If you aren’t Halloween-ed out yet, you’re in for a total treat (no tricks) this weekend. Gather your ghouls and ghoulettes, and head to Mount Vernon’s first ever trick-or-treating extravaganza (complete with a George and Martha Washington costume contest), or check out a family friendly dueling piano show with a spooktacular spin. If kiddo has accumulated enough candy corn to last a lifetime, check out the annual Maritime Music Festival or an interactive magic show that will blow the littles minds.
Photo credit: George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
For the first time ever, George and Martha Washington’s modern day caretakers at Mount Vernon will open the doors of the historic home for trick-or-treating on Halloween. There will be a children’s costume parade around the mansion at 6 pm, with prizes awarded for the best George and Martha costumes. Kiddos can participate in a Halloween craft or listen to spooky stories in the amphitheater. Fri., 3:30 pm-6 pm. Mount Vernon. $10/adults; $5/kids. All ages. Event Details.
Water Sounds: Capital Maritime Music Festival
Celebrate the lore (and the lure) of the sea at this music fest celebrates the lovalpeople, sounds and folklore of inland waterways and the sea (think: Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and C&O Canal). In addition to a fun roster of performers expect hornpipe dancing workshops, chantey singing, kid’s activities, and nautical art projects. Sat., 1 pm-10:30 pm. Navy Memorial. Free; donations appreciated. All ages. Event Details.
Celebrate Diwali with the Goddess of Good Fortune
Let your big kids (8 and up) learn all about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, at this Sackler Gallery drop-in workshop. You’ll swing by works of art that illustrate the history of the holiday, and then get crafty by coloring a pring of Lakshmi Puja (the goddess of good fortune). Sat.-Sun., 2 pm-4 pm. National Mall. Free. Ages 8 and up. Event Details.
Spooktacular Kids’ Day Dueling Piano Show
For the kid who wants to show of his costume one last time, come to this family-friendly post-Halloween dueling piano show. What to expect? Two hours of all-request live music with a lunch buffet, and tons of costumed dancing. Sat., 1 pm-3:30 pm. National Harbor. $18/2 and up. All ages. Event Details.
Hocus Pocus: The Amazing Max and the Box
You haven’t seen a magic show until you’ve seen this one! “The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things” bursts with striking visual magic, comedy, and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air (how? who knows!), defies the laws of physics, and performs miracles inches from spectators’ faces. This show is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show you’ll ever see. Sun., 4 pm-5 pm. McLean. $15-$20. All ages. Event Details.
Mad Science at the Mall
The long awaited Springfield Town Center mall recently opened its doors. To kick off its kid programing Mad Science will be posted up in the mall, presenting mind-blowing science themed shows. Whether you’re into biology and chemistry or not, prepare to be amazed. Sat., 4 pm;5 pm. Springfield. Free. All ages. Event Details.
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