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Halloween is over, but it lives on in our hearts. Spend your week reading spooky books, hanging out in cemeteries and getting ready for Death Becomes Us, our true crime festival!

Every Thursday at 9 a.m (sometimes sooner) we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but longer because we pretend Thursday is a weekday.

TRUE CRIME: Hang out with some of your favorite crime authors (and us!) at our true crime author panel at Politics & Prose. It’s the perfect way to pregame Death Becomes Us.

CULTURE: The Congressional Cemetery (aka your favorite cemetery) hosts a ghostly book talk with Petra Mayer and author Daniel José Older about his haunted story, The Book of Lost Saints.

FILM: Learn about the art and music performances that inspired Coachella and Burning Man at the Hirshhorn‘s screening of Desolation Center.

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy a nice autumnal cocktail.

FREE: Not sure what to do with your old, slightly busted Halloween costume? Fix it up or switch it out at The Cheshire.

MUSIC: Full Body is using their full bodies to make music at Songbyrd.

STAGE: Watch some folks with interesting hair / hats play music at 9:30 Club.

STAY IN: Doctor Sleep is out this weekend. if you start the book right now and read it fast enough, you might be able to finish it before Friday.

ACTIVE: It’s Death Becomes Us (our true crime festival) week! Kick off the crime with a boy band themed climb at Pulse House of Fitness.

CULTURE: David Brunett is talking about photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

FILM: It’s the second day of the Current Movements Film Festival! I hope you like docs.

FOOD + DRINK: Be the first to taste Bar Charley‘s brand new fall cocktail menu.

FREE: Learn about ~magic~ at East City Bookshop’s talk with Joe Posnanski, the author of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.

MUSIC: The New Pornographers are at 9:30 Club tonight (and Lincoln Theatre tomorrow). Do you prefer venues with seats or without seats?

STAGE: Swing by the Folger Shakespeare Library for the opening night of Amadeus.

STAY IN: Pour yourself a glass of wine, close your eyes and listen to A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s new record The Undivided Five.

CULTURE: The Goethe-Institut is celebrating their grand opening at The Liz on 14th Street. Go dance and listen to jazz and talk about Bauhaus.

FILM: Think about death while you watch Taste of Cherry at Suns Cinema.

FOOD & DRINK: Eat for a good cause at D.C. Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight at The Anthem.

FREE: WPOW is taking over Hillyer and hosting an opening reception for their 13th annual juried exhibition.

MUSIC: King Princess has a very sold out show at 9:30 Club.

STAGE: If you didn’t grab tix to King Princess, go check out Adult Mom and Pen Palindrome at Songbyrd.

STAY IN:  Run to your favorite local bookstore and pick up a copy of Little Weirds by Jenny Slate.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m.