Washington DC’s Top Halloween Events in 2022 (Updated)
October is here! Time for Washington DC’s Top Halloween Events in 2022
DC hosts some of the biggest parties. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate the spooky season this year, from family friendly fun to adult-level screams and scares.
We’re listing them all out for you, and updating them as we discover more.
Bask in Pumpkin Palooza
Thursday October 28
Alethia Tanner Park
Pumpkin Palooza is back! From 4 – 7pm on October 28, your family and friends can enjoy live entertainment, food, music and a themed scavenger hunt. The kid’s costume contest returns. Don’t forget a pick-your-own pumpkin patch right in the District at NoMa’s Alethia Tanner Park.
The event is free for all.
For more information: https://nomabid.org/pumpkinpalooza/
PreGame Halloween with Spooky Brews
Saturday Oct 30
Hook Hall is hosting a spooky good time with more than 50 craft beers and ciders to enjoy! Plus, live music, artisans and a variety of food. Your general admission ticket gets you 2 hours of unlimited beverage samples.
For more information: https://www.hookhall.com/events
Nightmare in Navy Yard
Saturday October 30
Party at this open-air, pop-up Halloween celebration featuring an open bar, food trucks and a live DJ.
For more information: http://www.nightmareinnavyyard.com/
Capitol Hill’s Literary Pumpkin Walk
Now through October 31
The Pumpkin Walk is from the volunteer organization Capitol Hill Community Foundation, dedicated to rally together the residents of Capitol Hill to decorate their front lawns with book-themed Halloween decorations, including pumpkins, scarecrow and more.
Visitors are encouraged to wander the historic neighborhood and enjoy all the eye candy while the winning house received $1,000 submitted toward the local school of their choice.
For more information: https://www.aliteraryfeast.org/
Field of Screams
Weekend (Thurs – Sun) through Nov 6
The Field of Screams has become notorious as one of Maryland’s Largest annual Halloween events. Visitors are in for terrifying experiences on the haunted trail and the in the Slaughter Factory Haunted House.
For more information: https://screams.org/
Halloween Hunt at the Mansion on O
Fri Oct 29 – Sun Oct 31
It’s perfect for Halloween! The historic mansion on O is already a little bit kooky and spooky with more than 100 rooms and 70 secret doors. Add a little October magic it’s ready for a Halloween Scavenger Hunt.
The mansion will be decked out with themed rooms, doors and secret stashes to find as you search out prizes.
There’s also a cash bar for your post-hunting enjoyment.
For more information: https://www.omuseum.org/visit#events
Murder Mystery Dinner
Every year Italian restaurant Maggiano’s hosts “Murder at Maggiano’s” a Halloween-themed murder mystery dinner party. Your ticket includes dinner, two drinks and the show.
Guests are encouraged to dress in costume.
For more information:
DC’s First-Ever Drive-In Haunted House
Now through November 6
Every year the Workhouse Haunt manages it get a little spookier (2021 was amazing delivering contact-less scares). The haunted tour is on the grounds of former DC’s Correctional Facility. The scares are intense so, kids under 13 are not encouraged.
For more information: https://www.workhousearts.org/nightmare-alley/
Scary DC’s Ghosts of Georgetown is a Spine-Chilling Ghost Tour
Not like any other ghost tour. Imagine a creepy tour that takes place through the most important locations in the country, like the supreme court? Library of Congress? Crazy. Kooky. Spooky. The Ghosts of Georgetown leads you through DC’s most historic areas.
For more information: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-ghost-tours/#georgetown
Try a Haunted Wine Tasting
Through Nov 18
The Winery at Bull Run
Have a tasty time mixing your scares with sips. Then take a lantern-led outdoor walking tour though the historic grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. Enjoy the spooky ghost stories, haunting while sipping award-winning Virginia wine.
For more information: https://wineryatbullrun.com/
Rocky Horror at Dacha Navy
Sunday Oct 31
Dacha Navy Yard
Celebrate Halloween watching Rocky Horror Picture Show on its 45th anniversary with the film’s Spectacular Tour, while enjoying a beer garden and special all night long. Costumes are encouraged
For more information: https://dachadc.com/