Trick-or-treating isn't just for your neighborhood. Get your sweet treats at George Washington's Mount Vernon!If you've never been to Mount Vernon -- our first president's home -- before, October 27–28 will be the perfect weekend to explore this colonial town. Trick-or-treating at Mount Vernon is more than just putting out your bag and asking for mini candy bars. This is an all-weekend event for everyone in the family to enjoy. For $12 ($6 for kids), you can purchase tickets that will give you access to games, scavenger hunts, and more. Once you arrive, grab some hot apple cider, and then jump on a wagon ride! The ride will take you through 12 scenic acres full of animals, farms, and beautiful colors. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="3573,3572"] After your ride, you'll need to stretch your legs! Take a stroll through central Mount Vernon and see what the locals do to prepare for fall and winter. There will be demonstrations on making spinning wool for making sweaters and pants. And check out the tastiest demonstration of the day when you get to see how the settlers make chocolate -- and yes, you get to taste it!
The locals will be selling fall-themed treats and crafts and passing out treats to kids. There will even be opportunities throughout the weekend to have your kids make their own Halloween-themed colonial crafts! [caption id="attachment_3571" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This First Lady will make an appearance![/caption] At 5 p.m. each night, take in the children's costume parade as they go around President Washington's mansion. There are going to be prizes for best costumes and also for best George Washington and Martha Washington! The former First Lady will also be around the grounds, so be sure to snap a picture with her (even if she may not know what that is). The festivities run from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, rain or shine!