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12 Frightful & Fun Halloween Events In & Around Washington, DC

Children at the National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo - The best Halloween events in and around Washington, DC

The DC area has a wealth of Halloween activities, events and festivals for all ages and preferences.

Looking for a spooky good time? Check out these frightfully fun Halloween events and activities in DC, from all-ages family friendly events to parties and bar crawls. If you’re eager to do a little more than trick-or-treating to honor the spookiest of holidays, we’ve got plenty of options for you.

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1 Fright Fest at Six Flags America – Sept. 21 – Nov. 3

FrightFest at Six Flags America

This annual spooky celebration at Six Flags America draws crowds from all over the DMV area every year. The 2019 edition runs on select days from Sept. 21 through Nov. 3, with haunted attractions, magic shows and roller-coaster thrills. Buckle up!
Six Flags America, 13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20721

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2 Boo at the Zoo – Oct. 18-20

Children at Boo at the Zoo - Family Friendly Halloween Event at the National Zoo in Washington, DC

The National Zoo’s annual family oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared toward wholesome fun, the three-day celebration features more than 40 treat stations, as well as after-hours access to many of the zoo's animal houses and exhibits. Halloween-themed trails will be fun for a stroll and live entertainment will also be featured, as well as a kids’ dance party and karaoke sesh. Make sure to come in costume! The event is suggested for kids between the ages of 4 and 12.
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

3 Night of the Living Zoo – Oct. 25

Night of the Living Zoo at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Washington, DC's best Halloween events

The National Zoo’s 21-and-over complement to Boo at the Zoo, Night of the Living Zoo transforms the animal haven into a devil’s playground. You’ll have after-hours access to numerous zoo attractions while enjoying live entertainment, including frightfully amazing oddities and the annual costume contest. You'll also be able to savor eats from local food trucks and craft brews.
7-10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

4 Air & Scare at the Udvar-Hazy Center – Oct. 26

Air & Scare at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Have some spooky fun with a trip to Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The annual indoor romp asks that you rock your Halloween attire and get ready for an intense round of trick or treating. But the fun doesn't stop there: crazy science experiments and creepy crafts are on the ledger as well.
12-5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20151

5 Trick or Treat at Tudor Place – Oct. 26

Trick-or-Treat at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden - Kid-friendly Halloween events in Washington, DC

Time to get spooktacular at Tudor Place, an elegant house and garden set in a bucolic area of Georgetown. Trick or Treat at Tudor Place will feature costumes, pumpkin-decorating, face painting and outdoor games. Families will also enjoy meandering through the North Garden’s paths to find hidden treats!
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Tickets
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

6 Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon – Oct. 26

Trick-or-Treating at George Washington's Mount Vernon - Kid-friendly Halloween event near Washington, DC

George Washington's Mount Vernon welcomes the entire family to enjoy Halloween fun. Festivities include a scavenger hunt, wagon rides, craft-making, chocolate-making demonstrations and even 18th century dancing in the upper garden (where you’ll get a chance to meet Martha Washington). Prizes will be rewarded for the best George and Martha costumes, and there will also be a children’s costume parade!
3:30-6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

7 Nightmare on M Street – Oct. 26

Nightmare on M Street 2019 - Halloween bar crawl in Washington, DC

Get ready for a roaming costume party that is a monster mash of epic proportions. You and your friends can get decked out and cruise to different bars throughout the Dupont Circle neighborhood during the Nightmare on M Street, taking place on the Saturday before Halloween. There will be food and drink specials at each stop along the way. Now in its 21st year, the station-to-station Halloween bonanza is sure to be far from a nightmare.
1-9 p.m. |  Tickets
Various locations in Dupont Circle

8 Eighties Mayhem: 80s Halloween Dance Party – Oct. 26

Outside The Black Cat on 14th Street - Concert venue in Washington, DC

Halloween thrills are on tap for Black Cat’s '80s Halloween Dance Party, which kicks off at 9 p.m. on the last Saturday night of the month. The event will take up both floors of the venue, with DJs Steve EP, MissGuided and Killa K holding it down upstairs while music blares in two different rooms downstairs. Costumes are highly encouraged!
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

9 Halloween Hunt at the Mansion on O – Oct. 27

Halloween Hunt at the Mansion on O - Halloween events in Washington, DC

Visiting the wondrous Mansion on O & O Street Museum is quite the experience, especially when you journey through the historic venue on a scavenger hunt. View the Mansion in its finest Halloween attire as you search through its many themed rooms and secret doors for seasonal and Halloween-themed prizes. You can also bring along your own shopping bag and purchase goodies from the mansion.
The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

10 17th Street High Heel Race – Oct. 29

17th Street High Heel Race - Dupont Circle - Washington, DC

An epic DC tradition for more than 30 years, the 17th Street High Heel Race turns one Dupont Circle neighborhood street into a raucous, Halloween-flavored spectacle. Heel hobblers, most of whom are decked out in full drag and makeup, are cheered on by screaming fans for the full quarter-mile race. Photo ops, chuckles and plenty of fun are sure to ensue. Quick note: no chairs or animals allowed, as these intense competitors need as much space as possible to strut their stuff. Participants and spectators usually begin to gather around 6 p.m.
Free admission
17th Street NW

11 Halloween at The LINE DC – Oct. 31

Halloween pumpkin painting at The LINE DC - The best things to do this Halloween in Washington, DC

One of DC’s most stylish hotels is going all out to celebrate Halloween. From 4-6 p.m., you can enjoy free trick-or-treating in the lobby hosted by Brothers and Sisters, which will also offer delicious goodies. The same time frame will feature pumpkin painting with artist Kasey O’Boyle (make sure to RSVP). From 7-11 p.m., the hotel will host CAMP, featuring performances by the queens of GAY BASH DC and costume contests, all to benefit Whitman-Walker Health. Finally, BLCKNLIT invites you to a 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. party featuring spooky audio and visuals to go along with drinks and bites from Brothers and Sisters.
The LINE DC, 1770 Euclid Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

12 Superfine! Art Fair Halloween – Oct. 31

Superfine! Art Fair Halloween party at Union Market in Washington, DC

Prepare yourself for "DC's artiest Halloween party" as local and national artists showcase their work during this spirited and affordable art fair at Union Market. Superfine!'s The Art Witch/Wizard ticket package includes live music, performance art and even a mystery gift from a local artist. Don't forget to come dressed up!
7-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Dock5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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