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.
- 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.
Volunteers from a D.C. nonprofit will visit homes throughout the District to collect candy this Halloween.
Workers with HIPS, an organization that advocates for sex workers and intravenous drug users, will travel to donors’ homes as requested to pick up the leftover treats as part of its yearly Halloween candy drive.
HIPS volunteer Emily Hammell said the nonprofit’s army of candy collectors are usually able to nab dozens of pounds of donated candy.
“The volunteer community of HIPS is really active,” Hammell said. “I’ll probably spend Saturday and Sunday with my old lady grocery cart and a backpack collecting candy.”
The organization, located at 906 H Street NE, hordes the candy to distribute to its clients throughout the year. Though Hammell said the organization will take almost any kind of candy, lollipops and Jolly Ranchers are usually clients’ favorites.
“The candy is used for when staff or volunteers are out in the van doing outreach,” Hammell said. “Also, people are sometimes hesitant to approach the van for the first time.
“If you can come away with a piece of candy, then perhaps your friends or your peers don’t have to know that you went and got condoms or had questions about HIV testing or needed help filing your employment or health paperwork,” Hammell added. “And most people love candy.”
To donate leftover candy, D.C. residents can e-mail HIPS or swing by the nonprofit’s headquarters on H Street. The organization will also welcome candy donations during its happy hour at Asia Nine (915 E Street NW) at 6 p.m. tonight.
Photo courtesy of HIPS
Princesses, superheroes and even a little Kim Jong Un descended on Logan Circle in search of candy and other treats this weekend.
About 400 kids and adults marched from Logan Circle NW to Stead Park as part of the 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade on Saturday afternoon. Most of the little revelers and their parents spent much of their time on the 1400 block of P Street NW, where Whole Foods, Number Nine and other businesses handed out Halloween goodies.
“It’s unique and different,” Number Nine general manager Ben Gander said of the parade as he handed out cookies to trick-or-treaters. “It’s fun to see all the kids in costumes.”
Joelle Myers, a co-founder of the parade, said the trick-or-treating, costumed children and entertainers from the Blue Styles Brass Band made the afternoon “magical.”
“The parade grows in different ways each year and at the core it’s community building and bringing families together, highlighting what an awesome neighborhood Logan Circle is to raise a family,” she said.
Have photos you want to share with us from the parade? Send them to @borderstan. We might feature them on our site.
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)
“Sexy” improvisers put on a silly-spooky show in a BYOB-only venue.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Shaw Dog Park (1673 11th St. NW)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
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
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)
Guests can join local police officers for food, games and a haunted house.
Halloween House Carnival
Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW)
A DJ spins house tunes while costumed attendees compete in a “scariest” and “sexiest” costume contest. No cover.
Church Night hosts a Halloween show with three bands, two burlesque performers and “a night of raucous, raunchy, loud, and wild fun.”
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
Guests can compete to win $1000 in a massive costume contest, and a drag show kicks off at 10:30 p.m. $15 cover.
Dogs in costumes will frolic through Shaw Dog Park during the pet park’s annual “Howl-O-Ween” event this Saturday at 11 a.m.
During the event, 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.
Shaw Dog Park Volunteers will also sell T-shirts and poop bags branded with the park’s name and logo.
Steve Oatmeyer, a member of the Shaw Dog Park board, said the part of the event’s goal is to raise $3000 to replace the park’s failing gate and fence.
“We need repairs of the gates and the fence. They need to be replaced,” Oatmeyer said. “Hopefully, by the end of the year we will have it done.”
“We also have to resurface the gravel on a weekly basis, water and take care of the trees,” Oatmeyer said. “We’ve been around for nine or ten years, so now things are happening we really need to start replacing.”
Locals who can’t show up on Saturday can also donate to the cause via Paypal here.
Photo courtesy of Shaw Dog Park
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW) will host a “haunted haus” event next weekend in honor of the s-s-spookiest holiday of them all, Halloween. Guests can partake in creepy events and buy discounted beer and cocktails during each day’s festivities.
The bar will kick off its three-day Halloween weekend with a viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight on Friday. As per the norm, guests will be encouraged to break out the gold speedos and fishnets.
“We’re encouraging costumes,” said Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson. Bartenders will also don costumes to pour $6 Radeberger and $6 Schofferhoffer Radler beers throughout the night.
But it’s the next day, Saturday, when things get a little creepier. From noon to 7 p.m., guests will be able to carve pumpkins and compete for prizes in an apple bobbing contest. Then, at 7 p.m., the evil clowns and human statues come out to roam the haus.
“They’re going to be strolling through the bar,” Roberson said. “There will be these slightly spooky happenings going on.”
