Halloween may still be a week away, but you can pull out your costumes now. There are a slew of festive haunts for you and your LEGO-man, Doc McStuffin, or adorable ghoul to hop over to. From Boo at the Zoo to a cool festival in Clarendon full of face painting, pumpkin decorating, and trick or treating, it’s time to get out and enjoy this fall-tastic weekend.

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-11-22-17-amPhoto: Brandon Doan via Flickr

Woodley Park

Boo at the Zoo
This hip Halloween happening at the National Zoo is one of D.C.’s most popular family haunts.  More like a huge costume party than a haunted house, Boo at the Zoo caters to families with children 2 to 12. There will be animal encounters, festive decorations, and plenty of tasty treats with more than 40 trick-or-treat stations. Don’t leave the park without a spin around the zoo’s conservation carousel ride (tickets required). Fri.-SunEvent details.


Witches and Wizards at the B&O Railroad Museum
Dust off that magic broom! This weekend only, young witches and wizards are immersed into a world of wizardry, witchery and crafts where they’ll learn how to make edible “potions,” experiment with magical familiars in Herbology Class, test their skill at a game of Quiddich, and take a train ride aboard the Wizards Express. Sat.-SunEvent details.


Under the Big Top Family Day
The circus is in town! SAAM takes you under the Big Top for an afternoon of dazzling feats with performers from Acrobatic Conundrum (we hope you’re not afraid of heights!) Try your hand at carnival games, grab a tasty bag of popcorn, or make a mask inspired by your favorite circus animal. SatEvent details.

Metro Center

Discovery Theatre: Fabulous Fairytale
Three’s the charm in the newest version of this interactive Discovery Theater original. Start with three bears, three pigs, three little kittens, and three billy goats gruff. Add two languages, and what do you get? The perfect combination for a fresh and fun introduction to Spanish literacy through storytelling, math, music, and more—and a fábulas new take on a quartet of familiar stories. SatEvent details.


Falloween Festival
The signature event at Market Common Clarendon celebrates the Fall Season and return of Market Common Clarendon’s fourth annual Falloween Festival. Event highlights will include: live children’s entertainment by Rainbow Rock and Mr. Knick Knack, a petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a trick-or-treat session. SatEvent details.

Chevy Chase

Audobon Nature Preschool Earth Celebration
Get one with nature at the Audubon Nature Preschool’s annual Earth Celebration. There will be free family nature walks, gently used children’s items for sale, naturally delicious homemade treats, and meet and greets with Nature Preschool staff and families. SatEvent details.

How do you plan on spending this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.


–Ayren Jackson-Cannady