Best Halloween Haunts in the DC Metro Area

Best Haunts of DC Metro areaHalloween is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for some spooky fun then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of local Washington DC haunted houses, hay rides, spook walks, and more for the scariest day of 2013! Check out all the attractions below, there’s something for everyone!


Shocktober at Paxton Manor

601 Catoctin Circle NE Leesburg, Virginia. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night during the month of October, 7-10 p.m. The haunted tour is interactive and extremely scary. (not recommended for children under 13). There are refreshments, concessions, and live music for people to enjoy after their ghostly encounter.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear

15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, Virginia. Fields of Fear is Cox Farms scary night-time adventure. It features Cornightmare,  a walkthrough of cornfield terrors, Dark-Side hayride, a giant slide by torchlight, firegrounds, shopping, food, games, and entertainment. Not recommended for children less than 12 years of age. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 2013 Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, September 27-November 2, plus “bonus night” October 13 (Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend). 7:30-11 p.m. (last admission 10 p.m.)

Halloween Woods

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, Virginia. Get spooked walking through a haunted forest. Not recommended for children! October 11-13, 18-19, 25-27, 31 and November 2, 2013 Hours: 7-11:30 p.m., October 7th is Run Zombie Run and October 19th is “Scream for the Cure”.

Clifton’s Haunted Trail

Chapel St., Clifton, Virginia. With spooky sights and freaky movie re-enactments, this haunted train winds through the 8 acre Buckley Park. October 26, 2013 7-10 p.m.

Wicked Woods Haunted Forest

I-95, Exit 118 – Thornburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The outdoor attractions include a haunted manor, an insane asylum and a quarter mile trail into the deep woods. Get spooked by terrifying scenes, animatronics, movie quality sets and props and professional makeup. The haunted forest is not recommended for young children. Fridays and Saturdays, October 4-November 2, 2013.

The Death Trail

16120 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, VA. The half mile trail takes visitors through some of the scariest woods in Prince William County. October 25, 26, 27, 31 and Nov 1, 2, 2013.


Bennetts Curse Haunted House

Blobs Park, Jessup, Maryland. Get spooked at one of the largest and scariest haunted houses in the region. Chosen as one of the top attractions by America’s Best Haunts. September 13-November 2, 2013.

Markoffs Haunted Forest

Calleva Farm, 19120 Martinsburg Rd. Dickerson, Maryland. Get spooked at this Halloween event near Poolesville, Maryland. Markoff’s Haunted Forest has been rated the #1 Halloween attraction by Channel 7 (ABC). The Enchanted Forest, a not scary Halloween attraction designed especially for younger children. The scenes are well lit and recommended for children aged 8 years and under. October 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-19, 24-26, 31 and November 2, 2013.

Nightmare Screamplex

Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center, 18031 Central Park Circle, Boyds, Maryland. The Halloween event features three haunted attractions: NIGHTMARE FOREST, MAIZE of TERROR and LOST ASYLUM plus live music, fortune tellers, food and paintball. September 27-November 2, 2013, Fridays-Sundays, plus October 31.

Field of Screams

OBGC Community Park, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road (Route 108), Olney, Maryland. Celebrate Halloween at a festival with a haunted forest, a kiddie playland and a ten-acre corn maze. September 20-November 2, 2013, Fridays and Saturdays and select Thursdays and Sundays.

Washington, D.C.

Gravensteens Haunted House

50 Florida AVE NE, Washington DC.  The haunted house features the spooky story of The Curse of Frau Mueller with 50,000 square feet of scares on 3 floors.  September 27-28,  October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 24-November 2, 2013.

Fright at the Museum

National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 575 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. What’s more spooky than a Halloween program set among real historic criminal artifacts? 2013 Dates: October 18-19, 24-26 and 31, open evening hours for the special seasonal program.