The pumpkin is carved, bulk bags of candy have been purchased (and taste-tested), and you’ve sewn the final hem on your little goblin’s Pinterest-inspired trousers. You’re ready for the weekend before Halloween, which brings with it some cool trick-or-treating primers. Show the zebras your spooky DIY ensemble at the National Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, costume watch at the Del Ray Halloween Parade, or build a pop-up haunted house at the National Building Museum. Have a pumpkin smashing good time–just save a bit of energy for Oct. 31!



Boo at the Zoo
Night owls, this one is for you…A D.C. Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo begins when the sun goes down and the National Zoo officially closes for the night. Featuring trick-or-treating, animal encounters, keeper talks, and haunted trails, there’s a little spooky action for everyone in your bunch. Sat.-Sun., 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. Woodley Park. $30. Ages 2-12. Event details.

Haunted Halloween Pop-Ups at the National Building Museum
Kids build their very own pop-up haunted house while learning about architecture from a pro artist. The spooky scene will fit perfectly on window sills to lure in all of the mini ghouls and goblins on Halloween night. Fun for the whole family, the festivities include crafts, treats and ghosts stories (more silly than spooky!) about the Museum. Sun., 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Judiciary Square. $15. 6 and older. Event details.

Northern Virginia

Del Ray Halloween Parade
Fall in line with kids, babies, pets, and even elected officials at this popular Halloween parade down Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria Va. Come dressed to REALLY impress–awards are given out for Best Pet Costume and Best Decorated Stroller. This parade is a true treat. Sun., 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Del Ray. Free. All. Event details.


Suburban Nursery School Truck Touch
If your little one can’t go one block without pointing out every pick-up, trash, or fire truck he sees, they won’t know how to contain themselves at this annual event. Multiple vehicles (in the past they’ve even had a paper shredding truck and pink dump truck!) will be parked in the nursery school’s lot, ready to be poked and prodded by kids of all ages. If all that climbing and truck crawling works up an appetite in your kiddo, no worries—snacks and lunches are available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the non-profit, cooperative preschool. Sat., 10:00 pm-2:00 pm. Bethesda. $5. All. Event details.

What’s not to love about trick or treating early and helping out a high school marching band in the process? For $1 (all money goes to the band fund), kids of all ages can booth hop to collect treats from each vendor. It’s simple as that. Sat., 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. Mt. Airy. $1. All. Event details.

Rock ‘n’ Stroller
Tired of being banished to the back of the pack during a race when you decide to push your babe in a stroller? You can trot freely at this stroller-friendly jaunt at the National Harbor. While you get your workout on, your little ones can lay back and enjoy the live tunes played by Rocknoceros, the popular D.C. based kiddie band. Sun., 8:00 am. National Harbor. $50. All. Event details.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the Comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

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