Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, offers a variety of activities for families to celebrate Halloween. Favorites include the spooky and not-so-spooky events to appeal to all ages. Here’s the schedule for 2017. Note, all outdoor events are held weather permitting.
The “Eye Spy” Halloween Train - Cabin John Regional Park - 7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD.
Saturday and Sunday, October 7-29, 2017. Weekday hours are 3 – 8 p.m. and weekends 1 – 8 p.m. Geared to kids ages 8 and under. Passengers will spy items in the woods as they ride through the park. Family Halloween movies are shown every evening.
The Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel - Wheaton Regional Park - 2002 Shorefield Rd Wheaton, MD. Saturday and Sunday, October 7-29, 2017. Hours are 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Suitable for riders ages 8 and older, featuring very scary sights, sounds and creatures. Scary movies are shown every night and snacks will be available for purchase.
Both trains run on the half-hour, and tickets are available for specific departure times each day at www.ParkPass.org (click on “Special Events” in the left-hand menu). Admission is $6 per person; children under age two ride free with a paying adult. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before their departure time, and to bring non-perishable canned food items to either train for their annual food drives.
Halloween Ice Skating
The “Not-So-Spooky” skating sessions take place on a fully lit rink, and feature a costume contest with prizes. Both sessions include treats for all. Cost: $6.50 per person includes admission and skate rental.
Cabin John Ice Rink
10610 Westlake Drive, Rockville, MD
Not-So-Spooky Skate: October 27, 2017, 4:30–6:15pm
Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Not-So-Spooky Skate: October 27, 2017, 4:45– 6:15pm
Halloween at the Nature Centers
Advanced registration is suggested. Visit www.ParkPASS.org
Pumpkin Panache Family Festival
October 27, 2017, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
October 27, 2017, 6:30– 7:30 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD