assembled by: Svetlana Legetic, Stephanie Breijo, Emily Catino, Esther Hur & Kemi Ajisekola
On account of Halloween proper being on a Thursday 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 ARE having our extra awesome Halloween extravaganza TWERK OR TREAT this Saturday to kick things off for you, after all), we assembled this extremely useful, all-inclusive, DC Halloween guide for you. It includes: movies, parties, food and drink specials, and more. It will be a blast. As Vincent Price would say:
Before you dig in, make sure you peruse these links too:
- Our IF LOOKS COULD KILL Halloween costume editorial. Amazing. (also worth revisiting in the Halloween inspirational department: Girls on Film, Television Terror, and Girls Will Be Boys – each of these costumes can be put together on the fly, and definitely on the cheap.)
- also: COSTUME IDEAS ONLY DC COULD LOVE.
- The BYGays Guide to Halloween-since NO ONE does Halloween better than the gays. NO ONE.
- and our KILL, REPEAT, KILL: the BYT journey through horror originals and remakes
- and our HAUNTED DC guide right here
ok! now, lets dive into TWERK OR TREAT and then other EVENTS AND STUFF:
HALLOWEEN MOVIE SCREENINGS:
While the Spooky Film fest is sadly behind us and the regular movie distribution has decided that the best they can do this year is the limp Carrie remake, it is great to see the repertoire movie universe delivering as always.
- Halloween on Screen @ AFI Silver Spring Now-Nov 4th – The highlights of the annual horror movie fest at AFI include – the 50th anniversary screening of The Haunting on Halloween night, and a screening of The Night of the Living Dead which is to follow the ALWAYS fun Silver Spring Zombie walk.
- A Silent Film Halloween @ Alamo Draft House, October 24 – Watch silent films like they were meant to be seen from masters like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton accompanied by a live orchestra.
- Not so Silent Cinema Presents: Nosferatu – The Vampire Silent Film @ Artisphere. October 26, 2013, 8 p.m. Count Orlok casts his erie shadow across the vaulted ceiling of Artisphere’s Dome Theatre for a special screening of the legendary 1922 silent-film. Tickets are $15. To heighten the spine tingling experience, the film will be accompanied by Not-So-Silent Cinema’s Klexmorium Quintet for extra spooky effect.
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane @ National Theatre – October 28th, 6:30pm. FREE – The definitive sibling/child star horror (no, we’re not talking about Dicky Roberts) is also the ultimate face-off between screen queens Joan Crawford and Bette Davis and a great way to ease into Halloween week proper. Especially since the price is right.
- Rocky Horror Picture Show @ E Street – October 25th, 26th (’round midnight), October 27th (7pm), October 31st – 8pm. The longest-running midnight movie of all time is both a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies AND Old Dark House melodramas. And yes, STILL interactive, courtesy of Live Shadow Cast Sonic Transducers.
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers @ Angelika at Mosaic – October 25th & 26th – 11:45pm – not the best Halloween movie, but a fun, camp worthy addition to your Halloween roster.
- 35th Year Anniversary of John Carpenter’s Halloween @ E Street – October 30th, 9pm – ONE NIGHT ONLY – the ultimate Halloween movie enters 3.5 decades of scaring the beejesus out of everyone as well as reminds you of the fact that it has also been 3.5 decades of movie stardom for Jamie Lee Curtis.
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari @ Alden Theatre in McLean, October 30th, 7:30pm, $10 – one of the classics of silent movie horror is accompanied by omposer Ben Model and film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton as they serve as your personal tour guides in the world of silent film.
- Psycho @ Angelika at Mosaic – October 31st, 7pm – Angelika’s Hitchcocktober comes to a close with the a big screen re-visit to the most terrifying shower scene of all shower scenes (Carrie included).
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS:
The very necessary out in public Halloween events this year are:
- Silver Spring Zombie Walk, Saturday, October 26th, 8pm
- Goblin Gallop @ Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, Sunday, October 27th, 8:30am – Race your way into the Halloween spirit with glow-in-the-dark T-shirts, a moon bounce, live music and plenty of costumes at this 1K ($15-$20), 5K ($20-$33) fun run/walk.
