BYT Halloween Guide: 2016 Edition

Halloween is TODAY so hopefully you’ve spookified your Instagram name, changed your profile picture to a photo of you dressed up as child and let cobwebs cover your home for a few weeks in honor of the ghostiest day of the year. We recognize Halloween as the king of holidays so we’ve compiled the ultimate Halloween guide to help you make the most of your Halloweekend. We’ve got movies, parties, food and drink specials, and more so you can do it your way.

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

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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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  • Raven’s Night @ Birchmere – This event’s got a belly dancing show, tarot card readings, hoopers, and a live band, all in the name of Halloween. I’ve never seen spooky belly dancing but it’s probably quite a thing.

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  • National Building Museum Ghost Tours – Apparently the Museum is haunted, according to their own website, no less, so on October 23, 29 and 30 the Museum is offering tours at 8 and 9 p.m. that explore creepy artifacts and happenings within the museum.

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  • Adam’s Morgan Fright NightThis family friendly event features a costume contest, outdoor movie screening of the original Ghostbusters and general festivities at Kalorama Park
  • Halloween Kickoff Party @ Johnny Pistolas – Start your weekend on the early side at Johnny Pistolas with their “reverse happy hour” running from 9 p.m.-midnight. They’ve also got a DJ in case you feel a sudden urge to dance.

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  • The Halloween Circus @ Black Cat – 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.

  • Suns Cinema Slash n’ Bash – Suns Cinema is screening an assortment of spooky classics while also playing spooky music for an all around spooky fun time.
  • Night of the Living Zoo The National Zoo becomes adults only for the rest of the night. In addition to the regular zoo animals there will be craft beer, live music, performances, oddities, food trucks and costume contests.

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  • Thriller Dance Party on H Street – If you’ve ever said “I could be the next Michael Jackson if I could just learn the “Thriller” dance,” put your money where your mouth is and head over to H Street and learn the dance from 7-9 -p.m. before moonwalking over to the Great Hall of the Atlas for a dance party and costume contest. Also, don’t try to be the next Michael Jackson.
  • Craft Beer and Candy Pairing @ Black Squirrel – Friday through Sunday Black Squirrel will feature craft beer and candy pairings, pumpkin food and drinks and a Friday night movie marathon of classic slasher films.
  • Sollyween @ Solly’s- Solly’s is hosting a selection of musicians like Dynamo, Of Tomorrow and Cranston Dean for a blend of musical sounds to adding up to a massive dance party.

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  • Corgi Howl-O-Ween in Annapolis – If you’re like the Queen of England and love those short, stubby corgis above all other dogs then you should head to Paws Pet Boutique in Annapolis on October 30 at 11 a.m. and join the parade of costumed corgis walking the town.
  • GWAR @ 9:30 Club There’s nothing scarier than music playing space demons, and at 7 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, you’ll get tow watch not only GWAR but Mutoid Man and D.C.’s own Darkest Hour as well for added terrifying fun.
  • Halloween Pisco Party @ China Chilcano- Head to China Chilcano from 11 a.m. til closing for special $5 Pisco cocktails, cocktail demonstrations and, of course, a costume contest.
  • Pumpkin Painting Contest @ Brookland’s FinestPumpkin painting competitions for the kids and happy hour drink specials give everyone something fun to do at Brookland’s Finest.

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  • Halloween Mixtape @ Howard Theatre This month’s Mixtape dance party is, naturally, Halloween themed. It’s always a good time, Halloween makes everything better, and there’s a special performance SISTR Mid9ight, so this definitely a safe bet.

