Halloween's on a Thursday this year, but the D.C. area has a solid offering of scream-your-head-off thrills even after the big day is over.
When: through Nov. 3 on select days
Where: Six Flags America (13710 Central Ave., Bowie/Mitchellville)
Family-friendly by day and a truly spooky experience after sundown, Fright Fest offers something for all ages to enjoy. Take a ride on the new Firebird ride, Maryland's only floorless roller coaster. You can also check out performances such as the haunted musical thriller "CURS3D!" Single-day tickets start at $42.99.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and most Thursdays and Sundays, through Nov. 2
Where: 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney
Field of Screams offers five terrifying attractions and tons of games along the way, including the Trail of Terror — featuring 13 small haunted houses in "the darkest and scariest woods you have ever entered" — and the Haunted Trail — featuring 13 stations of "campground fears." Tickets start at $10 for the Carnival Town Game Pack.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, and some Thursdays and Sundays, through Nov. 2
Where: 935 Fairlawn Ave., Laurel
Built inside an abandoned movie theater, Laurel's House of Horror bills itself as the largest indoor haunted house in Maryland. Enjoy a cinema-themed escape room or explore their new sensory overloading haunted house, Welcome to the Dollhouse. General admission tickets start at $27.25.
When: Ongoing (scheduled through Jan. 1)
Where: 221 King St., Alexandria
Follow lantern light and an 18th-century guide through Old Town Alexandria's streets, where you'll have a chance to hear spooky folklore, legends and ghost stories. Adult tickets start at $15 and children's tickets are $10.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2
Where: Kings Dominion (16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell)
Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt promises terror with more than 400 monsters lurking around every corner. Test your nerves in the haunted mazes and scare zones. Feel your heart soar on roller coasters such as the Drop Tower, which dives 27 stories at 72 miles per hour. Note that many attractions are are considered too intense for kids; parental discretion is advised. Ticket prices start at $39.99.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 2
Where: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg
You won't want to miss the haunted manor that takes over three floors of Leesburg's Carlheim mansion, including a basement full of creepy clowns and carnival carnage. For an extra $10, get the chance to race against the clock to see if you can break free of the escape room. This is a full-body experience, so expect to crawl and squeeze through tight spaces in low light. All proceeds from Shocktober benefit a nonprofit helping people of all ages who live with disabilities. General admission tickets cost $40.