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The 5 best things to do in DC this October

From exploring 29Rooms to trick-or-treating at the zoo, these five events are worth the trip into the District this month.

Photo courtesy of 29Rooms

Boo at the Zoo
Debut your Halloween costume at the National Zoo, where kids get to trick-or-treat at over 40 treat stations and participate in a dance party and karaoke. There will be after-hours access to some animal houses and exhibits, and an opportunity to meet Frankenpanda and Count Pandula. // Oct. 18-20; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Smithsonian National Zoo: 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC; $20-$30

Washington International Horse Show
Which horses will leave the U.S. capital victorious? Horses and Olympic riders from around the world will come to the Washington International Horse Show to compete for monetary prizes. Take the family to Kids’ Day—it’s free—where the young ones can learn about these majestic creatures and go for a pony ride. Check out the exhibitions, silent auction and boutiques as well. // Oct. 22-27; times vary; Capital One Arena: 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC; $15-$100

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Dia de Los Muertos at The Wharf
The famous Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, is coming to The Wharf. Celebrate with live music, beer stations, an altar contest, sugar skull and face painting and more. Don’t forget to get a picture to commemorate the day in the photo booth. // Oct. 26; 2-5 p.m.; The Wharf: 760 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC; free

Fences
Travel back to segregated, 1950s Pittsburgh and follow the story of Troy Maxon—a sanitation worker who was previously a star black baseball player—in August Wilson’s Fences. Delve into the walls individuals and society build around themselves and others during this classic American play at Ford’s Theatre. // Sept. 27-Oct. 27; times vary; Ford’s Theatre: 511 10th St. NW, Washington, DC; $15-$70

29Rooms
Expand your reality with this interactive art exhibit making a tour stop in DC this month. 29Rooms allows guests to dive into multi-sensory installations that spark conversations and offer new perspectives on art by touring, you guessed it, 29 rooms. Founded by Refinery29, the exhibit partners with local artists in each town, including, in DC, Trap Bob and Jamea Richmond-Edwards. // Oct. 18-27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m; DC Armory: 2001 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC; $34-$49

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