- 17th Street High Heel Race, Tuesday, October 29th, 9pm- DC’s favorite Halloween event, it gives new meaning to a “drag race!” The race doesn’t start until 9 but get there early to watch these queens turn 17th street into DC’s fiercest runway. The race begins outside of JR’s. Also, one of BYT’s favorite photo sets every year. And this is why:
- Night of the Bicycling Dead @ BicycleSPACE, Thursday, October 31st, 8pm – Protect those precious brains from the undead with a helmet and join this free ghoulish group ride in your best zombie makeup and attire.
Obviously, with all that Halloween costume inspiration we mentioned above, you need to be going to more than one Halloween jam. ALSO, OBVIOUSLY one of them NEEDS TO BE our TWERK OR TREAT Halloween extravaganza at the Sphinx Club this Saturday. We have: CHERYL, Avan Lava, Rex Riot, Spirits in Black mixing amazing cocktails, a zombie coffee bar, free Halloween make-up stations for those of you slightly lazy to really step up your game and so much more.Tickets are a bargain $20 presale, $25 day of and we WILL SEE YOU THERE.
then, on top of that:
Thursday, Oct 24:
- The Half-Assed Halloween Party @ Union Pub, 8pm- Half assed means half assed. Hosts ask that guests use things they already have at home to make their costume. Save your money for a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. Ticket price includes food and drink specials throughout the entire night.
Friday, Oct 25
- Halloween Cover Benefit Show @ The Rocketship, 7pm – a benefit for WE ARE FAMILY features some of our favorite local bands
coveringmasquerading as some of our favorite bands in general on the occasion of almost Halloween. Check out: NINE INCH NAILS (members of Mary Christ, Anti-Zen, The Deads, Sick Fix), ZOMBIES (members of Max Levine Ensemble), THE SMITHS (members of Aloners, Sick Fix), SWANS (members of Priests, Fell Types, Deads, Elizzadeath) and JAWBREAKER (members of Fell Types, Forever) $5 with costume. $7 without, all proceeds go to charity.
- Boo at the Zoo @ The National Zoo, Oct 25-27, 5:30-8:30- What’s cooler than trick-or-treating at the zoo? You guessed it, nothing. Children ages 2-12 are invited to enjoy festive decorations and delicious candy and snack food from more than 30 stations throughout the zoo. Wear an animal costume, obvi.
- BOUND @ PHASE 1 – get your Halloween Fetish ball on.
- The Walking Buzzfeed @ DC9 – A party that encourages you to come dressed as your favorite buzzfeed story this year. THIS IS A THING. A REAL THING.
- Tilted Torch: Spook-o-rama @ Anacostia Arts Center, 9pm – Halloween is basically the patron saint holiday of Burlesque so shit should be great.
Saturday, Oct 26
- Obviously the BYT Twerk or Treat is our #1 choice. Not just because we are THROWING IT but because it embodies all the things we love about the holiday in one fancy and hilarious Shriner’s temple party.
- other worthy options include:
- All Hallow’s Eve @ 9:30 Club – Camp Freddy – an all star rock group formed in Hollywood, whose core includes Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction), Matt Sorum (Guns and Roses, Velvet Revolver), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Michael Jackson), Billy Morrison (The Cult, Billy Idol) and Chris Chaney (Janes Addiction, Alanis Morrisette) and they play rock covers that get the crowd all in a froth. Now, they’re coming to the 9:30 Club on October 26, 2013, for the All Hallows Eve Costume Party benefiting the Boulder Crest Retreat (http://
- Little Miss Whiskey’s Halloween with Rich Medina. Costumes only. Open Bar all night for $70. Will probably sell out in a heartbeat.
- the WE ARE FAMILY Halloween benefit cover shows continue, this time around @ St. Stephen’s with SLAYER (members of D.O.C., Drugs of Faith, and Mind as Prison), RAMONES (3/4 of Coke Bust + James Haitchwai), MISSFITS (members of Mary Christ, Jail Solidarity), SSD (members of Vile Faith, Youth Enrage, The Black Sparks), GG PARSONS, (members of Parsons, Coke Bust, Thick Skin)
- Halloween Punk Fest / DC Humane Society Benefit @ The Pinch – save the puppies.
- PUSH presents: JACK’S REVENGE @ Jimmy Valentine’s – get deep. costumes mandatory. $15 cover, $65 open bar all night.
Nightmare on M Street, 5pm-1am- 30+ bars will be participating in the 14th edition of the Nightmare on M Street bar crawl. $22 ticket price includes drink specials for $2 Coors Light, $4 Bacardi drinks and much more. Ticket prices will increase getting closer to the event. For a full list of participating locations, click here.
