Halloween is Thursday, October 31, which means Halloween weekend begins 6(66) days before which means we’re in the midst of Halloween week! Here are our picks for the next 10 days of October with a few bonus spooky November picks to boot.
Monday, October 21
Not a Halloween event per se but definitely a great, annual, seasonally appropriate event is Oyamel’s Day of the Dead kickoff party. If you miss the party, don’t fret, the Day of the Dead festivities continues through November 3.
Tuesday, October 22
D.C.’s biggest and wildest Halloween pop-up bar is the place you’ll want to hang out every night until October 31st. PUB Grimm has taken all of your favorite creepy childhood fairy tales and transformed them into a bar where you can drink like an adult! Sip on a Glass Slipper, Fairest Apple or Big Bad Wolf while you soak up the atmosphere and stuff your body with bratwursts by The Berliner! Throw on your best Little Red Riding Hood and come on over to Grandma’s house.
Wednesday, October 23
We can’t have a BYT party without Killa Cakes! Our favorite bakery in the DMV has been serving up delicious confections at all of our BYT events and now you have the opportunity to learn how to bake like a master. Ensure the spread at your Halloween party will be undeniable by hitting up Killa Cake’s Halloween Bake and Take class at Mess Hall. It’s going to be frightfully delicious.
Thursday, October 24
HBO’s best comedy is taking the show on the spooky road and that road comes through Bentzen Ball. Los Espookys Live: Halloween Show at The Lincoln Theatre features Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, Greta Titelman, Lorelei Ramirez and you, in costume, if you want. Costumes are optional. Costumes are fun. Make yours spooky.
Friday, October 25
If you only go to one outdoor haunted attraction this year, head to Markoff’s Haunted Forest (which runs until November 2). Markoff’s is filled with surprisingly scary trails, a haunted hayride that will terrify grown ass adults, and a whole bunch of stuff to do between getting your pants scared off by rambunctious high school students in elaborate costumes. All of the money goes towards funding Markoff’s year round outdoor school. You’re getting scared for the kids.
Saturday, October 26
We’ve recommended BENT at 9:30 Club and we’re doing it again for their Halloween themed edition: HellBENT. Dance company Haus of Bambi is collaborating with LEMZ, promising genderless and gendermore fantasies for the holiday. Somewhat related, if you’re interested in HellBENT, you’ll most likely be interested in Miss Adams Morgan at the Washington Hilton.
Sunday, October 27
Support the incredible local organization Girls Rock DC at Slash Run’s Hellraiser Fundraiser. Jam out to Kate Bush, Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine and Jose and the Pussycats cover bands at one of the best small venues in D.C. It’s going to be a weird, fun, cute, spooky, good night.
Monday, October 28
Tuesday, October 29
Bring the family and/or strap on some heels and race to 17th Street High Heel Race to enjoy one of D.C.’s best annual traditions. We’ll be photographing it and you’ll enjoy the group costumes.
Wednesday, October 30
Do you still have nightmares when you think of the woman who had spiders burst out of her face? You’re in luck! The Crown & Crow is hosting a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark party with plenty of cocktails, tarot cards and scary stories. Sip on something dark and heady while you experience your childhood fears all over again.
Thursday, October 31
Your favorite Adams Morgan hotel is going all out for Halloween! The LINE Hotel kicks everything off at 4 p.m. with some casual pumpkin painting, followed by some all ages trick r’ treating at Brothers and Sisters, followed by a rooftop bash supporting Whitman Walker (featuring performances by GAY BASH DC), followed by a full on lobby party with BLCKNLIT. So throw on your costume and come on over. There’s a little something for everybody.
Friday, November 1
The National Museum of Women In the Arts is getting into the Halloween spirit with their Live Dangerously after hours party. Come get a behind the scenes look at Judy Chicago’s incredible new exhibition The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, check out the amazing photography of the Live Dangerously exhibition, sip on some delicious cocktails and dance the night away. Be sure to come in your best women artist costume: the person with the fiercest getup will win a special prize.
Saturday, November 2
Can’t recommend the Day of the Dead celebration at the Mexican Cultural Institute enough. The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is family friendly, free and touching. This year’s alter will be prepared by artist Enrique Quiroz and will honor the victims of the recent El Paso shooting as well as a remembrance of prominent Mexican figures who passed away this year: artist Francisco Toledo, humanitarian Miguel León Portilla and singer José José.
Sunday, November 3