It’s the last weekend before Halloween (Oct. 31), which means the infiltration of autumnal festivities will be at an all time high. Glen Echo Park will host it’s first BOOquarium event, costume skates are going down all over Maryland, and about a bajillion pounds of candy will be handed out. Make sure you get out and about before you, well, turn into a pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Panache
Gather the family for a fun Halloween evening at Brookside Gardens! Kids can wear their favorite costumes, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top off the evening listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd. FriEvent

Cabin John

Not-So-Spooky Skate
Come celebrate Halloween at Cabin John! Starting at 4:15, we will have free instructional time for beginners followed by public skating beginning at 4:45. Skaters should come in costume so they can trick or treat at the rink, participate in the costume contest, and do some Halloween crafts. FriEvent

Glen Echo

Float by the first ever annual Glen Echo Park Aquarium BOOQUARIUM–an extra fishy, extra scary day of fun. There will be a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest. Plus, you can come enjoy  creepy decor and a chance to win a Family Membership! SatEvent

National Mall

Smithsonian Food History Weekend Festival
Join the Smithsonian for a free day of hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present, and future of food and community in America. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages. SatEvent


Trunk or Treat Festival
Pull out your best costumes and trunk decorations for this FREE, family-friendly fall festival. In addition to a parking lot full of decked out and candy-filled trunks, there will be a bounce house, apple bobbing, kids crafts, and games for treaters of all ages. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Blessings in a Backpack. SatEvent


‘Peter Pan’
Keeping with the “Alden on the Move” theme, the Old Firehouse’s first children’s performance this fall is reminiscent of a time when actors didn’t have theatres to perform in so they traveled from town to town with only what and whom could fit in their wagon. DuffleBag Theatre’s performance of “Peter Pan” will whisk you off to Neverland with only the set, props and costumes they brought in their trunk. SatEvent

What spooky fun do you have planned for the weekend? Tell us in the comments. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady