Oct 18, 2021 - Things to Do
10 spooky ways to take Halloweekend outside
Photo: Library of Congress
Photo: Library of Congress

Our second pandemic Halloween is right around the corner, and this year there's some optimism: 

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told CNN that Halloween celebrations this year are a-go if you're vaccinated, and young kids can enjoy outdoor trick-or-treating. 
  • More good news: D.C. has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases over the past 30 days.

Outdoor Halloweekend celebrations are still a good idea, though (and the weather is certainly nice enough for it). We're here to get you ready nice and early:

Friday, Oct. 29

  • If you loved Bridgerton, you'll love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies presented on the lawn of Dumbarton House at 5pm. Tickets are $10 and picnics are encouraged, although food and drink will be available for purchase.
  • Grab your costume and running shoes for a spooky run through Congressional Cemetery and on to the Anacostia Trail. The Dead Man's Run starts at 6pm with the toll of the funeral bell and costs $25.
  • Assemble a team of your brainiest friends for Trap or Treat trivia at 7pm at metrobar DC. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and winners will have their tabs paid. 

Saturday, Oct. 30

Take flight at the Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at its outdoor Air & Scare Halloween party. Tickets are free for the whole family to trick-or-treat, attend a storytime, and take part in spooky crafts and experiments. There will also be photo opportunities with Star Wars characters. (10am)

Dress your pet and enter them into the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden's Howl-O-Ween. There are three different categories you and your pup can compete in, including best art-themed costume, best duo costume, and best all-around look. (9:30am)

Keep the puppy love going with One Loudoun's Halloween Bark Bash. It's a free outdoor Halloween festival that brings together pet lovers and owners with vendors, a DJ, a costume contest, and photo ops. (12pm)

Celebrate and honor the lives of those lost at Petworth's 4th-annual Día de los Muertos. Join in an altar-making workshop, live performances, and calavera face painting at the Petworth Farmers Market. (9am)

Sunday, Oct. 31

Stroll through Adams Morgue'n for DC in Motion's fifth-annual Frames of Fear as local artists will come together to light up storefronts with zombies, witches, ghouls, and more. (All day)

Go back in time with the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers, D.C.'s prohibition-era jazz band, as they perform in the parking lot of Comet Ping Pong. Ticket prices for this special Halloween-themed concert matinee vary. (2pm)

Dance with the whole family on the rooftop of Union Market with The Rumpus Room, a family-friendly daytime Halloween dance party. The soundtrack will include a mix of Halloween songs and family-friendly tunes. (11am)

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