Fall in DC: Zombies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Drag Queens, Oh My!

In my opinion fall is the best season around. First off, it’s not hot as the surface of the sun (and I don’t have to prance around pretending like I enjoy showing off my pale, squint-when-you-look-at-me-or-you’ll-be-blinded skin). I can wear layers and eat doughnuts and get as chunky as I want because even a light sweater hides everything, right? Okay, not quite. But still. It’s nice to be able to go out to eat and not have to worry about putting on a swimsuit in the immediate future. Plus, there is almost always a light breeze, you can often smell a fire in the distance and I have an excuse to not run because cool air makes my lungs burn (that can’t be good). But, it’s still not bitterly cold yet! Plus you have a little time left before every dollar you have goes toward buying holiday gifts. ‘Tis (almost) the season, after all. But what about Fall in DC specifically? Here’s what’s to love:

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Sports. Is it really fall if you aren’t tailgating? Fall means its time to watch the Redskins come on the field again – either in person or at your favorite bar. Or, if watching guys pummel each other for the pigskin doesn’t do it for you, you could always head over to the Verizon Center to see the Washington Capitals check one another for a shot at the hockey puck. Both options have beer, so the decision between the two isn’t too critical.

Apple Picking. Why buy apples from the store when you can do the manual labor yourself? Just kidding – apple pickin’ can be a really great time, and there is something about freshly picked apples that just tastes better. Milburn Orchards is one of many options in the DC area where you can get a bushel full of handpicked apples. They have “U-Pick Apple Adventures” through November 1st this year. In addition, they have apple cider! The cider mill at their farm is the oldest in continuous use in Maryland and you can get it fresh pressed everyday through December. Cheers!

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Zombies. What is the month of Halloween without a few zombies thrown into the mix? DC Dead is open Thursdays through Sundays until November 1st. There you either bring or be assimilated into teams of 6, given “neurotoxin” darts and sent through a building rampant with zombies to try and save all of humanity. No pressure, obviously. Field of Screams Maryland is also another viable option. At their amusement park you can find a haunted trail, 3-D haunted house, Hades Hayride, or Paintball Apocalypse ride where you shoot the enemy. Yep, you guessed it – that means more zombies!

Corn Maze. There is definitely more than one corn maze in the DC area, but The Corn Maze in the Plains is definitely a solid choice. They have day and night maze options through November 9th. If you think corn mazes are too easy, think again. The big draw here is a 5-acre corn maze, although they do have mini mazes along with big slides, obstacle courses, a farm animal corral, hayrides and a pumpkin slingshot for alternate amusement. Yes, you read that right – a pumpkin slingshot! After all, nothing says fall like pumpkin guts…

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The DC High Heel Drag Queen Race. Though not a traditional fall activity, this is certainly tradition at Dupont Circle. Held each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, drag queens race down 17th street in crazy, ridiculous and awesome outfits with (of course) 1,000s of spectators in tow. This year, it falls on October 27th.

Night of the Living Zoo . Taking place on the night of October 30th, this event is an all-out Halloween extravaganza. It’s an adults-only event and features live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, plus performance artists such as palm readers, fire eaters and illusionists.

Blood & Guts Run. Okay, I know we already covered zombies, but this is Halloween season people…and there is no escape. This is a 5k obstacle course in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. It takes place on October 24th – and while 3 miles sounds like 3x as much as I desire to run, some of the obstacles (such as the Scare Steeple, Bleeding Water Balloons, Zombie Shuffle, Bloody Water Slide, Beams of Fear, Creepy Cargo Net, and more) make it sound like more of a good time.

There is plenty of fall fun to be had…this list is just sneak preview. For other ideas check out events such as the Capital Food Fight (November 12th) , FotoWeek DC (November 7th-15th) or the Halloween Haunt at King’s Dominion (until November 1st).

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Happy fall, y’all! Now go get your basic self a pumpkin spice latte.

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