Halloween is almost here and with the holiday comes costumes, tricks and treats. But if you don't like traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, not to worry. There are plenty of other opportunities for you to take your little ones on an adventure in a more contained environment.

  • Boo at the Zoo October 21 – 23, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Boo at the Zoo provides more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, trail decorations and discussions with the animal keepers. With treats for adults and kids alike (craft beer and M&Ms), the zoo will also provide healthier options for you and your kids. $20 – $35.

  • Fair Oaks Mall October 31, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Pile your ninjas, fairies, police and firefighters into the car and head on over to Fair Oaks Mall from 5 – 8:00 p.m. on Halloween for some traditional trick-or-treating. In a non-scary environment, even your youngest will feel safe and you'll love the climate controlled weather. Free.

  • Lakeforest Mall-o-ween October 29, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Scare up some fun over at Lakeforest Mall! With trick-or-treating at different stores and a craft corner at Center Court (while supplies last), there is enough fun for kids of all ages. Head on over shoplakeforest.com and look under events for more details. Free.

  • Del Ray Halloween Parade October 30, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Alexandria's annual parade begins along Mt. Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Invite the whole family, from baby to puppy dog to grandma! Show off your scariest, your funniest, your best costume and register at 1:30 p.m. for the Best Pet Costume. The judging for Best Decorated Stroller is also held at 1:30 p.m. Free.

  • Mt. Vernon October 29 and October 31, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Trick-or-treat back in time at Mt. Vernon. Back by popular demand, the estate will once again open its gates for some spooky activities, happy Halloween fun and costumes! Enjoy a scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field and make some exciting Halloween crafts. At 5 p.m. at the Mansion, the children can participate in a costume parade. $6 – 12.

You can also check your local fire and police stations, as well as houses of worship to see if they have any Halloween programs.

When November 1 hits and you have too much candy in your house, bring the sugar consumption down and do a good deed at the same time. Operation Gratitude arranges for thousands of care packages each year to be sent to our troops serving away from home. Send your candy with a nice note and feel good! Check out operationgratitude.com and type “halloween” in the search box.


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