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DC/ Maryland Halloween Events


Halloween is right around the corner. We’re starting to plan and craft our costumes for that one day a year where we can wear anything we want. With so many possible costume options (Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s, anyone?), it’s a shame that Halloween is only one day. But with these different events going on around the DC and Maryland area, you’ll have a chance to show off your costumes and celebrate Halloween throughout October.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America: You can head down to Mitchellville, Maryland from September 28th to October 27th to check out Six Flags Great America’s annual Fright Fest. Attractions include Manslaughter Manor, Seven Sins Cemetery, and Snakes on a Train. Watch out for The Uprising Parade, the zombies have been known to chase!


Halloween Howl at the Hamilton: Part concert, part costume party, the Hamilton is ready to celebrate Halloween in style. The show, located at the Hamilton Live on 14th Street NW in DC, will feature the top Halloween Hits from the past 40 years including performances from Steve and Annie Sidleys, Cal Everett, The Crimestoppers, and more. Tickets can be bought here https://www.eventfarm.com/tokens/event/7fff5387-0000-4521-a3ca-9b05e74fa489.

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High Heeled Drag Queen Race: Every year on the Tuesday before Halloween, 100 of DC’s finest drag queens strap on their finest stilettos and race down 17th street. What started out as a 25-person race back in 1986 has turned into an event that attracts thousands of spectators. Even better, many of the restaurants and bars along the route have food and drink specials for race spectators. This year’s race will start at 9pm on October 29th.

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Zombie Run at the National Harbor: This 5k, which will take place on October 26th, is a zombie-infested obstacle fun run. Don’t have your zombie costume ready? No worries, you can run without a costume or just watch the race from the sidelines. It seems as though these flesh-eating zombies have a soft side; this race is raising money for Smile Train, a charity that provides cleft plate surgery to children in developing countries. You can register for the run here https://zombierun.webconnex.com/DCA13.

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Fright at the Museum: What will put you in a spookier mood than a Halloween event set among real-life criminal artifacts? Fright at the Museum includes a Dead Man Walking tour throughout their facilities at the Crime Museum, where you will be surrounded by George Washington University theater students dressed for the occasion and ready to scare. The event will be October 24-26, and the 31st. Tickets can be bought online at http://www.crimemuseum.org/Fright_at_the_Museum.html.

Gravensteen’s Haunted House: This haunted house revolves around the story of the curse of Frau Miller. Located on Florida Avenue in Washington DC, the only haunted house inside the beltway has 50,00 square feet spread out over three stories of terror. This spooky spectacle also has a charitable upside: portions of its proceeds are donated to Operation Rebound, which supports disabled soldiers’ active and athletic lifestyle. The haunted house will be open all weekends in October. Tickets can be purchased here http://www.gravensteen.net/tickets.html.

Image: Gravensteen Haunted Productions

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