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On account of Halloween proper being on a SATURDAY this year you get a whole week of Halloween magic coming your way, and then some. And since Halloween is/has always been/will always be the ultimate BYT holiday we assembled this extremely useful, all-inclusive, D.C. Halloween guide for you. It includes: movies, parties, food and drink specials, and more. It will be a blast. As Vincent Price would say:

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Before you dig in, make sure you peruse these links:

  • Throughout Scaretober we’ve been publishing some of our favorite scary movie roundups.

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  • If you’re not a dog but a human being that likes zombie related things, you may enjoy perusing our Zombie Walk photo post.

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  • Boo-tique Treats at Co Co SalaThroughout the month of October, you can get some awesome, freaky flavored treats at Co Co Sala. The Spooky Pops and Vampire Kiss Kupcakes look particularly devilish.
  • Halloween Haunt, Kings Dominion – For selected dates through the month of October, Kings Dominion is host to attractions so awesome they’re terrifying.
  • Shackenstein Custard at Shake Shack – October 26 – November 1, Shackenstein, lesser known brother of Dr. Frankenstein and the one who gets the ladies. Anyway, Shake Shack is showing us how much they love us by making a shake that’s a blend of marshmallow crème custard and frosted chocolate pieces
  • Haunted DC @ Upshur Street Books – October 27, listen to historians Robert Pohl and Tim Krepp talk about how haunted our city is. Everyone loves a good ghost story. Especially when it’s real.
  • Tarot Study Session with Heru Jerome at Tarot Society – October 29, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sounds exactly like what it is. Just go.
  • Trick-or-Fit Fitness Party with Yala Fitness – October 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. There’s no harm in going to this because it’s before Halloween and no harm in not going because, it’s before Halloween.
  • Night of the Living Zoo – October 30, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., the National Zoo is hosting its adult-only annual event. Featuring music, food trucks, a costume contest, and beer. It’s spooky, how fun it looks.
  • Bark or Treat Halloween Canine Cruise October 30, 7:00 p.m. DOGS IN COSTUMES. On the Potomac River. If you don’t want to dress your pup up (understandable), bring your pal along and just dress yourself in costume. I’m sure you’re just as cute.

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    • Halloween Midnight Circus – October 31, WeWork is hosting a midnight circus. Come costume-clad. It’s Halloween, for Pete’s sake.
    • Halloween Party at Open Road – October 31, 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. A costume contest, drinks, music. A frighteningly good time.
    • Pumpkin Rock ‘n Roll – October 31, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. A day of family friendly rides, music, and contests in Kensington, MD.
    • The Halloween Circus – October 31, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Our pick for show of the night, this annual tradition features music from Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, burlesque from Cherie Sweetbottom and much more.

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  • Hocus Pocus at Shriver HallOctober 29, 8 p.m. This movie has robbed my 10-year-old-self of sleep many times but I still love it.

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courtesy of Deanna Martino and Esther Hur in last year’s Haunted DC guide 

  • The White House – Some previous tenants of the White House never admitted to seeing the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, but they claim they felt his presence. I would not recommend breaking into the White House at night to prove this, though. (Is it spooky to get shot? If it is, I do recommend breaking into the White House at any time. -ed.)

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  • The Navy Yard – Washington Navy Yard is allegedly haunted by two spirits–one a harmless (former) commandant who is said to stare out of windows, and the other the ghost of a former Marine, the neighborhood’s resident poltergeist. (Once the Whole Foods opens in 2017 it’ll be haunted by people that refuse to identify as gentrifies. -ed.)

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  • Rock Creek Cemetery – Let’s just get it out of the way: all cemeteries are haunted if you believe in ghosts, and if you do not believe in ghosts, all cemeteries are places where bones become dust. Rock Creek Cemetery is haunted because it’s very, very large so it has a lot of bones buried underground! Scary! Another reason is the The Adams Memorial, a grave marker and statue for Marian “Clover” Hooper Adams, the wife of Henry Adams who committed suicide. It’s haunted because, well, it looks scary. It’s also a memorial for a person who committed suicide, so that’s weird. So you can see that and get scared. Don’t believe us? Read its Yelp page. It has a Yelp page.
  • The National Theatre – Even though the original National Theatre building was torn down and replaced, it’s still claimed to be haunted by actor John McCullough who was killed there in the 1880s.
  • Mary Surratt’s Boarding House – Now the location of Wok and Roll in Chinatown, Mary Surratt’s former school and personal home is said to be haunted by with reports of inexplicable weeping and footsteps. (Maybe Mary just hates puns? -ed.)

