Parks’ Picks

Attention, vampires, zombies, superheroes, and storybook characters! We want to give you “pumpkin” to talk about and a lot of seasonal activities this month! Here are many ways to treat yourself, family, and, friends for Halloween!

Fun for the Undead

Symbols of a carved pumpkin and mug of beer with text: Pumpkins and Pours. Food, fun, games. Saturday, October 16, 2021, 4 to 8 pm. Western Grove Urban Park, 5490 Grove Street, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Eat, drink, and be “scary” at Pumpkins and Pours! Join us for craft beers, food, games, and pumpkin decorating on Saturday, October 16, 4 to 8 pm, at Western Grove Urban Park in Chevy Chase Village. Free admission and pumpkins!

For our upcoming Halloween Hustle and Nightmare on Elm Street, visit our website.

Trip to Trainsylvania

Red miniature train covered in cobweb decorations on outdoor train track.

Halloween Eye Spy Trains are moving scavenger hunts at Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel every Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, in October. Search for characters on your journey through Trainsylvania. Advance tickets are available for purchase.

Silly Cool Times

Group of young ice skaters in costume.

Elementary and middle schoolers can celebrate Halloween on ice at our Not So Spooky Skates! Costume parades, contests, and crafts! Register for the Wheaton Ice Arena event on October 28 from 4:30 to 6 pm.

Oh, My, Gourd!

Piles of pumpkins.

Brookside Nature Center invites artists to its Pumpkin Masterpiece Carving program on Sunday, October 31, 2 to 4 pm, at the Shorefield area in Wheaton Regional Park. Your registration fee includes a pumpkin, tools, and supplies to create your grand gourd!

Locust Grove Nature Center’s Pumpkin Patch Hike may appeal to your young ghosts, fairies, and pirates. The program is Friday, October 29, from 5 to 6 pm. And, older children may love the Jack-o-lantern Luminary Hike on Friday, October 29, from 6:30 to 9 pm.

No Bones about It!

Child holds up beaver skull and looks through its eye sockets.

Maydale Nature Classroom’s Spooky Skull Hike on Sunday, October 24, 2 to 4 pm, is the perfect activity to get your little monsters moving and into the Halloween spirit. Search trails in Maydale Conservation Park for animal skulls and use clues to identify them. Then, stop by the classroom to pick up your special treat.

Happy “Hallow-queen”!

Citrine holds book open so two children and a parent can see the pages.

Finally, Drag Queen Story Hour with Citrine has a Halloween theme on Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am, at Brookside Gardens. Come in costume! Make a craft! Cosponsored by Drag Queen Story Hour of Montgomery County, Maryland, and WAM and FAM.

So, have a fab-“boo”-lous time this Halloween! Montgomery Parks…it’s all here!


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Last Updated: October 14, 2021