34 Ways to Celebrate Halloween Across Town

by Tim Regan October 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Halloween Trick or Treat in Dupont

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for ghouls and goblins and witches and warlocks and Donald Trump costumes.

Want to celebrate? Here’s where to find the Halloween scene through Monday:


  • Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) is hosting a “Halloween circus” with burlesque performers and musicians. Doors open at 8 p.m.
  • Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW) is hosting a film screening of the classic Fritz Lang film, “M,” at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
  • Dupont bar Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave. NW) will hold a costume contest and Halloween-themed event during its usual “dirty Fridays” time slot. The event kicks off at 10 p.m.
  • Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) is set to host “pirate weekend” tonight through Sunday. All patrons in pirate costumes get 15 percent off their bill.
  • Barcode’s “Nightmare in the Capital” is back from the dead. The bar at 1101 17th St. NW will have live DJs starting at 10 p.m.
  • Indie theater Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW) will host its first-ever Halloween party. The festive event will include costumes, a free horror movie screening and “spooky tunes.”


  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) plans to throw a Halloween bash starting at 9 p.m. The party will include an open bar, free appetizers and a costume contest. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Annual bar crawl Nightmare on M Street returns to bars across Dupont starting at noon.
  • Bier Baron Tavern’s (1523 22nd St. NW) Halloween-themed standup comedy show and theme party returns to the venue for its third year in a row. The event will include local comics, costume parade, mummy wrap and “other macabre merriment.”
  • Dupont Circle’s Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW) will have a “Stranger Things” theme party with drinks, ’80s costumes and a scream contest. Admission into the event is $10.
  • Another ’80s-themed party will take place at Black Cat at 9:30 p.m.
  • “Zombies, police officers, superheroes, nurses and everything in between” will flock to U Street rooftop hangout Hawthorne (1336 U St. NW) at 9:30 p.m. for a party featuring drink specials and a costume contest.
  • Town Tavern at 2323 18th St. NW is scheduled to host a “Monster Mash” party to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.
  • “Suggestive pumpkin spice lattes” are encouraged to head to Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) for the restaurant and bar’s Halloween party.
  • The Saloon (1205 U St. NW) will hold this year’s Heart’s Collective bash, an event that promises DJs, artwork and festive lighting. Tickets cost $10.
  • Uproar, the rooftop bear bar at 639 Florida Ave. NW, will become a “house of horror” where patrons are encouraged to “haunt it” if they’ve got it.
  • Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW) will host a Thriller-themed party starting at 9 p.m. The person wearing the best costume will receive $250.
  • Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) hopes to “make you scream” during a “Scream Queens” event with DJs spinning tunes from pop queens.
  • Nellie’s (900 U St. NW) will have a costume contest where patrons compete to win $250.
  • Dupont bar McClellan’s Retreat (2031 Florida Ave. NW) will be haunted by cocktail specials and ’80s music.
  • This year’s Little Goblins Parade will begin at Logan Circle on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:45 p.m. This is the sixth year that costumed little ones have paraded through the neighborhood.


  • A Halloween-themed morning rave and yoga session comes to  U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW) at 11 a.m.
  • The Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) will host a storytelling show with “true stories about ghosts, devils, and things that go bump in the night” as part of the Bentzen Ball at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or more.
  • A Russian Halloween costume party kicks off at Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Ave. NW) at 10 p.m.
  • Costumes are allowed (and even encouraged) at this event at The Brixton at 6:30 p.m. The house band will judge patrons’ costumes and award gift certificates to the bar.
  • Flaming drinks, pineapples and zombie cocktails come together to form Archipelago’s (1201 U St. NW) Halloween party. The tropical bar will also host a Magnum P.I. costume contest during the event.

Monday (Halloween):

  • The Downtown BID is organizing a three-minute flash mob that will be performed downtown. Here’s how to join in on the fun.
  • Kids will be able to trick-or-treat in Columbia Heights during an event put on by the North Columbia Heights Civic Association, 11th and Bark and the 11th Street D.C. organization. The fun begins at Trolley Park (the corner of 11th and Monroe streets NW) at 9 p.m. and will include games, treats and a costume contest for children.
  • Typecase Industries (2122 8th St. NW) hopes to start a Halloween tradition with its first-ever “Nightmare on 8th Street” party. The event will have drinks, snacks and a costume contest.
  • The Angelika Pop-Up At Union Market will host a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”
  • Have a scary long beard? Show it off during the “Beers and Beerds” event at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe in Adams Morgan.
  • S Street Dog Park will host its annual dog costume contest in the park at at 17th and S St. NW starting at 6 p.m.
  • Trick-or-treaters will find candy and comics at Fantom Comics between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • D.C. Police will host Halloween parties in all seven of its police district Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


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