Friday, October 26, 2012

What to Do in the District this Weekend

It's Friiiiiiiiiiday, Friday!

And not just any Friday, either.  It's the Friday before Halloween, which means that everyone is hard at work shirking their actual responsibilities to finalize weekend plans and last minute costumes.  Figuring out how to make a bayonet out of office supplies is hard enough -- the last thing you have time for now is to search high and low for the top weekend events.

Lucky for you, we've done all the leg work and found the best events devoted to All Hallows Eve (I'll accept payment in the form of all candy except for Good & Plenty, Necco wafers, and anything lemon flavored; ew, no, and DON'T).  So locate your binder full of women and get ready to file away some ideas from our Halloween edition of What to Do in the District this Weekend!


Brightest Young Things and the Temple of Doom

Join BYT at The Sphinx Club for a costume party with stiff drinks and good times featuring entertainment from Epic Win Burlesque, a hypnotist show, “spooky scareoke”, and DJ sets from Nouveau Riche & Sinister Sound Set. There will also be free zombie costume make-overs and touch-ups, mummy go-go dancers (say what now?), a photobooth, free candy, and more. You can purchase day of tickets for $25.

Halloween Bash at Clarendon Ballroom

Elliot in the Morning's Halloween Bash kicks off at 5:00 pm for those who want to get the party started early, and will feature Junkfood on the main stage with DJ Lil Fos in the lower lounge. Thousands of dollars will be given away for best costumes and all three floors are open all night. The cover starts at $15 and increases to $20 at 10pm.

Neon Nights 80's Halloween Party - P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge at W Hotel Washington DC

W Washington D.C. and Russian Standard Vodka present a Halloween celebration in partnership with Fashion for Paws, benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Enjoy signature cocktails, and rock all night to 80's remixes. There will be live performances by DJ OZ and special guest artists, and a best costume contest, with the winner receiving a W D.C. sleepover package with champagne & breakfast in bed. Limited tickets available for $40.

History Haunt - Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Join the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden for a haunted evening, animated by the spirit of six generations of one residing family. Stay close to your guide as you wander five acres of ghostly gardens to hear tales of the dearly departed. Retreat for chilling cocktails and refreshments in Tudor Place's historic outbuildings and gardens. Tours are offered every half hour and tickets are $15 for non-members.

AFI screening of Nosferatu

For a more low-key option, check out NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR at the AFI. This spooky silent film will feature a live musical accompaniment by Not So Silent Cinema. Sparkle vampire Robert Pattinson has nothing on Max Schreck and his pals in this German classic.


Rest up during the day, because the biggest events are going down after dusk.

Halloween ZombieFest - The Fairgrounds

In what’s being touted as DC's Largest Halloween Party, the Fairgrounds ZombieFest will feature zombie movies, a zombie dance party, costume party, zombie games, beer, arts, and food trucks. Doors open at 6:00pm. There will be drink specials for everyone who comes as a Zombie, and tickets are going for $20.

4th Annual Halloween Party - George

Details are limited, but the party at George will start at 9:00pm, and feature a 4 hour premium open bar, with a $250 bar tab up for grabs for winners of the best group costume prize. They’ll be showing “gruesome horror films” and Garfield's Halloween on the TVs. At $65, tickets aren’t cheap, but frankly, you had me at Garfield’s Halloween.

Halloween Monster Bash - Penn Social

Everyone is invited to dress up and come play at Penn Social’s Monster Bash. There will be live music and DJs, special drinks, and cash prizes for the scariest, sexiest, most hilarious costumes of the night. Tickets are $20 and available at the door.

The Trail of Mohiki at The Passenger

Head to The Passenger for The Trail of Mohiki, where you can dine on a roasted pig, sip some tiki drinks, and watch a human get sacrificed at the stroke of midnight as The Passenger celebrates Halloween.

