The DC area has a wealth of safe, in-person and virtual Halloween activities, events and festivals for all ages and preferences.
Looking for a spooky good time? Check out these frightfully fun Halloween events and activities in DC, all of which can be enjoyed safely in-person or from the comfort of your own home. If you’re eager to do a little more than trick-or-treating to honor the spookiest of holidays, we’ve got plenty of options for you.
Enjoy a DC ghost tour – Ongoing
This Halloween season, consider a fright-inducing walking ghost tour through Washington, DC. These tours, many of which are year-round, will have you delightfully spooked as you attempt to walk from haunt to haunt in some of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Please observe any safety guidelines provided by the tour company as you book and wear a face covering during your excursion.
Air & Scare At Home – Ongoing
Although the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is not hosting the National Air and Space Museum’s signature Halloween event in-person this year, Smithsonian has provided an array of downloadable activities and challenges, live virtual programming and contests for costumes and pumpkin-decorating (submissions for both contests are due by Oct. 25). A Halloween-themed live chat will be held on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. and on Oct. 30, spooky stories from space and aviation history will be shared on the @airandspacemuseum Instagram account.
Capitol Riverfront Drive-In Movie Series – Through Oct. 30
Kick back and enjoy a movie from your vehicle at the Akridge Lot in Buzzard Point, located next to Audi Field. The last two drive-in screenings are spooktacular: there’s Jordan Peele’s Us (rated R; Oct. 23) and the classic Beetlejuice (Oct. 30). Before the movie, grab some take-out from one of the 60 neighborhood restaurants. Admission is $20 per car, per movie, with all of the funds donated to local charities. Check out Capitol Riverfront’s website for a full list of movies and charities.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Akridge Lot, 1880 2nd Street SW, Washington, DC 20003
Sunset Cinema at The Wharf – Through Oct. 30
Nothing beats watching the sunset on the water, right? Think again. Enjoy Halloween classics Hocus Pocus (Oct. 22 & 23) and Beetlejuice (Oct. 29 & 30) with popcorn and beer on the Transit Pier big screen during Sunset Cinema at The Wharf, held in partnership with Cantina Bambina and Pacifico Beer on Thursdays and Fridays. To participate, all guests must reserve a private cabana at Cantina Bambina in advance and must be over 21 years of age.
8 p.m. (Seating available at 7:30 p.m.) | Reserve
13 Days of Halloween at Wunder Garten – Through Oct. 31
Now that Oktoberfest is in the rearview, DC's Wunder Garten has turned its attention to Halloween. Through the end of the month, you can enjoy Halloween-themed drink specials, festive decorations, trivia and movie nights and a socially distanced monster bash, which is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 24. Outdoor fire pits and heaters will be arranged to help keep you warm. Please ensure you wear a mask when not eating or drinking and maintain a safe social distance from others.
Monday – Thursday: 4-11 p.m. | Friday: 3-11 p.m. | Saturday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Register
Wunder Garten, 1101 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Park Up DC – Through Oct. 31
Now would be an ideal time to enjoy a drive-in movie, right? Events DC and Broccoli City have teamed up to bring you this pop-up event at RFK Campus Lot 5 on weekends through Halloween night. Enjoy a 45-foot HD LED digital screen and pre-paid delivery food from local food trucks. The event follows all social distancing guidelines, including the necessity of facial coverings – make sure to visit the event’s FAQ page for full clarity on the policies. Peruse the Halloween movie lineup, which includes Hocus Pocus, Vampire in Brooklyn, Beetlejuice, Shaun of the Dead, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Goosebumps and more. Purchase your tickets online – each evening features multiple showings. Note that double features are encouraged and you will not be required to leave your designated 15 ft. x 20 ft. parking space in between screenings.
More Info | Tickets
Screenings begin at 7 p.m.
RFK Campus Lot 5
Six Flags Hallowfest presented by Snickers – through Nov. 1
Prepare for two different kinds of Halloween celebrations at Six Flags America this fall. During the day, Hallowfest offers family-friendly activities, including corn mazes, Halloween-themed shows and attractions and the popular Trick-or-Treat Trail. By night, Six Flags morphs into a place fit for frights. You can ride coasters in total darkness, enjoy tasty treats and embrace an atmosphere outfitted with creepy fog, eerie lightning and devilish music. All guests over the age of three are required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth throughout their time in the park. For more info regarding COVID-19 protocols and tickets, visit Six Flags’ website.
Select Fridays: 5-10 p.m. | Saturdays & Sundays: 1-9 p.m. | Tickets
Six Flags America, 13710 Central Avenue, Bowie, MD 20721
PumpkinPalooza – Oct. 21-30
NoMa celebrates Halloween with a mix of socially distant, in-person activities and virtual festivities this fall. From Oct. 21-23, the neighborhood will host three locations for free pumpkin pick-up, in addition to decorating supplies and seasonal goodies! We’ve listed the locations below; you can register for a specific location and time slot to aid in social distancing and please, wear a mask. From Oct. 21-26, make sure to post your decorated pumpkins and Halloween costumes on Facebook and tag @NoMaBID with the hashtag #NoMaPumpkinPalooza to enter their online competitions (prizes will be awarded). Winners will be announced online from Oct. 27-30.
More Info | Reserve
Pumpkin pick-up days and locations
Wednesday, Oct. 21: 2-6 p.m. at REI Plaza, 201 M Street NE
Thursday, Oct. 22: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Qualia Coffee, 151 Harry Thomas Way
Friday, Oct. 23: 2-6 p.m. at Union Square, 999 North Capitol Street
The Pumpkin Extravaganza – Oct. 24
Head to The Bullpen the Half Street Fairgrounds for this fall-flavored soiree. Tables will be arranged six feet apart to comply with social distancing guidelines, and tables can fit up to six people. Admission grants you unlimited samples of exclusive beers and ciders, as well as decorating kits for pumpkins and Halloween masks, trick-or-treat bags, giveaways, table games, a cider donut eating contest and more. Two sessions are available. Please wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
1-4 p.m. & 5-8 p.m. | Tickets
The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds, 1201 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Halloween Hunt at the Mansion on O – Oct. 25-31
Visiting the wondrous Mansion on O & O Street Museum is quite the experience, especially when you journey through the historic venue on a scavenger hunt. View the Mansion in its finest Halloween attire as you search through its many themed rooms and secret doors for seasonal and Halloween-themed prizes. You can also bring along your own shopping bag and purchase goodies from the mansion. Face coverings are required and can be supplied upon arrival and social distancing guidelines must be followed.
The Mansion on O & O Street Museum, 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Halloween To-Go for Kids and Canines – Oct. 30
Stop by the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown for a to-go box of Halloween treats for children and your family’s canine companions! If the crew shows up in costume, you can be entered for a chance to win great prizes like an overnight stay at the hotel or dinner. Families will pick up their boxes from the hotel’s driveway and will be greeted by Georgie, Fairmont’s own canine ambassador, in costume. All treats are house-made by the hotel’s executive pastry chef A.J. Thalakkat and chef Jason Rowley. Once your order is placed (deadline is Oct. 25), call the hotel to schedule your pick-up time.
4-6 p.m. | Order
Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown, 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Hook Hall Halloween Happy Hour – Oct. 31
Passport Poppin’ presents this holiday happy hour at the beloved Hook Hall on Georgia Avenue NW in the District. Cabanas can be booked in advance for 2-6 guests. Each table will receive a free bottle of champagne in addition to table service (food costs not included in pricing) and exclusive drink deals, including $5 Mimosas and Hook Hall Lagers and $7 cocktails and mulled apple ciders. Make sure to dress appropriately, as the event will be held entirely outdoors – the best costume can win up to $100. Games and giveaways are also on the docket. Please maintain social distance and wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
12-2:30 p.m. | Tickets
Hook Hall, 3400 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010
Halloween at Opaline Bar & Brasserie Patio – Oct. 31
Specially priced and straight up spooky cocktails and mocktails will be available during this Halloween celebration at Opaline, located at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square. The cocktail roster includes a witches brew spiced mezcal mule, while the mocktail lineup offers steaming vampire punch, among other concoctions. During your socially distanced visit, you will be serenaded by the sounds of electric violinist Jason Labrador, provided by Bialek’s Music. Reservations are suggested and face coverings are required when not eating or drinking.
7-9 p.m. | Reserve
Opaline Bar & Brasserie, 806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Virtual Eighties Mayhem – 80s Halloween Dance Party – Oct. 31
Prep the living room for costumed dancing on Halloween night, courtesy of this three-hour live stream from The Black Cat. DJs Steve EP, Missguided and Killa K will be on the ones and twos for this Beetlejuice-themed extravaganza, which will feature a playlist of absolute jams from the 1980s. Make sure to break out your freakiest costume and liveliest dance moves for this from-home fun time.
9 p.m. | Free | Watch on Twitch
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