There is no need to worry if neighborhood trick-or-treating is not on the options list this year. The best alternatives to trick-or-treating in D.C. this year beat going from house to house all night, hands down. Check out some of the best places below for local entertainment that will keep your kids safe and happy this Halloween.
1720 N. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
www.montpelierfarms.comPrice: $10 adults/$8 children 3 to 12/free children 2 and younger
Hours: Sept. 1 to Nov. 4 Fri – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Spookley Pumpkin Movie Screening at Montplier always goes great with the 10-acre corn maze. Ages 3 to 12 are encouraged to attend during the 2012 Fall Festival, which also includes painting pumpkins, hay rides, an animal petting area, pedal karts, a moon bounce and barrel train ride. Montpelier Farms is located just 15 miles east of Washington D.C., which makes for a great family trip.
3001 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20008
www.nationalzoo.si.eduPrice: $30 nonmembers/$20 Friends of the National Zoo members
Hours: Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kids love animals and so does the National Zoo. Get in on special trick-or-treat evenings for fun the whole family will enjoy during Boo at the Zoo. Kids between ages 2 to 12 are invited to come out with their best costumes for a furry night of Halloween fun. Though the zoo is usually free, this ticket includes a bag to fill with yummy treats, treat stations, time with the animals, lessons from the keepers and an array fo fall-themed fun for the whole family.
1401 Constitution Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20227
www.nationalaquarium.orgPrice: $9.95 adults/$4.95 children 3 to 11/free children younger than 3/$8.95 seniors and military
Hours: Oct. 27 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the National Aquarium and get into some underwater Halloween adventures. The aquarium will host an amazing costume contest for the kids, face painting and live music entertainment from spooky pirates. Kids will certainly have a new perspective of the aquarium, especially with the fun and exciting scavenger hunt.
1100 Jefferson Drive
Washington, D.C. 20560
www.discoverytheatre.orgPrice: $8 adults/$6 children/$5 Smithsonian associate member
Hours: Oct. 30 to Oct. 31 – 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The fantastic Discovery Theater which is most known for some of the best live music in the area will host its annual kids Halloween event once again for an educational holiday everyone will love. The activities are geared toward children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old. Discovery Theater will have a pumpkin patch, live music and songs, and Halloween-oriented games.
733 8th St.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Hours: Oct. 29 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Penn Quarter is probably one of the busiest areas in the nation’s capital. To promote building a playground downtown, Calvary Baptist Church is hosting its Halloween parade. Costumed tots and parents are encouraged to participate. There will also be a Halloween Party after the parade with a costume contest and moon bounce as well.