I have always loved October.  Probably because it is my birthday month but it is also because it is Halloween.  I am really lucky to live in Bethesda because there are wonderful Halloween things to do in Bethesda with kids!

Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with Kids – Pumpkin Festivals

It seems like it wouldn’t be Halloween in my house without a trip to Butler’s Orchards but there are a

Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with kids
Who’s in there?

number of places to go for pumpkins!

Pumpkin Festivals For Bethesda Kids

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm
This 530-acre working farm offers three open house events. At the Day In The Life Of a Farmer activities (Oct. 20), kids learn about beekeeping and how crops are grown, feed goats, navigate a mini corn maze, and take a hayride. At the Pilgrim History program (Nov. 1 and Nov. 9), guests learn about the Pilgrims home life, the chores Pilgrim children were responsible for, the games Pilgrim children played, and also about the Pilgrim’s relationship to Native Americans. Pick a pumpkin and an ear of popcorn at both events. (Note: Registration required.)

4003 Jennings Chapel Rd. (Brookeville, Md)
Cost: $8/child; adults attending with children are free
Open: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Online: sharpfarm.com

Butler’s Orchard Festival
The Fairy Godmother may have turned a pumpkin into Cinderella’s carriage, but here pumpkins become fairytale characters who populate the orchard’s popular Pumpkinland. Other attractions include hayrides, a corn maze, giant slides, barnyard animals and, well, picking pumpkins ($.65/pound). Pony rides, face painting and a pumpkin cannon, available only on the last three weekends of the month, cost extra.  This is always one of the best Halloween things to do with kids in Bethesda!

22222 Davis Mill Rd. (Germantown, Md)
Cost: $12/person; free for children under 2 (Note: cash only at the entrance gate)
Open:  Oct. 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online: butlersorchrd.com,

The Butlers’ Orchard also offers Harvest Days activities which include:

  • Exploring the learning stations, jumping in the hayloft barn, swooshing down the giant slides, visiting barnyard animals, taking a hayride to pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, and exploring the straw maze.
  • Each person picks one small pumpkin and also receives a crisp Butler’s Apple and a copy of the “Pumpkin Post” – a facts and fun worksheet that can be used in the classroom or at home to reinforce material learned on the farm.
  • Pumpkin Harvest Days are self-guided and all activities run continuously.  You may do any activity in any order!  Our picnic area is also open for you to enjoy if you bring a bag lunch.
  •  2017 dates and times for Pumpkin Harvest Days:
    • October 3 through November 3, Tuesdays through Fridays
    • plus Monday, October 30
    • (Closed all other Mondays)
    • Reservation times every half hour 9:30am – 3:30pm.  Farm closes at 5:00pm.
    • Come early in the month for the best pumpkin selection!
  •  The 2017 fee is $7.25 per person for all children and all adults, including teachers and chaperones.  Under age one is free unless they want to choose a pumpkin.

Homestead Farm

Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with Kids
Pick a pumpkin!

Looking for something a little more straightforward? Skip the extracurriculars and head here for some simple pumpkin picking. On weekends through Halloween, the farm offers hayrides to the patch, where shoppers can take their time deciding on their favorite member of the cucurbitaceae family, to which pumpkins, squash and gourds belong.

15604 Sugarland Rd. (Poolesville, Md)
Cost: $4/person age 2 and up for hayrides; $.59/pound for pumpkins
Open: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Online: homestead-farm.net

Larriland Farms
Get into the spirit with ghost and goblin decorations at the farm, which offers 20-minute weekend rides through woods decorated with storybook and other characters. Besides that and the pumpkin field, there’s also a Straw Maze made of more than 1,000 bales of straw and the Boo Barn for kids 4 through 6. It’s a dark passage to the bottom of the Red Barn and full of animated ghosts and goblins.

