Get into the spirit with ghost tours, parades, and more—the weekend before All Hallows' Eve!
As Halloween approaches, the DMV is cooking up some scary good fun to get into the spirit with. Whether you're in the mood for a Halloween party or street fair, the DMV will have what you need for a spooktacular weekend!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27.
Night of the Living Zoo | Smithsonian National Zoo | 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW | Washington, D.C. | Friday
Spooky times lay ahead at Night of the Living Zoo! This adult Halloween party features bites and brews alongside DJ sets and costume contests. The animal houses will also be open ... if you dare! The party goes from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and General Admission is $30–$45. Check it out here!
DC Mac + Cheese Festival | Akridge Lot (near Audi Field) | 1880 2nd Street SW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Who doesn't love mac and cheese? From 1 to 5 p.m., sample over a dozen varieties from restaurants around the DMV as well as craft beer, wine, and spirits. Live music will get the party going. Mac and cheese fanatics won't want to miss this! General Admission is $40 and comes with unlimited drink samples and a souvenir glass. Find out more here!
Olde Towne Halloween Faire | Old Towne Winchester | 1 North Loudoun Street | Winchester, VA | Saturday
Gather the kids for a fun night in Old Towne Winchester! This new event will have local businesses host frightfully fun activities for children (mummy bowling, anyone?) followed by a screening of Hocus Pocus in Taylor Pavilion. Check out more here!
Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City | Locations vary | Ongoing
This weekend, take a spooktastic stroll through some of Ellicott City's most haunted spots! Learn about local legends like Tonge Row's lady in white and Oak Lawn's "Cooking Ghost" and try not to have the pants scared off you! Ghost tours take place from September to November each Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $11–$14. Find out more here!
ZooBooo! | The Maryland Zoo | One Safari Place | Baltimore, MD | Friday–Sunday
Let the spooky festivities begin at ZooBooo! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy Halloween staples like hay mazes, costume contests, and trick-or-treating through the zoo's grounds. You won't want to miss the infamous elephant pumpkin-smashing! This event is included with zoo admission. Find out more here!
Annual Halloween Pumpkin Hunt | Lee Fendall House Museum | 614 Oronoco Street | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
Kids can show up in their best costumes and hunt for pumpkins hidden throughout the museum's garden. Kids and adults alike can participate in crafts and costume parades, or witness a spine-tingling tale. Three hunts are scheduled at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30. Tickets are $5–$15. View more information here!
Marine Corps Marathon | Marine Corps War Memorial | Arlington, VA | Sunday
Also known as "The People's Marathon," this marathon is one of the biggest runs worldwide! Participants can tour the amazing sights of the nation's capital and finish victorious in downtown Rosslyn. Afterward, runners can cool off with a beer and catch award ceremonies for 10K, 50K, Special Olympics, and more. Check it out here!
23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade | Mount Vernon & Commonwealth Avenues | Alexandria, VA | Sunday
A Halloween parade? Count us in! Witness goblins, witches, and superheroes proceed down Mount Vernon Avenue, followed by all-ages fun at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, including refreshments and live music. Make sure to catch the costume contests for people and animals! This event is free and open to the public. Check it out here!
Shore Craft Beer Fest: OCtoberFest | Sunset Park | 700 S. Philadelphia Avenue | Ocean City, MD | Saturday
This waterfront tasting event is a must-visit in Ocean City! Get your fill of 40 local breweries, food trucks, and live tunes, courtesy of Johnny Bling from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. General Admission is $35 and includes unlimited drink samples. Find out more here!
Sleater-Kinney | The Anthem | 901 Wharf Street SW | Washington, D.C. | Friday
The indie-rock trio featuring Carrie Brownstein is bringing a blistering show to D.C.'s premiere venue. Hear cuts off their new album The Center Won't Hold as well as fan favorites "Modern Girl," "Jumpers," and "No Cities to Love." Joseph Keckler will open the show. Tickets are $37.50–$62.50 before fees. Buy them here!
What are your plans for this weekend? Share them with us in the comments—we would love to hear from you!