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  • Woodrow Wilson House – Staff and visitors have said they have seen the ghost of President Woodrow Wilson in the House, sitting in his rocking chair and have heard the shuffle of a man walking with a cane, and heard a man sob. (I’d much rather be haunted by ghost Woodrow Wilson than real life Woodrow Wilson because I don’t think ghosts can be racists. -ed.)

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  • Halcyon House – The Halcyon House was built in 1787, is in Georgetown, and is not the Exorcist stairs. In addition to containing its own tomb (That is a very nice luxury I would one day like to afford. -ed), the home’s creepiness factor is absurdly high when it comes to hauntings (reported to be vexed by the ghosts of runaway slaves crying and moaning in the night). (This doesn’t sound fun. Let’s go to the stairs. -ed.)
  • Exorcist Stairs – Made famous by the devil, the Exorcist stairs are the only reason kids that wear pleather and dye their hair black have ever visited Georgetown. Also, it has a Yelp page. Who reviews stairs? 72 people. As of this writing, it currently has a 4.5 star rating. Rose from Queens only gave the stairs three stars even though she said the following, “fun place to visit if u’ve ever seen the exorcist.  the stairs r quite steep so be wary when walking.  and it’s right next to the house that the priest flew out of.  nice little tourist attraction right by the Georgetown campus.” That seems like a pretty good time to me, Rose! What exactly did you want, Rose? Maybe it’s time to lighten up, Rose!

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  • M Street Bridge – Speaking of Georgetown, while most are already familiar with the tale of Bunny Man Bridge, we’ve got our own haunted underpass right here in DC. Be on the lookout for a little drummer boy, a vision of a stagecoach, and even a large headless man. You know what? Maybe just avoid that bridge. (Don’t avoid a bridge due to visions. Bridges are where future legendary musicians are living. Avoiding bridges due to rumored hauntings is dumb. Avoid bridges to avoid addicts and collapses. -ed.)

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  • The Capitol – The Capitol is said to be one of the most haunted building in Washington. Apparently, several spirits haunt the building due to tragedies associated with its construction, which makes the upcoming construction much more spooky. Also, many politicians with strong personalities (Assholes, strong personalities means they were assholes. -ed.) are rumored to still roam the halls long after their death. You’re not allowed to roam the halls when you’re alive and not elected. Those people are staffers.

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  •  The Octagon House – Home to Colonel John Taylor and his family in the early 19th century, both his daughters fell to their deaths in their home during fights with their father. One of which is often seen crumpled at the bottom of the stairs and many visitors have witnessed a candle moving up the stairs on its own. (This is also the premise to Eric Clapton’s massive hit “Tears In Heaven” which is real and much scarier. -ed.)
  • The Westin Washington DC City Center – This hotel, formerly known as the Vista International Hotel Washington is where DC Mayor (for life) Marion Barry was arrested by an undercover FBI agent in 1990. The hotel is rumored to be haunted by “Bitches (who) set me up,” and features reasonable hotel and conference room rates.
  • Lafayette Park – check out some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories of DC on a Haunted Walking Tour that begins at the “most haunted home in Washington,” the Octagon House.

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Some of these require you traveling to the middle-of-nowhere Maryland, which is a terrifying thought in itself.

  • Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking, Crime Museum, 575 7th St. NW. The Crime Museum’s haunted house will take visitors through a combination of real artifacts important to crime history (electric chair, anyone?) combined with classic haunted house elements to make for an educational (but not really) haunted experience. Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking will open on Oct 23 for a few select nights until Nov 1st. Tickets are $30.

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  • DC Dead, Capital Fringe’s Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. According to our 2014 guide, “NW DC Dead is unlike any other haunted house experience on the list, because you are an active participant in the experience. While zombies chase you around Capital Fringe’s headquarters, you and your team of six participants chase them back, armed with Nerf guns.  It’s like real-life Left 4 Dead.” DC Dead is open Thursdays-Sundays Oct 8- Nov 1. Tickets are $35.