2415 Woodbine Rd. (Woodbine, Md)
Cost: $4/person for hayrides
Open: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Oct 1-30)
Online: pickyourown.com

Summers Farm
Budget watchers and big spenders alike can enjoy a trip to this farm, which is home to the Maryland Pumpkin Festival (Oct.7-8). There’s no admission fee, and hayrides to the farm’s 15-acre pumpkin patch are free. Willing to spend a few dollars? Check out Summer’s 12-acre cornfield maze, slides, farmer golf, and pumpkin and apple cannons. Candy lovers take note: the pumpkin cannonblasts out wrapped goodies one day a weekend.

5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Md.
Cost: $8.95/person weekdays, $13.95/person weekends, $7.95/senior over 60, kids 2 and under free
Open: 1 pm-7 pm, Mondays through Thursdays; 10 am-10:30 pm, Saturdays; 10 am-7 pm Sundays (through Oct. 31)
Online: summersfarm.com

Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch
A free hayride and petting zoo are the perks of visiting Jumbo’s. You’ll also have plenty of free fun finding your perfect pumpkin in their 30-acre patch and exploring their 3,000-square foot Fall Shopping Craft Attic. Pumpkins cost $.57/pound.

6521 Holter Rd. (Middletown, Md)
Cost: free admission, extra charges for some activities or $15 to access all
Open: daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 31)
Online: jumbos.org

Clark’s Elioak Farm
Known for its Enchanted Forest, the farm opens its pumpkin patch plus rides, an enchanted forest

Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with kids
Scary Pumpkins or Funny?

castle, gem mining and geode cracking on Oct. 14-15. The Countdown to Halloween is Oct. 21 and 22, with the Enchanted Pine Tree Forest, rope maze and face painting. Kids who bring a teddy bear Oct. 7 and 8 get a free hayride, while those who dress up the final weekend of the month can join the Halloween costume parades at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Note: Swing by the petting farm while you’re there. Kiddie-size pumpkins are $2.75 apiece, while larger ones cost $.69/pound.

10500 Clarksville Pike (Ellicott City, Md)
Cost: $6/person 13 months and up to access the petting farm, Enchanted Forest, slides, maze and play areas. $2/ride
Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., weekends (through Nov. 6)
Online: clarklandfarm.com

Montpelier Farms
Admission includes two corn mazes, hayrides, hill slides, an area for tikes 48 inches and smaller, and a Farm Football Lounge with two 52-inch flat-screen TVs showing that day’s games. Extra fees apply for duck races, pumpkin chunkin’ and a scarecrow workshop. Stop at the pumpkin patch for an orange orb of fall goodness. Pumpkins 5 pounds and under cost $3, while heavier ones are $.60/pound.

1720 Crain Highway North (Upper Marlboro, Md)
Cost: $12/person; 2 and under free; $40/ person season pass or $150/family of four
Open: (through Nov. 5) 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturdays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays; 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Fridays in October
Online: montpelierfarms.com

Fall Fun Festival at Gaver Farm
Before you pick a pumpkin to schlep around, cover the 45-plus attractions such as the jumping pillow, a petting zoo, giant slides, mini mazes, duck races and photo centers. When the sun goes down, Fall Fun Nights get started with a Moonlight Corn Maze, campfires and s’mores.

Where: 5501 Detrick Rd. (Mount Airy, Md)
Cost: $7.50/person weekdays, $10.25/person weekends, $32.50 for a season pass; Kids 2 and younger free
Open: daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 31)
Online: gaverfarm.com

Best Areas to Trick or Treat – Halloween Things to do with Kids in Bethesda!


Just off Arlington Road and north of Bradley and south of Old Georgetown is the classic Bethesda neighborhood of Edgemoor.  There are beautiful homes close to one another with sidewalks and good lighting.  Some of the Edgemoor neighbors go all out for Halloween.  You have to make a trip there just to see some of the amazing house decorations!

