Editor’s Note: The CDC has specific recommendations in place for Halloween 2020. While the events below are being organized within the CDC guidelines and include current safety measures, there is an inherent risk in any public gathering. If prefer to skip the treats this year there are still lots of fun ways to celebrate with the kids

Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is pretty much cancelled this year, but these no-touch and low touch events let you get your fill of candy without the cooties. Snag some free sweets at an IKEA-sponsored drive-thru party or get giggly with Elmo & friends at The Count’s Spooktacular Halloween. Ready to skip the candy chutes and get your proper loot on? Read on for the best places to go trick-or-treating while social distancing near Washington, DC. Happy Halloween!

photo: Julia Raasch via Unsplash 

Halloween in the Garden at Annmarie Sculpture 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.

Cost: $5/3 & up; Gate proceeds are donated to Smile Food Pantry & Annmarie Scholarship Fund
When: Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden, 13470 Dowell Rd., Dowell, MD
Online: www.annmariegarden.org

photo: Steven Libralon on Unsplash


IKEA College Park Halloween Drive-Thru Experience
Kick off Halloween weekend with this free candy grab on Oct. 30. College Park’s IKEA is hosting a drive-thru trick-or-treating party with designated loot grabs throughout the parking lot. If we didn’t already love this Scandinavian superstore, we’d be sweet on them now!

Cost: Free
When: Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD
Online: eventbrite.com/ikea-college-park-halloween-drive-thru-experience

photo: Mount Vernon 

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
This yerar’s Halloween event looks a little different. All visitors are required to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors; costumes that feature clever masks are encouraged! While trick-or-treating will not take place in the historic area this year, your little one will be handed a bag full of loot upon exiting the estate. Family fun includes entertainment, crafts and live chocolate-making demonstrations.

Update: This event is now sold out. 

Cost: $8/members, $10/non-members
When: Oct. 31 from 2-6 p.m.
Where: Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA
Online: mountvernon.org

photo: Sesame Place

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
If your little ones are silly for Sesame Street, they will leap at the chance to sing and dance along with their favorite furry characters at Sesame Place. Fri.-Sun. now through Nov. 1, enjoy all things not-so-spooky at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Always wanted to drive down Sesame Street? For the first time ever, guests can drive-thru the iconic Sesame Street backdrop on Tues. and Wed. nights in Oct.

COVID-19 Update: Masks are required both indoors and out.

Cost: $30.99
When: Fri. 4-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (thru Nov. 1)
Where: 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
Online: sesameplace.com


photo: Jeremy McKnight via Unsplash 

Boo At The Drive-Thru
Boo At The Zoo, a regional annual favorite, has turned into the ultimate no-touch trick-or-treating party—Boo At The Drive-Thru! Get ready to cruise down the Zoo’s North Road for some spooky Halloween frights while your kiddos get their fill of Mars Wrigley treats, like M&Ms, Twix and more.

Update: This event is now sold out. 

Cost: $45/member vehicles; $55/ non-members vehicles
When: Oct. 24-25, 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave.  NW
Online: nationalzoo.si.edu

photo: Fairmont Washington DC

Spooktacular Treats for Halloween at Home
Come dressed in your best costume and bring Fido, too! Those wearing their Halloween best will be entered into a raffle to win special prizes like a  free night stay or  dinner at the Fairmont Washington DC. The hotel is also offering to-go boxes filled with freshly baked treats for driveway pick-ups. Pre-order your Halloween Kids Kit filled with witch finger cookies, foam masks, coloring pages and more. And be sure to pick one up for your, pooch, too.

Cost: $15-20
When: Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m.
Where: 2401 M St. NW, Georgetown
Online: eventbrite.com//halloween-to-go-for-kids-and-canines-tickets

photo: Jessica Rockowitz via Unsplash

Kids Halloween Party at Pinstripes
Reservations are recommended for this Halloween hootenanny. There are no tricks at this treat-only event that features Halloween activities and games, cookie decorating and wicked surprises. Various treat stations dole out goody bags and sweets so you won’t miss the door-to-door action.

Cost: Varies
When: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Georgetown
Online: pinstripes.com/georgetown

—Meghan Yudes Meyers

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