A pumpkin with a large bat carving is seen on October 27, 2010 at the Helix Hotel in Washington, DC. The Helix Lounge's Pumpkin Carving Contest gives would-be carvers a pre-scooped pumpkin, carving tools and two hours to fashion their scariest Jack-O-Lantern for a chance to win a free night's stay at the hotel. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Bars host pumpkin carving parties

Head out to one of these pumpkin carving events to have fun, win prizes and even spend some quality time with the kids.

Costumes required

Costumes required

Events where kids can show off before Halloween | KidsPost costume contest

Ghosts in your backyard

Ghosts in your backyard

Between now and Halloween, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about spooky local lore.

Best pumpkin patches, festivals

Best pumpkin patches, festivals

Get your gourd on at these Maryland and Virginia pick-your-own pumpkin patches and fall festivals.

Dig in to the Fall Dining Guide

In search of a new favorite restaurant? The Post’s food critic dined at more than 100 of the area’s best in order to produce a highly-personal Top 40 list. Check out his recommendations the next time you’re planning a meal out.

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National Christmas Tree

If you want to win one of 14,000 standing room tickets to see the tree lit on Dec. 6, you must register for the online lottery between Oct. 25 and Oct. 29.  

D.C.’s best chicken wings

Whether you're craving a spicy zing or a rich, smoky flavor, there's a great set of wings out there for you.

Fresh picks for autumn

Plan ahead for the best outdoor festivals, concerts, plays, craft shows and other can’t-miss events in October, November and December.