Looking for great Halloween fun in Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland? Over the next few weeks, celebrate Halloween in the DMV and get spooked with these great events and attractions!
Fright Fest at Six Flags America
NOW-November 2nd (weekends only)
Upper Marlboro, MD
Six Flags America brings you Halloween thrills by day and frightening entertainment by night. Daytime activities are family-friendly including a Pumpkin Patch Hay Maze, trick-or-treat trail, Grand Magic Show, costume contest, dance party and much more! When the sun goes down, the ghouls come out, so watch as the park transforms to “Fright by Night.” Activities include scare zones, thrill rides, haunted attractions and eerie shows, called “Monstertainment.” Park activities after 6pm are not recommended for children under 12 and those who scare easily.
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
The amusement park features nine mazes, six scare zones and more than 20 thrilling rides. While the attractions of Halloween Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children will enjoy the all-new Planet Spooky during the day.
NOW-November 2nd (Saturdays & Sundays)
Kings Dominion, Doswell, VA
“It’s all fun and no fear!” Families can enjoy Halloween together with a street party of frightful fun including a petting zoo, foam pit, pumpkin painting and much more! Join Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS’ gang for Character Meet & Treats, a costume parade, Rockin’ Party and more. Activities are from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.
*Contact your concierge about discounted theme park admission*
Nightlife & Entertainment
Nightmare on M Street
Saturday, October 25th, 5pm-1am
Gallery Place & Dupont, Washington, DC
The 15th annual Nightmare on M Street is the East Coast’s largest roaming costume party featuring over 30 DC bars, food & drink specials, costume contests and no cover all night long. Tickets start at $15.
Halloween Howl at The Hamilton
Saturday, October 25th, 8:30pm
Hamilton Live, Washington, DC
Halloween Howl returns to The Hamilton for year 2! Part concert, part Halloween party, this fun filled show features performances of the greatest Halloween hits. Dress in costume and hit the dance floor for a night of music and magic. Tickets range from $20-$25.
Thursday, October 30th, 6:30pm
The Bier Baron Tavern, Washington, DC
Join Dana Fleitman and other comedians on All Hallow’s Eve for an evening full of laughs, good food and great drinks! Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be a prize for best costume. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Purchase your tickets online for $10.
Halloween 2014 at The Maryland Science Center
Friday, October 31st, 8pm-1am
Come dressed in your Halloween best to party for music across 4 unique areas, a costume contest, all of the science exhibits open, and a massive new art gallery space on the second floor. It’s a craft beer bash and costume ball presented by Flying Dog Brewery and The Maryland Science Center. Tickets are $30 (General Admission) and $65 (VIP).
Night of the Living Zoo
Thursday, October 30th, 6:30pm-10:00pm
National Zoo, Washington DC
Wear your best costume and enjoy live music, a costume contest, performance artists (fortune tellers, fire breathers & illusionists), access to animal exhibits after hours, and glow in the dark lawn games You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Tickets range from $20 to $80, discount for FONZ members.
Wednesday, October 30th, 10pm-close
Power Plant Live, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore’s Biggest Halloween Party includes all-inclusive bar and access to every PPL venue! Enjoy live entertainment in all the venues and on the alley stage. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume because over $2,000 in cash prizes will be given away in the costume contests! Tickets are $25.
Haunted Carnival Halloween
Friday, October 31st, 8pm
Power Plant Live, Baltimore, MD
Return to Power Plant Live on Friday night for their Haunted Carnival Halloween! Pose along the red carpet in your costume before entering the costume contest where they will be giving away over $15,000 in cash and prizes! This event is hosted by DJ Jon Boesche & Priestly of Mix 106.5.
Friday, October 31st, 9pm-12am
Pier 4, Washington, DC
Book your DC cruise now!
Enjoy a spooky cruise event on the water with Spirit! The Halloween Boo Cruise features DJ entertainment and haunting late night views beneath the moon. Enjoy tasty treats from the Boo Cruise menu and a cash bar. Come dressed in your Halloween costume to participate in the costume contest. Tickets start at $44.90. Passengers must be 21 and over.
Halloween at Carnegie Library
Friday, October 31st, 9pm-Saturday, November 1st, 1am
Mason Inn, Washington, DC
Enjoy 2 bands, 4 DJs and 4 party areas along with 4 hours of open bar at this weekend-long Halloween party! Must be 21 and over to attend. Tickets range from $70-$95.
Clarendon Halloween Crawl: The Rise of the Day Drinkers
Saturday, November 1st, 2pm-9pm
Registration at Mad Rose or Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington, VA
Come in your best costume for a night of drink specials, party favors and contests. Enjoy Clarendon’s most popular bars for a day of drinking with your favorite ghouls and goblins! Must be 21 or over to participate. Tickets range from $10-$20.
Blood and Guts Run
Saturday, October 25th, 9am
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA
The 3rd Annual Blood & Guts Run is an all-ages event that includes climbing over the Wall of Death, zooming down the Water Slide, and trudging through Blood Filled Foam! The event includes entertainment, food trucks and costume competitions. Benefits Susan G. Komen of Virginia and Maryland.
Silver Spring Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 25th, 9pm
Walk starts at Silgo & Georgia Aves.
The 2014 Silver Spring Zombie Walk is an annual Halloween party held in various venues around Silver Spring, Maryland. People dress as zombies or zombie hunters for the night and celebrate the zombie phenomenon attached to Halloween. Bars and restaurants around Silver Spring offer Zombie Walk specials and there is live music performed for all the zombies to dance to. The event concludes at the AFI Silver Theatre for a special screening of Dead Snow 2.
Halloween Hustle 5K
Saturday, October 25th, 8:30am
Montogmery Village Shopping Center, Gaithersburg, MD
Proceeds from the race will benefit Family Services, INC and The Montgomery Village Rotary Club Foundation. Packet pickup is from 7-8:30am. The 1k Fun Run/Walk Starts at 8:30am and the 5k Race Starts at 9:00am. Stick around after the race for the “I Survived the Halloween Hustle” awards ceremony and festivities including trick-or-treating, a moon bounce, music, and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Entry fees range from $10-$35.
Ghost, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K & Scarescrow Sprint Fun Run
Saturday, October 25th, 4pm
The Barn @ One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
The 5th running of the Ghost, Goblins & Ghouls Spooktacular 5k & Scarecrow Sprint Fun Run are at a new location this year. Runners are encouraged to run in costume and enter the costume contest. Other activities include Halloween themed entertainment, trick or treating and more!
Anthem Wicked 10K and Monster Mile
Saturday, October 25th, 8am
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Hampton Road’s largest Halloween race and party returns to Virginia Beach with the Anthem Wicked 10K and Old Point National Bank Monster Mile presented by Bon Secours in Motion. The 10k begins at 8:00am followed by the Monster Mile at 10:15am. Participants and visitors enjoy live entertainment, food and drinks, costume contests and more!
Sunday, October 26th
Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, Fairfax, VA
Come ready to run and in costume for the 21st annual Goblin Gallop. The 1k Fun Run begins at 8:30am and the 5k Run/Walk begins at 9:00am. All proceeds go to the John Quadrino Foundation to Benefit Children with Cancer.
Spooky Spy Family Night
Friday, October 24th, 6pm-9pm
International Spy Museum, Washington, DC
Get ready for Halloween with exclusive after-hours access to the International Spy Museum. Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, explore all forms of spy trade craft, and enjoy SPY snacks. You can also go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists. Don’t just come in costume; come in disguise as your favorite spy! Recommended for age 5 and up (one adult required for every five KidSpy agents). Tickets are $14 for non-members and include exclusive after-hours admission, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions, and more!
Trick or Treat! at Reston Town Center
Saturday, October 25th, 11am-4pm
Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Take your family to Reston Town Center for trick-or-treating and other goodies at participating retailers as well as the Information Center. Just look for the pumpkin flyer in the window!
