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Washington, D.C. Haunted Houses and Halloween Events

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Hallween Events in the Washington, DC Area Ranging from Frightening to Family-friendly

One of the most fun ways to celebrate Halloween is by visiting a haunted house. Haunted houses provide a thrilling and terrifying experience for all who dare to enter. If you will be in the Washington, DC area this fall, there are a few haunted houses that you should consider visiting!

Markoff’s Haunted Forest

The Washington Post calls Markoff’s Haunted Forest a must-do, and it is ranked as one of the country’s top 13 haunts by AOL City Guide. Established in 1993, the annual Halloween event has evolved into one of the nation’s most acclaimed haunted houses.

Markoff’s Haunted Forest is located near Washington DC, but in a remote forest in Maryland, so it is a bit off the beaten path. But the trip is worth it! The haunted forest experience is different than many haunted houses in that it involves a hike through the woods. Along the way, you will encounter many horrifying scenes.

While there is no minimum age to enter the haunted forest, it is scary and may not be suitable for young children. The 2016 schedule and ticket prices have yet to be finalized, but the 2016 tickets were $10 on opening night and $25 all other nights, with children under 46″ tall getting in for $20.

Six Flags America Fright Fest

The Six Flags America theme park is home to one of the country’s biggest Halloween celebrations, Fright Fest. Every weekend from October 3 through November 1, the park ceases regular operation, early, opening again as a giant funhouse with crazy entertainment and frightening attractions throughout. The park is open late into the night, and you can also enjoy all of the rides by moonlight!

Prices for 2016’s tickets are yet to be announced, so check the Six Flags America website for further information on this year’s activities.

The National Zoo: Boo at the Zoo

If you are looking for a family-friendly Halloween event in Washington, DC, try the National Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo. Visitors can wander down haunted trails, and there are special viewings of creepy creatures like tarantulas and vampire bats. Keepers also give special talks, and there is trick-or-treating for the kids.

The 2016 Boo at the Zoo will be October 23-25, 2016, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online. They are limited in quantity and usually sell out very quickly, so be sure to get yours early!

 

 

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