If you’d rather stick to one bar that really does it up for Halloween, head to Shaw. Known for crafting elaborate fantasy pop-up bars, Drink Company won’t disappoint with its Halloween-themed PUB Grimm, which opens October 17. The Grimms’ fairytale-inspired bar will feature macabre decor and cocktails based on your favorite childhood stories. Get transported to the Black Forest with Hansel and Gretel’s house and the wicked queen’s mirror while sipping the Glass Slipper (gin, vermouth, bitters, and spruce oil).
Or continue celebrating at a bar long after Halloween is over
The Halloween spirit stays alive beyond October 31 at the new year-round Halloween bar and restaurant, Beetle House, on H Street. Much of the decor and menu items are influenced by the mad genius that is Tim Burton. Order the Beetle’s Juice or Big Fish Bowl at the bar, laden with jack-o’-lanterns or try the Edward Burger Hands on the prix-fixe menu ($50 per person).
Now through November 3
Plunging 10 stories on a roller coaster is frightening enough, but uber thrill-seekers can take the experience up a notch by encountering zombies, misfit clowns, and more at Six Flags America’s Fright Fest. Two new features of the park’s annual Halloween event include horror musical about two vampire slayers and Medieval Mayhem, filled with blood-and-flesh-eating creatures.
Cost: Starting at $45.99 for one-day admission
Stop into a local hotel or restaurant for spooky fun
October 25 - November 2
Take your pick of several Halloween parties the Saturday before Halloween. Head to the Hotel Monaco’s Dirty Habit for its Halloween costume party, dubbed Purgatory, for Chambord-infused cotton candy and daring performances from a fire dancer and aerialist. Or head to Nick’s Riverside Grill on the Georgetown waterfront that night for a buffet with finger foods and a costume contest with prizes. The Watergate Hotel’s Next Whisky Bar will decorate six igloos with skulls, skeletons, cobwebs, and other ghoulish decor during its Creepy Chic Soiree. Enjoy spirited sips like the El Diablo made with dry ice.
Cost: Free to $99