‘Spooktacular’ Events in D.C. Area
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Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, but if one night is not enough for you to celebrate the terrifying holiday, you’re in luck. Several events will be held in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia through November to help you get your spook on.
Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel
Location: Wheaton Regional Park in Silver Spring, Md.
Hours of Operation: Thursday-Wednesday, Oct. 24-30
Events: Train and carousel will both run from 6-9 p.m. each scheduled night. Trains depart every 30 minutes.
Admission: $5 and a can of food (Ages 8 and up)
Boo at the Zoo
Location: National Zoo in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 25-27, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Events: “Enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with your tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. Take a ride on our Conservation Carousel!”
Admission: Ages 2-12 can trick or treat at National Zoo. Limited tickets available at ticketmaster.com
Annual Hallowmarine at the National Aquarium
Location: National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26 and 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Events: “Scare-venger hunt,” a costume parade, Halloween-themed crafts, underwater pumpkin-carving
Admission: Tickets free with cost of admission (Costumes encouraged)
Air and Scare
Location: National Air and Space Museum in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26, 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Events:”Kids can take part in indoor trick-or-treating, spooky science experiments, a puppet show, and hands-on activities at Spook-tivitiy Stations. For the wee ones, there’s a Tot Zone where kids can play dress-up, hear a story, and participate in crafts.”
Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Location: Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va.
Hours of Operation: Sept 28-October 31, 2013
Events: “Pick pumpkins, cheer on the fastest piglet, smash pumpkins with P-Rex, get lost in our corn maze and have your little princess meet the Pumpkin Princess. And don’t forget those freshly made Cider Donuts!”
Admission: $8/child and $10/adult Weekdays; $10/child and $12/adult Weekends; Children 2 and under, military families with ID and CSA and Fan Members free
Location: Glen Echo Park
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26, 1-4 p.m.
Events: “Kids can decorate pumpkins, get their face painted, and take part in other crafts. Families can stroll through the park’s studios and galleries, including Glen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, and more”
Admission: Free (certain activities cost $1-$20)
Trick or Treat with the Boutiques
Location: Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Events: More than 30 boutiques are participating and will be handing out treats for safe trick-or-treating
Get Spooky with the Library for Halloween
Location: D.C. Public Libraries
Hours of Operation: Now through Oct. 31 (Times of events vary – see website for schedule)
Events: “Create crafts and learn how to do gory Halloween makeup at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, gear up for the Halloween movie marathon at the Tenley-Friendship Library, or make your way through a haunted house at the Francis A. Gregory Library.”
National Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular
Location: Kennedy Center in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 27, performances are at 1 and 3 p.m.
Events: Wear your costumes for “the ‘spirited’ (60 min.) performance that includes Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, the ‘Ritual Fire Dance’ from Manuel de Falla’s ballet score El amor bruno, a selection from John’s Williams’s score for Harry Potter, and more.”
Admission: tickets range from $15 to $18.
Kids and Candy Event at the Crime Museum
Location: Crime Museum in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 27, from 1-5 p.m.
Events: “Festivities include a regular museum tour, a police academy activity sheet, McGruff the Crime Dog appearances, fingerprint identification cards, and candy.”
Admission: $10 per costumed child and $10 for adults
Halloween in Downtown Frederick
Location: Downtown Frederick, Md.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m.
Events: “The town welcomes families to participate in pumpkin-painting, trick-or-treating, and games such as the Find Freddy’s Body Parts game. If you want a spooky thrill, stop by Flights of Fancy’s haunted house.”
Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration
Location: Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26, 2-4 p.m.
Events: “Maybe your dog will win the costume contest (prizes for best overall costume, most original, cutest, spookiest, and best owner/dog costume combo)”
Admission: $15 per dog with 1-2 owners; suggested donation applies to additional guests. $10 for dogs of Hillwood members
The Exorcist with director William Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty Evening Film Screening
Location: Smithsonian National Museum of American History in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: tickets $40-$50
Back from the Dead: Silver Spring, Md. Zombie Walk
Location: Silver Spring, Md.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26; Gathering time: 8 p.m. Walk Starts: 9 p.m. at Sligo Avenue and Georgia Avenue
Events: Dress up as zombies and parade through the streets of Silver Spring. Ends with a screening of “Return of the Living Dead” at the AFI Silver Theatre
Cox Farms’ Fields of Fear
Location: 15621 Braddock Road in Centreville, Va.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 25 and 26, 7:30-11 p.m.
