Halloween Events in the Community

Films, Festivals, Candy and Costumed Celebrations through October


It’s finally cool and crisp outside, bringing to mind the harvest that will be brought in from gardens throughout October –and from Trick-or-Treating at the end of the month! The community has a whole lot of events featuring costumes, candy and fall fun lined up for getting together and celebrating the season.

We know this list isn’t exhaustive but we want it to be! Send any additional events, including school fall festivals, to liz@hillrag.com to be added to the list.


River Terrace Park Harvest Festival

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 | Benning at Anacostia Roads SE | Free 

Leaf your worries behind and join in for fun, food and good cheer at the Second Annual River Terrace Park Harvest Festival. Come to River Terrace Park for story time, paint and sip, a pumpkin decorating or costume contest, slime-making and so much more.

Please bring your own pumpkin and a fall-inspired baked good to share! The best costume will win a $50 Dave and Busters card. Learn more and register online.


Masquerade for Residents of Capper Carrollsburg Senior Apartments

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 | 55 M St. SE | $15

Hines Investment Management Company is hosting a  Masquerade / Halloween Party on the rooftop of 55 M Street to raise money for the residents of the Capper Carrollsburg community on October 26th, 2018, from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets are $15 per person and costumes are optional!

The event will have music, complimentary food provided by Shake Shack, beer provided by Gordon Biersch and wine provided by First Residences. Door prizes throughout the evening and there will be a silent auction.

Tickets are being processed by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and all proceeds will benefit the residents displaced by the fire at the Capper Carrollsburg Senior Housing facility on September 19th, 2018.

Buy tickets online, or donate to the Capper Carrollsburg Senior Fund directly.

River Monsters at Anacostia Park Aquatic Center 

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday October 26th | 1900 Anacostia Dr. | Free

Join DOEE fish & wildlife biologists for “River Monsters” to enjoy family-friendly, Halloween-themed activities at the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) in Anacostia Park. The program will be offered on Friday, October 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

“River Monsters” will feature a Fish or Treat? aquarium tour with feedings, Share & Scare aquatic animal presentation and themed crafts and activities. Come discover the creatures that lurk in the depths of the District’s waterways and the spooky ways aquatic animals survive!

Register online with head counts and ages for a ghoulish good time! Costumes are encouraged! All AREC programs are FREE, but this opportunity is limited to 40 attendees. Program participants must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

“River Monsters” is part of the Family Discovery Days series offered Fall through Spring annually in conjunction with select District of Columbia Public Schools days off for students. View other programs and learn more about the Aquatic Resources Education Center by visiting http://doee.dc.gov/arec.

The Aquatic Resources Education Center is located in Anacostia Park next to the Skating Pavilion (view map). Questions may be directed to doee.arec@dc.gov or 202-727-7400 / 202-440-3951.

NSO Spooktacular Concert

2 p.m. and 4 p.m. October 27th | 2700 F St. NW | $15 to $18

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall transforms into a ghastly sight at this annual frightfully fun National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) concert featuring ghoulishly attired musicians, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.”

Tickets range from $15 to $18. This concert is for ages 5 and up.

Trick or Treat at Mount Vernon

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday October 27th | 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy | $8 kids; $14 adults

Participate in a scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft on this unforgettable evening at Mount Vernon (3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA).

See wool carding, spinning and fish net making in the historic area before greeting “Martha Washington” on the piazza of the Mansion. Burn off all the extra excitement with 18th-century dancing in the upper garden. Historic chocolate-making demonstrations and chocolate tastings will also take place.

For more information, visit mountvernon.org.


DPR & MARS Candy Halloween Spooktacular

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 | 1230 Summer Rd. SE | Free

Join Mayor Bowser’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Mars Candy for a one of a kind Halloween experience!  Get free costumes, take pictures with M&M’s® Characters and more!

Mars and DPR are giving away 500 costumes, and transforming the Barry Farm Recreation Center into a family-friendly Halloween Bash!

Children 12 and under should arrive before 7 p.m. to select a free costume and a tote bag full of candy.

The Halloween-themed activities, costumes and candy are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under.

RSVP online at the DPR Spooktacular Halloween Bash Page.


Farm at Kelly Miller Fall Festival 

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 | 301 49th St. NE | Free

Come together for a day of community fun during the ribbon-cutting before the gates are opened at The Farm at Kelly Miller. Join Dreaming Out Loud with partners Beet Street Gardens, City Blossoms, DC Central Kitchen, DC Department of Parks, Hustlerz 2 Harvesters, Kelly Miller Middle School, and residents for the second annual Fall Festival.

Guests will enjoy family friendly activities, food tastings, face painting, cooking demos and more!

Learn more about the farm and the event at the Farm at Kelly Miller website.

Celebrate the harvest at Benning Park Community Garden


Harvest Festival 2.0 at Benning Park Community Garden

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 | 5100 Southern Ave. SE | Free

This season the ward 7 community together with resources from the #growithLisa community project restored the Benning Park Community Garden (5100 Southern Ave. SE) and grew some delicious vegetables there! Join the community October 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the awakening of the Benning Park Community Garden.

What is a fall festival without pumpkins? There will be pumpkins, activities and a costume parade for the kids. Local businesses and agencies will be available to showcase their services. Bring your family and friends and help celebrate.

Find more information and register online.

Halloween Spooktacular at Congressional Cemetery

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday October 27th | 1801 E St. SE | $7.50 suggested donation (Adults)

The Seventh Annual Halloween Spooktacular returns to Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE based in the Chapel) rain or shine! There will be food, drinks, hayrides, a photo booth, food and drink provided by Agua 301, games and more.

This year, Fulcrum asks that all adults donate $7.50 upon registering. All donations will go to The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP), an organization that is doing extremely important work in light of the homeless shelter closing at D.C. General’s campus. There will be opportunities to donate cash to HCPP at the event.

Join in the games for kids and adults. Wear a costume and enter the costume contest! Register online by Thursday, Oct. 25.


Ten Minute Spooky Stories at Dorothy I. Height Library

5:45 p.m. Monday October 29th | 2935 Benning Rd. NE| Free

Come to the Benning Road Library (Dorothy I. Height) to hear creepy tales to get you in the Halloween mood. These scary, ghoulish and ghastly stories will make you go oh no! There will also be humorous stories to make you laugh out loud.

For ages 6-12. All programs are free and open to the public.


Halloween Parties at DPR Rec Centers

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Malcolm X Opportunity Center | 701 Mississippi Avenue SE

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Ferebee Hope Recreation Center | 3999 8th Street SE

Expect fun-filled activities, candy and prizes! Wear your costumes. Activities best for children aged 12 and under.

For a full up-to-the-minute list of Halloween Events at DPR Rec Centers, also check out their online listings!

Kick off Dia de los Muertos at the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) on Halloween morning


Dia de los Muertos at the Anacostia Community Museum

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31 | 1901 Fort Pl. SE |

Kick off Dia de los Muertos at the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM). Families can decorate papier mâché skulls in a variety of colors and materials. The workshop will be led by arts educator, Irene Clouthier who will guide participants in decorating their skulls in the style of artist Frida Kahlo. Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday observed each fall throughout Mexico and the United States from the end of October through early November. During this multi-day observance, family and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have transitioned and to help support the spiritual journey of the deceased. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu.

Costume Carnival at Gateway DC

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Gateway 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE | Free

This is a community Halloween community event for the whole family. Comet to Gateway, the open-air and covered pavilion in the Congress Heights neighborhood (2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE) for free food, entertainment and fun.

Compete in the costume contest for kids and adults with prizes for the winners. Complimentary food. Live music, family-fun activities and so much more. Register online.

Deanwood Library and Rec Center Halloween Events

10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 | 1350 49th St. NE | Free

Join Deanwood Library and Recreation Center for Halloween fun! The day starts at 10:30 a.m. with a special story time for children ages birth to 5 years and their caregivers. Come in costume! We’ll read Halloween stories and then parade through the recreation center to trick-or-treat!

Drop by after school to play games like pin the face on the jack-o-lantern; participate in our costume contest with prizes for ages birth-5 years and 6-12; decorate your candy bag; watch a screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown; and pick up a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes!

Scream Cinema at Dorothy I. Height Library

4:30 p.m. Wednesday October 31st | 2935 Benning Rd. NE| Free

There will be a scary movie-a-thon at the Dorothy I. Height library Halloween evening. Movies are appropriate for kids aged 7-12. All programs are free and open to the public.


Another list of Halloween events has also been published on the Hill Rag site. Check that one out here.