Best Halloween Events 2016 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia

Haunted Houses, Pumpkin Patches and Trick-or-Treating

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Looking for some great Halloween fun in the Washington, DC Area? During the month of October, celebrate Halloween and get spooked at a haunted house, romp around a pumpkin patch or go on a haunted city tour or through a haunted forest in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.

Various Halloween Events, this page
Haunted Houses and Trails, see page 2

Fright Fest at Six Flags America
September 24- October 31, 2016.

Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Enjoy the spooky attractions and shows at one of the Washington, DC Area’s largest Halloween celebrations. Enjoy a family friendly event with street entertainment, your favorite rides in the dark and a special trick-or-treat trail just for kids.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
September 30 - October 30, 2016. Doswell, Virginia. The amusement park features ten mazes, six scare zones and more than 20 thrilling rides. While the attractions of Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children will enjoy the all-new Planet Snoopy during the day, featuring Halloween family-favorite activities, including a hay maze, pumpkin painting, the chance to get behind the wheel of a pedal tractor, live entertainment and more.

Boo at the Zoo
October 21-23, 2016, 5:30-8:30 p.m. National Zoo, Washington, DC. Visit bats, spiders, owls, and other animals at the zoo while trick-or-treating.

Enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, festive decorations, and haunted trails at the annual National Zoo’s Halloween celebration. Costumed volunteers will hand out candy at more than 40 treat stations.

Night of the Living Zoo
October 28, 2016, 6:30 - 10 p.m. National Zoo, Washington DC. Wear your best costume while enjoying the zoo by moonlight.

Experience bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. This is an adults-only event.

Pumpkin Patches in the Washington DC Area
Find the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals in the DC area, including Maryland and Virginia. Enjoy family-friendly farm activities and enjoy the Halloween and fall harvest season.

Corn Mazes in Maryland and Virginia
In recent years, this has become a favorite family fun way to celebrate the Halloween season. Stroll through a giant corn maze and find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map.

Ghost Tours in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Take a guided walking tour and hear ghost stories and legends about infamous haunted places such as Lafayette Square Park, Historic Alexandria or downtown Annapolis. Find ghost tours around the region.

Raven’s Night
October 22, 2016, The Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria, VA. The unique Halloween event includes three distinct shows woven into one: mesmerizing world-class dance performances at Cabaret Melancholia; a dinner concert featuring live music at Salon Lunaire; and a pre-show event combining an alternative World’s Fair-styled exposition and sideshow including the magic of Eric Henning, sideshow performances by Charlie Artful and Tarot card reading at the All Hallow’s Eve Exposition.

DC Drag Queen Race
October 25, 2016. A crowd gathers in Dupont Circle for an informal street parade and race of costumed drag queens. This is one of the most popular local Halloween events. See photos and details.

Halloween Costume Parties in Washington, DC for Adults
For adults ages 21 and over. Gather your friends and get creative and dress up for a night of fun and frolicking. Find the details of nightclub events.

Halloween Parades Around the Washington DC Area
Get in the spirit of the season and check out the season’s most popular and creative costumes. Many communities around the region host a parade to encourage kids to show off their costumes.

Costume Contests for Your Dog in the Washington DC Area
Do you like to dress your pet up for Halloween? The Washington DC area hosts many costume contests for you and your dog.

Air & Scare at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
October 22, 2016, 2-7 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia. Join creepy space aliens, mysterious astronauts and ghostly pilots for safe, indoor trick-or-treating. Visitors will enjoy story times, face-painting stations, hands-on activities, free screenings of an episode of “The Jetsons” in the Imax Theater, karaoke, simulation games and robotics demonstrations.

Blood and Guts Run
October 22, 2016, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. The event includes bands, food trucks, costume competitions, a DJ dance party, and a wild 5k zombie obstacle course.

