Halloween Plans? D.C. Scares Up Plenty of Ideas

Halloween Plans? D.C. Scares Up Plenty of Ideas
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Looking for something to do on Halloween in the Washington region? You won't have to look far.

Halloween plans in the District can be as simple as just taking a stroll around Dupont Circle, a midnight hike near Georgetown or a scarily brisk walk in Capitol Hill.

D.C. residents can be very creative when it comes to Halloween costumes, lawn decorations and elaborate Halloween parties.

Even if you aren't up for decorating this year, chances are your neighbors are and you can enjoy the spirits in their yards.

Here are a few tips when planning your own personal fright fest for the big night:

  • Clear your yard of ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip trick-or-treaters. 
  • Opt for plug-in or battery-powered jack-o'-lanterns instead of using a candle. 
  • Secure your pets indoors, or arrange for them to stay somewhere else. Some pets become frightened of costumed visitors, while others may become aggressive.
  • Check that the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles. Poor lighting can be a major safety hazard.
  • Follow community guidelines for trick-or-treating hours. If it’s dark outside, provide your children with flashlights or glow sticks to help them see steps and other obstructions.

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Halloween Events Near D.C.

If handing out candy isn’t your thing, you can kick it up a notch with these four spooky events around Washington that promise to deliver plenty of thrills and chills.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

One of Virginia's largest amusement parks adds 10 mazes and six scare zones to its already packed entertainment selection. There also will be a hay maze, pumpkin painting and the chance to get behind the wheel of a pedal tractor.

Northern Virginia already has a leg up on its neighbors when it comes to doing it up right for Halloween.

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s historic home offers an opportunity for a colonial celebration. Trick-or-treaters are welcome and the visitor center also has created a scavenger hunt for the truly adventurous.

Fright at the Museum

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment in D.C.’s Chinatown offers a different take on haunted houses. Imagine being all alone in a darkened room with nowhere to sit but a well-used electric chair.

Gravensteen's Haunted House

What’s touted as D.C.’s largest haunted house will be in full glory on Halloween. Organizers also promise the ultimate scary experience for those who like a little extra horror with their holiday.

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