13 Nighttime Thrills & Daylight Chills 2016

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 28, 6:30-10 p.m.

Smithsonian National Zoo

Adults only

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo’s annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo. Ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular DC food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It’s a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss!

2. The Death Trail

Scare Level: 3

October 21 & 22, 28 – 31, 7:15 p.m.

One of the few haunted attractions in Prince William County, the Death Trail offers the best scream around! Experience the dark woods filled with demented clowns, terrifying zombies, the insane and much more.

3. Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Scare Level: 2 & 3

Through Oct. 30, Check website for specific dates.

Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA

Features ten mazes, six scare zones and more than 20 thrilling rides. While the attractions of Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children will enjoy the all-new Planet Snoopy during the day, featuring Halloween family-favorite activities, including a hay maze, pumpkin painting, the chance to get behind the wheel of a pedal tractor, live entertainment and more.

4. Air and Scare

Scare Level: 1

October 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA

Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating.

5. Valley of the Haunted

Scare Level: 3

Oct. 15, 21-22, 28-29

Camp Hidden Valley, 3803 Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville, MD

Visit Valley of the Haunted’s website for the story behind the trail. Do you dare enter the Valley of the Haunted to experience Topher’s trail of death on his nights of reclamation? The attraction features a 1.2 mile walking trail through the woods crawling with ghosts, zombies, and more.

6. Trick or Treat at Tudor Place

Scare Level: 1

October 29, 10 a.m.

1644 31st St. NW, Washington, DC

Halloween is “spooktacular” at Tudor Place! Wear your costumes (optional), and wander the estate’s many meandering paths to find treats (not tricks!) in every corner of the enchanting North Garden. Paint pumpkins and enjoy other crafts, face painting, and active period games amid lovely autumn color. For children of all ages and their families.

7. 20th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

Scare Level: 1

October 30, 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 – MD and D.C.

Scare Level: 3

4501 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD

RFK Stadium/D.C. Armory, 2400 East Capitol St., Washington D.C.

Through Nov. 5 – See website for details

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

Oct. 29, 7-10 p.m.

This Clifton trail includes terrifying sights, over two dozen skits 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

Open through Nov. 8 – See website for specific days and times

15789 Temple Hall Lane, Leesburg, VA

Celebrate the harvest during the remarkable Temple Hall Fall Festival — weeks of autumnal adventures at Temple Hall Farm. Bounce on the giant jumping pillows, see pumpkins and corn soar through the air from pumpkin blasters and corn cannons, watch live music or pig races. Enjoy the famous 24-acre corn maze, which presents a unique trivia challenge and theme every year.

11. Raven’s Night

Scare Level: 2

Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

The unique Halloween event includes three distinct shows woven into one: mesmerizing world-class dance performances at Cabaret Melancholia; a dinner concert featuring live music at Salon Lunaire; and a pre-show event combining an alternative World’s Fair-styled exposition and sideshow including the magic of Eric Henning, sideshow performances by Charlie Artful and Tarot card reading at the All Hallow’s Eve Exposition.

12. Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Scare Level: 1

Oct. 29 & 31, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Mount Vernon, VA

Come and participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride, create Halloween crafts, see historic demonstrations and enjoy a costume parade!

13. Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Scare Level: 2 & 3

Weekends through Oct. 31 – Check website for specific dates

19120 Martinsburg Rd, Dickerson, MD

Get spooked! Markoff’s Haunted Forest has been rated the #1 Halloween attraction by Channel 7 (ABC). There is also the Enchanted Forest, a not scary Halloween attraction designed especially for younger children. The scenes are well lit and recommended for children aged 8 years and under.


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