The weekend we’ve all been waiting for: Halloween! Whether you plan to brave the streets this Hallows Eve or want to keep it simple with a pitstop at a pumpkin patch, this year’s candy fest falls on a Sat. and it is going to be SWEET! Scroll down for the best ways to have a spooktacular Halloween weekend!

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Hop Aboard the Pumpkin Express!
The spooky season is upon us, and to celebrate the B&O’s Mile One Express will be transformed into the Pumpkin Patch Express! Take a Halloween train ride out to the pumpkin patch, located at the site of the First Mile Stable. After choosing their child-size pumpkin, kids will take the train back to the B&O, where they can decorate their pumpkins, play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy a fall snack, and receive tokens to use on our children’s rides!  Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Drive-Thru for Trick-or-Treating 
IKEA College Park will be hosting a Trick or Treat drive thru experience as a safe and fun alternative for families in their community to participate in. This event will feature stops along a designated route in the IKEA parking lot where customers can collect treats from their vehicle. Safety procedures will be followed. Fri. Event details. 

The Blue Moon Corn Maze
Get lost in this epic maze at night! Bring your flashlights for the ultimate scare: getting lost in a roll of toilet paper in this cheeky 2020-themed corn maze. Fri. Event details. 

A Free Ride on The Capital Wheel
This Halloween The Capital Wheel is giving a big TREAT to kids 10 years & under who wear a costume – a FREE ride on Saturday, October 31 from noon – 4 p.m. with a paying adult. Dress the your little boils and ghouls in their best costumes and enjoy the fantastic fall views of the Potomac, then view a fantastic Jack-o-lantern display later in the evening! Sat. Event details. 

Solve a Mini Corn Maze
At only six acres, this “cozy” corn maze is one of the smallest around, making it a winner for families with little ones barely taller than a stalk of corn. Think of it as “maze lite”—perfect for those prone to meltdowns. There’s also a Straw Bale Maze for those who like to see over the hedge. While you’re visiting, check out the rest of the 55-acre Lothian farm (east of Upper Marlboro), with lots of fall festival activities involving pumpkins, an underground slide, a jumping pillow and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Virtual Halloween Party With Rapunzel
Come dressed up as your favorite fairy tale princess or prince and join a virtual Halloween party with Rapunzel. Enjoy a story, crafts, songs and games. Go here for a list of craft supplies. Fri. Event details. 

DIY a Day of the Dead Skull
Learn how to draw and decorate a Day of the Dead skull with art supplies you have at home. Teaching artist Amaranta Sandys will guide you through the steps while explaining the significance of Day of the Dead. This bilingual tutorial will be available on the Seattle Public Library Kids channel on YouTube Sat. Event details.

Build a Brick Haunted Mansion 
Kids ages 5-10 can tap into their imaginations from the comfort of home this Halloween with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO® collection. Students will explore their creative boundaries and learn new building techniques while creating haunted houses and other spooky decorations. We know your Halloween display will be simply “gourd-geous”! There is an $18 fee for this online workshop. Sat. Event details. 

Spooky Spider Class 
Do you love Aragog and all things spider? Join Spiderella as she teaches us about spiders just in time for Halloween. Best for ages 9-18, but all ages welcome. Sat. Event details. 

Creatures of the Night Halloween Party
Meet spooky-cool animals, live with their caretakers from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Discover how bats, snakes and owls thrive in darkness with all of the features that make these creatures of the night so super special. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and ask Zoo staff questions. This is a free event, but space is limited so guests are required to register (one registration per device). Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers