Where to Trunk-or-Treat Near DC for Halloween (for Free!)

This trunk was voted Most Festive at the 2021 Towson Trunk-or-Treat. Photo courtesy of the event
This trunk was voted Most Festive at the 2021 Towson Trunk-or-Treat. Photo courtesy of the event

While trick-or-treating on Halloween is a rite of passage for kids, it's not without its downsides. First, it happens only on one day out of the year. Second, traipsing around the neighborhood can be quite tiring for little superheroes and princesses. Luckily for DC-area kids, there is an alternative—free trunk-or-treats! This year there are plenty of places to trunk-or-treat near DC on different days in both Maryland and Northern Virginia, offering kids plenty of opportunities to collect more candy—and wear their Halloween costumes.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, trunk-or-treats are events at which organizations, groups, or individuals decorate the trunks of their cars with fun Halloween displays. Kids can visit each trunk and receive candy and other goodies.

Read on for our list of free events where kids can trunk-or-treat near DC. For more Halloween fun, check out our Halloween Events and Activities Guide for Washington, DC Kids and our list of the best free Halloween events near DC for kids and families.

XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness
National Children's Museum - 9:30 AM Pick
Play & Explore Mondays at Anacostia Library
Anacostia Library - 10:00 AM Pick
Storytime in the Reading Garden
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - 11:00 AM Pick
Family Story Time at Cleveland Park Library
Cleveland Park Library - various times Pick
Let's Learn Circuits Online Camp
Zoom - Online - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides