Halloween Weekend Things to Do in DC with Kids: Trick-or-Treat, Air & Scare, Pumpkin Patch Train Ride

The beloved Air & Scare event at the Udvar-Hazy Center is back! This year it will take place outside. Photo courtesy of airandspace.si.edu
The beloved Air & Scare event at the Udvar-Hazy Center is back! This year it will take place outside. Photo courtesy of airandspace.si.edu

Looking for the best things to do in DC this Halloween weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Halloween is finally here! It's time to put those masks and costumes to good use at some kid-friendly Halloween events and activities in DC and its surrounding areas. And, trust us—there are plenty of spots for princes, princesses, and superheroes to show off their outfits all weekend long, as you can see from our packed events calendar.

Start with a ghostly tour of the Capitol area or a walk through Alexandria's graveyards. The more timid ghosts and ghouls might appreciate a sweet (or should we say sweets?) Halloween-night scavenger hunt, a Halloween festival in Bethesda, or a ride on the Pumpkin Patch Express in Baltimore.

If you're planning to trick-or-treat on October 31, we suggest one of these 10 great neighborhoods. You can also try trick-or-treating in the pool or on ice, or from the comfort of your vehicle at a drive-thru trunk-or-treat!

Halloween activities and events in the DC area tend to sell out, so be sure to call ahead or check websites before heading out.

Don’t miss our lists of the top Halloween eventsbest pumpkin patches, and the best things to do in Washington, DC in October with kids.

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Columbia Heights Community Center

Raymond Recreation Center

Emery Heights Community Center

Falls Church Community Center

The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex

Silver Spring Veterans Plaza

St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Great Falls Village Centre
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