Nightmare on M Street

I can’t in good faith recommend this to anyone over the age of 25, but if you’re a young ‘un who has never been to DC’s biggest roaming Halloween party, you should definitely check it out. $2 Coors Lt, $3 Blue Moon & Red Bull, $4 Bacardi, and no cover at 28 different bars. Over 7,500 tickets have already sold, which means there will be long lines but an undoubtedly fun crowd.

Living Social's 7 Deadly Sins Party

Treat yo' self to a night of tricks -- and sins. Pay $59 for general admission to the 7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party, a multi-floor extravaganza including seven themed cocktails, snacks, and unique entertainment. Seven rooms inside the 918 F Street space will be transformed to represent each of the deadly sins; you'll also indulge in a burlesque show, DJ dance party, costume competition, prizes, and more.

Costume Party at Penthouse Pool Club

If you or one of your friends has the good fortune of being a member at the Penthouse Pool Club and Lounge, a membership-only urban resort on the rooftop of VIDA Fitness U Street, then you’ll definitely want to check out the exclusive Halloween party that they’re throwing on Saturday. Members can bring up to 6 friends.

Haunted Mansion Party at Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini and Dirty Bar are throwing a Haunted Mansion party that starts at 10:00pm, featuring DJs and a costume contest at midnight.  Tickets are $15 for general admission to the party at Dirty Martini, and $30 for the VIP Attic Party at Dirty Bar.

Bottle Service at U Street Music Hall

Bottle Service Nightmare is a tongue-in-cheek event that pokes fun at some well-known cliches of bottle service. Each of the "reserved" tables will have a $10 drink minimum, and patrons will have the option of ordering "can service"; a $5 Natty Boh with sparkler attached. Zombie go-go dancers will line the stage while Walker & Royce, Will Eastman and Micah Vellian man the booth. All club-goers will receive one free glow stick upon entry. Entry is free before 11:00pm.


If you can get out of bed while the sun’s still out, convene with friends for brunch to rehash the debauchery of the night before. Some Gamma Girl favorites include Café La Ruche, La Fourchette, Bistrot Du Coin, and Co Co. Sala. Afterward, head to one of the following events to cap the weekend off Halloween-style.

Pumpkin Carving at the Red Derby

Participants had to enter by 10/21, but you can still go observe the pumpkin carving contest that's going down from 7:00-9:00pm, with judging promptly at 9:00pm. The Derb provides the pumpkins and some carving tools, and of course, hipster beer will be available for purchase.

NSO Halloween Concert

The Halloween Spooktacular concert, conducted by Ankush Kumar Bahl, is a family friendly concert that will featured a "spirited" performance of selections from Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, John Williams's Imperial March from Star Wars, Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice with narration, Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite No. 1, and more.

The Washington Ballet's Dracula

The Washington Ballet presents Michael Pink’s chilling blockbuster Dracula. This wildly theatrical and voluptuous ballet is a story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Dracula stakes its claim as this Halloween’s most thrilling adventure. Pink’s Count is a mesmerizing seducer of the darkest order, providing a fresh interpretation of one of Western culture’s most haunting stories

Wicked at the Hippodrome

After mesmerizing audiences all around the world, the Tony Award winning ‘Wicked’ returns to Baltimore for a run at the Hippodrome Theatre. ‘Wicked’ is a fascinating musical that takes audiences back in time in the wonderful world of Munchkinland long before Dorothy came in the picture, back in time when the Witches of Oz were just a couple of young girls.  Yes, it's all the way in Baltimore, but it's 'Wicked'!  On Halloween weekend!  

Haunted Georgetown Walking Tour (with Oak Hill Cemetery Spook Walk)

Join an expert guide to explore a very scary side of Georgetown. The tour will start at Oak Hill Cemetery and conclude at the famous "Exorcist" steps, where you will learn why the "Office of the Rite of  Exorcism" is so carefully guarded by the Catholic Church. An optional reception with a cash bar will be offered after the tour in Georgetown.  Meet at the corner of 27th & Q Streets. Tickets are $25.

Happy Halloween everyone! 

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