Trick-or-Treating Destinations

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By Jae O’Connor

Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 23-25, 5:30 p.m. // Trick or treat with your favorite animals at the zoo. There will be over 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, music, jugglers and fun Halloween decorations throughout the zoo. / The National Zoo: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-633-4888; $20-$30

Air & Scare
Oct. 24, 2-7 p.m. // Visit the Air and Space Museum for safe, indoor trick-or-treating and Halloween activities. There will even be a Tot Zone for the little ones to play and listen to stories. / Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly; 703-572-4118; Free 

Spy Fright
Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. // At the Spy Museum, costumes and disguises aren’t just for Halloween. Bring the kids to learn about the greatest spies throughout history and even score some candy while you’re there. / The Spy Museum: 800 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 202-393-7798; Free

Haunted Happenings
Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. // The many businesses of downtown Manassas will be offering candy to visiting trick or treaters. Come out and join the fun with an assortment of ghosts, goblins and Spongebob Squarepants. / Historic Downtown Manassas: 9431 West St., Manassas; 703-361-6599; Free

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Oct. 30, 3:30-6:30 p.m. // There will be a scavenger hunt, wagon rides and, of course, plenty of candy. There will even be historic chocolate-making demonstrations and chocolate tastings for you and your little ones to enjoy. Be sure to dress up for the costume parade for a chance at winning prizes. / George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; 703-780-2000; $5-$10

Mall-O-Ween At the Dulles Town Center
Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m. // Bring your kids to visit the many candy cauldrons throughout the mall. There will also be family arts & crafts in the mall lounge and food court. This event is intended for children 10 and under./ Dulles Town Center Mall: 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles; 703-404-7120; Free

 Mall-O-Ween at Fair Oaks Mall
Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. // Come celebrate Fair Oaks Mall’s 28th Annual Mall-O-Ween event. Kids will be able to trick-or-treat at various storefronts and have their picture taken with visiting Halloween characters. This year will also feature the preview trailer for the peanuts Movie and a 3D dog house topped with Snoopy. / Fair Oaks Mall: 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax; 703-359-8300; Free!


(October 2015)