This is arguably one of the busiest times for D.C. families–but we aren’t complaining! Get spooked at Bradley Farm Haunted House, trick-or-treat with pandas at Boo at the Zoo, hop into the driver’s seat at Suburban Nursery’s truck touch, and more! We bet you’ll wish October lasted all year long.

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Photo: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Woodley Park

Boo at the Zoo
Night owls, this one’s 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. The Bird House, Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm will be open and filled with Halloween-themed enrichment for the animals. Fri.-Sun., 5:30 pm-8:30 pm. $30. Ages 2-12Event details.

Herndon

Bradley Farm Haunted House (for All Ages)
Journey into the damp, darkness of the Bradley Coal Mine with only the light of your lantern to guide you! On Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m., the Bradley Farm Haunted House offers a dark and scary adventure that’s perfect for tweens, teenagers and adults. For the even younger crowd, there’s a non-scary version available on Saturday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. The milder version will include trick-or-treating inside the haunted house for children 10 and under. Fri.-Sat., 6 pm-10 pm. $5. All agesEvent details.

Tenleytown

Flu U: Massage Workshop for Cold and Flu Season
Journey into the damp, darkness of the Bradley Coal Mine with only the light of your lantern to guide you! On Friday and Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m., the Bradley Farm Haunted House offers a dark and scary adventure that’s perfect for tweens, teenagers and adults. For the even younger crowd, there’s a non-scary version available on Saturday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. The milder version will include trick-or-treating inside the haunted house for children 10 and under. Sun., 1 pm-2:45 pm. $40. Adults onlyEvent details.

Rockville

Tot-Friendly Autumn Fest
Grab your littlest pumpkins–this festival is just for them. Play carnival games, explore a moon bounce and Imagination Playground, enjoy an amazing Rockin’ Railroad performance by Kidville, and join a fun run. Let’s get this party started. Sat., 10 am-1 pm. $5. Ages 2-5Event details.

Bethesda

Beep-Beep: Truck Touch Fun at Suburban Nursery School
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 a 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 truck crawling works up an appetite in your kiddo, no worries—there will be food trucks on deck, too. Sat., 10 am-2 pm. $5; free/kids under 2. All agesEvent details.

Various Locations

No Passport Needed: Kids Euro Festival
It’s one of the country’s largest performing arts festivals for children, and for good reason. The festival boasts more than 125 free events between Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 hosted by 28 different European embassies (think: Austria, France, and Slovakia) and 30 local cultural institutions. The festival features performances by artists in all genres from the obscure shadow puppet artists to the mainstream violinists. Sun. Free. All agesEvent details.

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

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady