Take a ghostly tour through DC landmarks at Horror on the Hill. Photo by Claudia Rios Phelps
Take a ghostly tour through DC landmarks at Horror on the Hill. Photo by Claudia Rios Phelps

Halloween Weekend Things to Do in DC and Beyond: Parades, Trick-or-Treat, Haunted Fun

Halloween arrives this weekend. DC families: It's time to put those masks and costumes to good use. And, trust us, there are plenty of spots for princes, princesses, and superheroes to show off their outfits 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. Continue with Halloween parades in the city and in Vienna, Va. The more faint of heart might appreciate  a sweet (or should we say sweets?) Halloween night scavenger hunt, a trunk-or-treat in Ashburn, or socially distanced fun and games in Springfield, Va. 

Staying home? Bring a little Halloween excitement into your living room by transforming it into a virtual haunted house with the help of the Netflix Haunts Your House kit.

Even in these challenging times, Halloween events in the DC area tend to sell out. Call ahead or check websites before heading out.

In the meantime, browse through our Fall Fun Guide for great DC-area day trips, hikes, corn mazes, and more seasonal entertainment. You can also check out these great virtual events for kids to do at home. 

Please keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options.

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Georgetown - 10:00 AM Pick
Turtle Talk
Brookside Nature Center - 2:30 PM Pick
Tricky Squirrels
Hidden Oaks Nature Center - various times Pick
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National Building Museum - various times Pick
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