- Thriller on H Street @ Joy of Motion, 7:30pm – Before you head to any Halloween parties where YOU KNOW they’ll play Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, why not learn all the moves from the classic video and even possibly take home a door prize?
- Halloween Boo Cruise, 9:30-12:05- Spirit of Washington’s Boo Cruise is back! It’s just like a regular cruise. But spooky. Costumes encouraged! Tickets $45.00.
Sunday, October 27
- The we are Family Halloween Benefit shows continue with this CASA FIESTA jam
Tuesday, October 29
- Halloween’s Eve Eve Show @ The Pinch. Feat. Shark Week, Paint Fumes, Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children and the Ha-RAng!#
Wednesday, Oct 30
- Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Helix Lounge, 6pm- Test out your carving skills at Helix’s annual pumpkin carving contest. Best overall design wins a one night stay at the Helix Hotel. Judges will also choose a best “locally themed” design that features a Washington landmark or politician. Get there early! There are 30 pumpkins that will be handed out on a fist come, first served basis.
Thursday, Oct 31 – HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEN PROPER
- Black Cat is a very strong place to be for these 2 reasons:
- 1. SPIRITS IN BLACK, the Halloween edition. BYT’s all time favorite heavy metal cocktail night is back and on the evening it should be happening on all year round. $5 gets you in, gets you to a EVIL live (Misfits tribute) show backstage, gets you all the awesome music in the red room, access to super fancy, hilariously named and dangerous cocktails and more. DO IT.
- 2. The Halloween Circus – with BYT Faves Jonny Grave & The Tombstones, Miss Sheavaughn & Yuma Wray, burlesque and sideshows galore and all that hosted by BYT & YMTE’s own Brandon Wetherbee. GOOD TIMES.
- U-Hell @ U Street Music Hall, 9pm- U-Hell will feature a packed list of DJs headlined by Gent & Jaws. There will also be a costume contest, the winner of which will receive free admittance to all shows at U Street Music Hall for the next year (!!!).
- 80s Zombie Prom @ The Passenger – featuring: Your Favorite 80’s Zombie Celebrities,80’s Dance Party, Balloon Drop, Costume Contest, Prom Photos, Cosmos, Candy $5 at the door after 9pm
- Tim Burton Halloween @ Bar Pilar and Saint Ex – Bar Pilar as Beetlejuice, Saint-Ex as the corpse bride, you as the person spoiled for choice. Fun starts at 5pm, so leave work early.
- Brixton Haunted House – house music + burlesque + three levels of ghoulish fun? Sounds about right to us.
EP Release Halloween Costume party Art Exhibition Extravaganza – The Sea Life & Sun Club @ DC9 – local bands, local art, local Halloween.
- Halloween Social @ The W – the halloween WITH THE BEST VIEW IN THE CITY.
Didn’t have enough Halloween by now? Here are some post-Halloween Halloween events:
Friday, Nov 1
- The Vampire’s Ball @ Synetic Theater –Enjoy the Synetic theater’s rendition of Halloween appropriate, The Picture of Dorian Gray prior to an all night dance party with a costume contest, Halloween treats, and an open bar. Tickets from $60
- American Werewolves in Paris @ The French Embassy 8:15-11:45- If you’re looking for a classier Halloween party, this is probably your best bet. It’s expensive but you’ll probably be able to avoid all the sexy Big Bird costumes.
- Heroes Vs Villains @KABIN Lounge- No cover all night long!!! RSVP for a guaranteed in. You can also splurge for a $20 ticket and enjoy an hour of open bar.
- The Halloween Happy Hour Show– Queens of Noise rock out a happy hour show at Rock n Roll Hotel. $3 PBR Tallboys, $4 Rails, 1/2 Price Wings and a dollar off everything else
- Cabaret Macabre IV @ Roundhouse Theatre – October 25th – November 10th – “a series of dark, comic vignettes, songs and physical comedy expertly executed. Inspired by Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, gothic romance, afternoon tea and perils of the deep, it features music played live with deadly flare and Happenstance Theater’s witty, visual theatrical collage.“
- Raven’s Night @ Birchmere, October 26th – to quote:“Villains,” a Cabaret Macabre (7:30 pm to 10:00 pm), is an otherworldly and sensually sinister belly dance extravaganza of twisted fairy tales. The evening’s entertainment also includes a pre-show alternative World’s Fair-styled exposition and sideshow (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm), plus a dinner concert with live music (6:30 pm to 7:15 pm).