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  • Texas Jack’s Halloween Barbeque – Head to Texas Jack’s in your costume and get a free pumpkin pie to go along with your barbeque.
  • Halloween Party @ Estadio–  From 7-11 p.m. Estadio is having a party with themed drinks, a costume contests, and unlimited food included in the price of admission.
  • Harry Potter Trivia @ Penn Social – Spend your real Halloween sharing your knowledge of the real witches and wizards of Hogwarts and beyond, the grand prize for trivia is $1,000, and of course, butter beer will be served. Break out your dress robes because there’s a Yule Ball costume contest.
  • Feminist Halloween Happy Hour @ Maddy’s Tap Room- Throw on your clever, feminist costumes and enter AAUW’s costume contest for a chance at a gift card, and just to go hang out with some other feminists who also like beer, Halloween and equality.
  • Special Cocktail @ Mulebone – Mulebone has created a “Witches Brew” cocktail, so you can drink like the witch you know you are.
  •  Halloween Ride @ Flywheel Fit some festive, spooky spinning into your day at Flywheel’s themed classes. If you show up in costume you’re entered for a prize, and if you show up to a normal class in costume you also get a treat if you “Fly Trick or Treat” at the front desk. It’s like being a kid but with more concern for your health.
  • Halloween Hunt @ The Mansion on O St. – Take part in the always odd and spooky mansion’s extra spooky Halloween-themed treasure hunt.
  • Spy Fright @ The International Spy Museum – Take your kids, to the Spy Museum for a spooky makeover led by a makeup artist and disguise expert from 2- 6 p.m., which leaves plenty of time for trick-or-treating afterwards.
  • Flash @ Downtown- Today at 1 p.m. at an as of yet undisclosed location you can participate in a Halloween flash mob downtown. Remember flash mobs? You can help bring ’em back.
  • Dia de los Muertos Costume Party @ El Rey – Today beginning at 5 p.m. El Rey is getting ahead of the Day of the Dead festivities with their costume party which offers an ice luge, specialty drinks, and a costume contest grand prize of tickets to a Redskins game.
  • Haunted! A Halloween Soiree @ Little Miss Whiskey’s- Little Miss Whiskey’s wants you to show up to its Halloween bash either in costume or like you were invited to a fancy soiree at a Haunted Mansion for a night of dancing, candy and general spookiness.
  • Howl-o-Ween @ Satellite Room-  If you’ve got a dog or just love dogs, dress ’em up and head to the Satellite Room for drink specials and a doggy costume contest. Try to do something other than a hotdog. I have a feeling there will be a lot of those.
  • S Street Pet Costume Contest- This contest is open to animals beyond dogs, so if you’ve dressed your parrot up like a pirate or your chinchilla up in a fur coat for terrible fur-ception, you can enter them in this Dupont Circle costume contest tonight at 6:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Party @ The Gryphon – Get to the Gryphon between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 rail drinks and stay for a night of dancing at their #TeamHennessy halloween party. The event page uses a lot of hashtags, so you know they’re serious about partying.
  • Halloween Party @ Estadio – Pay $31 tonight between 7 and 11 p.m. and get a night filled with unlimited pintxos, tapas and other Spanish foods while entering a costume contest. You have to pay for your spooky cocktails, but I bet you can eat $31 worth of Spanish food without really having to try.
  • Big Band Halloween Scream @ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center- Have you ever heard spooky jazz music? Tonight’s your chance at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monster Ball DC @ Sax – Sax is putting on their annual Monsters Ball tonight from 10 pm. to 2 a.m., with complimentary admission before 11 p.m. and a complimentary champagne bar between 10 and 12, both of which are favorable for people who are trying to make it out of bed at some point on Tuesday.

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  • Espita Mezcaleria‘s Day of the Dead- November 1 is Day of the Dead and Espita Mezcaleria is embracing it with complimentary face painting, custom temporary tattoos and a special Day of the Dead menu.

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If you’re too scared to leave your house, we have some helpful scary movie roundups featuring films available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other haunted streaming services.

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  • A Dream Within A Dream: Madness at Torpedo Factory– through October 31 Torpedo factory is hosting an interactive play based on the life and works of, you guessed it, Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a multimedia production, incorporating film, music, theatre, dance and lights into a crazy spooky time. There will also be Poe themed foods available beforehand so you don’t pass out from terror/hunger.

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

 

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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 with eight themed mazes and six scare zones including one called the Cleaver Brothers Carnival that’s apparently a carnival where “your worst nightmares will seem like a pleasant dream.” Great. Halloween Haunt runs Friday- Sunday until October 30. Tickets start at $40 if you buy them online in advance.
  • Fright Fest @ 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 start at $35.

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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 packages start at $45, but you can buy admission to each separately.
  • Bradley Farm Haunted House, 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 $15 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. Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door. 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 start at  $30. Festivities go from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.  depending on the weekend, and they’re open Thursday through Monday.
  • Escape the Movies, 935 Fairlawn Ave., Laurel, MD. If you’re one of those assholes who watched Saw and thought you could have done better, head over to Laurel’s House of Horror which is built within an old movie theatre and has rooms modeled after popular horror films. See if you’d fair better than Johnny Depp in Freddy Kruger’s murderous hands.Image result for johnny depp nightmare on elm street death gif

 Happy Haunting!

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