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As Halloween and Día de los Muertos creep up on the calendar, we’ve put together a fun list of ways to mask and get out in October. Are you looking for some classic horror? We have an overview of haunted houses and ghost tours. Do you prefer a more fun evening with the spirits? We have them too. There is also fun for the whole family-trick-or-treat for the kids and photo shoots for your pets to capture throughout the season.
112 Church St. NE, Leesburg, VA
Haunted enthusiasts do not get away from this Leesburg attraction – ranked as the fifth scariest in the country after Travel + leisure– not impressed. Walk through four floors of horror at the Carlheim Mansion and look into the basement’s “Well of Souls” if you dare. The proceeds go to a good cause and support Loudounbuen, a non-profit organization with disabilities. Tickets for the house start at $ 40 here, and a pre-recorded virtual tour for those looking for a home experience is only $ 5.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th.
Field of Screams Maryland
4501 Olney Laytonsville Rd., Olney
Get your scare fix on this classic haunted attraction that is rated as the scariest in the DC area. This two-part terror includes the Super Screams Haunted Trail, a walk through a haunted forest and campsite and the Butchery, a meat processing plant where an owner has gone mad. Tickets start at $ 50. Take a spin on ax throwing and zombie brain smash with an enhanced Total Terror package.
When: Thursday to Sunday, until November 7.
Markoff’s haunted forest
19120 Martinsburg Rd., Dickerson
Take a carriage ride through the abandoned mining town of Onslaught Mills. There you will move on foot through the ruins and get a chance to see the “undead” up close and personal. For those who are fainting and do not have a stomach, pizzas are available in the outdoor picnic area of the forest. Tickets start at $ 35 here.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31st.
Synetic Theaters vampire ball
1800 S. Bell St., Arlington
Spend your night with a live performance of Madens madness, a 90-minute thriller with three of the poet’s macabre tales. Then grab a theme cocktail and enjoy the afterparty. Admission includes the show, ball, refreshments and four drink tickets starting at $ 95. For $ 125, attendees can get all of this along with an additional drink ticket and access to the RIP bar and lounge area.
When: Friday, October 29; the doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Nightmare in Navy Yard
1385 Canal St., SE
This outdoor pop-up party features an open bar, live music and food trucks, while special effects, laser lighting and animatronics enhance the eerie experience. Host Scorpio Entertainment is targeting vaccinated and masked individuals. Tickets start at $ 45.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 20.00.
Scary DC: Horror on the Hill
237 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
What is more frightening than a politician? Little. But their stomping reasons make a close second. These historically accurate ghost tours include stories of scandal and mystery that allegedly took place on Capitol Hill. Public tours cost $ 25 per person. Adult and $ 20 for seniors, students, military members or children here. Private tours cost $ 150 for each group of five or less and $ 250 for each group of nine or less.
When: Public tours on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm; private tours Sunday to Thursday, at 20 to 21:30.
Bars and bites
Halloween ball at Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M St., NE
Enjoy drinks and Halloween moves at the NoMa craft brewery with performances from Bombalicious Eklavar, Jayvon Love, King Perka Sexxx and Sextia N’Eight. Get dressed as your favorite supervillain, and stay after the show to take the dance floor yourself.
When: Friday, October 29, 10 PM the time is 23:59.
Brunch at the park: Halloween 2021
1201 Half St. SEE
Enjoy the fall weather at DC Brunch Clubs’ not-so-many brunch festivals at Half Street Fairgrounds. Southblock, District Donut, Swizzler, Surfside and more serve food. Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Vizzy, Liquid Death, Superbird and more have drinks. And take advantage of unlimited food and booze samples from participating vendors for the first two hours. Tickets start at $ 29 per person. Person here.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 13-18.
