It’s been a while since Halloween fell smack dab in the middle of a weekend. Since the phenomenon is so few and far between, you’ll want to try to fill the upcoming Fri-Sun with enough family fun time to diffusesk all of that candy-fueled energy. Start things off right at one of these shindigs.


Chevy Chase

This nature-themed Halloween event is for the birds…and the princesses and Power Rangers. Bring the whole family and walk the woods at Woodend Nature Sanctuary and enjoy animal encounters and treat stations along well-lit trails. Afterwards, go inside the historic mansion for refreshments, and visit craft stations to make animal masks or paint pumpkins. Fri., 6 pm-9 pm. $5-$15. All agesEvent details.


Adventures in Halloweenville
We aint’ scared of no ghosts! Hosted by Habitat for Humanity, Halloweenville is a non-scary, interactive haunted house designed for kids ages 6-11 and their parents complete with a Pumpkin Village for 3-5 year olds. Fri. $5. All agesEvent details.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Join bumbling Ichabod Crane, beautiful Katrina Van Tassel and bullying Brom Bones as they bring to life this Washington Irving classic. Families will have an opportunity to join the actors on-stage for an impromptu Sleepy Hollow Choir practice. The most exciting part is the anticipated arrival of our (not-so-scary) Headless Horseman! Sat., 9:30 am-12 pm. Free. Ages 4-10Event details.


Halloween Party at Great Play
This ghoulish gathering starts with a Halloween Costume Parade, followed by some of Great Play’s most loved games and activities—all with a Halloween twist! Kids will even trick or treat for a few trinkets and end the afternoon with a Halloween treat. Costumes are welcomed. Fri., 1:30 pm-3 pm. $15-$25. Ages 1-6Event details.


Pumpkin Rock N’ Roll
Watch in amazement as Warner Circle Park in Kensington, Md transforms into a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Participate in a fun costume contest and parade, and enjoy family-friendly attractions including festival-style musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides and a rock wall. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars. Sat., 12 pm-4 pm. Free. All agesEvent details.


Playing by Air
This one of a kind production blends music, juggling, and circus. Trust us–you haven’t seen anything like it. The award-winning performers of Playing By Air share their sense of playfulness and breathtaking feats in a production enjoyed by kids–big and small. Sun., 2 pm-3:30 pm. $15-$20. Ages 5 and upEvent details.

How will your family get in the spirit this Halloween weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady