What is there to do for Halloween in or near Washington DC?

Washington DC is mostly known for its politics, but even these politicos like to throw on a costume and get into some mischief on Halloween. There are several in-town Halloween events, as well as some that are a short, but worth the effort, trek outside the city. There are plenty of events for kids as well as “big kids.” There are even “big kid” events not geared toward the college-aged crowd (i.e. those of you wanting to have a good time without getting too wild). There are also several ghost tours in DC as well as historic Alexandria to chose from.

If you’re looking for something to do in the city, you can try Boo at the Zoo from October 26th-28th. Basically, you can go trick-or-treating at the National Zoo in costume and all proceeds raised from Boo at the Zoo go toward funding the Zoo’s conservation science and animal care programs. This event is both little and “big kid” friendly.

Outside the city there are a slew of pumpkin patch picking hay rides, corn mazes with festivals, and an area-local favorite- Markoff’s Haunted Forrest. It’s a famous around these parts and draws quite a few visitors from far and wide. There are two trails through the forest, both equally as frightening. In years past there have been killer clowns with chainsaws, zombies, the frightening girl who crawls out of the television in the Ring, the list goes on. This year’s theme seems to be zombie prom gone terribly wrong. Markoff’s also donates a portion of its proceeds to different local charities. Honestly, it’s not to be missed!

Just make sure that no matter what you decide to do an this fun and festive evening that you consider our charming accommodation in Washington DC when you’re deciding where to stay when visiting.

Kyle, Innkeeper

American Guest House in Washington DC

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