Halloween Fun in the DC Metro

halloween1Are 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 27.  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 27th as well.  There are mazes, six  scary zones, 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 8:00 p.m. through mid-November.  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 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 on October 26th.

Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking will take place on all week.  The Crime Museum transforms into a haunted house full of the criminally insane!  It is, obviously, not for children or the faint of heart.  Note that there are varied entrance times, so be sure to purchase the ticket that corresponds to the time you want to go through the events.

Do you love scary movies?  Then you might want to check out Halloween on the Screen by the AFI Silver Theatre in nearby Silver Spring, MD.  They’ll be showing scary films through November 4 at various times, including Halloween.

While some neighborhoods encouraged kids to trick-or-treat over the weekend, some kids may be out on Halloween night.  If you want to encourage visitors, leave your porch light on.  If you’d rather not be bothered, especially during dinner time, you can put a Halloween-themed sign on your door saying you’re out of candy.

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

If you’re decorating your home for Halloween, don’t forget a few spooky flowers!  We have some great Halloween bouquets in Washington, D.C.

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