Embassy Row
Taste the international life style when you knock on doors along Embassy Row, where foreign embassies stretch from the Vice President’s home all the way to Dupont Circle. More than 20 embassies invite trick or treaters to explore cultures from around the worldYou may get a few tourism pamphlets along with your candy bars, but where else can you say you’ve been trick-or-treating in Indonesia, Armenia, Ireland, and Portugal all in one night?  

I grew up in DC and remember trick or treating at the Swiss embassy which was in my neighborhood. The person who answered the door had no idea why I was there!  Things have changed along embassy row.

Start here: Massachusetts Ave., NW
Online: embassy.org

While crowds of people-watchers can definitely turn Georgetown’s Halloween into a Nightmare on M

Halloween Things to do with kids in Bethesda
Trick or Treat in Georgetown

Street, there’s something to be said for trick-or-treating on those narrow side streets, where the row houses are so close together; you can score twice the candy in half the time! Avoid M Street and Wisconsin Ave. proper unless you and your brood are more interested in seeing the coolest costumes in town (Georgetowners do know how to dress up!), and focus on the side streets where you’ll probably need two bags to carry all your loot.

Start here: Side streets between M St. and Wisconsin Ave., NW
Online: visit.georgetown.org

Smithsonian National Zoo/Woodley Park
If you haven’t yet experienced Boo at the Zoo, you are missing a great night on the town, This is the ultimate Halloween experience for kids ages 4 to 12 who can make their way down decorated trails to more than 4treat stations as they enjoy mammals, reptiles and more. If the little ones get tired legs you can hop aboard the Boo Express, a train that hits all the hot spots. It’s one of the most festive and iconic D.C. ways to enjoy the holiday.

Start here: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
When: October 20, 21, and 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers
Online: nationalzoo.si.edu

Corn Mazes – For Bethesda Kids at Halloween

Wayside Farm

Halloween things to do in Bethesda with Kids
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes!

Located directly off Route 7, the farm offers hayrides, pig races, slides, and playgrounds. In addition to offering its fair share of entertainment, this working farm grows the prettiest pumpkin varieties in the area on their 8-acre u-pick pumpkin patch. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Wayside Farm is an idyllic farm setting for families looking for the ultimate outdoors-y adventure this fall.

How much? $10; free for kids under 2
5273 Harry Byrd Hwy. (Berryville, Va)
Open: Sat.-Sun. and Columbus Day, 10 am-6 pm (through Oct. 29)
Online: waysidefarmfun.com

Summers Farm
The tantalizing tangle of corn at this farm is broken up into two sections: a smaller one for the kids (and, let’s face it—those of us who aren’t directionally gifted) and a larger, more challenging version for all of you Mensa members. Stay for the pumpkin patch, giant slides, crunchy corn crib (think ball pen but with corn kernels!) and hayrides. On weekends, performances on the Silo Stage will be sure to get everyone’s toes a-tappin’. BONUS: The Lil’ Pumpkin Rest Stop provides privacy for the nursing mommies and a place to change junior’s diaper.

How much? $8.95-$13.95; free for kids under 2
5620 Butterfly Ln. (Frederick, Md)
Open: Mon-Thu, 1 pm-7 pm; Fri, 1 pm-4 pm; Sat, 10 am-10:30 pm; Sun, 10 am-7 pm (through Oct. 31)
Online: summersfarm.com

Temple Hall Farm
Holy hominy! At a massive 24 acres, the supersized maze at Temple Hall Farm outside of Leesburg is a local legend that’s usually packed on the weekend. If you have an ounce of energy left after emerging from the monster maze, take your best shot in the paintball gallery. Or partake in happy-family stuff like horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin launching, jumping pillows and pig races.

