The Halloween Scene: Trick-or-Treating, Costume Parades, Parties in the DC Area

 In-person events offer a way to celebrate Halloween for everyone

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Dust off the costumes and trick-or-treat buckets, because Halloween weekend festivities are back in full swing this month.

Health officials generally support conventional trick-or-treating activities this year and say that outdoor activities are better. It's still recommended to wear masks indoors in much of the D.C. area. Here are more tips on Halloween safety.

Celebrate the spookiest weekend of the year with a mix of free and paid events for adults or the whole family in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Washington, D.C.

Halloween Graveyard Jam At The Hard Rock Cafe
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
999 E St NW, Washington, D.C.

Bring your best costume and win a weekend trip to the Caribbean at this party. Dance along to DJ music and the live rock tunes of the band “7 Deadlies,” capture your costume with a caricaturist or go bobbing for apples. Tickets start at $20. 

Bar Crawl: Nightmare On M Street
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 to 10 p.m.

Join the 23rd annual spooky bar crawl that takes participants to 10 popular bars in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The purchase of a $20 ticket grants VIP access to the bars and comes with a souvenir mug and raffle ticket entry. 

Other bar crawls on Halloween weekend include Trick or Drink, a three-day bar event, and the DC Halloween Crawl

Nightmare in Navy Yard
Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
1385 Canal St., SE

Head to Navy Yard for a pop-up party geared towards the “vaccinated and mask-wearers” the night before Halloween. The best costume wins a complimentary hotel stay and brunch for two and the event also features popular DJ Tezrah and an open bar. 

Adams Morgan Apple Festival
Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Unity Park

This fun family-friendly event is free to attend and features an apple pie contest. Slices will be on sale, with all proceeds going to the Adams Morgan Leadership Academy charity. 

Sonicboombox Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
SPIN Washington DC

Come dressed as your favorite comic character for this 21+ event with free ping-pong, music and drink specials. Five attendees will win free tickets to Awesome Con 2022, the D.C. Comic-Con. Tickets are $30 at the door or $15 if bought in advance online.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Entertainment & Sports Arena

Enjoy an interactive musical comedy horror at the Entertainment & Sports Arena with special host Barry Bostwick, the actor who played Brad Majors in the original film! Featuring a shadow cast and tickets starting at $25, you won’t want to miss this cult classic on Halloween night. 

Spooky Georgetown: Virtual
Oct. 31, 1 to 2 p.m.

If you’re looking for a spooky experience but want to stay inside, join tour guide Dwane Starlin for a virtual tour of Georgetown and learn about all the local hauntings. Tickets are $10.


PIKEkids Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Pike & Rose, Bethesda, Maryland

Take the kids trick-or-treating at the Pike & Rose mall in Bethesda. Tickets are $5 per child — all profits go to the Manna Food Center. 

Happy Halloween Kid/Teenpreneur Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Unlimited Event at the Den, 9400 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Maryland

Support young entrepreneurs and have some extra fun with free face painting, candy, a live DJ and candy giveaways at this Halloween-themed pop-up.

Movie Night: Wine Bin
Saturday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland

Enjoy wine, snacks and the zombie comedy “Zombieland: Double Tap” at the Wine Bin in Ellicott City. 

Bark Social Halloween Week
Oct. 28 – Oct. 31, various times

This popular beer garden in Bethesda is hosting four days of Halloween festivities. Ranging from a free movie night to a fall festival with a puppy parade, Bark Social has it all. Go to their website for more information.

Haunted HEIST
Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Go clubbing at Markoff’s Haunted Forest for a one-night event hosted by popular nightclub Heist with spooky-themed drinks and a costume contest. 

The $100 ticket includes three complimentary drink tickets, a tour of the haunted town and bus transportation to and from the event. 


Vampire Ball: Synetic Theater
Friday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Synetic Theater, Arlington, Virginia

Enjoy a classy Halloween with a 90-minute performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s spookiest poems, followed by a ball at Arlington’s Synetic Theater. Tickets start at $95 and include admission to the play and dance party, plus four drink tickets and appetizers.  

Tequila Sunrise Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. & Sunday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
TTT Clarendon, Arlington, Virginia

Head to restaurant TTT Clarendon in Arlington for a Saturday costume party or a Halloween brunch on Sunday. Tickets to the Saturday party costs $30 online or $50 at the door — both options include drink tickets and a chance to win a $250 gift card for best costume. Sunday brunch costs $35 and also features a costume contest. 

Haunted Wine Tours: Bull Run Winery
Nov. 1-18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Centreville, Virginia

Follow your lantern-lit guide through an hour-long ghost tour on the grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. Tour guides will recount ghost stories from the Civil War while you enjoy various wines. Each $55 ticket includes a wine glass with the Winery at Bull Run logo, access to the winery after-hours and special deals.

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