Best Free Halloween Events Near DC for Kids and Families

National Harbor turns spooktacular at Harbor Halloween. Photo courtesy of the National Harbor Facebook page
National Harbor turns spooktacular at Harbor Halloween. Photo courtesy of the National Harbor Facebook page

Halloween doesn’t have to cost money to be memorable. After all, you can put the kiddos in a sheet with holes (a la Charlie Brown) or another homemade costume and go trick-or-treating without spending a dime! But the fun doesn't have to last for only one night. There are so many free Halloween events near DC throughout the month of October to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank. From parades to trunk-or-treats to festivals, these free Halloween events near DC offer a ton of spooky, festive fun for DC families.

For even more spooky and not-so-spooky fun, check out our Halloween Events and Activities Guide for Kids in Washington, DC and our roundup of top Halloween events in DC for kids and families. Happy hauntings!

Places featured in this article:


Floris United Methodist Church

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Burke Nursery and Garden Centre

Deanwood Recreation Center

Great Falls Village Centre

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Witch Wartsmith's Halloween Spooktacular
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park - various times Pick
Ghoul School: Interactive Show
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - various times Pick
National Aquarium Family Sunrise Tour
National Aquarium - 8:15 AM
Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Leesburg Animal Park - 9:30 AM
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