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  • Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047. Every year, Kings Dominion does the most with their Halloween Haunt takeover of the theme park. This year is no exception– as if eight themed mazes and six scare zones weren’t enough– they’ve added another new asylum-themed maze, a circus and live music in the form of a concert called “Eternal Jamnation”. Halloween Haunt runs Friday- Sunday until Nov 1. Tickets start at $35 if you buy them online in advance.
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags America, Six Flags America, 13710 Central Avenue, Bowie/ Mitchellville MD. You’ll need to buy a day’s admission to the park in order to get in on their nightly scare action, but don’t fear–the lines aren’t terrible during the day (even manageable on weekends) and gives you the most bang for your buck when you’ll essentially be forking over an additional $20 for the haunted trails and houses. Also, more scary suburban teens! by Deanna Martino and Esther Hur. Park hours are from noon to 10:00 pm Tickets are $60, plus extra for the Haunted Houses.

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  • Markoff’s Haunted Forest 19120 Martinsburg Rd. Dickerson, MD, The main event at Markoff’s is the Haunted Forest where visitors choose one of two equally horrifying wooded paths. BUT there’s also a zip line, hayride and maze, amongst nine other haunted attractions. Markoff’s Haunted Forest is open Thursday-Saturday until Nov 1. Tickets are $22 in advance on Thursday, $30 on Friday and Saturday.
  • Bennett’s Curse , F7967 Max Blobs Park Road, Jessup, MD. According to Haunted House professionals (see mom, it’s a real thing!), Bennett’s Curse is one of the scariest Halloween attractions in America. With three haunted houses including a new 3D experience (whatever that means), we’re inclined to believe them. Bennett’s Curse is open Thursday-Sunday before Halloween week, and every day of Halloween week. Tickets are $30.

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  • Field of Screams 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd Olney, MD. The URL to the Field of Screams website is literally www.screams.org. Field of Screams owns all of the screams. They cover all of the bases, too — a trail of terror, a haunted house, a hayride and a thing where you shoot glow in the dark paintballs at zombies. Field of Screams is open Thursday-Sunday until Nov 8. Tickets are $45 for access to all attractions, but you can buy admission to each separately.
  • Nightmare Manor, 10240 Fingerboard Rd., Ijamsville, MD. This is a Haunted House in an actual Haunted House! Seth’s Folly is a 200 year old mansion where a terrible guy and his family his family got their house set on fire. Though the house survived, the family did not and they continue to haunt the space today. Nightmare Manor is open Friday-Sunday until Halloween. Tickets are $25.
  • Bradley Farm Haunted House The Bradley Farm Barn, 13159 New Parkland Dr, Herndon, VA. Man, these farms love Halloween. This one is better for people who aren’t looking to spend a ton of money or be scared shitless. Bradley Farm Haunted House runs on Oct 24 and 25. Tickets are only $5.
  • Cox Farms Field of Fear, 15621 Braddock Rd Centreville, VA 20120. This is essentially a creepy field that is open every Friday and Saturday night in October. They call it a maze, but it’s actually more of a path. There are creepy costumed people that jump at you and scare you and they can actually touch you, so that’s wildly uncomfortable. Shit’s creepy. There’s also a “dark side hayride” and a bonfire and cider and pumpkins and all that cute fall stuff too.The basic ticket is $13 which is admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride (does not include Cornightmare). The Fear Plus Ticket is $19 which includes includes admission to the Firegrounds, one Dark Side Hayride, plus one entry to Cornightmare.
  • Shocktober 601 Catocin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. A three story manor in the middle of a field in Leesburg, the people who run Shocktober have transformed it into a super creepy haunted house. There are actors roaming around the premises, they come up to you and talk to you and scare you and so on. In addition to the freaky house, you can also go into a smaller creepy-clown infested tent, as well as into the basement of the house. It’s a good level of creepy. I didn’t pee my pants but I also couldn’t comfortably walk through it with my eyes open. I also screamed a lot. For those of you who are super scared, you can buy a glow necklace that tells the actors not to fuck with you in the house. With that being said, when I went they ran out of those necklaces so maybe don’t bank on that. It starts at $10 for just the basement, $25 for just the house, $30 for all the interactive stuff, and so on. ALSO all of the proceeds go to Paxton Campus, a Loudoun nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities.
  • Scream City 2400 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003. Two indoor haunted houses (specifically made to feel like you can’t escape). There’s an Exorcism Estate Haunted House and a Slaughter Factory both of which sound like they will live up to their descriptions. Tickets are $35 all weekend long. Festivities go from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Tuesday – Wednesday, Sunday and from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday – Saturday.

 Happy Haunting!

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