13 Nighttime Chills & Daylight Thrills

How Scared Are You Willing to Get?

From zombie walks to creepy haunted houses, we have you covered on the best local Halloween events all over the DMV. 

Scare Level Key:

1 = Mild Scares

2 = Medium Madness

3 = Maximum Terror


1. Night of the Living Zoo

Scare Level: 2

October 30, 6:30 -10 p.m.

Smithsonian National Zoo

Adults only

The National Zoo is continuing its annual Halloween party this year with tons of performances from palm readers, illusionists, fire eaters, talking bats, monsters, mummies and more! Dress up in your best costume and experience the thrill of a “haunted” zoo.

2. Silver Spring Zombie Walk

Scare Level: 3

October 25

Silver Spring, MD (Check www.silverspringzombiewalk.com for exact location)

The Silver Spring Zombie Walk is an annual Halloween party held in various locations around Silver Spring, MD. Come dressed up in your ultimate zombie costume and get ready to embrace the zombie life for a night! The walk includes live music and performances, as well as a screening of Dead Snow 2 at the AFI Silver Theatre post-walk.

3. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Scare Level: 3

Through November 2, Fridays 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sundays 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA

Enjoy scary entertainment, including mazes, scare zones, thrill rides, monsters and more. Family-favorite activities include hay mazes, pumpkin painting and live entertainment.

4. Air and Scare

Scare Level: 1

October 25, 2-7 p.m.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is putting on a Halloween event the whole family will love! Arrive in costume for indoor trick-or-treating, spooky science experiments and other Halloween-themed activities. Take photos with your favorite Star Wars or Ghostbusters characters.

5. National Symphony Orchestra Concert: Halloween Whodunit

Scare Level: 2

October 26, 2-4 p.m.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Wear your spookiest costumes and get ready to enjoy the spine-tingling and bone-chilling classics such as Adam Glaser’s March of the Little Goblins and some new favorites like “Let It Go” from the hit movie, Frozen. Come early for trick-or-treating!

6. Trick or Treat at Tudor Place

Scare Level:1

October 18, 10 a.m.

1644 31st St. NW, Washington, DC

Children get to trick-or-treat through the enchanting Tudor Place gardens while also enjoying pumpkin painting, crafts, face painting and tons of games!

7. Del Ray Halloween Parade

Scare Level: 1

October 26, 2-4 p.m.

Mt. Vernon Ave. and Commonwealth – Alexandria, VA

Special dignitaries and elected officials, children and pets parade in their Halloween costumes in this annual event. Awards are given for best costume and more!

8. Field of Screams

Scare Level: 3

Through November 1, Fridays & Saturdays 6:30 -10 p.m.,

Select Thursdays & Sundays 6:30 -9 p.m.

4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD

Prepare to get your scare-on at Field of Screams Maryland with 40+ acres of thrills and fun. Enjoy a 30-minute walk through the Trail of Terror, check out the Lusion Manor haunted house, and shoot zombies at the Zombie Paintball Apocalypse.

9. Clifton Haunted Trail

Scare Level: 3

October 25, 7 p.m.

Buckley Park in Clifton, VA

This Clifton trail includes terrifying sights and freaky movie re-enactments. The haunted train winds through 8 acres and is full of scary surprises.

10. The Maize at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park

Scare Level: 1

Through November 4 (Check www.templehallfallfest.com for days/times)

15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg, VA

Halloween-time is perfect for enjoying some corn-maze fun! The Maize at Temple Hall Farm Regional Park is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween for the whole family with barnyard games, hayrides, hay jumps and much more.

11. Halloween Mini Camp

Scare Level: 1

October 25 & October 26, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA

Come out to the Workhouse Arts Center for a thrilling camp experience. Kids will learn how to customize their costumes and how to cook tasty Halloween treats from a resident chef.

12. Historic Haunt

Scare Level: 2

October 18, 7 p.m.

Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD

Adults Only

Participate in a spooky scavenger hunt in and around Laurel, MD. Starting at Montpelier Arts Center, guests will sample delicious foods and cocktails while participating in historical trivia, ghostly activity and extra spooky tales!

13. Creepy Nights on Calamo

Scare Level: 3

Nightly during October

Calamo Street in Springfield, VA

The annual Halloween spectacle features a terrifying haunted house, which includes animatronics, special effects and live actors.The attraction also features a free family-friendly Halloween Music & Light show that runs every night in October.

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