Day of the Dead on dLeña
476 K St. NW, Ste. D
Chef Richard Sandoval brings the Day of the Dead to life with the taste of marigold, the flower that is widely used for festivities. The upscale Mexican restaurant serves upscale themed cocktails and a marigold margarita along with fine dining options such as chili ancho-pork belly stew and braised short ribs paired with an orange blossom puree. Finish your meal with pumpkin pie with piloncillosauce, spicy pepitas and cinnamon.
When: Tuesday, October 5 to Tuesday, November 2.
Tequila Sunrise Halloween Party and Bloody Brunch at TTT Clarendon
2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
TTT Clarendon, aptly known for tacos, tortas and tequila, holds a two-part event: a Halloween party and brunch. Monster bash has spooky decor and hits from the 80s to 90s plus cocktails with themes like their exclusive El Ojo – an edible eye apple that sits in a blend of reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and habanero syrup. Try your hand at the costume contest for a chance to win gift card prizes of up to $ 250. Tickets for the 30th are $ 30 in advance here (and includes two drink tickets) and $ 50 at the door (with three). And come back on Halloween for all-you-can-eat brunch tacos, breakfast burritos, enchiladas and more for $ 35 each.
When: Saturday, October 30, 8pm to 2am and Sunday, October 31st, 1pm to 6pm.
(Almost) Día de los Muertos wine dinner with South American wine producers
660 Pennsylvania Ave. SEE
For an elegant affair that you can still get to in costume, Joselito Casa de Comidas hosts a five-course wine dinner. Try dishes including salted cod fritters, stewed quail and duck breast with mole poblano. Each dish will be paired with a different flavor of South America in each glass. Tickets are $ 99, available here.
When: Sunday, October 31 at 18 to 21.
Day of the Dead on District Pier
The Wharf, 400 M St., SW
The Wharf brings together live music, street food and a beer garden for an afternoon celebration of Día de los Muertos. Enter the costume contest, decorate a sugar shell, or get your own face paint at this free boardwalk event.
When: Sunday, October 24 at 14-17.
227 Harry Thomas Way NE
A pick-your-own pumpkin patch is the heart of this annual NoMa event at Alethia Tanner Park, which includes food, music and a seasonal treasure hunt. Kids will also enjoy a live performance by the award-winning children’s entertainer, The Great Zucchini. Those who came dressed to impress can even enter a costume contest. Admission is free; Sign up here.
When: Thursday, October 28 at 16-19.
Smithsonian’s Day of the Dead Virtual Family Celebration
Do you prefer to stay in? Celebrate Día de los Muertos from the comfort of your own home with Mexican folk dances performed by Ballet Folklórico Mi Herencia Mexicana. Learn the story behind Día de los Muertos and learn to dance from Sinaloa’s El Toro Viejo to Jalisco’s El Son de La Negra. Sign up for this free virtual show here.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Trick or treat
Get a head start on the candy hunt at one of these group trick-or-treat collections run by neighborhood organizations (some benefit local nonprofits).
4827 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda
When: Wednesday, October 27 at 17 to 19.
Gedde & Rose
11580 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda
When: Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m. to noon.
2700 S Quincy St., Arlington
When: Sunday, October 31 at 10 for dinner.
Do not forget your pet too
Independence Ave and 7th St., NW
Hirshhorn’s first ever dog-friendly event will turn the sculpture garden into a hairy fashion show. A panel of local dog enthusiasts will judge dogs and their costumes, with categories for dog- and owner-coordinated costumes, all-round favorite looks, and museum-inspired wear. Benefits from District Dogs will also be there to keep the kids entertained with activities like peanut butter portraits. To get into your dog, tickets cost $ 25 here.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 09.30-11.00.
Howl-O-Ween at Lincoln Park
1301 E Capitol St., NE
If you and your dog worked extra hard on your costumes, you can get some credit for it in the Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the best individual, best group of two or more, best homemade, best for trick-or-treating and funniest outfit. And don’t worry too much about getting away first; all participants will take home a swag bag of treats. Sign up for this free event here.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 13.30 to 15.30.