When Halloween comes around, Washingtonians like to get their spook on. Although nothing can be scarier than a politician, here are the best neighborhoods to score the goods when you’re out trick-or-treating.
225 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Many of Washington’s movers and shakers live in Capitol Hill. Going door to door at the townhomes is a sure-fire way to fill those bags with some of the best candy in town. But when you’ve finished going door to door, check out the Halloween activities at the Eastern Market up the road. Hilloween, as it’s called, is a Halloween party where kids can get food and drink in the historical Eastern Market area. Many people flock to the Eastern Market, so the costume watching is some of the best in town.
Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
The world is represented in the Nation’s Capital and luckily, most embassies are down Massachusetts Avenue Northwest in an area called Embassy Row that stretches from the Vice President’s home to Dupont Circle. Each respective embassy opens its doors to trick-or-treaters and invites them to explore the cultures of their own native country. Perfect for older kids or those with an insatiable curiosity for the world, the Embassy Row Trick-or-Treat is an exciting evening for kids of all ages. It’s also a popular place for college students to get their candy as well.
M St. & Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Halloween in Georgetown can be a real nightmare on M Street. Throngs of Washingtonians and visitors pile into the area to walk the streets and people watch. Traffic is difficult to get through, especially if you need to cross the Key Bridge, but it is a sight to behold. For those with younger children, it’s best to keep off of M Street and head north a bit to O Street or P Street for door-to-door trick-or-treating without the crowds. M Street shuts down to traffic as the evening gets underway, so plan accordingly.
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
On October 25, 26 and 27, the National Zoo turns into the ultimate Halloween event where kids ages two to 12 can trick-or-treat in the zoo. There are more than 30 treat stations through the windings paths, so kids can sample snacks and treats as they walk through all the exhibits. There’s even a train ride on the Boo Express. It’s a great way for kids to enjoy trick-or-treating and check out all the amazing costumes in a safe environment. Trick or Treating runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
221 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Rich in history and architecture, Old Town Alexandria lends itself to the perfect Halloween night. With the brick-layered sidewalks and colonial-style homes, this door-to-door trick-or-treating spot is a popular place to head in Northern Virginia. Many of the shops along King Street will offer candy and, if the kids are feeling adventurous enough, try one of the ghost tours that are led by candlelight and talk of the ghosts that haunt local establishments to this very day.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.