How much? $8-$14; free for kids under 2
15855 Limestone School Rd. (Leesburg, Va)
Open Fri., 4 pm-10 pm; Sat., 10 am-10 pm; Sun., 10 am-5 pm (through Nov. 8)
Online: templehallfallfest.com

Liberty Mills Farm
For the most dedicated of puzzle people, the largest corn maze is two hours outside of D. C. in

Halloween Things to do with Kids in Bethesda
A trip to the Corn Maze

Somerset, Va. How big is it? 25 acres (that’s 18 football fields, by the way). There’s 4 trails to choose from, ranging from 30 min to complete to two hours! After all that walking (and perhaps getting lost), enjoy a relaxing hayride, pumpkin picking, or a game of cornhole.

How much? $12-$14; free for kids under 4
9166 Liberty Mills Rd. (Somerset, Va)
Open: Sat.-Sun., 10 am-10 pm (through Nov. 11)
Online: libertymillsfarm.com

Corn Maze in the Plains
Chosen as one of the top corn mazes in the D.C. area, Corn Maze in the Plains creates a different awesomely twisty, turn-y corn maze each year. A series of stations built into the maze ask tough questions that if answered correctly provide directions on how to get out. Come early to take a hay ride, swing on a tire, love on cute furry creatures in the petting zoo and more. Stay late to navigate the moonlight maze, which is lit up with a sea of flashlights darting in every direction. Sit by the campfire, sip hot cider and roast a yummy s’more to reward yourself for finding your way out.

How much? $11 general; $9 kids 12 and under; free for kids under 3
4501 Old Tavern Rd. (The Plains, Va)
Open Fri.-Sat., 10 am-10 pm; Sun, 10 am-6 pm (through Nov. 7)
Online: cornmazeintheplains.com

Greenstreet Gardens
At only six acres, this “cozy” corn maze is one of the smallest around, making it a winner for families with little ones barely taller than a stalk of corn. Think of it as “maze lite”—or perfect for city slickers and those prone to meltdowns. There’s also a Straw Bale Maze for those who like to see over the hedge. While you’re visiting, check out the rest of the 55-acre Lothian farm (east of Upper Marlboro), with lots of fall festival activities involving pumpkins, an underground slide, and hayrides. The festival was even on an episode of TLC’s Our Little Family!

How much? $13; free for kids under 2
391 West Bay Front Rd. (Lothian, Md)
Open: Sat.-Sun., 10:30 am-5 pm (through Oct. 29th)
Online: greenstreetgardens.com

Lawyer’s Winterbrook Farm
Choose-your-own-adventure at this family-run farm! Five corn mazes, ranging from less than half a

Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with Kids
carve a pumpkin this Halloween!

mile to over 2.5 miles, ensures everyone in your troop will have a blast! You could spend hours getting lost, and then–if there is time–check out some of the farm’s other fam-friendly features, including two pumpkin cannons, a hay fort, go-cart speedway, teepee bonfires, outdoor movies, and Transformers made out of old truck parts. After dark, settle around the campfire and enjoy a movie on their outdoor screen.

How much? $10 regular; $7 for kids under 4’ tall; free for kids under 2
13001 Creagerstown Rd. (Thurmont, Md)
Open: Fri., 5 pm-11 pm; Sat., 11 am-11 pm; Sun., 11 am-7 pm (through Nov. 5)
Online: lawyersfarm.com

Montpelier Farms
Even if it’s chilly out, you will fall in love with this year’s “Down On the Farm)” themed corn maze! This 7-acre meandering maze starts off with a stop in the Video Room where you’ll be prepped for the mission. Be sure to grab a pair of 3D glasses to see the hidden map on the back of the supplied game sheet! Who will be the first to decode the secret word?! For the littlest of maze runners, checkout the “Jack and the Cornstalk” maze which features storyboards throughout. Afterwards, attend a scarecrow making workshop (additional fee), duck races, painting pumpkins, hay rides, and more. You can even leave your pumpkins at Pumpkin Daycare, outfitted with cribs and name tags. In other words, parental units don’t have to lug around the 25 lb pumpkin that your pumpkin’ had to have.

