Things to Do

What to Do This Week: October 6 to 9

Halloween movies at Dodge City and a tater-tot-eating contest at Bar Louie.

Think you have what it takes to be a tot-eating champion? Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, October 6

MOVIES: Dodge City hosts Halloween Movie Mondays all this month, which kicks off with a special episode of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, followed by screenings of Halloweentown and Halloween. You can score High Life/whiskey shot combos for $6 and rail drinks for $5, and snack on house-made sloppy joes, chili-cheese dogs, popcorn, and free candy all night. Sounds very healthy. Free. 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 7

STARTUPS: It’s easy to get swept up in the startup hype, but GoodWorld, operating out of the 1776 tech incubator, seems like a pretty good bet. GoodWorld focuses on making it easier for people to donate to nonprofits and charities, and to celebrate the launch of the startup, William Thoet, chairman of the ALS Association, will talk about the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and others will be discussing how to be successful on social media and all that jazz. There’ll be light bites and drinks. Free. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, October 8

VARIETY SHOW: The Capital City Showcase’s Wonderland Circus is at, well Wonderland in Colombia Heights. This month’s variety show features musician Nina Heart, three comedians, and a burlesque dancer. $5. 8:30 PM.

BIKE: It’s getting chilly out, but it’s still tolerable enough for a DC Bike Party. This month, the theme is, appropriately, the Riding Dead—dress up like a zombie or other spooky costume and get ready for a seven-mile ride with you and several hundred of your closest friends. The ride will end at the Pinch, where the Originators DC will play a free show. Free. 7:30 PM.

Thursday, October 9

EAT: Bar Louie hosts Rock the Tot, its annual tater-tot-eating contest. There will be a relay race, in which four-person teams try to eat a pound of tater tots as fast as they can; there’s also a solo competition, which involves participants seeing how many tots they can take down in a three-minute span. If you finish in the top five, you’ll score a trip to Cleveland to participate in the national competition, where you could win free tots for life. Who wouldn’t want that? Free. 7:30 PM.

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