I remember the thrill of trick-or-treating in full costume on Halloween night! Dashing from door-to-door, trying desperately to keep up with my friends. It’s so fun to see my children experience the same excitement these days! Here are my family’s favorite places to trick or treat in Washington, DC.

Most trick-or-treating in this area begins at 6 pm. Wherever you choose to celebrate, be safe and don’t forget to enter our Halloween Costume Photo Contest. You could win a Family Four-Pack of Regal Movie Tickets!

Capitol Hill

Politicians won’t be the only ghouls roaming this historic neighborhood.  Capitol Hill is a great trick-or-treating neighborhood because the row homes are so close together. Sidewalks around Eastern Market, Lincoln Park, East Capitol Street, and Barracks Row are sure to be filled with little ghosts and monsters filling their bags with treats.


While M Street will always be the Halloween domain of the adult set, the blocks north of there are great for door-to-door trick-or-treating.  Many of the historic homes are elaborately decorated, which really adds to the festive atmosphere.

Mount Pleasant

Lamont Street in Mount Pleasant traditionally holds a block party on Halloween night.  Families from all over the city come to enjoy the pedestrian friendly event.  Homes between 17th and 18th Street go all out to turn their block into a Halloween spectacular.

American University Park

The neighborhoods of AU Park are filled to bursting with school-aged children.  That’s the ideal spawning ground for traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating like you see on TV. It’s the perfect setting for family-friendly fun.

Shepherd Park

We saved the best for last!  The Shepherd Park neighborhood hosts a Halloween parade every year that draws hundreds of families.  The local civic association even prints a trick-or-treat list of participating homes to make the adventure more efficient. Many neighbors adorn their homes with cinema-quality decorations.  Start at field next to Shepherd Elementary School and follow the crowds.