How much? $12; free for kids under 2
1720 Crain Highway North (Upper Marlboro, Md)
Open: Fri. (beginning Oct. 6), 5 pm-11 pm; Sat., 10 am-11 pm; Sun., 11 am-7 pm (through Nov. 5)
Online: montpelierfarms.com

Belvedere  Plantation
Here you’ll find 8 acres of twists and turns and even a few bridges to keep you disoriented. Keep an eye out for Curious George (this year’s theme) as you find your way through. And if you and your brood are more daring than the rest, come at night for the moonlight maze, but don’t forget your flashlight! There’s also plenty more to do at Belvedere’s Fall Festival, including hay rides, pedal tractors and pig races.  This should certainly be added to your list of Halloween things to do with kids in Bethesda! 

How much? $10 – $19 (prices vary based on day and time).
1410 Belvedere Dr.
Fredericksburg, VA
Open: Fri., 5 pm-10 pm; Sat., 10 am-10 pm; Sun., 10 am-6 pm (through Oct. 29)
Online: belvedereplantation.com

Cox Farms
The Cornundrum at Cox Farms isn’t a maze but there’s still lots of mystery to be uncovered inside. With every turn comes surprises like silly mirrors, giant stuffed spiders, and dark caves. For those of fainter hearts, there’s tons to do—over 6 types of slides, practicing farm chores, and the World Famous Hayride. For the tiny tots, check out the Kiddie Zone with one entry/exit point, bubbles, straw mountain, and small slide. BONUS: Free apples and apple cider all around the farm!

How much? $5-$17; free for kids under 2
15621 Braddock Rd. (Centreville, Va)
Open: Everyday 10 am-6 pm (through Oct. 31)
Online: coxfarms.com

Fun Scary Halloween Things to Do with Kids in Bethesda

Soul Strolls
Wouldn’t be caught dead in a cemetery any time, but especially not around Halloween? Reconsider. Take an annual twilight tour and hear the stories from one of the Dozen Decent Docents of the people buried at Congressional Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. The hourlong tours leave every 15 minutes.

Cost: $22/adult and $12/child under 12
When: Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays
Where401 F St., NW

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Halloween things to do in Bethesda with Kids
Ghost or Real?

Wander through Mount Vernon while doing a scavenger hunt or take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field. There are also demonstrations of old-fashioned activities such as wool carding and spinning, chocolate-making and fishnet-making. Try some 18th-century dancing in the upper garden before meeting the first First Lady. Bonus: A children’s costume parade happens at 5 p.m., and the best George and Martha getups will win a prize.

Cost: $12/adult, $6/child 11 and younger
When: Oct. 27 and 28, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. (Mount Vernon, Va)

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Halloween Things to do with Kids in Bethesda

Check out more than 5,000 jack-o-lanterns carved by 20-plus artists. We’re not talking simply a pumpkin with a neat face. Some are some joined together to create dinosaurs and nature scenes. Timed tickets are required for entry and spots are selling out, so get yours ahead of time online.

Cost: $16/adult, $10/kid on Thursdays, $22/adult, $16/kid ages 3 to 12 other days
When: Through Oct. 29
Where: Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr. (Reston, Va)

Montgomery County Park Halloween Things to do with kids in Bethesda

Eye Spy Halloween Trains
Perfect  for children  8 and younger, the miniature train at Cabin John and the Wheaton Miniature Train and Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel will be decked out as “Trainsylvania.”

Cost: $6
When: Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WhereCabin John, 7410 Tuckerman Ln., Rockville; Wheaton train and carousel, 2002 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton

Not So Spooky Skate at Cabin John Ice Rink
Friday, October 28, 4:15-7PM
Kids ages 2-13 will enjoy trick-or-treating around the rink, costume contest, Halloween crafts and pumpkin decorating.
Cost: $20 per child
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Not So Spooky Skate at Wheaton Ice Arena
Friday, October 28, 4:45-6:15PM
Skaters should come in costume so they can trick or treat at the rink, participate in the costume contest with prizes and giveaways! This one is for the little ones since it won’t be too spooky!

