Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat Near DC
There's nothing more exciting for kids than going trick-or-treating on Halloween. Luckily for DC-area children, there are tons of great neighborhoods to trick-or-treat near DC. Residents of these Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC neighborhoods love to do it up, from extravagant decorations and crazy costumes to haunted houses and tons of candy.
We did research and interviewed locals to put together this list of 12 great neighborhoods to trick-or-treat near DC, all of which are sure to put your family in the spooky spirit. For more Halloween fun this month, check out our Halloween Events and Activities Guide for Kids in Washington, DC, our list of top Halloween events in DC for kids and families, and our roundup of where to trunk-or-treat near DC.
Best Northern Virginia Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat Near DC
1. Ashton Heights — Arlington
For decades, the homes on N. Jackson Street have gone all out with Halloween decorations. There's a rusty old hearse driven by a skeleton, an entire house decorated to look like a pirate ship, a clown riding a tricycle, and lots more. And, of course, the candy flows.
Old Town Alexandria is one of the best places to trick-or-treat near DC. Photo by @dccitygirl, from the Visit Alexandria VA Facebook page
2. Old Town Alexandria — Alexandria
With all of its ghost tours and old Colonial houses—some of which are said to be haunted—Old Town is festive enough on its own. But the homeowners on Lee Street take it up a notch with over-the-top decorations, making it one of the best places in the area for trick-or-treating. The street is closed off to traffic to make it extra safe for little ones, and the houses are close together, which means you can visit more of them in a shorter time. When you're finished on Lee Street, you can hit up the stores on King Street, many of which give out candy as well!
3. Middleridge — Fairfax
This Fairfax neighborhood off Ox Road south of George Mason University goes all out for Halloween. Festivities begin before sunset with a costume parade starting at James Haley Drive and and Broadwater Drive, where there's a big haunted house set up, and ending at Middleridge Park, where a food truck awaits. Then the trick-or-treating begins, with lots of decorated houses and fire pits setting the spooky scene.
4. Great Falls
Great Falls hosts an annual Halloween Spooktacular on the Village Green that will take place this year from 5-7pm. Kids age 12 and under can trick-or-treat from local merchants before hitting the neighborhoods for traditional trick-or-treating.
5. The Ponds of Burke Centre — Burke
The Ponds neighborhood is full of families that create a festive atmosphere during Halloween. There are lots of decorated houses, with two in particular that compete to see which can decorate the most. Last year, one of them carved a 400-pound pumpkin into a jack o' lantern with a chainsaw, while its next-door neighbor put out a 20-foot-tall skeleton. And trick-or-treaters can amass quite the candy haul!
Costumed kids flock to Rodgers Forge to trick-or-treat. Photo courtesy of the Rodgers Forge Community Association
Great Maryland Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat Near DC
6. Rodgers Forge — Baltimore
Kids come from miles away to trick-or-treat in this Towson neighborhood just north of Roland Park. Homes are decorated like crazy, and because most of them are townhouses, it's easy to hit up a lot of them in a short time. The Halloween parade that typically takes place each year is also a big draw for many families.
7. Bethesda Overlook — Bethesda
The candy is just a bonus when you trick-or-treat at Bethesda Overlook. Families flock to this condominium complex to see spooky inflatables, light shows, dancing witches, and more creepy Halloween decorations.
8. Fell's Point — Baltimore
This historic neighborhood, which celebrates Baltimore's British nautical roots, is full of decorated homes that welcome trick-or-treaters. Restaurants and stores typically hand out candy as well. To find the festivities, head to the place where Fleet Street, Eastern Avenue, Aliceanna Street, and Thames Street meet.
9. Kentlands — Gaithersburg
Kentlands really does it up on Halloween, with houses decorated with spooky lights, gravestones, skeletons, and other creepy decorations. But don't be scared—the residents welcome trick-or-treaters with smiles and plenty of candy!
Parents can dress up for trick-or-treating on Capitol Hill, too! Photo by Stephen Winick, Flickr
Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat in DC
10. Capitol Hill and East Capitol Street — Washington, DC
Halloween is such a big deal in Capitol Hill that folks who live there and on East Capitol Street plan for thousands of trick-or-treaters each year. The decorations are elaborate, the owners are dressed up, and full-size candy bars abound. With the rowhouses all connected, be sure your kiddo brings a giant treat bag!
11. Chevy Chase — Washington, DC
This historic neighborhood in northwest DC is great for trick-or-treating, especially on Rittenhouse Street NW between Broad Branch Road and Utah Avenue. All of the houses are extravagantly decorated and the homeowners love to hand out candy. The stores on Connecticut Avenue usually pass out treats as well.
This DC residence shows plenty of Halloween spirit. Photo courtesy of Amaury Laporte, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
12. Georgetown — Washington, DC
Thousands of revelers flock to Georgetown on Halloween, where you're bound to see lots of crazy costumes on M Street. But for trick-or-treaters, the narrow side streets between M Street and Wisconsin Avenue are where the candy jackpot lies.