Black Masala, a gypsy punk and funk band, will set the mood for the evening with live music. The bar will also screen classic Halloween films such as “Hocus Pocus” and hire a tarot reader to tell patrons’ fortunes throughout the night.
Although there might be some frights, scaredy-cats should still be able to handle this party. “We don’t want to scare people too much,” Roberson said. “It’s not going to be a full on haunted house in a traditional sense.”
Goblins hungry for candy are plotting take over Logan Circle next weekend, all in the spirit of Halloween.
The 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade will fill the streets with children with their parents on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. The crowd will begin its slow march at Logan Circle, then walk along the 1400 block of P Street NW. (Click here to view the full parade route.)
Employees from businesses along the block will hit the sidewalks and pass out candy to participants aged anywhere from 12 months to 10 years old.
Parade organizers Joelle Myers and Evelyn Boyd Simmons have planned the event together since its inception and have watched it grow every year. This year, they’re expecting a crowd of about 400, including kids, parents, grandparents and dogs.
Executing an event of this size takes the collaboration of community organizations, area businesses and key sponsors like TD Bank and Whole Foods. Volunteers and the members of the Metropolitan Police Department also help the parade run smoothly.
“This is an event that has been growing and evolving right along with the community,” Simmons said. “Our goal is to have it become institutionalized and a tradition in Logan Circle.”
One of the most significant changes made this year is that the parade route will be reversed. Marchers will gather in Logan Circle around 12:45 p.m. and end in Stead Park, where activities and live entertainment will keep the festivities going at Stead Park.
“With dance groups and music, this year we really wanted to have entertainment for kids, by kids,” Myers said. “It’s amazing to see how the community comes together, so we changed the entertainment to maintain the interest of everyone who attends.”
No matter how big the parade gets or how much it changes as the years go on, Myers and Simmons hope to keep their original purpose in mind.
“It’s a great way for kids and their families to really enjoy Halloween,” Myers added. “That’s just something we really want to continue bringing to the community and making it better and better.”
Myers said that she’s searching for five more volunteers to “wrangle” goblins, hand out candy at Whole Foods and Lululemon on P Street and generally monitor the crowd. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.
Photos courtesy of Little Goblins Parade
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.
Pets and their owners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to compete in three categories:
- Best Costume
- Fashion Pioneer
- Pet-Owner Look Alike
Though the prize list hasn’t yet been finalized, winners will receive a gift worth roughly $100.
Photo via Facebook.com/HDCMS
This weekend is the Second Annual Parade of Cuteness (aka: The Little Goblins Parade) in Dupont/Logan.
On Saturday, October 27, bring your little one, dressed to the nines in his/her Halloween finest, and head to P Street for a kid-centric parade. The parade starts at 3 pm in Stead Park (1625 P Street NW) and ends in Logan Circle.
TD Bank, Whole Foods and Logan Hardware will all provide treats for the kiddos as they march along P Street to Logan Circle, and children’s performer Harambe with Baba Ras D will provide the entertainment, courtesy of Jack Evans.
All those participating in the parade should meet at Stead park at 2:45 pm. The Little Goblins Parade is organized by Moms in Logan Circle. For more information on the event or to volunteer, contact myersjoelle[AT]gmail.com.
Whether you have an award-winning costume or not, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year to go out and get a glimpse at how this buttoned-up city likes to cut lose in disguise. And while there are a few Halloween-specific events planned, most of the fun and action will take place at some of the area’s most popular bars and clubs (because who doesn’t love seeing a giant cow costume break-it-down on the dance floor?).
Here are our best picks for this year’s Halloween scene:
- Cobalt/ Level One (1639 R Street NW). Grab some dinner at Level One and then hit the bar at Cobalt. Both will be open.
- Policy (1904 14th Street NW). The bar and restaurant will be open; Karaoke upstairs starts at 9 pm.
- Lost Society (2001 14th Street NW). The upstairs will be open for a Halloween party; the downstairs restaurant will not be open.
- Café Saint-Ex (1847 14th Street NW). Cafe Saint-Ex will host a special bar contest with Bar Pilar (1833 14th Street NW) on Halloween night. The theme is Prince of Darkness vs. Queen of Pop. Dress to impress! There will be prizes for the best costumes. Make sure you get off of work early – the contest starts at 5 pm.
- Nellie’s (900 U Street NW). Nellie’s will have drink specials and a costume party on Halloween night.
- U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW). Catch Crookers with Nick Catchdubs and D.J. Yorker at 9 pm. Tickets are $20.
