If you haven’t already carved your jack-o’-lantern and still need to secure a gourd (or two), check out our handy guide to the best pumpkin patches in the DC area. Looking for more ways to fill this fall weekend? The LuminoCity Festival opens on Sat. at Roer’s Zoofari. Touch a Truck events are back this fall for your big wheel enthusiasts. And a Halloween Safari brings tons of not-so-spooky fun to this autumn weekend. Plus, way to get fall festive virtually.
The Bull Runs Mountain Conservancy has been running their Halloween Safari for over 20 year. Join the Conservancy for a not-so-spooky guided nighttime hike. Be prepared to meet native “wildlife.” Stay after the hike to relax by the bonfire and listen to live music. Sat. Event details.
The LuminoCity Festival
Be ready to enter a world straight out of your wildest imaginations as you step into our unforgettably spectacular night of lights in Roer’s Zoofari. Set upon a world lit up with towering lit-up sculptures, The LuminoCity Festival will take you to a dazzling new world with Lumi, the LuminoCity mascot, as your guide. The immersive outdoor event will be a festive, and timed-entry experience for guests of all ages! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
As the GRAMMY-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have built a plaid-shirted national following with their outdoor adventure-themed albums, “Can You Canoe?,” “Through The Woods,” “Saddle Up” and “Winterland.” But whether it’s indoors or out, the Okee Dokee Brothers believe that as long as folks are singing together there’s a glimpse of hope for our world. They’ll share old favorites as well as brand new tunes from their latest album, “Songs for Singin’.” Sat. Event details.
Touch a Truck
This annual event hosted by The Wiggle Room features face painting, balloon art, food trucks and, of course, BIG trucks! If your little squeals every time they see a set of BIG wheels, this outdoor event is a must! Sun. Event details.
“Spookley the Square Pumpkin” Maze
This 7-acre corn maze is free with admission, but only open on weekends. For a less crowded, tot-friendly experience, check out “Spookley The Square Pumpkin” maze on a weekday (this mini maze is also open on weekends). Afterwards, attend a scarecrow making workshop (additional fee), duck races, painting pumpkins, hay rides, and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Who’s that, you say? The beloved fairytale creature Moomintroll is one of the central figures of the Moomin stories created by Finnish author Tove Jansson. The Moomin family lives an adventurous life in the idyllic Moominvalley. You can meet this adorable creature in person at the National Children’s Museum. Or hop online to learn more about the creation of this television series. Sun. Event details.
DIY for Día de los Muertos
Celebrate El Día de los Muertos with Digital Learning! Join Mr. Jeffery to learn about the history and traditions of this Mexican holiday, see a puppet show performed in Spanish, and build your own puppet in the style of La Calavera, the decorated skull imagery associated with the holiday. Sat. Event details.
Maple Harvest Breakfast Cooking Class
Junior chefs will cook along with Ms. Erica and learn how to make maple a breakfast star while elevating their skills in the kitchen. Ms. Erica will guide kids through proper measuring and mixing techniques to craft Whole Wheat Scones with Maple Glaze. They’ll also learn how to form, season and cook their own Maple Sausage Patties and use proper knife skills to prepare Crispy Miso-Maple Sweet Potato Hash. Fri. Event details.
Indigenous People Festival
Indigenous People Festival is a free, annual celebration of Indigenous creativity and brilliance where all attendees can learn about Indigenous cultures from a lineup of contemporary talent. This year, we’ll present four exciting days of virtual performances and panels featuring locally and nationally recognized Indigenous artists and advocates. Fri. Event details.
Halloween Tricks & Treats Cooking Class
Kids ages 8-12 will gobble up these Halloween treats that are egg-, dairy- and meat-free during this cook-along class. Starting with a warm batch of Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes, instructor Amy will focus on developing kitchen skills that young chefs will use for the rest of their lives, as they bring Apple Monsters to life and bake up delicious Mummy Dogs. Sat. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers