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.

Halloween Party Ideas

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

Halloween is coming up, and if you don’t have any party ideas, well, you still have a bit of time.  In fact, sometimes last minute Halloween party ideas are the best!  Here are a few different things you could do this Halloween.

If you have kids or will be hosting a Halloween party for kids, you can always create a mini-haunted house in your home.  It doesn’t have to be incredibly scary.  In fact, you probably don’t want to make it that scary.  One thing you can do is blindfold kids and put their hands in different items—spaghetti becomes worms, boiled eggs can be eyeballs, etc. 

Have a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt.  Both can be fun.  Creating a treasure hunt gives your friends or kids the chance to work together, while a scavenger hunt pits teams against each other. 

For adult parties, create a creepy Halloween bar.  Your mad scientist might brew up some pumpkin martinis, witch’s brew, and other scary drinks.  A little food coloring, some neat glasses, and some fun decorations can really add to the overall effect.

Another idea is to have a theme party.  Instead of having everyone come in whatever costume they want, send out invitations listing your theme.  Maybe you want everyone to come as a historical figure, their favorite television character, or a traditional Halloween monster. 

Host a murder mystery party.  You can buy murder mystery kits from a number of different stores.  Generally, these murder mysteries are done over dinner, but they don’t have to be.  Most require between six and eight players, although there are some that accommodate a dozen.

If you need great flowers to use in your Halloween party decorations, there’s still time.  MyFlorist has a number of great boo-quets available!

Halloween Decorating: Include Flowers in 2009!

Spooky Spell
Spooky Spell

Adding Halloween flowers to go with the rest of your holiday décor adds a fun touch to your home. Flowers come in just the right colors to reflect the holiday of Halloween.  Orange roses and asiatic lilies, gold gerberas, black leaves, and even acid greens create just the color scheme you want.  Add a black pillar candle to make the perfect centerpiece.  You may also add twigs, sticks, and other ‘dead’ types of filler to make your flower arrangements for Halloween look especially creepy!

MyFlorist has live Halloween flowers and arrangements that you can buy online to have delivered to your home or to someone else if you want to send a gift.  We love fresh cut flowers because we can usually match any color scheme you may need.  Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to create a one-of-a-kind customized arrangement to complement your style.

Doing it yourself or with your children may be an enjoyable Halloween activity.  You can get flowers and vases to make Halloween flower arrangements with them. Extras like ghosts, black cats, witches’ brooms and other fun Halloween items will add just the right touch to their own arrangements.  

Flowers are always a fun and interesting addition to any Halloween celebration!

Halloween Flowers to Order Online

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