Where to Find the Best Fall Activities Near Washington, DC

Halloween in DC Cozy sweaters, crackling fires, and pumpkin patches are back and we are ready to enjoy every second of it. Whether you are looking for Halloween frights, friendly hayrides, apple picking, or ghost stories, we’ve got your 2017 fall check list right here:

Washington, DC

National Building Museum: Explore the haunted side of the National Building Museum on this escape room style, nighttime tour! This tour is not too scary – the museum recommends this tours for ages 12+. Tours are at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on various dates starting September 29 through October 31. Tickets are $25 and available online.

Washington, DC Ghost Tours: This historic tour reveals a spookier side of DC history. Guides share stories of DC’s early history filled with conspiracies, crimes, and duels. Tours run from March to mid-November in both LaFayette Park and Capitol Hill. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for ages 7-11, and free for children under 6.

Nightly Spirits: Nightly Spirits is a haunted pub crawl available in Old Town Alexandria (Friday – Saturday $25) and near the White House (Thursday-Saturday $25).  Hear scary stories as you visit DC pubs on this 2.5 hour walking tour. All guests must be over 21! Tickets do not include the cost of drinks.

Taste of DC: Taste of DC is one of our favorite food festivals. It is not fall themed but because it always falls in October, there is lots of pumpkin beer and fall inspired food from your favorite DC restaurants. This year’s festival is October 26-27 and includes afternoon and evening time slots. Ticket information was not available at the time of posting this blog. However, last year, general admission was $10 but we think the best value was the $30 Drink Lovers package which includes tickets for wine and beer. Check the website for up to date information! Check out our review from 2016.


Alexandria Colonial Tours: Follow guides dressed in 18th century costumes as they led you through Old Town by lantern light. Enjoy stories of Old Town’s history, ghosts, and folklore. Tours available March – November and a few days near Christmas. Tours in October run daily at 7:30 pm and also 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for age 7 to 17, and free for children under 6. Read about our visit.

Cox Farms: Located in Centreville, Cox Farms has slides, tunnels, animals, and a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Stop by the market to stock up on jams, pies, kettle corn, and other fall favors. Tickets are $20 (which is a lot!) on weekends but check the website for weekday deals and discount days. Looking for a spookier experience? Head to Cox Farms after dark for Fields of Fear. Tickets range from $15 to $35. Cox Farm is open for spring, summer, and winter holiday festivities, but the fall fun runs from September 22 to November 6.

Back Home on the Farm: This pumpkin patch is a trek from DC but worth it for fewer crowds and a day in the Shenandoah Valley. Here you’ll find a petting zoo, pig races, carousel, games, and a huge corn maze. Don’t forget to take a hayride to the pumpkin patch! The farm is also open after dark on Saturdays for (not scary) Flashlight Mazes.  Tickets are $10 dailys. Fall fun is open through October 31. Read about our visit!

Belvedere Plantation: Join Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg for pig races, a giant slide, corn maze, petal tractor rides, zipline, a petting zoo, and of course a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  The pumpkin patch is even lit up after dark on Fridays and Saturdays for nighttime pumpkin picking! The plantation also has a market when your can purchase jams, pies, cider, and even pumpkin curving supplies. Open daily (except Monday) September 22 to November 3. Regular tickets are $19.95 in October at the gate check but buy online or visit in September for a discount.

Haunted Hallow: Follow the trail through this haunted farm in Warrenton if you dare! It’s filled with spooky surprises and unexpected characters.  All ages are welcome but it might be too spooky for some. Open Fridays and Saturdays September 28 through October 27. Tickets are $18.

Hollin Farms: At Hollin Farms, you’ll won’t only find pick-your-own apples and pumpkins but also dig your own potatoes and peanuts! The farm is open for fall picking September and October.


Markoff’s Forest: One of the scariest haunted forests in the country, Markoff’s Forest in Dickerson has been scaring folks for over 2 decades.  Choose from 2 spooky trails or explore the town. The fright begins October 5 and is open weekends through October, plus Halloween night! Tickets are $15-$26. Purchase a fast pass or get their early to avoid wait times.

Homestead Farm: Head to Homestead Farm in Poolesville for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins! The farm is also open in the spring and summer for pick-your-own produce as well as in December for Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

Butler’s Orchard:Head to the Pumpkin Festival for hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin picking, slides, and corn hole.  Open weekends in October. Tickets are $12 per person and children under 2 are free.

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch: Located in Middletown, Jumbo’s has a petting zoo, pony rides, a corn maze, and a hayride to the pumpkin patch. There is also a store where you can purchase jellies and bakery items as well as seasonal wreaths, crafts, and candles. Jumbo’s is open from September 29 to October 28 for fall festivities! Admission is $12/person. Pay as you go for pumpkins, food, and pumpkin canon, and apple slingshot. Read about our visit! 

Summer’s Farm: This farm in Frederick is full of fall activities! They have a corn maze, a pumpkin train, pig races, slides, a giant straw mountain, and a pumpkin patch. Come back at night to enjoy a campfire or brave the corn maze in the dark! Open September 22 through October 31 for fall fun. Tickets are $14 on Saturdays but check the website for weekday deals. Read about our visit! 

Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick:  Discover the ghosts of Frederick on a walking ghost tour through the historic district or a cemetery tour! Guides share spooky stories of Frederick’s haunted past. Recommended for ages 6+. Tours are available year round. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children 8-13. Each ticket comes with a 10% discount at Brewer’s Alley.


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I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.

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