- Local 16 (1602 U Street NW). According to a hostess, “Halloween is our favorite holiday here.” Dress up and hang on the rooftop with a local bar that loves Halloween.
- Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW). It’s a Halloween Discoteca with Beyond the 3rd Dimension, Will Eastman and Sammy Y + Ozker.
- 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW). Freelance Whales and Geographer go on at 6 pm, Rusko is at 11 pm.
- Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Electronic Six and Little Hurricane play at 8 pm.
- The Mansion on O Street (2020 O Street NW). The historic Mansion on O Street will host a Night of the Living Divas Drag Show on Halloween night from 5:30 until 11 pm. Tickets are $40 and include a glass of champagne, a costume party and the drag show. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best couples costume, craziest shoes, most creative, scariest, zaniest, grossest, worst prom outfit and more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the website.
- Shaw Main Streets Halloween Crawl (various locations). This event takes place on Saturday, October 27 from noon until 6 pm, but is one not to be missed. The event will be hosted at seven venues, including American Ice Company (917 V Street NW), Bistro Bohem (600 Florida Avnue NW), The Brixton (901 U Street NW), Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Avenue NW), Etete Ethiopian Cuisine (1942 9th Street NW), Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U Street NW) and Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Avenue NW). Each venue will feature food and drink specials and drawings for prizes. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door (the first stop is Duffy’s). Proceeds support the Shaw Main Streets historic fire and police call box project.
From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
Just in time for Halloween, the Cruciferous vegetables are coming to haunt the farmers markets. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts and, my favorite, romanesco, can be found throughout the markets and many will last through the colder temperatures. However, the fractal looking romanesco is perfectly creepy and weird and its sibling cauliflower quite resembles brain.
Traditional notions of the extreme health benefits of these vegetables are indeed correct–much research has been conducted that shows cruciferous vegetables are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, as well as promote cardiovascular and digestive health. Counter that candy intake on the 31st with a healthy romanesco recipe and creep out your dinner guests with its weird shape, or substitute with cauliflower if you’re a bit tamer.
BONUS: With all the fresh, crisp eating apples at the market, make candy apples for dessert for Halloween.
Roasted Romanesco with Lemon-yogurt sauce
- One medium sized romanesco bunch, cut into smaller florets*
- One tbsp olive oil
- One tbsp minced garlic
- One cup chopped walnuts
- Half cup gold raisins
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees – I save time by turning on the oven immediately and then chopping and prepping other vegetables while it heats up.
- Evenly arrange a layer of romanesco, garlic and walnuts in a large Pyrex baking dish.
- Add olive oil, salt and pepper and give it a stir or a gentle toss with your hands to coat evenly.
- Place on the top rack of the oven and roast for 15 minutes or until florets are lightly browned.
- Serve immediately with lemon-yogurt sauce over whole wheat cous cous or pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.
For the lemon-yogurt sauce
Whisk together the juice of half a lemon, one tbsp. cumin, a dash of cayenne pepper, and half a cup to a cup of probiotic plain yogurt or Greek yogurt (non-fat if you can!).
*Note: the stems are extremely healthy to eat, but can come out crunchy if not cooked long enough. Save and steam later or shave into thin, long pieces and pair with grated carrots for a healthy slaw.
From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.
Borderstan, I confess that this time of year is not usually a favorite of mine. The long summer days are decidedly behind us, the chill in the air makes me shiver unhappily and the decorations in most stores make me cringe, as I have arachnophobia.
While I think Halloween is a fun way for children to get out into their neighborhood in costumes and collect sweets and goodies, I do find some of the symbols for this feast rather unsettling. I don’t do too well around outsized spiders and their webs, so I give enthusiastically decorated homes and stores a wide berth these days.
This is also the time of year where, in other countries around the world, people think of their departed. Again, the theme is not typically a cheery one. I have memories from my childhood in Italy of visiting cemeteries on cold, drizzly fall days, tough, yellowing and slippery leaves underfoot and dark, bare branches stretching to the grey sky.
I admire and enjoy the Mexicans’ take on All Souls’: their dia de los muertos is a party, a pic-nic and a feast. Way to face down your fears and turn a day of dread into a fiesta!
In a similar vein, I have promised myself that I’ll make a point of facing (perhaps even facing down) some of my fears this season. Whether it’s having a needed but uncomfortable conversation with someone, or speaking in public, or perhaps even attempting that weight that has been eluding me in my workouts, be it what it may, I’ll take this spooky Halloween season as an occasion to be spooked about some things no more.
So, Borderstan, may we all conquer some of our fears and enjoy the mid-autumn!
