Best time to go to Washington, D.C.

Halloween 2023

One of America's favorite holidays is celebrated on a grand scale in Washington

Dates: late October 2023


Halloween is one of the most awaited holidays not only for kids but for grown-ups as well, who can finally put on their costumes and have some fun. Almost every neighborhood in Washington holds its own Halloween event.

17th Street High Heel Race (unconfirmed in 2023)

One of the most popular events is the DC High Heel Drag Queen Race held in late October at 9 pm along the 17th Street between R Street NW and P Street NW, Washington DC. This parade lasts for 10 min, is for adults, and attracts a large crowd of spectators.

Halloween at the Smithsonian's National Zoo (October 20–22, 2023)

The National Zoo is a great place to visit on Halloween as it features special exhibitions of spiders, bats, snakes, and other spooky animals. If this is not scary enough you can visit the Night of the Living Zoo. The night show for adults only lets you enjoy the zoo by moonlight. This bone-chilling event features palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists. Children can go trick-or-treating at the Boo at the Zoo and celebrate Halloween for several days in late October. The event has more than 40 treat stations, a dance party, and even karaoke. It is a frightful but fun evening and a magical time for the whole family.

For the tickets and latest updates, please check with the official websites (see External Resources below.) Also, take a look at the map suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin