Many annual Halloween attractions have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still treat the family and friends to a fun Fright Night this weekend! Travel in your own party bus that you can decorate and fill with treats for the evening as you enjoy Halloween displays or travel to haunted destinations around the region. See below for ideas on where to go and how to celebrate safely.
Markoff’s Haunted Forest: Located in Dickerson, Maryland, this attraction features thrills and chills along a “haunted” forest trail with creeps and ghouls. You must purchase tickets in advance online for up to six family members or friends who are “in the same pandemic bubble.” Click here for more details and to purchase tickets now.
Field of Screams: Also located in Maryland, the attraction offers two experiences: The Haunted Trail, featuring 13 stations with a haunted campground as its theme, and Trail of Terror, a “30-minute terrifying walk through … the darkest and scariest woods you have ever entered.” Tickets also must be purchased in advance online for groups of no more than 6 people. Click here to purchase tickets now.
Great Country Farms: Perfect for younger kids, this Bluemont, Virginia, destination offers wagon rides to pick pumpkins, cider pressing demonstrations, marshmallow roasting and more. Click here to purchase your advance online tickets.
Wayside Farm Fun: Pick pumpkins on an 8-acre patch, go through a corn maze, play in a pumpkin playhouse and more at this Berryville, Virginia, farm. Tickets for pumpkin picking and the farmyard activities are separate – buy them online in advance by clicking here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued recommendations on safe alternatives to celebrate Halloween, categorizing them in lower, moderate and high risk activities. For example, outdoor walk-through haunted forests where people are using masks an social distancing is listed as a moderate risk activity, compared to a crowded costume party held indoors. Other moderate risk activities include visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where hand sanitizer is used before touching pumpkin or picking apples.
For more information on celebrating Halloween safely, click here to visit the CDC’s website.
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