2017 Trick-or-Treat Times Washington D.C. and NoVA
October is finally here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Between shopping for costumes and picking up bags of discount candy ahead of the holiday, it can be easy to forget the actual details of your plans. One of the most commonly sought after answers is when to go trick-or-treating, but there aren’t official times in the Washington D.C. or NoVA area. So here’s what you need to know.
When and where to go trick-or-treating
The sun will set just after 6 p.m. on Halloween, which takes place on a Tuesday this year. Your best bet if you have younger children is to go out as early as 5 p.m. and finish up by 8 p.m. Keep in mind it’s a work night, so your neighbors will be none too happy if you ring the doorbell past 9.
As far as where you should go, Embassy Row and Georgetown are always popular during Halloween, though it’s recommended that small children be steered away from M Street, as things can get a bit spooky.
For more organized events than knocking on doors, we highly recommend historic sites and attractions you already know and love. Boo at the Zoo takes place on the weekend of the 20th, while the Carlyle House is having a more traditional trick-or treating even on the 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.
Whether you choose to seek out a specific event, or stick with the tradition of going door-to-door, it’s important that children under 12 go with a supervised adult and have a clear curfew if you let older children go alone. Travel in groups and always use designated crosswalks, and wear reflective clothing, glow sticks or carry flashlights so you’re easily seen by motorists.
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