Cost: $7
Event Information: www.MontgomeryParks.org/Events

Pumpkin Panache Family Festival at Brookside Gardens
Friday, October 28, 5-8PM
Bring the whole family for a fun evening of costume parading, pumpkin painting, treats and not-so-scary stories by award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd at Brookside Gardens.
Cost: $15 per child ages 3-12; parents are free.
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Owl-o-ween Campfire at Meadowside Nature Center
Friday, October 28, 6:30-7:30PM
Join the Meadowside Nature Center naturalists for a campfire, s’mores and lots of owl facts, lore and fun, plus meet the center’s mascot Otus the Owl.
Cost:  $7
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Make It and Take It: Halloween Masks at Black Hill Visitor Center
Saturday, October 29, 10AM-12PM
Make creature masks to wear on Halloween.
Cost: $2
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Not So Scary Creatures Hike at Brookside Nature Center
Saturday, October 29, 11AM -12PM
Take a hike with the center’s naturalists and hunt for not so-scary creatures living in and around the nature center.
Cost: Free
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll at Warner Circle Park
Saturday, October 29, 12-4pm
This family-fun festival in Kensington, MD, offers a costume contest and parade, musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides and a rock wall.
Cost: Free
RSVP: www.pumpkinrocknroll.com

Storytime on the Lake: A Not Too Scary Halloween at Black Hill Visitor Center
Saturday, October 29, 1-2PM
Board the pontoons on Little Seneca Lake (costumes encouraged) for a special, but not-so-spooky Storytime on the Lake.
Cost: $6
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

Spooky Skull Hike at Brookside Nature Center
Sunday, October 30, 1-3PM
Take a self-guided, short hike and spy and identify animal skulls hidden in the woods. Treats for those in costume and those who identify skulls!
Cost: Free
Register: www.ActiveMontgomery.org

More Halloween things to do with Kids Close to Bethesda

Harbor Halloween
Trick-or-treat at participating locations at National Harbor between noon and 2, watch “Hocus Pocus” at 12:30 and take a spin on the Capital Wheel with a free ticket for each kid dressed in costume. (Sorry, adults, you still have to pay.). Swing by the Black Dog retailer with furry friends for its Howl-loween party, including a parade of animals.  Even though it isn’t in Montgomery County, this should be added to your list of Halloween things to do with kids in Bethesda! 

Cost: Free
When: Oct. 29, noon to 2:30 p.m.
Where165 Waterfront St. (National Harbor)

Trick-or-Treat in the Garden at Tudor Place
Think Easter egg hunt meets Halloween. Kids in costume will walk the estates paths looking for treats throughout the North Garden. They can also paint pumpkins, do crafts, get their faces painted and play outdoor games.

Cost: $5/adult chaperone, $10/non-member child, $7/member child
When: Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where1644 31st St., NW

Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Come for the trick-or-treating in resident art studios and galleries, and stay for a costume parade around the park. Families can also decorate pumpkins for $2 a pop. Don’t forget about the playground and carousel — or the aquarium and theaters when you’re planning the trip.

Cost: Free
When: Oct. 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Glen Echo)

Ghost Tours

  • Most Haunted Houses – Lafayette Square Park is known as the most haunted site in
    Halloween Things to do in Bethesda with Kids

    Washington, DC. Take a two hour walking ghost tour with Washington Walks, one of D.C.’s premier walking tour companies and learn about the spirits of the nation’s capital. Tour is offered Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., April – October. No reservations necessary.

  • Natalie Zanin’s Historic Strolls – The Ghost Story Tour of Washington. Hear stories and meet spirits at Lafayette Square Park, across from the White House. Fridays and Saturdays in October at 8 p.m.
  • DC Ghost Tours – Tour Lafayette Square and discover the hauntings of the six apparitions witnessed at St. John’s Church, the poltergeist of the Hay-Adams Hotel, and the legendary accounts of Lincoln’s ghost within the White House. Tours are offered nightly at 8-9:30 p.m. March through mid-November. Additional tours added in October. December through February (call for winter hours).
  • Scary DC – Ghosts of Washington – The 90 minute walking tour explores paranormal phenomena and ghostly happenings including searches of the spirits of Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Stephen Decatur, Ulysses S. Grant, and other spirits that haunt the nation’s capital. Tours are offered on Saturday nights at 7 and 9 p.m. throughout the year.
  • Nightly Spirits – The White House Haunted Pub Tour is a 2.5 hour walking tour past of some of the most historic and haunted pubs and buildings in Washington DC. Participants must be 21+. The tour stops at 3-4 different locations, and allows time to get a beverage at each location. The tour combines a good mix of haunted and historical stories, while allowing time at each bar for a beverage.
  • National Building Museum Ghost Tours – Take a spooky lantern-light ghost tour led by costumed Civil War veterans. Infamous as one of the most haunted buildings in DC, find out why ghosts call the National Building Museum their home. Hear tales of an irritable rider on horseback and look for mysterious faces in the 75-foot Corinthian columns and much more! Select Dates September-October. Registration is required. Call (202) 272-2448.

In Maryland – More Halloween Things to do with Kids in Bethesda

  • Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick – This is one of historic Frederick’s most popular sightseeing tours! Take a 90-minute ghost tour and be prepared to learn of the unexplained historic ghost encounters in downtown Frederick. Tours are available every Saturday night. Reservations are suggested for large groups.
  • Ghosts of Annapolis Tours – Two tours are available. Walking Ghost Tour of Historic Annapolis – a lantern-led ghost walk through downtown Annapolis takes you on a journey through the city’s most horrific haunted sites. On the Haunted Pub Crawl of Historic Annapolis visit four of Annapolis’ most haunted pubs (ages 21 and over). Tours are available year-round.


In Washington DC


  • Costume Studio – 35 8th St NE Washington, DC (202) 544-5843.

In Maryland and Northern Virginia


  • Total Fright – Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA (202) 333-5950 or (703) 996-4121
  • Party America – 18036 Mateny Road. Germantown, Maryland (301) 515-8980.
  • Gene’s Costumes – 10636 Connecticut Ave Kensington, Maryland (301) 949-4111.
  • The American Backstage Company – 5380 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, Virginia (703) 212-8982.
  • Halloween Adventure – Halloween superstore with locations in Annapolis, Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, Fairfax, Manassas, and Dulles.
  • Party City – Party store with 3 locations: 295 Kentlands Blvd., Gaithersburg, Maryland (301) 926-8227. 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, Maryland (301) 441-2220. 3311-3319 Corridor Marketplace, Laurel, Maryland (301) 490-1192.
  • Party Depot – Several locations, including 6700-9 Richmond Highway, Beacon Center Alexandria, Virginia (703) 768-9030; 3513 South Jefferson Street, Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia (703) 894-4200; 21800 Town Center Plaza Sterling, Virginia (703) 430-6902.
  • Economy Party Supplies and Costumes – Party store with a wide selection of Halloween costumes. Open year-round. 1049 West Broad St. Falls Church, VA
  • Marilyn Johnson Sewing Design Studio, LLC – 154 Lafayette Ave Unit K Laurel, MD. (301) 604-4139.

Just in Time for Halloween

Murder is Her Hobby Exhibit
Where: Renwick Gallery | Downtown DC
When: Opens October 20
Admission: Free

It’s not exactly an event, but for some art with a creepy theme, this exhibit at the Renwick that explores the unexpected intersection between craft and forensic science fits the bill. Frances Glessner Lee’s exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes were crafted to train homicide investigators. Her dollhouse-sized dioramas of true crimes were created in the first half of the 20th century and are still used in forensic training today. Maybe not dollhouses for young kiddos, but older kids and adults might find the fascinating.

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