Halloween Trains at Montgomery Parks
Weekends throughout October. Montgomery Parks offers two different Halloween-themed train rides; a fun and festive ride (geared to ages 8 and under) at Cabin John Regional Park and a very scary option (for ages 8 and up) at Wheaton Regional Park. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food items for drives at each location.

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Each October, the Washington DC area is crawling with creepy characters at a variety of haunted houses and haunted trails. The following is a roundup of the best events this season.

Haunted Attractions in Washington DC

Scream City - RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street. SE Washington DC. Open every Friday and Saturday October 7-November 5, 2016 and most Thursdays and Sundays. Two indoor haunted attractions: Slaughter Factory and Exorcism Estate will keep you screaming all night long.

This event is presented by the same company as the popular Field of Screams in Olney, MD.

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. 2016 Dates to Be Announced. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Rebound to support disabled soldiers’ active, athletic lifestyles.

Haunted Attractions in Maryland

Markoff’s Haunted Forest
Calleva Farm, 19120 Martinsburg Rd. Dickerson, Maryland. Get spooked at this Halloween event near Poolesville, Maryland. Markoff’s Haunted Forest has been rated the #1 Halloween attraction by Channel 7 (ABC). The Enchanted Forest, a not scary Halloween attraction designed especially for younger children. The scenes are well lit and recommended for children aged 8 years and under. Open weekends through October.

Field of Screams
OBGC Community Park, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road (Route 108), Olney, Maryland.

Celebrate Halloween with 4 terrifying haunts in one location. Take a 30 min walk on the TRAIL OF TERROR and a tour of the new HAUNTED TRAIL, try a ride on the HADES' HAYRIDE or checkout the NIGHTMARES 3D HAUNTED HOUSE. September 23-November 5, 2016, Fridays and Saturdays and select Thursdays and Sundays.

Haunted Attractions in Northern Virginia

Cox Farms Fields of Fear
15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia. Fields of Fear is Cox Farms scary night-time adventure. It features Cornightmare℠walkthrough cornfield terrors, Dark-Side hayride, a giant slide by torchlight, firegrounds, shopping, food, games, and entertainment. Not recommended for children less than 12 years of age. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Open Friday and Saturday nights, September 23 through November 5, 2016, 7:30-11 p.m. (last admission 10 p.m.) See Photos of Cox Farms Fields of Fear

Shocktober at Paxton Manor
601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, Virginia. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October 2016, 7-10 p.m. The haunted tour is interactive and extremely scary. (not recommended for children under 13). There are refreshments, concessions, and live music for people to enjoy after their ghostly encounter.

Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods
Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA. Open Fridays and Saturdays in October , Gates open at 7 -11 p.m. Grand Opening is Oct 8th & 9th (Grand Opening Weekend admission discount) Oct 14th & 15th "Scream for the Cure" Wristband sales and portion of the ticket sales goes to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Wicked-woods Haunted Forest
I-95, Exit 118 - Thornburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The outdoor attractions include a haunted manor, an insane asylum and a quarter mile trail into the deep woods. Get spooked by terrifying scenes, animatronics, movie quality sets and props and professional makeup. The haunted forest is not recommended for young children. Fridays and Saturdays in October 2016, 7-10 p.m.

Haunted Hollow
8275 Maple Tree Lane, Warrenton, Virginia. The haunted attraction features stories at an old abandoned farm. Fridays and Saturdays, September 30-October 29, 2016.

Route 29 Haunted Cornfield
Buckland Farm Market, 4484 Lee Highway, Warrenton, VA (540) 341-4739. Open on Friday and Saturday nights during October, from 7-10 p.m.  Attractions include a 20 minute walk around the Haunted Farm, Hayrides, Moon Bounce, Pumpkin Patch and lots more.

Not recommended for children under 10.  

The Death Trail
16120 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, VA. The half mile trail takes visitors through some of the scariest woods in Prince William County. Fridays and Saturdays, October 14-29, and Sunday and Monday, October 30-31, 2016.

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