Halloween in Washington DC
Things to do in Washington DC for Halloween:
Fright Fest at Six Flags America
Fright Fest Six Flags America is an amazing locale for Halloween which is chock full of shows, attractions and rides. Six Flags is open October 3-31, and November 1, 2009 and has family activities, street entertainment and trick or treating for a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
Boo at the Zoo
Annually held event “Boo at the Zoo” is full of spooky animals like owls, spiders and bats where visitors can trick or treat at The National Zoo while admiring surrounding creatures. Animal experts also present mini lectures and talks while visitors enjoy haunted trails, festive décor and animal encounters. The event runs from 5:30-8:30p.m. on October 23-25, 2009 and volunteers will hand out candy at more than 40 treat stations all across the zoo.
Night of the Living Zoo
(October 30. 2009; 8p.m.-midnight; National Zoo, Washington, D.C.)
This adult only Halloween costume party includes a costume contest, live music and a few well placed scares.
Greenbelt Pumpkin Walk and Carving Festival
(October 23 & 24, 2009; Greenbelt, Maryland)
Enjoy jack o’lantern carving while listening to live musical entertainment, followed by a nighttime pumpkin-lit wooded trail walk perfect for the entire family.
Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
(National Air and Space Museum; Chantilly, VA; October 24, 2009, 2p.m.-8 p.m.)
Join creepy space aliens, mysterious astronauts and ghostly pilots for some fun indoor trick-or-treating where visitors can enjoy face painting, story time, movie screenings of “The Jetsons” in Imax, karaoke, games and robotics demonstrations.
Vienna Halloween Parade
(October 28, 2009, 7 p.m. Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Branch Road to Center St.; Vienna, Virginia)
The Vienna Halloween Parade in Vienna, Virginia is an event that unites the entire community to showcase Halloween costumes. This year’s theme is “Vienna Celebrating Community Service” and celebrates key figures who have helped the community of Vienna in 2008-09.
Watson Adventures Halloween Scavenger Hunts
(October 24, 2009; Ages 7 & up)
Fright at the White House Family Scavenger Hunt for Kids teaches visitors about the creepy stories of ghosts who have roamed the halls of the White House and other buildings in the area while asking tricky questions along the way.
Family Friendly Halloween Movie Nights
(October 29 & October 30, 2009; 5:30-9p.m.; Madame Tussauds Wax Museum; 1001 F Street, NW. Washington DC)
Come out to ‘cine-wax’ movie nights in costume at Madame Tussauds which will screen Addams Family on October 29 and Monster House on October 30, with a special admission rate of $10 for each night. Concessions and other ghoulish treats will be served and visitors will also be able to explore attractions and take photos with historical and pop-culture wax figures. Screenings begin at 7p.m. sharp!
Washington DC International Horror Film Festival
(October 22-25, 2009. Opening Night (Oct. 21) at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD)
The remainder of the festival will be screening films at Cinema Arts Theatre and The Fair City Mall, (9650 Main St., Fairfax, VA). The festival includes 42 new short films and features a number of creepy creatures like ghouls, goblins, ghosts and vampires. Come by for a Halloween scare, see schedule below for more details!
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror- Fri, Oct 30, 7:00, 9:30 p.m.
Two Thousand Maniacs- Wed, Oct 21, 9:00 p.m.
An American Werewolf in London- Tues, Oct 20, 9:30; Wed, Oct 21, 7:00; Fri, Oct 23, 9:45; Sat, Oct 24, 12:00 midnight; Tues, Oct 27, 9:30; Thurs, Oct 29, 9:30
Werewolf of London- Sun, Oct 25, 9:30; Mon, Oct 26, 7:00
The Wolfman- Sun, Oct 25, 8:00; Mon, Oct 26, 8:45
Shaun of the Dead- Sat, Oct 24, 10:00; Sat, Oct 31, 9:45 R.
The Howling- Sat, Oct 31, 12:00 midnight; Sun, Nov 1, 9:30; Tues, Nov 3, 8:45
Wolfen- Mon, Nov 2, 9:20; Wed, Nov 4, 9:20
Historic Halloween Spectacular
(Saturday, October 24, 2009; 10a.m.- noon; Tudor Place Historic House and Garden; 1644 31st Street, NW)
Bring your family to celebrate a historic Halloween at Tudor Place where children can participate in games, crafts, pumpkin painting, story telling and a costume parade. Costumed interpreters will also help kids create spooky and delicious Halloween treats.