Ready yourself, because this is bigger than last year’s Thanksgivukkah: Halloween finally falls on a Friday. Granted, this happens slightly more often than a convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, but it’s a big deal nonetheless. Here's how you should make the most of it:
Halloween Social at the W Washington DC
If you’re convinced you have the BEST COSTUME EVER, get your prize-winning self over to POV on October 31st for their Halloween Social. Your digs could win you a sleepover package at the hotel with breakfast in bed. The party doubles as a chance to check out the recently revamped space, which can only be classified as sexy Americana. Festivities are from 8pm-2am and costumes are required. A mustache alone doesn’t count. Tix are $40.
DIY Halloween bar crawl
14th Street/U Street
Four bars within a few blocks radius are throwing down hard on Halloween. Try to make it to all of them: The Gibson, Den of Thieves, Marvin, and Patty Boom Boom. Those crazy kids at The Gibson are throwing a "Drink Yourself to Death" shindig. You’ll find the bartenders dressed in costumes of famous people who literally drank themselves to death — giving a whole new meaning to the term "stiff" drink. Den of Thieves is a little on the lighter side with their "Reality TV is Dead" theme. Walk a dead red carpet with paparazzi. No cover required, just pop in during regular opening hours.
Carve a DC-themed pumpkin at The Helix Hotel
Make sure your Google cal gets you to The Helix on time, because they only hand out 30 pre-scooped pumpkins when the clock strikes 6pm on October 30th. The stakes are high: carve the best DC-themed pumpkin (Muriel Bowser’s Castle?) to win a $50 gift card; the best overall design will win a one-night stay. Adult carving shenanigans will be fueled by the hotel’s standard happy hour specials, plus $9 Zombie Gut Punch.
Hit an open bar at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
Northeast mainstay Jimmy Valentine’s is throwing a Halloween Fright Fest. For $70, you can hit an open bar with no limitations. While there are no real rules when it comes to the open bar, there is one rule for the night: no costumes = no entry. If you’re a one-and-done kind of person, you can just pay a $15 cover. Beatrix, Team Zapata, Joe L., R&B, and v:shal kanwar will all be spinning. Party starts at 9pm. More info.
See Samhain & have a creepy cocktail first
Samhain is coming to The Howard Theatre on Halloween, and Eat The Rich — the rock-themed oyster bar around the corner — couldn’t be more excited. They’re serving up spooky Samhain cocktails all week, like this "Unholy Passion" with rye, Campari, sweet vermouth, and citrus ash. The band (yeah, the one w/ Glenn Danzig) is celebrating 30 bloody years in style. Tickets are $32.50 in advance, $37.50 day of. Doors open at 6:30pm. More info.
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