Sunday was a great example of the diversity of the Dupont-Logan neighborhood: a kids Halloween Parade down P Street that followed Tuesday night’s 17th Street High Heel Race. Of course, there were a fair number of neighborhood kids at Tuesday’s race festivities, too!
There was a strong, enthusiastic turnout for Sunday’s Halloween Parade: an estimated 250-plus kids and parents (and a smattering of family dogs) turned out yesterday for the first “Little Gobblins Parade” on P Street NW. The kids in costume, along with families and friends, met at Stead Park at 3 pm and then made their way to Logan Circle for games and treats. Along the way they trick-or-treated their way through Whole Foods.
“Moms in Logan Circle,” are organizing a Halloween kids parade, the “Little Gobblins” Parade on Sunday, October 30. The event is open to everyone in the community, according to Joelle Myers, one of the organizers. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the event was moved to Sunday due to the likelihood of rain (or snow?) on Saturday.
- Date: Sunday, October 30
- Assembly Time and Location: Be at the Stead Park Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street NW, by 2:45 pm
- Parade Time: 3 to 4 pm
- Parade Route: East on P Street from Stead Park/Playground to Logan Circle.
“We’ll end at the circle, where the kids can have ample room to run around and play in their costumes and us bigger folks can chit-chat!” Official parade greeters are Councilmember Jack Evans and the staff of Whole Foods — and residents who come out to watch.
The participating trick-or-treaters will actually make their way through the P Street Whole Foods store, getting treats in various sections.
If you’re a local mom and interested in joining “Moms in Logan Circle,” send an email to [email protected]
Hey, Bstan. Big weekend on deck, since it’s officially unofficially Halloween on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and even Sunday nights. Do you have your topical/witty/sexy costume ready to go? If you’re not into the costume thing there are plenty of “regular” weekend activities for you, but why not get in on the fun? Without further ado, here’s your Special Edition: Spooky Scary Borderstan Halloweekend Picks.
But, first things first with this reminder: Don’t drink and drive.
Safety PSA + Free Cab Rides
AT&T wants you to leave “scary” off the road this Halloween. Even though we’re located in an area of the city with GREAT public transportation option, no one should drive drunk. Ever. Together with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) SoberRide initiative, AT&T is providing free taxi rides (up to $30) to anyone 21 and over in the Washington, DC area this Saturday night (10/29) from 10pm until 6am. AT&T customers can call #TAXI to get a safe, free ride home, while others can dial 800-200-TAXI.
Thursday, October 27
- Get festivities started early at Policy (1904 14th Street NW) tonight for their “Spooktacular Trick or Tweet-Up” from 5 to 8 pm. It sounds a little nerdy, but they’d like to thank their Facebook and Twitter followers with complimentary appetizers drink specials, a costume contest and more.
- Then swing by Local 16 for “a local nightmare” and I mean that in the best way possible.
Friday, October 28
- BYT’s back at the Newseum, hosting “A Night at The Newseum IV in 3D, ” featuring DJ Questlove, 3D glasses and LOTS more. More details and tix here.
- The W Hotel’s (515 15th Street NW) Rooftop Howl-o-Ween Bash at POV should be a good time, but it’s at capacity. If you snagged tickets, have fun.
- Also: BeatCity: Werewolf Bar Mitzvah at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room.
Saturday, October 29
- During the day, check out a Doggy Costume Contest (I dieeeeee) in Mitchell Park, hosted by the Kalorama Kennel Club.
- If it’s your thing, Nightmare on M Street 2011, a “spooky bar crawl” of 13 different Dupont and midtown bars featuring drink specials at each is always a popular option for the more frat-tastic among us.
- I’d also recommend Lost Society’s Halloween Party (2001 14th Street NW), featuring beats from DJs Dynamix and Chris Burns as well as a one-hour open bar. Get more info and $30 tickets through GiltCity.
- Lincoln Restaurant (1110 Vermont Avenue NW) is also hosting a clubby open-bar party “Boo! Halloween” from 8 pm to 2 am, promising the allure of candy! minimal clothing! more candy! and not wearing pants! $30 advance tickets and more information here.
- And where do I really want to be on Saturday? Hopefully at the back-to-back Little Dragon show and DJ Rheka Bhangraween set at 930 Club (815 V Street NW).
Sunday, October 30
- If you’re still raring to go, The Might Pint (1831 M Street NW) is hosting a costume-d “Kill the Keg” party at 7 pm. Entrance $10, more information here.
- For something completely different, head over to American Ice Company (917 V Street NW) at 8 pm for a Halloween-themed Spirits in Black Metal Party, complete with a spooky heavy metal-themed cocktail menu designed by PS7’s mixologist Gina Chersevani and a costume contest.