- National Symphony Orchestra presents: Halloween Spooktacular, THE SEQUEL @ Kennedy Center, October 27th – to quote the Kennedy center site “When is it ever cool to “boo” the orchestra? On Halloween, of course! Don your spookiest ‘ween wear and take your seats for a “spirited” performance as an incognito Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts a new round of goosebump-inducing favorites”
- In the Forest, She Grew Fangs @ Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, now through November 3rd – ” Megan Graves stars as bullied high school student Lucy in the world-premiere of Stephen Spotswood’s cutting-edge take on the Little Red Riding Hood mythos. Fangs is a frightening tale of unrequited love, burning passion and brutal vengeance. View the trailer here!”
FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS:
- Between October 25th and October 31st, Astro Doughnuts is offering a Decorate-Your-Own Halloween Doughnut kit.
- Hill Country‘s now serving up their Austin Jack O Lantern. Think: pumpkin pie cocktail.
- RIS is bringing you The Harvest Moon Grape Sorbet, which pays special tribute to All Hallows’ Eve with housemade grape sorbet and whipped cream, topped with a cocoa half moon cookie and candy pumpkins.
- From October 21st to November 3rd, Jose Andres does it again with a spectacular Oyamel Day of the Dead menu. (Believe us, we tried it and loved it.) Enjoy plates like stuffed crab shell topped with sea urchin butter, black mole with beef and seasonal vegetables, and crispy duck confit with a salsa of Chihuatl Chiles.
- For a bit of the macabre, head to RANGE for a Pig’s Blood Consomme Bloody Mary.
- From October 27th to November 3rd, enjoy seasonal Halloween additions to the Rosa Mexicano menu such as guacamole with apples and almonds, hot Mexican doughnuts, and fresh blood orange with apricot brandy and cinnamon.
- Celebrate Halloween at Masa14 by coming early for happy hour from 5-7 or later with a DJ and caramel apples. The blood orange margarita with a black salt rim doesn’t sound too bad either.
- From October 31st to November 3rd, stop by Et Voila for a flight of one-ounce pours of Lucifer Golden Ale, Black Fang Nectar Ale, and the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. #METAL. They’ll also be serving up a Bloody that’s garnished with a fake eyeball.
- Tuesday, October 29th – The Hour and Vermilion are hosting a very spooky tasting tonight with themed cocktails, food and more.
- Wednesday, OCtober 30th – Hit up the Loews Madison Hotel for The Madison Monster Mash Happy Hour with spooky cocktails like the O+ (O positive shooter), the Zombie Martini, and the Bleeding Heart.
- Wednesday, October 30th – If you happen to have kids, Buzz Bakery is hosting a Cookie Decorating Party & Trick or Treating from 2:00 to 6:00.
- Thursday, October 31st- The Pig is hosting its second annual Halloween dinner, complete with zombie staff, decorations and a daring and gruesome tasting menu. For those who dare, Chef Michael Bonk has prepared a special five course dinner menu, featuring lesser consumed, though delectable cuts of meat, including heart and blood pasta, deep-fried bone marrow and pork liver mousse, all essential elements of zombie transformation. Bar manager Jay John’s drink specials include the Pig Slime, a dark rum martini with minty foam and the Dead Pig, a brandy Manhattan completed with “blood” rim. . The set menu and drink specials will be available all week, beginning Tuesday, October 29th through Saturday, November 2nd. The full regular menu is available as well.
- Thursday, October 31st – Churchkey celebrates the spooky with Night of the Living Ales: Part 3, a beer night with over 40 drafts.
- Thursday, October 31st – The Carolina Kitchen‘s hosting a full-on Monster Mash with Frankenburgers, Creepy Tots, Vampire Bat Wings, Piranha Bites, cocktails and more.
- Thursday, October 31st – Get your pumpkin ale on at Rustico‘s Pumpkin Pandemonium.
- Friday, November 31st – Put on your Halloween best because those in costume enjoy $3.50 drink specials at La Tasca. Music starts at 11 pm.
Feel free to let us know in the comments if we missed something (lets face it, we probably did) and don’t forget, TWERK OR TREAT IS THIS SATURDAY. See you there.