3 Things to do in October in the DC Metro Area

Fun fall activities in DC, MD and VA like playing in leaves

Welcome to October! It’s finally beginning to feel like fall outside, and folks who hate our summer humidity are relieved. The leaves are starting to put on a show, back to school traffic is in full effect, and the little people (and plenty of big people) are picking out their Halloween costumes.

I’m most excited for the pictures of unsuspecting infants dressed up for our amusement, (and the fall baby boom). But if Autumn makes you giddy, this post is for you.

Here are my three favorite family fun activities in DC and Maryland this October:

  1. The Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard!

This Germantown, MD family farm will host hayrides, a straw maze, corn hole and face painting at their annual festival every weekend through October 29, 2017. Not to mention the photo opps, with a chance to pick your own pumpkin for only 65 cents, or get your toddler’s face painted.

While you’re there, visit the farmer’s market, where you can buy an apple cider donut!

  1. Boo at the Zoo is another classic local outing.

On the weekend of October 20-22, the National Zoo is letting visitors in after hours for 40 treat stations, live entertainment, and carousel rides.

This event is great for families who may have a member with sensory processing disorders. There’s a quiet space in the zoo’s Think Tank area to take a break from the action.

Enjoy the extreme pumpkin carving, visit the elephants, and head home with a commemorate treat bag.

  1. Last but not least, is my reminder that becoming a parent doesn’t mean you aren’t you anymore. Looking for an adults-only date night? Try Pub Dread.

The DC pop-up bar that brought us a Game of Thrones themed drinking experience  is now hosting a fright filled experience in the Shaw neighborhood.

Take a break from all things pumpkin and indulge your inner lover of horror, a haunted dollhouse, a David Bowie room, and, of course, themed drinks.

So if you’re a lover of pumpkin spice, jack-o-lanterns and autumn, get out there and live it up.

And tag me on instagram, because I’d LOVE to see the adorableness.

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