Trick-or-Treat Detours

Alternatives to Ringing Doorbells on Halloween

Trick-or-treating is almost expected when it comes to Halloween. Participants put on their costumes and go door to door in anticipation of large amounts of candy.But there’s more to Halloween than trick-or-treating. Here are some options to consider in the D.C. area for all ages.

“Boo at the Zoo” Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to come in costume and enjoy a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating, animal encounters, festive decorations and keeper talks at the ninth annual “Boo at the Zoo.” Hosted by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, the event offers plenty of treats and snacks at more than 40 stations. “Boo at the Zoo” will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“The Haunted Hilltop” at Howard University Every year Howard University hosts “The Haunted Hilltop,” a tour complete with dance performances, music, games, candy and scary surprises. Howard students along with the Office of Residence Life invite the D.C. community to participate in the sixth annual Haunted Hilltop. Admission is free and tours take place between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Halloween.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America “Thrills by day and chills by night” is the slogan for the annual Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America. During the day, parents are encouraged to bring their children for safe trick-or-treating and an assortment of parades and shows. The older crowd can experience haunted houses, Halloween-inspired rides and spooky attractions such as the Wheel of Fright and Coffin of Fear. Admission is $49.99 for adults, $34.99 for children, and free for ages 3 and under. The hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Halloween Concert at the Kennedy Center The National Symphony Orchestra will perform a family concert called “Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales” for ages 5 and up from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costumes as they listen to selections from the Harry Potter films, “King Kong,” “E.T.” and more. Ticket prices range from $15 to $18.

Take a Trip to the Movie There are always scary movies to watch at Halloween. In theaters this Halloween are the following:

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