What to Do on Halloween in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. is attractive to visitors all year long, but the autumn has a special appeal. Our nation's capital looks particularly beautiful among the bright bursts of fall foliage. One of the best times in the fall to visit is for Halloween, a holiday marked by a number of events throughout the city. Here are the top reasons to visit Washington, D.C. this year for Halloween whether you're traveling as a family, couple, or group of friends.

boo at the zoo1. The National Zoo

Many attractions plan activities around Halloween and the National Zoo (near Woodley Park) is no exception. When you attend "Boo at the Zoo" expect to see bats, spiders, and owls while trick-or-treating through the zoo. In the evening October 26-28, 2012, haunted trails will take over the zoo for family entertainment.

2. Ghost Tours

One of the best activities to encourage the spooky atmosphere of Halloween is to sign up for a Ghost Tour. In the Washington, D.C. area, there are several to choose between including Lafayette Square Park and historic Alexandria. Many of these tours have the added bonus of a little history mixed in with the spooky tales. You don't have to visit on Halloween weekend to enjoy these seasonal ghost tours.

costume party washington dc3. Costume Parties for Adults

While some people don't think of Washington, D.C. as having a thriving nightlife scene, the city does offer plenty to do after dark. On Halloween, adults can get dressed up in costume and spend the night drinking and dancing. Some of the best options throughout D.C. include the Clarendon Ballroom Halloween Monster Bash (date to be announced), near Arlington, and the Nightmare on M Street pub crawl on October 27, 2012. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

4. Halloween Spooktacular

Families looking for entertainment beyond trick-or-treating will want to check out the Halloween Spooktacular at the Kennedy Center in Downtown DC on October 28, 2012. This National Symphony Orchestra family concert will include musicians dressed up as ghosts and goblins on stage. Kids are welcome to attend in costume and tickets can be purchased in advance. Two performances are being held, one at 1 p.m. and one at 3 p.m.

5. Fright at the Museum

One favorite thing to do on Halloween is to try and survive a Haunted House. This concept is taken one step further at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment for "Fright at the Museum" (dates to be announced). Set among real historic criminal artifacts, this is a particularly spooky experience in D.C.

6. D.C. Drag Queen Race

One of the most highly anticipated events of the fall takes place each year on the Tuesday before Halloween. This informal street parade takes place on DuPont Circle and includes a large number of costumed drag queens. In 2012, this parade will be held on October 30.

7. Horror Films

Halloween is also a great excuse to check out Halloween movies and horror films. If you want to skip the costume parties and haunted houses, celebrate the holiday at one of D.C.'s movie theaters screening classic and contemporary horror films. Some of the best cinemas in Washington, D.C. are the E Street Cinema and the West End Cinema .

Washington DC Vacation Rentals for Halloween

If you're planning a trip to Washington, D.C. for Halloween, check out vacation rentals in the city. Getting your costume ready will be a breeze with the extra space and privacy that a vacation rental provides. After a long day of parades and ghost tours you will be glad to have a "home away from home" to return to. Be sure to plan ahead, as rentals are in high demand over Halloween weekend in Washington, D.C.


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