It’s the final count down to All Hallows’ Eve! With one week left until Halloween, we’re shaking our bones to the Monster Mash and Zooming with ghosts. Looking to get a jump start on trick-or-treating? Head to this MD garden for a no & low-touch candy grab. Scroll down for more spooky ideas to fill your weekend.

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Trick-or-Treat in a Garden
Wear your costume (and your mask—it’s required) while you enjoy socially-distanced activities on this 30 acre property. Trick-or-treat with a safe, no-touch distribution system, enjoy Halloween-themed crafts and get ready to get down with some spooky tunes. Bonus: The garden has a quarter-mile walking path through woods punctuated by sculptures, including more than 30 on-loan from the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art. Sat. Event details.

Go Undercover
You don’t have to wait until Halloween to get out the mustache and assorted wigs. The International Spy Museum is open and with a family membership you and your brood can solve mysteries and practice your decoding skills all. year. long. Costumes and disguises are optional. Activity details. 

Do the Monster Mash
These songs are sure to cast a spell! Create the ultimate Halloween playlist from these 24 spooky tracks and get ready to move your bones to the beat. Family dance party! Activity details. 

Get Creative with Crayola
Crayons aren’t just for drawing! Drip, splatter and paint melted crayons on to a pumpkin for a no-carve decoration. For 49 more Halloween decorating tips and ideas, go here. Activity details. 

Take a Hike
Explore one of these local wooded spots where you can enjoy fall foliage on super-easy, well-paved paths that are suitable for kids 5 & under. Activity details.


Get Spooky with Science 
This live, free interactive workshop provides a fun, hands-on experiences while teaching kids the methods scientists use to find answers to medicine’s biggest questions. In “Zombies Like Brains” you’ll learn about a neurological disease that turns humans into real-life zombies, and will explore the parts of the brain that are affected. Fri. Event details. 

Zoom with Ghosts
Are you prepared to Zoom with ghosts? Kids 10 & up will explore real places that are said to be haunted and learn the tales of the ghosts who linger there. Follow a trail of clues across eerie websites, in search of answers to tricky questions. Ghost-plagued places include the Hollywood Hotel where Marilyn Monroe and other celeb ghosts haven’t checked out; the White House in search of presidential ghosts, and the Salem Witch Trial Memorial where you’ll learn the chilling fate of Giles Corey, just to name a few. Sat. Event details. 

Disney Sing Along
Let it go, let it go…. online! Come ready to sing and dance to all your Disney movie favorite songs! Don’t forget to BYOM (bring your own microphone). Fri. Event details. 

Pumpkin Decorating with Henna
Learn to decorate a pumpkin using the beautiful Indian art of mehndi. This live, one-hour Zoom class ($40) is taught by an acclaimed mehndi artist. Kids 8 & up will design an unbelievable Halloween pumpkin using custom-made henna paste free from chemicals or dyes. Bring positive spirits and good luck into your home. No carving required. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers