Where to Trick-or-Treat All Month: 7 Destinations Worth the Drive

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Trick-or-Treating isn’t just for Halloween night! The month of October is full of opportunities to score some candy outside your neighborhood. Try on those costumes and fill your candy buckets while exploring a historic mansion, walking the grounds of George Washington’s home or driving through Sesame Street. You just never know what treats are in store for you in the DC area!

Halloween in Downtown Frederick, MD
Treats, an outdoor movie and VW Beetles dressed up for Halloween will fill your Sat.! Stroll the historic streets of Frederick, MD with your costumed little ones and collect treats from local businesses from 10 a.m.-noon. Don’t miss the Vintage Volkswagen Car Show in Everedy Square & Shab Row from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. where you can see cars in costumes and grab some more treats from their trunks. Return in the evening for a showing of Hocus Pocus! at the outdoor Amphitheater from around 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (exact start time will depend on sunset). 

Where: Downtown Frederick, MD
Cost: Free, no tickets required
Open: Oct. 31
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

HersheyPark in The Dark
Pack up the family and leave the tricks behind with a treat filled trip to the “sweetest place on earth” this month! Head north to HersheyPark that opens three weekends in Oct. for a delicious and fun Halloween celebration. Kids 12 & under can visit the Hershey Trick or Treat Trail with 13 sweet stops throughout the park and select rides go lights-out. If you tire of chocolate, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin shakes and pumpkin pie funnel cake sundaes can be purchased throughout the park. You’re likely to spot some Hershey favorites in costume, so don’t forget yours! 

Where: 100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 
Cost: $42.50 - $54.95/person
Open:  Oct. 15-17, 22-24, & 29-31
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Trick-or-Treating at Historic Mount Vernon  
Step back in time and celebrate Halloween 18th Century style at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Get out the vintage costumes and let the kids collect candy around the estate in provided treat bags. The whole family can enjoy period inspired entertainment and activities. Plan to visit candy making demonstrations and tastings, Punch and Judy Halloween-themed shows and the Blacksmith shop. Be prepared for all the photo ops as history meets Halloween!

Editor's Note: This event has now sold out. 

Where: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 
Cost: $9-$25/person
Open: Oct. 30
Online tinybeans.go-vip.net 

Air & Scare
If you prefer to feed your brain instead of your sweet tooth this Halloween grab your free tickets to the Air & Scare. The event will be held outdoors this year (rain or shine) and feature Discovery Stations with a Halloween twist, Drone Racing, Paper Airplane Activities, Origami making and more. Don’t miss the “Truth or Trick” Stations or some sun spotting with an Astronomy volunteer. Note there is no food or drink for sale. 

Where: 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA 
Cost: Free, but timed tickets required for entry + $15/vehicle for parking
Open: Oct. 30
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Halloween Night Hunt & Sweets 
The O Street Mansion has dressed up for Halloween and is the perfect destination for your treasure hunter to trick-or-treat! Search through 100 rooms (you are guaranteed to see at least 60 of them) for Halloween and Autumn themed items unique to the mansion. There are 70 secret doors hidden throughout the rooms for the most observant and patient searches to discover. Ticket proceeds support the artist-in-residence and other programs at the Mansion.

Where: 2020 O St. NW, Washington DC 
Cost: $50/person
Open: Oct. 29-31
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Not-Too-Spooky-Halloween Drive-Thru 
Can you tell me how to get to a safe theme park experience this fall? If a crowded park isn’t in your comfort zone yet, check out this creative way to enjoy the experience from your car. Tune your car radio to their Halloween themed station and wind your way through Sesame Place enjoying dazzling lights, 10 not-too-spooky zones and even see Elmo and furry friends dressed in their costumes. You can trick-or-treat along the way, purchase yummy treats and glow products and take advantage of special photo opportunities all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. 

Where: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA
Cost: $37.99/car
Open: Oct. 13, 20 & 27
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net

Monster Mash
Where else can you see live pumpkin carvers other than at the Village of Leesburg’s annual Monster Mash? Test run your costume while trick-or-treating around the Village and check out the pumpkin and cookie decorating. Join in the parade and participate in the costume contest for both people and their 4-legged friends. Local restaurant, Rogi, located inside the Chefscape Food Hall, is preparing Harry Potter themed treats for purchase during the event. 

Where: 1602 Village Market Blvd, Leesburg, VA
Cost: Free
Open: Oct. 23
Online: tinybeans.go-vip.net 

—Elissa Olechnovich

featured photo: iStock

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