Music lovers can party at DC9 with the Legendary Pink Dots’ 30th-anniversary tour. The Amsterdam-based band combines pop melodies, psychedelic beats, and violent, apocalyptic lyrics — a haunting combination for Halloween weekend. 9 PM. Buy tickets ($15) here.
McGinty’s in Silver Spring is throwing an ’80s-themed party with DJ Randy Bolce. There’ll be a costume contest and lots of door prizes. 8 PM.
Halloween isn’t just for Americans. Party to the sounds of Latin America, Europe, and the rest of the world at the International Halloween Dance Party at the Park at 14th. The event includes food and a costume contest. Online registration is closed, but tickets ($15) are available at the door. 7 to 11.
Meet the guy or ghoul of your dreams at the Mayhem and Madness Bash at K Street Lounge. Starting at 7:30, there’ll be speed dating and a dance party. After the night is over, you can be put in touch with your favorite dates. 7 PM to 2 AM. Buy tickets ($30) here.
For a real Halloween challenge, grab some friends and join the DC Challenge and Haunted History Race. Solve clues that take you from haunted houses to touristy landmarks. Finish at the Old Post Office Pavilion for a party. Register ($70) here.
The aptly named Spirit Cruise’s third annual Boo Cruise features haunting views of the Potomac, dancing, and hors d’oeuvres such as barbecue “bat wings.” 9 to midnight. Tickets ($43.50) are available here.
The Boos and Brews party, thrown by Georgetown Events, the Capital Club, and the Madison, runs from 9:30 PM to 1 AM. The bash, at the Westin Hotel, features three bands, a DJ, and an open bar. There’ll also be a Red Bull open bar, just in case your costume requires wings. Tickets ($55) are available here.
The venue George (3251 Prospect St., NW) is hosting a Halloween party with an open bar and TV screens playing gory horror films. The guest with the best costume wins a $250 bar tab. 9 PM to 1 AM. Tickets ($55) are available here.
Enjoy a sit-down dinner with frightening dishes such as Bloody Sunset Kobe Dogs and Grave Robber Empanadas at Masa 14. The costume party features $5 tequila specials, $6 bar snacks, and a costume contest for a chance to win $100 gift certificate.
Columbia Firehouse is celebrating Halloween all weekend. Tonight, the Old Town restaurant is hosting a party with a costume contest, dance floor, and lots of beer. Sunday, there’s a family-friendly Halloween brunch with read-aloud ghost stories, and decorate-your-own cupcakes for kids. But don’t worry—there’ll be plenty of Bloody Marys for the adults. Saturday party: 9 PM to 1:30 AM. Sunday brunch: 11 to 3. For reservations, call 703-683-1776.
It’s madness and mayhem at Surreal DC: A Magical Halloween Masquerade, presented by Artomatic and iStrategy Labs and featuring a mix of live music and DJs, an open bar until 10, an art show, and of course, a costume contest. 1701 Florida Ave., NW; 8 PM to 2 AM. Buy tickets ($20 and up) here.
For a exotic Halloween, check out Halloween on the Nile at Level X (1934 Ninth St., NW). The Ethiopian lounge is featuring live music, a DJ, and a costume contest. 8 PM.
Landmark E Street Cinema is screening the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show along with a live shadow-cast performance by Sonic Transducers. October 29 and 30 at midnight. Buy tickets ($10) here.
Burlesque bombshells and crazy circus acts - think fireeating - are the main event at Tilted Torch's Halloween show, Spook-o-rama, at the Warehouse Theater. After the show, the Warehouse Theater and the Passenger are combining for a dance party. There will also be party games and a raffle. 9. Buy tickets ($20) here.
Sunday, October 31
Are you an angel or a devil? Dress up as either one and get a free drink at Topaz Bar’s Heaven and Hell Halloween Party. Revelers can also expect all-night happy-hour prices on heavenly drinks and sinful treats. 8 to midnight. No cover.