Kick off October with a blast. Literally! Summers Farm in Frederick (a short one-hour drive from DC) features fireworks every Fri. & Sat. night. Looking to have contact-free fun? Head to Cox Farms for a self-drive “hayride” where you can see ghosts, goblins and witches without leaving your vehicle. For more fall fun, scroll down!

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Have a Blast with Fireworks
Every Fri. & Sat. night at 7:30 Summers Farm closes the day’s activities with a spectacular fireworks special. Go for a day of fun and pumpkin picking and stay at night for the real show. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 

Take a Self-Drive Hayride
From the safety of your own vehicle enjoy a “hayride” through Halloween-themed farmscape at Cox Farms. Play I Spy with witches, ghosts and goblins. Don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin when you’re done the tour. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Invest in these Family Memberships
Want to see David Rogers’ Big Bugs on repeat? Or play the ultimate Escape Room game at the International Spy Museum? Fall is the perfect time to invest in one of these family memberships! Activity details. 

Pick a Pumpkin
It’s the must-have accessory of the season: the orange gourd. Head to one of these pick-your-own farms to find the perfect pumpkin to carve. Bonus: you get to spend a day on a farm. Activity details. 


Crayola At-Home Crafting
With new activities added daily, sign up to get access to tons of downloadable coloring pages, creativity tips and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

BrickCon Online
See hundreds of amazing LEGO creations, interact with Current and Former Lego Designers, learn from a LEGO Master and build your own at-home projects. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Reading with Rover
Build reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog in a live video chat. Sat. Event details. 

MoPOP Family Minecraft Program
Join MoPOP for a virtual family Minecraft program. Led by a MoPOP museum educator and inspired by our Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit, we’ll identify common fantasy characters, explore buildings a community might need and then work together to create our own fantasy-inspired buildings. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers