It’s true that 2020 has offered up plenty of tricks, but we all know they’ve been far from treats. And although the DMV area has had to adapt to our new reality, we’re not about to let a pandemic get in the way of having some good, old fashioned, and spooky fun. Read on for all the ways you can get into the Halloween spirit this year without compromising on safety—or scares.
Haunted Houses and Attractions
An iconic Halloween haunt, Markoff’s has reimagined their dark, wooded trails for enhanced safety and even better spooks. This year, there are no individual tickets; instead, Markoff’s is selling “cohort tickets” that are good for up to six guests. Each cohort will get an assigned time to walk the trail.
Dates: October 9-November 1.
Nightmare Alley: Drive-Thru Haunt 2020
Billed as Northern Virginia’s first drive-in haunted house, the Workhouse Arts Center has adapted its annual scare-fest for the social-distancing age.
Dates: Weekends in October; tickets are timed.
Two terrifying trails in one frightening location? Yes, please. On one, you’ll wind through 13 stations of “campground fears,” on the other, you’ll encounter zombies and haunted scenes.
Dates: October 3-November 7.
On this private, two-hour walking tour that begins at Oak Hill Cemetery, you’ll stroll through Georgetown while its spookiest tales are brought back from the dead. To book, contact [email protected].
Explore haunted sites around the White House, hear stories about the spirits of lawmakers and presidents past, and delve into the haunted history of the Supreme Court during this iconic DC tour.
Back by popular demand, these hour-long twilight tours are focused on many of the cemetery’s most haunted “residents.”
Drive-in and Outdoor Movies
Whether you’re seeking family-friendly flicks or Halloween horror classics, RFK’s drive-in “Halloween SZN” is your all-in-one stop for a movie so festive it will scare you.
Dates: Shows are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings through October.
This season, the cabanas at Cantina Bambina have been transformed into the ultimate backdrop for your favorite Halloween flicks. Grab a group of 2-6 people, stock up on snacks and drinks, and enjoy seasonal go-to’s such as Knives Out, Hocus Pocus, and Beetlejuice.
Dates: Movies will show on Thursday nights.