Weekend entertainment guide: Halloween fright edition

There are only five days left to test your bravery at Markoff\'s Haunted Forest in Poolesville, Md. (Courtesy of Calleva/MHF)

Alicia Lozano, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Even though Halloween falls on a weekday this year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate ahead of time.

Trample through a haunted corn maze, parade in your favorite costume and take a nighttime hayride.

Children will get a scream out of Boo at the Zoo Friday through Sunday. Enjoy animal encounters and swing by the more than 30 trick-or-treat stations. Don’t miss the Boo Express, a Halloween themed train that rides around the Great Cat Circle. General admission is $20 for Friends of the Zoo members and $30 for non- members. This event will be held rain or shine. Check the website or call 202-633-2614 for more information.

Big kids and adults can head to Fright Fest at Six Flags America now through Oct. 28. It’s “thrills by day and fright by night” as the entire park is transformed into a Halloween playground complete with live entertainment like “The Ravage: Stunt Massacare” and ghoulish attractions like “The Blood Factory.” Tickets start at $34.99. Buy online here.

Afraid of the dark? Take a nighttime haunted hay ride or zigzag through the Cornightmare at Fields of Fear in Centreville, Va. The fairgrounds will feature food, drinks and a giant torchlit slide. Tickets start at $13 – certain attractions cost extra. Make sure to arrive between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

Clarendon is offering a daytime festival Saturday at Market Common from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Falloween includes trick-or-treating, a costume parade for both humans and pets, a circus and even balloon creations. It’s free and open to the public. Check the website for complete details.

There are only five days left to test your bravery at Markoff’s Haunted Forest in Poolesville, Md. Choose from two terrifying trails or check out the zombie hunts and zip lines. Prices vary from $20 to $30 and should be purchased online in advance. Click here for more information or call 301-216-1248.

For more Halloween news and events throughout the region, check out WTOP’s holiday section and Weekend Wakeup.

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