Sometimes it’s cold. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes you just don’t want to schlep the kids around the neighborhood. That’s why there are plenty of indoor Halloween activities to put a spin on the standard door-to-door trick-or-treating. Move the party inside by going to a concert at the posh Kennedy Center, get your game on at a carnival or knock out a few errands at the mall while your kiddos collect candy from participating vendors. As a bonus, some of these events happen before the actual holiday, giving you a chance to go traditional if the mood strikes.

Photo: Brittany Randolph via flickr

National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Sure, the show will be fun as “ghoulishly attired musicians” play, but the real highlight may be stopping at the Haunted Hall Musical Instrument petting zoo up to an hour before the curtain goes up. Come in costume and trick-or-treat in the Atrium.

Cost: $15-$18
When: Oct. 29, 2 p.m. (sensory-friendly performance) and 4 p.m.
Where: 2700 F St., NW 
Online: kennedy-center.org

Falls Church Halloween Carnival
Get your dress-up on and head to this event, popular with kiddos for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth-graders can play carnival games to win candy, play in moon bounces, check out a haunted house and watch a live show featuring creepy reptiles (as opposed to non-creepy reptiles?).

Cost: $2/ages 2 and up; free/adults and kids under 2
When: Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 223 Little Falls St. (Falls Church, Va)
Online: fallschurchva.gov

John Henry’s 13th Annual Spook-tacular Halloween Concert
See the Chevy Chase, Md., resident entertain kiddos at a weekend family matinee. Costumes encouraged for kids – and grownups. And of course, treats will be handed out after the show.

Cost: $6.60/Avalon Theater member, $8/non-member
When: Oct. 28, 10 a.m.
Where: 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW
Online: theavalon.org

Fair Oaks Mall’s Mall-O-Ween
The 30th annual event will include candy stations throughout the mall, a special guest appearance and a Spooktacular Lab, courtesy of the Children’s Science Center

Cost: Free
When: Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 11750 Fair Oaks Mall (Fairfax, Va)
Online: shopfairoaksmall.com

Malloween Boo Bash
Kiddos 12 and under can dress up and trick-or-treat at participating stores at this sprawling outlet mall. There will also be a Reptiles Alive show at 5 p.m. in front of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and photo ops with Halloween characters.

Cost: Free
When: Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge
Online: simon.com

Do you have any favorite indoor Trick-or-Treating spots? Tell us about it in the comments below.

–Stephanie Kanowitz