Kid-Friendly Halloween Activities in the DC Area
Kid-friendly Halloween activities can be hard to find if you live in an apartment complex or busy neighborhood with few other kids. But DC has no shortage daytime trick-or-treat events to celebrate spooky season.
Harbor Halloween: Do your little ones have trouble staying up late for Halloween fun? Take them to National Harbor in costume on October 30 from 12:30 to 3 pm for afternoon treats! 30 locations will be handing out candy from 12:30 to 2. Then enjoy the movie Hocus Pocus at 1:30 and a pet parade at 2:45.
Boo at the Zoo: Take your kids dressed in their Halloween best to the National Zoo October 28, 29, or 30 at 5:30 pm to enjoy 30 treat stations. Plus, find after hours viewing of the Elephant Community Center, Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, and more! Tickets are $35 for non members. Everyone over 2 needs a ticket. Ideal for ages 4-12.
Family Trick-or-Treat at Metrobar: Bring the whole family to Metrobar near the Rhode Island metro stop from 3 to 6 pm on October 29. Dress up in your best costume for treats, live music, and spooky entertainment. Free admission.
Trick-or-Treat at Tudor Place: Take your little ones to snag treats in the beautiful gardens of Tudor Place on October 29 from 10 am to 1 pm. Plus, enjoy crafts, games, and other activities. $15 for nonmember children and $5 for the accompanying adult.
Hill-o-ween: Capitol Hill’s largest Halloween Festival is back in person this year on Friday, October 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Find pumpkin carving, dance parties, and a costume contest. Located in Eastern Market on 7th Street.
Mount Vernon Trick-or-Treat: Enjoy a day of Halloween fun with the kids at Mount Vernon. Visit in costume on October 29 from 2 to 6 pm. Trick-or-treat on the grounds and enjoy lots of other 18th-century fall activities. Find a puppet show, baking demonstration, live music, and a costume parade. $25 for nonmembers.
Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia: Cox Farms is open for fall through November 8. Enjoy food, music, slides, a hayride, pumpkins, and a corn maze. Open Thursday to Monday. If your little ones aren’t in school yet, consider visiting Monday, Thursday, or Friday for discount days. Cox Farm is also open to birthday parties and large parties on the weekends.
Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Virginia: Enjoy pig races, a giant slide, a corn maze, pedal tractor rides, a zipline, a petting zoo, and of course a hayride to the pumpkin patch. The plantation also has a market where you can purchase jams, pies, cider, and even pumpkin carving supplies. Open Thursday – Sunday from September 17 to November 6.
Back Home on the Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia: 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, a carousel, games, and a huge corn maze. Don’t forget to take a hayride to the pumpkin patch! Tickets are $12 daily. The fall season is long – September 6 to October 30. Plus, check out their blog for kid-friendly craft and cooking ideas. Read about our visit!
Blue Ridge Mountain Maze in Lovingston, Virginia: Corn Maze in the Plains has moved to a new location in the Blue Ridge Mountains next to Wood Ridge Farm Brewery. They will be open for hayrides, pumpkin picking, and maze navigating Friday-Sunday from September 24 to November 6. Tickets are $12 with discounts on Fridays. If you’re kids can stay up a little later, enjoy the not-so-scary maze at night or rent a campfire. Time slots are available at 5 and 8 pm.
Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in Middletown, Maryland: 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. Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm from September 24 to October 31. Admission includes hayrides, corn maze, petting zoon, and games. Pay as you go for pumpkins, food, corn canon, and face painting. Read about our visit!
Summer’s Farm in Frederick, Maryland: Summer’s Farm has a corn maze, a pumpkin train, pig races, slides, a giant straw mountain, and a pumpkin patch. Private campfire space is also available for an additional cost. Firework shows will also be held every Friday and Saturday night in October. Open September 17 through October 31 for fall fun. Tickets are $17.50 (purchased online) on weekends but discounted during the week. Private campfires are also available at night. Read about our visit!