpkins.  Gaver Pumpkin Patch has a corn maze and a petting zoo, plus giant slides and a pirate ship area.

Lafayette Square Park, the most haunted site in DC, features a two hour walking ghost tour.  It starts at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

Another ghost tour in Washington, DC, is Natalie Zanin’s Historic Strolls.  It’s offered on Fridays and Saturdays, plus on Halloween, and starts at 8:00 p.m.

Then there’s the National Building Museum Ghost Tour.  Guests on this tour will take a lantern-lit stroll through many great haunted buildings alongside costumed Civil War spirits.

The Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk and Carving Festival is Oct. 28 and 29 in Greenbelt, Maryland.  Carve your own pumpkins while listening to live music and a fun pumpkin-lit trail hike.

The National Air and Space Museum will host Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  Indoor trick-or-treating, stories, face-painting, karaoke, and more will be offered.

There are Halloween activities for adults, too.  If you’re over 21 and are looking for a good party, you won’t be disappointed.  Here are a few options:

  • Clarendon Ballroom Halloween Monster Bash – Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Rock, Paper, Zombies Concert at Strathmore – Oct. 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
  • Nightmare on M Street – Oct. 29 at 5:00 p.m.   Enjoy a costumed bar crawl through 16 of DC’s hottest bars!
  • SurrealDC Halloween Masquerade – Oct. 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Washington Harbour, Georgetown.
  • Spooky! 2011 Underground Halloween Party – Oct. 31 at 9:00 p.m. at the FUR Nightclub.

Before you go out partying, you should know that there are a few special Halloween laws in place in Washington, D.C.  A number of streets will be closed on Halloween, and there are some parking restrictions in place.  Also, unless you are taking part in a masquerade, anyone over the age of 16 is not permitted to wear a mask that conceals or covers any part of their face.  Instead, use non-toxic face paints.

Remember if you plan on drinking on Halloween to have a designated driver.  If you do not, you can call SoberRide, a free cab program, to get home.

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