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Wednesday, October 20
Even man’s best friend can get in the spirit with the Paws at the Park happy hour at the Park Hyatt Washington D.C.. A $12 ticket buys two (human) drinks, candy, and dog treats, and part of the proceeds go to the Washington Animal Rescue League. There’ll be prizes for the best costumes. 6 to 8; no reservations required.
Saturday, October 23
Get your groove on at Joy of Motion’s (5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-362-3042) Halloween Party and Fundraiser with Groove Elements, the youth hip-hop company, and enjoy games, food, and lots of candy. 7 to 9. Buy tickets ($5) here.
The dead walk among us at the third annual ZombieWalk in Silver Spring. This year, the party starts at Sidebar—adjacent to Jackie’s restaurant—then the costumed revelers make their way up Georgia Avenue to the AFI Silver Theatre for the classic film Dawn of the Dead. The party starts at 7:30, the movie at 9:45. Register here.
Tuesday, October 26
Even though every day is a costume party for drag queens, tonight is the only High Heel Race of the year. A tradition since 1986, more than 100 drag queens make their way down 17th Street, Northwest, from S to P streets. The race starts at 9, but viewers start lining up for a good spot as early as 6. Free.
Wednesday, October 27
Help DC Improv support Children’s National Medical Center at the troupe’s annual Halloween benefit. A portion of ticket sales goes to the hospital, and comedians will collect costumes, decorations, and other seasonal goodies for underprivileged kids. 8 PM. Tickets ($15) are available here.
Haven’t carved a pumpkin since you were a kid? Now’s your chance at Helix Lounge’s pumpkin-carving contest. The Hotel Helix is providing pumpkins (first come, first served; there are 30), carving tools, and pumpkin martinis, and will even scoop out the pumpkin’s insides for you. The winner of the spookiest design receives a $50 certificate to the lounge. The winner of best overall design gets a one-night weekend stay at the hotel. 6 to 8. Free.