Halloween Dueling Piano Show
Saturday, October 25th & November 1st, 1pm
Bobby McKey’s, National Harbor, MD
Dress in your best costume and have the chance to win “Kid-tastic Prizes” at this family-friendly dueling piano show! Tickets are $18 for guests 2 years old and up (Kids 2 and under get in for FREE). Ticket price includes seats and buffet; drinks not included.
Friday, October 24h-Sunday, October 26th, 10am-4pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Parents and kids are encouraged to come in costume with goodie bags in hand to enjoy FREE trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, food and more!
Boo at the Zoo
Friday, October 24h-Sunday, October 26th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
National Zoo, Washington, DC
Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating. Enjoy animal demonstrations, keeper chats and decorated trails at the National Zoo’s annual Halloween celebration. Costumed volunteers will hand out candy and other treats at more than 40 “not-so-spooky” treat stations.
Spooky Science at The Maryland Science Center
Saturday, October 25th, noon-4pm
Visitors and members of all ages are invited to have a thrilling good time for creepy chemistry and mysterious scientific activities and demonstrations. Make gooey, glowing slime, decorate pumpkins, receive trick-or-treat bags, play mummy bowling, and explore mysterious boxes filled with eerie items. Don’t miss Reptiles Alive! at 1pm and 3pm. All activities are free with museum admission.
Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Saturday, October 25th, 2pm-7pm
National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA
Join creepy space aliens, mysterious astronauts and ghostly pilots for safe, indoor trick-or-treating. Visitors will enjoy story times and dress-up in the Tot Zone, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities Pose for a photo with your favorite characters from Star Wars or Ghostbusters. Parking is $15 until 6pm.
Halloween Whodunit at the Kennedy Center
Sunday, October 26th, 2pm & 4pm
NSO Family Concert, Concert Hall
NSO musicians dress up as ghosts, ghouls, and goblins for a “spirited” performance. Come early dressed in your spookiest costume for pre-concert trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” For ages 5 and up. Tickets range from $16-$18. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Performance runs about 60 minutes with no intermission.
Field of Screams
Enter Scream City if you dare! Known as Maryland’s #1 multi-haunt featuring four terrifying attractions: walk through a haunted forest along the Trail of Terror, meet the neglected children of Lusion Manor Orphanage, discover what lurks in the corn on Hades’ Hayride, and fight for your life against zombies in Paintball Apocalypse. Attractions are open every Friday and Saturday through November 1st and on select Thursdays and Sundays.
Step inside Castle Bennett and brace yourself for what you’ll find inside. Three terrifying attractions include Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D and the Sanctuary of Insanity. Celebrating its last season at Blob’s Park, this attraction is recognized by Travel Channel’s Top 10 Best Haunted Houses in the country. Bennett’s Curse is an assault to the senses, packing more film quality props, sets, characters, unique theming and an over the top collection of more giant monsters than any other attraction around. Attractions are open every Thursday through Sunday until November 1st; times vary.
Legends of the Fog
Legends of the Fog is not just one of Maryland’s Best Haunted Attractions, it is a great experience. After completing all three haunts – Haunted Hayride, Sinister Circus and Carsins Manor – stick around and play some of their midway games or grab a bite to eat from Looney’s! Attractions are open every Friday through Sunday ending November 1st and on select Thursdays. Times and pricing vary.
Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking
October 23rd –26th, 30th– 31st & Nov 1st
National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington, DC
What’s spookier than a Halloween program set among real historic criminal artifacts? Open during evening hours for this special seasonal program. Tickets are different than regular museum admission tickets.
Gravensteen’s Haunted House
50 Florida Ave., NE, Washington DC
The haunted house features the spooky story of The Curse of Frau Mueller with 50,000 square feet of scares on 3 floors. A truly haunting experience that is sure to stay with you. Open Friday through Sunday and on select weeknights through November 1st; times vary.