Events: Attractions include hayride, zombie zoo and more
Admission: Tickets range from $13-19
Fright at the Museum
Location: The Crime Museum 575 7th St. NW Washington, D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 24-26 and 31, tours from 7-9:30 p.m.
Events: Dead Men Walking event includes a creepy tour of the museum as it “morphs from a storage house of criminal artifacts into a hunting ground for the criminally insane”
Admission: Ages 17 and up. Tickets are $30 (now on sale for $20)
Alexandria’s Haunted Dine Around and Ghost and Graveyard Tour
Locations: vary for dining; 21 King St. for tour: both events take palce in historic Old Town Alexandria
Hours of Operation: Now – Nov. 30 (see website for specific tour times)
Events: “You’ll follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria’s historic district known as Old Town. You’ll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Each tour is a one-hour, six-block walk. At the tour’s end your guide will abandon you in a graveyard!”
Admission: This tour is by appointment only. Call 202-683-8847 to book.
Location: 18031 Central Park Circle in Boyds, Md.
Hours of Operation: Now – Nov. 2, Fri.-Sun. and Halloween Day
Events: “One of the DMV’s most popular Halloween attractions, Nightmare Screamplex offers some truly horrifying and fun times. Visit their haunted forest, paintball shooting range, haunted asylum or one of the many other frightening gems they’ve arranged all for you.”
Admission: For more information and ticket sales. Call 301-948-3141 or visit their site.
Spirit of Washington BOO CRUISE
Location: 600 Water St. SW Washington, D.C. 20024
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26. Board at 9 p.m. Cruise: 9:30 p.m.-12:05 a.m.
Events: “A Halloween party unlike any other. We’ve got food, entertainment and haunting late-night views of D.C. beneath the moon. Featuring a special Boo Cruise menu.”
Admission: $44.90 per adult. All passengers must be 21 or older with ID. Costumes encouraged
D.C. Drag Queen Race
Location: 17th St., between P and S Streets NW near Dupont Circle
Hours of Operation: Oct. 29. Race begins at 9 p.m. Participants gather as early as 6 p.m.
Events: “Each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate outfits and race down 17th Street.”
Nightmare on M Street
Location: Various bars between Dupont Circle and Farragut Square in D.C.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Events: “Nightmare on M Street bills itself as D.C.’s largest costumed pub crawl and is a fixture in Halloweentown local life. This annual event will feature a midnight costume contest, have insane food and drink specials, and 30+ DC bars to crawl in and around, including staples The Front Page, Maddy’s and McFadden’s. Specials include $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons and $4 Bacardi drinks.”
Admission: Tickets currently $30, with prices increasing closer to the event
Tulip Gulch Productions and the Bowie Baysox Present: Nightmares
Location: Bowie Baysox Stadium in Bowie, Md.
Hours of Operation: Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1-2. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Events: Haunted house tour
Admission: Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $17.00 on the day of the show
Annual Graveyard Jam at Hard Rock Cafe
Location: Hard Rock Cafe 999 E St. NW Washington, DC 20004
Hours of Operation: Oct. 26, 9 p.m.
Events: “Sponsored by Things To Do DC. One of the largest Halloween events in DC. Lots of prizes and giveaways are given through out the night. Plus, everyone enjoys the DJ, dancing, party games, caricaturist and costume party. Top prize for best overall costume is a trip to the Caribbean”
Admission: 21 and older. Tickets are $30 at the door and $15 tickets are available for a limited time online. Costumes preferred, but not required
Mansion on O Street Halloween Party
Location: 2020 O St. NW Washington, DC 20036
Hours of Operation: Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
Events: “The Halloween costume party will have a cash bar along with music, dancing, costume contests and games. Prizes will be given away for different costume categories. Party guests are encouraged to explore the historic mansion’s 100 rooms and 32 secret doors throughout the night.”
Admission: Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations are required
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