The 140-year-old Paxton Manor in Leesburg, Virginia converts into a house of horrors at Halloween time. The Shocktober Haunted House is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets are $30 online, or $35 at the door. Click here to learn more. Read more and see Redskins visiting the haunted house.
Through Saturday, kids who wear a costume to Chuck E. Cheese's get 50 free tickets.
Get a free kids bowl when you buy a regular bowl and a
fountain drink at Teriyaki Madness in Fairfax. On Halloween, kids wear a costume to claim the deal.
Look for Day of the Dead celebrations at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Wear a costume to Shake Shack Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a free scoop of frozen custard.
At Baja Fresh, kids in costume get a free kids meal with
purchase of an adult entree.
Warm up your Halloween screaming voice with free screenings of "Insidious: Chapter 3" at the University of Maryland.
and Roots at the Athenaeum: Performers will be taking us deep into the heart of the West
African customs of ancestors and spirits, their wisdom, and positive
influence. A mystical, experiential and educational evening with all the
thrill of Halloween spirits without the spook. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon: Activities like wagon rides, crafting, and a scavenger hunt.
The Grille at Morrison House is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner: a 1920s Themed Costume Dinner Party. Participate in the mystery as you try to discover ‘who done it’ while enjoying live music, cocktails, and a 3-course dinner.
All kids age 12 and younger get a free Scary Face Pancake at participating IHOP restaurants. FREE
There will be trick or treating, a magic show and an appearance by the University of Maryland women's basketball team at The Mall at Prince Georges. FREE
Hagerstown Premium Outlets will host Halloween Spooktacular trick or treating. FREE
A plaque commemorating the Exorcist Steps in Georgetown will be unveiled, and you're invited. The ceremony will include two Academy Award winners: Director Wiliam Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty. FREE
Admission is free to the Purcellville Halloween Block
Party with games, costume contests and face painting.
You're invited to ride in costume in October's free Baltimore Bike Party.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there's free trick or treating at Bethesda Row with treats for kids and adults.
Trick or treating
starts at 11 a.m. at participating shops in Alexandria's Old Town Boutique District. FREE
Costumed kids can trick or treat at Reston Town Center. There's also an afternoon magic show. FREE
Fall Frolic at Glen Echo Park includes trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a costume parade. FREE
Head to Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for trick or treating. FREE
Kids who show up in costume get a free Oreo slider at Glory Days Grill locations in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. FREE
Kids age 12 and younger in costume can enjoy trick or treating at Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets. FREE
Ballston Common Mall is another trick or treating destination. FREE
Springfield Town Center is holding a Halloween Fest with pumpkin painting and entertainment, followed by trick or treating. FREE
The Leesburg Halloween Parade is a big one that historically draws a massive crowd. FREE
This is the 90th year for the annual Alsatia Mummer's Parade in Hagerstown. FREE
Nightmare on King Street is a 21-and-up party with costume and mummy wrap contests at Fish Market in Alexandria. FREE
Kids in costume eat free with an adult purchase at Papa Tony's Trattoria in Ashburn.
Admission is free to Pumpkin Rock N' Roll in Kensington with pumpkin derby races, a costume parade, live music and more. FREE
On Halloween, your paid admission to the National Geographic Museum includes a free 3:30 p.m. screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," plus free ice cream if you come in costume.
There's no cover charge for the Halloween Bash at Union Pub, and there will be prizes for the best male and female individual costumes.
The City of Takoma Park is hosting a free Monster Bash with games and a costume parade and contest. FREE
There's a free Ghost and Goblin tour of an archaeological site behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria. FREE
Fair Oaks Mall's Mall-O-Ween means kids can trick or treat at more than 160 stores.
Head to Mount Vernon Triangle for apple cider, trick or treating, a dog costume parade and more.
There are 2 ways to get a free small gelato at Old Town Dolci's Saturday Grand Opening. Check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DolciGelati/
There is a free screening of "Nosferatu" with live music from Tristan Welch at Shaw Library at 3 p.m. Saturday. More details here: http://dclibrary.org/node/50792.
Go see “It’s the Great
Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at the Lamond-Riggs Library. The movie starts at
1 p.m. and will play on a loop until 5:30 p.m. More information
Dare to attend Scary League: A Story League Halloween at the http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming" class="SL_C_28055061_1376_95473514 Edit Creator28055061">Kennedy Center on Halloween.
Kids eat free after 3:30 p.m. at Ford's Fish Shack in Ashburn and South Riding.
Family Movie Night on the Plaza at Reston Station wraps up with a screening
of "Ghostbusters." FREE
Admission is free to the National Museum of National Museum of Women in the Arts on Nov/ 1
The State Highway Administration will be lending out reflective vests at highway maintenance shops across the state, as part of the annual Vests for Visibility Program.
The vests are designed to be worn over clothing — or costumes — and help increase pedestrians’ visibility.
The vests will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at most SHA maintenance facilities, during the days leading up to the holiday. They may be picked up between Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The vests must be returned by Friday, Nov. 6.
Click here to learn more about the program.
WASHINGTON — Halloween is an exciting time for kiddos, eager to strut the streets in creative costumes. But their end-of-the-night haul can be truly terrifying for parents.
Americans already eat more than the recommended amount of sugar, according to the American Heart Association. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or 355 calories, and when it comes to Halloween and the weeks that follow, those numbers are off the charts.
Kristen Gradney, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says an increased sugar intake puts kids at risk for diseases such as diabetes, obesity and even cardiovascular disease — “which is occurring more and more frequently now in children,” she adds.
Gradney has some tips on how parents can help moderate candy consumption around Halloween, without leaving kids feeling deprived of a childhood experience.
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