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12 DC Houses That Freaking LOVE Halloween

Halloween is one of the best times of the year for festive Washingtonians to strut their decorative stuff, and some people get pretty creative. Here are some of the most eye-catching displays on Instagram from around the city. Yes, there are a lot of pumpkins.

Hay, flower pots, and scarecrows are your best bet. Plus, a skeleton making balloon animals is always a happy addition.

If you’re walking around Georgetown, avoid pillaging this home. It’s protected by a skeletal Captain Hook casting a classic death stare at passersby.

Pumpkins on point ??#pumpkin #dcdoors #capitolhilldc

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Pumpkins and gourds are a Halloween decorator’s best friend, coming in so many different colors and sizes. Some of them are so little!

These colorfully painted doors are inviting for any trick-or-treaters.

This entryway will give you the creepies and maybe even the crawlies falling from the spider webs in the canopy above.

Waiting for Halloweekend like ? #?

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This jack-o-lantern looks a little too ready for the big night. Those teeth are dangerously sharp.

Simple, yet effective. Again, baby pumpkins are such a cute detail–and they match the brick!

Halloween is coming #eckington #dcfall #instadc

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It’s Salem from Sabrina’s house! Or is that Thackery Binx? Looks like this black cat was made for the camera–and hopefully for keeping old Hocus Pocus witches away.

We know this one’s from last year, but we just loved it so much we had to include it. How can it be so pretty and yet so scary all at the same time? What an art.

The mat says “welcome” but that pumpkin is saying something else.

He’s been hanging out on this stoop for years. Boo!

#halloween #dcdoors #trickortreatdc #georgetowndc

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These ghosts aren’t playing around, and neither is that staircase. Even the skull matches the pumpkins.

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Rosa joined Washingtonian in 2016 after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. She covers arts and culture for the magazine. She’s written about anti-racism efforts at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, dinosaurs in the revamped fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, and the horrors of taking a digital detox. When she can, she performs with her family’s Puerto Rican folkloric music ensemble based in Jersey City. She lives in Adams Morgan.