Best of October: Halloween Events, Fall Festivals, and More Things To Do in DC with Kids

May the best pumpkin win at the Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of the Montgomery Village Foundation
May the best pumpkin win at the Pumpkin Race & Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of the Montgomery Village Foundation

Time for all things pumpkins, apples, and ghosts! October is packing a spooky punch in DC with the return of Boo at the Zoo and Air & Scare, lots of Halloween events, and many other fun things to in DC with kids. There are also tons of fall festivals happening, including Old Bowie Celebrates! and the Turkish Festival.

If live theater excites your family, two shows are coming to Imagination Stage this month: In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson and S.P.I.E.S. 2: Flight of the Hawk. Looking for a chance to get into the Halloween spirit early? Watch Ghostbusters at Lincoln's Cottage.

Find more October fun in our fall bucket list for DC kids, our list of great places to go apple picking near DC, and our roundup of the best pumpkin patches near DC for kids and families.

We’re adding more events to our family activity calendar every day, so don’t forget to check it frequently.

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Places featured in this article:


Wisconsin Ave. between Tenley Circle and Western Ave.

Chestnut Ave. & 9th St.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Season's Greenings at US Botanic Garden
United States Botanic Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
ZooLights at the National Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
Georgetown GLOW
Georgetown - 5:00 PM Pick
Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo
Maryland Zoo - 5:00 PM Pick
Snowy Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights
Regency Furniture Stadium - 6:00 PM Pick
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