HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

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Dressing up in a costume is one of those funny things that you either love or hate. There’s no in between.

The Halloween season is approaching, and those who love dressing up are planning their costumes. That’s the easy part. The hard part is where to go to celebrate.

D.C. offers plenty of G-rated fun, and the best-known spot for this is the National Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a longtime D.C. tradition, featuring lots of educational opportunities and healthy Halloween treats. The event will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

Alexandria’s Old Town attracts thousands of visitors every year with its quaint shops and restaurants, but the biggest draw for anyone into the art scene is the Torpedo Factory. Fans of this attraction walk right past the chichi boutiques and $7 ice cream cones and head for the ultimate in culture — more than 70,000 square feet of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, needle arts, pottery, clothing and innumerable other crafts. THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

Many of us have been to the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know Lincoln had a summer home here in D.C. too?

It’s true. This 175-year-old building just off North Capitol Street next to the Soldier’s Home was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2008. The 10,000-square-foot, 34-room home is more spacious than one might expect in a “cottage.” But the double front doors with rounded tops that meet to form a point at the top and the gingerbread trim make you think fairies and gnomes might have once lived here. LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS

¡LATIN FIESTA 2017 MUY DIVERTIDA!

D.C. may be known as the city where everyone works 24/7, more devoted to their Blackberrys than their significant others, sleeping with them every night without fail. But we know how to have fun here too — you just have to pay attention to find out where the party is. And because this is such a cosmopolitan city that so many ethnic groups call home, we’re not stuck eating the same kind of food at every festival. ¡LATIN FIESTA 2017 MUY DIVERTIDA!

DON’T MISS THE BOAT – RENT A KAYAK!

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Outdoor enthusiasts love the quiet and serenity of kayaking through calm waters, keeping an eye out for turtles, waterfowl and other wildlife.

This is not quite the experience you get boating in Georgetown. The planes taking off from National Airport, the helicopters crisscrossing the Potomac and the construction noise of the Key Bridge rehabilitation project combine to make the quack of a duck almost inaudible. DON’T MISS THE BOAT – RENT A KAYAK!

VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN

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It’s that time of year again — time to smell the popcorn, hear the delighted screams of thrill-seekers on the Tilt-a-Whirl and see the prize farm animals and 4-H exhibits.

Time was, a county fair was the major social event of the year for anyone living outside of a major city. Before everyone owned cars and transportation was cheap and easy, the nation’s rural residents depended on the fun to come to them. VISIT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR SOME DOWN-HOME FUN