If you didn’t get an invite to the White House for Halloween this year, don’t worry. There are still plenty of things to do in the nation’s capital in the lead up to free candy day and on the day of trick-or-treat itself. Here’s a look at five fun and scary events.

Scream City

When: Oct. 2 – Nov. 1 opens at 7 p.m.

Where: 2400 E Capitol St SE

Cost: Prices range from $30-$40 depending on the day

Tour two indoor “high-end state of the art” haunted houses built by the winners of A&E’s “Haunted House Design/Build Competition.” This tour promises to frighten and there are no refunds if you get scared. One of the houses is called the Slaughter Factory and features a maze of hanging corpses. This event is not meant for children.

Boo At The Zoo

When: Oct. 23-25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: National Zoological Park

Cost: Members $20, Non-members $30

The annual event great for kids ages 4 to 12 features over 40 treat stations throughout the zoo with animal demonstrations, talks and entertainment. Watch sloths eat treats, learn about giant pandas and meet the zoo’s great cat keeper. This year also features a hay maze and scarecrow field. Tickets are only available online, click here for more information.

Zoo Children ride a merry-go-round during Boo at the Zoo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Oct. 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

17th Street High Heel Race

When: Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Dupont Circle area

Cost: Free

In its 29th year, the high heel race has become a Washington tradition. Put on a pair of heels, some makeup and a drag outfit if you so choose and prepare to run. The parade starts at 7 p.m. this year and race begins at 9 p.m. Just see how fast you can go in a pair of stilettos over the course of a quarter mile.

Night Of The Living Zoo

When: Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: National Zoological Park

Cost: Members $20, Non-members $30

The adult companion event of Boo at the Zoo features live music, food trucks, including empanadas and crab cakes, and craft beer. The costume contest starts at 7:30 p.m. and the event ends early enough for you to make it into work the next day.

A Nightmare On M Street

When: Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. until midnight

Where: For exact locations click here

Cost: Free covers

Put on your costume and get ready to enjoy the streets of Washington before it gets too cold to roam. Over 20 bars and restaurants are participating in this year’s crawl with drink and food specials at each.