Tourists who are planning to visit Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC in the months of October to November are in for an absolute treat. This is because the capital of the United States will be hosting a number of events and activities to celebrate Halloween. You will be able to find plenty of family-friendly fun Halloween activities to scary frights that only brave people should witness.
Washington DC will be hosting a wide variety of spooky and scary activities that will help both natives and tourists to make the most of this year’s Halloween. In fact, the arrival of autumn is a wonderful time to be in DC. The cool temperature and the bright and vibrant leaves changing colors during the season urge even locals to get out from their homes and enjoy the outdoor climate.
If you wish to witness the autumn season to the fullest, then it is best to arrive at Washington DC by early October. On the other hand, tourists who are visiting the city just to take part in the spooky Halloween celebrations can reach DC by the second or third week of the month.
You can find plenty of ghost tours, hidden spooky spots, community parade, and other Halloween celebrations and related events all around the city. If you have no clear idea on where to begin, follow this simple guide to Washington DC tours.
Boo at the Zoo
The internationally renowned Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC hosts a fun Halloween celebration every year, which is called “Boo at the Zoo”. Tourists and natives will be able to watch the owls, spiders, bats, and other animals during the trick-or-treating event. In addition to that, people who are attending this fun and excellent Halloween event will be able to take part in haunted trails, festive decorations, keeper talks, and animal encounters. Volunteers in Halloween costumes will be giving out candies in the treat stations. So, if you are traveling to DC with your kids, then you must attend the Boo at the Zoo Halloween celebration.
Night of the Living Zoo
Tourists who are not traveling with younger children, but wish to take part in a fun and scary Halloween celebration while they are in DC should try to take part in the annual Night of the Living Zoo event. This exciting Halloween party will be held on the Friday before the Halloween. You will be able to find hundreds of tourists and natives in their best Halloween costumes enjoying the zoo in the moonlight during the event.
The mind-boggling and bone-chilling Night of the Living Zoo event features activities like palm reading and fire eating. However, it is significant to note that the event is exclusive for adults who are above the age of 21. So, if you are visiting DC with kids, then you should look for other activities. Alcohol and food vendors will be on site during this Halloween event.
The 17th Street High Heel Race
A huge crowd of costumed competitors from all over the world gathers in the Dupont Circle in the capital of United States to race from JR to 17th Street and to the Paramount Steakhouse in the city wearing high heels. This event initially started as a fun competition among a few drunk drag queen friends who raced from one bar to another during Halloween approximately 32 years ago. However, this small race event has transformed into a huge event today and it is currently called the 17th Street High Heel Race.
The event used to take place a few weeks before Halloween until a couple of years ago, but it was recently moved to the Tuesday right before Halloween. This was done to mitigate traffic during the holiday season. So, the 17th Street High Heel Race of 2018 will take place on October 30 this year. The best thing about this fascinating high heel race is that a diverse crowd of drag kings and queens will be present during the event. In addition to that, you will be able to find thousands of spectators at the venue.
Tourists who still have time after attending all these events should consider scheduling a visit to the Markoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson before ending their Washington DC tour. The haunted forest in Dickerson has been one of the biggest and best attractions in the city at this time of the year, and it does live up to its reputation of being one of the most spookiest places to visit in DC.