Friday, October 29
Celebrate with ghostly beasts and talking bats at Night of the Living Zoo at the National Zoo. There’ll be illusionists, fire eaters, palm readers, a costume contest, and Magic Hat brews. The night finishes with a performance by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. 8 to midnight. Tickets ($30 FONZ members, $40 nonmembers) available here.
The DC Metromix party, hosted by Glitterazzi at Capitol Skyline Hotel, comes with drink specials and a costume contest featuring great prizes. 10 PM. Buy tickets ($10) here, or pay $15 at the door.
Opening tonight is Wait Until Dark at Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring). It tells the tale of drug dealers who become tangled in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a blind woman. (The 1967 movie version starred Audrey Hepburn.) Click here for performance schedule (runs through November 20) and ticket ($20) information.
Take a Dickensian journey this Halloween at Silver Spring Theatre’s “Cabaret Macabre,” featuring poetry, song, and other acts conjuring up a creepy time gone by. The play runs from October 20 to November 7, tickets are $15. Click here for more information.
With four dance floors and an open bar from 9 to 10, UltraBar’s Halloween will definitely pop. Click here and print out the ticket for free admission.
Need a last-minute costume? The Capital Fringe Festival’s annual fundraiser, Fringe Folly, consists of a silent auction of costumes and other theater goodies. There’ll also be food, drinks, and a performance by Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Review, a local rock-and-Americana group. 8 PM to 2 AM. At Fort Fringe (607 New York Ave., NW). Tickets ($70 to $150) are available here.
DJ Collective Jack's Revenge headlines at U St Music Hall tonight, and the Halloween party features a costume contest and CD giveaways. Buy tickets ($15) here or ($20) at the door. Jack's Revenge sets have been known to last over eight hours, so get ready to dance, dance until you die. (Hocus Pocus fans know what we're talking about)
Saturday, October 30
Celebrate Halloween with the masses at the Nightmare on M Street bar crawl. Drawing thousands of participants each year, this is a Washington tradition, but the real nightmare may be trying to actually get into a bar. Hit bars all up and down Georgetown’s main thoroughfare. Purchase tickets ($10) here.
Puijata eli herkkupala! That’s “trick or treat” in Finnish—just one of the many embassies that are opening their doors this Halloween. Even though the candy you get was probably bought at the CVS down the block, it’s yet another Washington tradition to trick-or-treat in a different country—without your passport. It starts at 3:30, and many embassies shut their doors around 5. Get there early to make sure you get some treats.
The State Theatre in Falls Church is hosting the Fright Night Monster Bash, one of the area’s biggest Halloween parties. Three floors, two band and a DJ, and a $300 cash prize for best costume help you have a howling good time. 8 PM to 2 AM. Get tickets ($9.25) here.
The Historical Society of Washington is throwing a spooky bash with two dance floors and a performance by White Ford Bronco—a local ’90s cover band. There are 12 bars, including one outdoors, so the night won’t be short on spirits. The best costume wins a $500 bar tab for a party with friends. 8 PM to 1 AM. Tickets ($75) are available here.
The Front Page in Arlington is hosting a Halloween Eve party with the popular local cover band Kicking Norma. The cover is $5, and there’ll be a costume contest at midnight. 8 PM to 1:30 AM.
Costumes are mandatory at the Little Miss Whiskey's Halloween Ball hosted by Everybody Loves Music. The party will feature music from All Good Funk Alliance, Juan Zapata, Jaesunel, and DJ Meegs, as well as $3 PBR Tallboys. 9 PM; buy tickets ($15) here.
Cross over to the dark side—and be sure you look hot doing it— at Buddha Bar's Villains and Vixens party. First place winner of the costume contest gets a $500 gift certificate, while the runners-up will score of Dom Perignon or Ketal One Vodka. RSVP here or text "buddha" to 703-966-3828.
The 7th Annual Haunted Mansion party is on tonight at Eden Lounge (1716 I St., NW). With three levels of music and a costume contest with $2000 in prize givaways, it's sure to be a spook-tacular good time. 8 PM to 2 AM. RSVP here.