Top Halloween Events in DC for Kids and Families in 2022

Show off your Halloween costumes at Harbor Halloween. Photo courtesy of National Harbor
Show off your Halloween costumes at Harbor Halloween. Photo courtesy of National Harbor

Bring on the candy, the jack o' lanterns, and the costumes—it's time for Halloween! With so many fun Halloween events in DC, there are lots of ways to celebrate this festive season. The DC area has everything from fall festivals and corn mazes to apple picking and fall train rides. There are also plenty of pumpkin patches near DC to find that perfect pumpkin to decorate your front porch.

But sometimes you want to go all-in on Halloween. When that happens, round up your young witches and ghouls and head out to one of these top Halloween events in DC in 2022. And don't forget to check out our Fall Fun Guide for Washington, DC Families for more autumn activities!

Additional reporting by Christine Mooney, Meredith Kiryakov, and Jennifer Marino Walters

Places featured in this article:


Falls Church Community Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Great Falls Village Centre

Gary J. Arthur Community Center

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Imagination Stage - 10:45 AM Pick
Festival of Trees
Maryland State Fairgrounds - 10:00 AM Pick
ZooLights at the National Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 5:00 PM Pick
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