How to Celebrate Halloween in Borderstan

by Tim Regan October 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0


Ah, Halloween: the time of year when grown people dress like Disney characters and memes. Want to celebrate? Here’s where to find the Halloween scene starting tomorrow night:

Friday, Oct. 23

ShawnMikael(s) in Columbia Heights
Studio 1469 (Rear, 1469 Harvard Street NW)
8:30 p.m.

“Sexy” improvisers put on a silly-spooky show in a BYOB-only venue.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Shaw Dog Park (1673 11th St. NW)
11 a.m.

Humans and canines alike will compete to win in three costume contests: best big dog, best little dog, and best owner/dog costumes. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win prizes from Logan Hardware, Avenue Jack and Nelly’s.

“Shawlloween” Bar Crawl
1 p.m.

Ten Shaw bars — including Ivy and Coney, Dino’s Grotto and Shaw’s Tavern — will host drink specials and special events all day long.

Little Goblins Parade
Starts at Logan Circle
1 p.m.

Costumed children will march along the 1400 block of P Street NW in search of candy and treats. The parade ends in Stead Park with dancing and music.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Night of the Living Ales
Churchkey (1337 14th St. NW)
4 p.m.

Bartenders will pour locally-brewed sour ales from brewers such as Bluejacket, Burley Oak, Hardywood Park, Lost Rhino and Ocelot.

Friday, Oct. 30

Heurich House Halloween Party
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Local actors tell spooky gothic tales while guests sip on drinks, tour the house after dark and learn about the Heurich family’s spiritualism — and the porcelain dolls on the second floor.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Halloween Brunch Costume Contest
Masa 14 (1825 14th St. NW)
10 a.m.

This event promises a “spooktacular” bottomless brunch with a costume contest for a $75 gift card.

Dupont Circle Pet Costume Contest
Dog park at at 17th and S streets NW
10 a.m.

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets will host its annual Dupont Circle pet costume contest in the dog park at at 17th and S St. NW on Halloween at 10 a.m. All pets are welcome to compete, and the event will occur rain or shine, said the event’s organizers.

Six Feet Under the Sea and Kiddo Craft and Cider Happy Hour
Meridian Pint (3400 11th St. NW)
Noon; 4-7 p.m.

Meridian Pint will host two Halloween events on the same day. Six Feet Under the Sea is a prom-themed Halloween party in the basement of the bar preceded by a horror movie marathon. On the patio, kids in costumes can gather at 4 p.m. for hot cider, trick or treating and crafts.

Halloween at El Rey
El Rey (919 U St. NW)

Halloween happy hour brunch precedes live music and a costume contest where attendees can compete to win $250.

“Haunted Haus”
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW)

Guests can gather at noon for apple bobbing followed by an evening movie marathon, a tarot card reader, evil clowns, human statues, drink specials and live music.

Old School Hip Hop Halloween Bar Crawl
14th, U and 11th streets NW
3 p.m.

Drink specials abound at six bars. Though the idea is to visit each bar, attendees can join the bar crawl at any stop along the way.

Third District MPD Halloween Party
Third District Station (1620 V Street NW)
5 p.m.

Guests can join local police officers for food, games and a haunted house.

Halloween House Carnival
Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW)
8 p.m.

A DJ spins house tunes while costumed attendees compete in a “scariest” and “sexiest” costume contest. No cover.

Halloween Circus
Black Cat
9 p.m.

Church Night hosts a Halloween show with three bands, two burlesque performers and “a night of raucous, raunchy, loud, and wild fun.”

Ghost Town
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
10 p.m.

Guests can compete to win $1000 in a massive costume contest, and a drag show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. $15 cover.


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