Get Scared: Find Halloween Events and Spooky Sites in the DMV All Month Long

From a zombie walk to an Edgar Allen Poe tour to ghost tours, here's what the D.C. area has to offer this Halloween... if you dare.

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Petworth planned two days of special events in honor of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). You may have missed Oct. 27's events, but on Nov. 2, you'll find a student art show, Calavera face painting and a flower crown workshop, followed by the main attraction: a street procession lead by live performances by Mariachi El Rey. (File photo) CORRECTION (3:58 p.m., Oct. 29, 2018): Previous text indicted the second set of events was happening Nov. 3. They are actually set for Nov. 2.
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One of D.C.'s most beloved Halloween traditions, the 17th Street High Heel Race will have drag queens donning heels and racing down 17th Street. The race is just one part of the fun, though -- go early to mingle and celebrate the spooky season (and bring plenty of candy).
Richmond punk/metal band GWAR has brought their gory, underworld style to 7th Street NW. You can step into another world at the pop-up bar through Halloween night. The bar is currently sharing a space with the true crime-themed Death Becomes Us Pop-Up Bar. Drink Company is organizing a Halloween night bar crawl, where you can hit up both sites. Timed tickets cost $10 and proceeds benefit DKMS, a charity that fights blood cancers.
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Enter if you dare and you'll find Instagram-worthy props like stockades and a bloody bathtub alongside creepy drinks. The bar is currently sharing a space with the GWAR Pop-Up Bar. Drink Company is organizing a Halloween night bar crawl, where you can hit up both sites. Timed tickets cost $10 and proceeds benefit DKMS, a charity that fights blood cancers.
Spend Halloween night on a crazy scavenger hunt at the Mansion on O Street. Dress up in your costume of choice and explore 60 of the mansion's secret doors and 100 of the ornately decorated rooms. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for the hunt are $50.
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Logan Circle restaurant Estadio is going creepy for the month. Through Oct. 31, you can find a host of Halloween-oriented specials including Monster-dito sandwiches, boo-cadillos and "boo-sy" cocktails. The real event happens on Halloween night when the space hosts a party with a cash bar and costume contest. Tickets are $31 and come with all-you-can-eat tapas and treats.
Get ready to scream at the scream. The AFI Silver Theatre is offering an appropriately spooky lineup of films, including 1931's "Frankenstein" with live musical accompaniment by the U.S. Navy Band (Oct. 26, 27), 1979's "Zombie" (Oct. 27, 31) and 1978's "Halloween" (Oct. 31), among other offerings.
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Planners for Raven’s Night at Birchmere Music Hall recommend you "get ready to be transported to another realm where other-worldly beings come to visit and entertain you." See dance performances at the Cabaret Macabre, catch a dinner concert featuring live music, and attend a pre-show event showcasing an alternative World's Fair-styled exposition and sideshow, including Tarot card readings, magic and belly-dancing. (File photo)
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An 18th century tour guide will take you through the historic streets of Alexandria for stories, legends and folklore of the city. This isn't just any tour of Old Town; it's one meant to scare... if you dare. Learn about the unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Tickets are available for tours every evening for the rest of the month.
If you're looking to live out a scene from "American Horror Story," you should check out the Omni Shoreham hotel. The establishment is shrouded with decades' worth of haunted experiences and ghost sightings. Legend has it that two people occupying a suite in the 1930s died unexpectedly and it has been haunted ever since. If you wish to see it for yourself, this suite can be reserved through their site.
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There is an (unofficial) monument in D.C. that is somewhat of an urban legend. The Capitol Stones in Rock Creek Park are old stones from the Capitol building that were dumped in the park after the building's renovation from 60 years ago. Laws barred the sale or disposal of the stones, and now they sit in the park covered in moss, piled 20 feet high and attracting only those who know they exist. Beware, the stones are located off an unmarked path and have not been maintained since they were abandoned.
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If you want the underground experience of the Roman catacombs, but can't make it overseas, there is an inspired replica here in the District at the Franciscan Monastery. Nearly 120 years ago, Franciscan monks reproduced the tombs, creating all fake burials except for one. The skeleton of a young boy, around seven years old, is the only genuine one among all the others. You can tour the burial site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. any day of the week.
Take a walking tour of Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row or Lafayette Square and hear true stories of some of the areas rumored to be the most haunted in D.C. (File photo)
The "Exorcist" steps are a piece of D.C. movie history. Swing by with friends on Halloween night -- we're sure you won't be the only ones there. And what could be scarier than having to walk up a ton of stairs on a full belly of candy?
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