Halloween Fun & Frights in the DC Suburbs

Oct 21, 2021

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly fall festival or a terrifying haunted attraction, there’s something for everyone this Halloween season.

Not only is October an amazing month for family fun, but it’s also one of the best times to get a feel for a community—ideally, in costume. Consider these frightfully fun ways to explore the DC suburbs right now.

#1. Check Out the Spooky Displays
Locals go all out when they decorate for Halloween. We’re talking about huge skeletons in yards, inflatable spiders crawling on houses and so much more.

Pack some apple cider and take the family on a drive to scope out the best Halloween decorations in the DC suburbs. Don’t miss the displays in Crofton and the Kentlands in Gaithersburg—they never fail to wow. Not only will the kids enjoy seeing the spooky displays but this is a great way to check out some family-friendly communities.

#2. Explore a Pumpkin Trail
The pumpkin trail in Reston is a beloved fall tradition for many local families. Wander along the path to admire the 5,000 carved pumpkins. You’ll see everything from animals to celebrities expertly carved into the glowing gourds. Of course, don’t forget to bring your camera. There are plenty of excellent photo ops along the trail.

After taking in the Jack-O-Lanterns, your family can relax with a festive treat or enjoy a meal from one of the amazing—and eclectic—food trucks parked nearby.

#3. Get Spooked at the Field of Screams
If you have a horror fan in the family, swing by the Field of Screams in Olney. Keep in mind, though, this isn’t for the faint of heart…

The Trail of Terror is a big draw at the Field of Screams. It takes about 30 minutes to complete this haunted trek. As you travel through the spooky woods, you’ll visit 13 haunted houses with zombies and other creatures lurking around dark corners.

#4. Follow a Dark Trail Through Markoff’s Haunted Forest
The Field of Screams isn’t the only haunted attraction around. If you’re considering one of the suburbs in western Montgomery County, you’ll be closer to Markoff’s Haunted Forest.

Older kids who enjoy getting spooked love to test their fate on these haunted trails. There are multiple paths to follow and you never quite know what is hiding in the shadows. Once you’ve survived the trails, you can relax by the bonfire and enjoy a snack from one of the local vendors.

#5. Take the Kids to a Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patch
If haunts aren’t your thing or you have littles in the family, don’t worry. There are tons of pumpkin patches and fall festivals where you can enjoy Halloween vibes without the fear of running into a zombie.

Cox Farms in Centreville, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Wayside Farm in Berryville, and Whitehall Farm in Clifton, are just some of our favorites. Most of these farms offer corn mazes, pick-your-own pumpkins, and hayrides. At the farms, you might even be able to chat to local parents and get their scoop on the town.

#6. Hang with George & Martha

At Halloween, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home becomes a spooky (but not too spooky) family hotspot. All month long dive into seasonal fun. Then, on October 26 starting at 3:30pm the festivities really peak.

#7. Markoff’s Haunted Forest (Dickerson, MD)

Also in Maryland, Markoff’s Haunted Forest draws a massive crowd every Halloween season. Depending on your fright tolerance, there’s lots to choose from on these haunted grounds. One trail offers a terrifying walk all the way to Markoff’s “spirited” Abbey. For those with the courage, trek along a path through the haunted village and harbor, and expect more than a few unwelcome trail-goers along the way.

Alternatively, hop on the second trail, a walk down the hill crossing Hell’s Bridge and straight into the “Caverns of the Lost.” Be prepared to be totally spooked by the Vintage Freak Show and plenty of ghostly passers-by. Even in The Town there’s a high fright quotient. Start by the Field of Corn,

Looking for the right fit for your family? No matter what your priorities are, we are here to help you find the perfect suburb that checks all of your boxes. Schedule your FREE Suburbs Strategy session today to get started.

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