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Actually Fun Things to Do in DC This Weekend

Do your civic duty and support others at the polls.

Though there will be fewer trick-or-treaters this weekend, that hasn’t stopped many DC residents from safely innovating . In a year of uncertainty, it’s no surprise that this Halloween is going to look a little different than previous years. With a major election looming and the overcast of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to accentuate the positive and stay motivated. So dress up in costume, stuff your face with treats, get in the spooky spirit, and—by all means—cast your ballot. We’ve gathered all the fun and necessary things to do in DC this weekend.

Vote!

Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1
Various locations
It’s never been a more important time to cast your vote than this year’s election. So, take a pause from your Halloween festivities this weekend to vote if you haven’t already. There are 32 voting centers throughout DC for safe, in-person voting. Look for a polling site near you. 
Cost: Free

Honor the Day of the Dead with dinner

Friday, October 30 - Sunday, November 1
Chinatown
Start Halloweekend right with a meal to celebrate el Día de los Muertos. Visit Oyamel for an intimate dinner hosted by Head Chef Omar Rodriguez in honor of Latin pop icon José José. Dig into the five-course menu, inspired by maiz, the life-giving crop of Mexico and wash it all down with a crafted cocktail.   
Cost: $75 per guest

Support Bartenders Against Racism at a local polling site  

Friday, October 30
Shaw
If you’ve already voted, consider helping out some people in the process. Bartenders Against Racism is asking for volunteers to adopt or sponsor a polling location in the DMV area as part of their #hydratethevote initiative. Donations of items like bottled water, sports drinks, sanitizer, and individually packaged snacks at a local polling site are also encouraged. Stop by Electric Cool Aid at 512 Rhode Island Avenue NW between 4-7pm to drop off what you can.  
Cost: Free

Have a Ghostbusters movie night at Guinness

Saturday, October 31
Halethorpe, Maryland
For a socially distanced outdoor movie night, visit the Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Catch a screening of Ghostbusters and snuggle up on the lawn with a cozy blanket, a cold one, and your favorite person. Enjoy the film under the stars with snacks and beer available a la carte.
Cost: $60 for two

Stop by Lincoln Park for a live performance for a cause

Saturday, October 31
Capitol Hill
Visit Emancipation Square during the day for a public performance by artist Ada Pinkston. While you’re there, check out an event known as Shaping the Past from 1-7pm. In the wake of civil unrest and social justice uprising, the Goethe-Institut  has partnered with artists Monument Lab for a project aimed at rethinking monuments and public spaces.  
Cost: Free

Have dinner in costume

Saturday, October 31
Arlington, Virginia  
Enjoy a Trick Treat Throwback Halloween event at the TTT Clarendon . Get into your costume of choice and grab a table for at least two and up to eight people for your own socially distanced party. There are a limited number of tickets available at the door, so be sure to order yours online ahead of time.
Cost: Starts at $40 per person  

Take advantage of Halloween specials

Saturday, October 31
Capitol Hill
One of the best things about a holiday are the restaurant deals. Stop by Fight Club this Saturday for their Halloween specials. Enjoy treats like ice cream sandwiches studded with candy corn and Reese’s peanut butter cups. If you’re feeling a little more chocolate, try their fried fun size snickers bars.  
Cost: Prices vary

Visit a Halloween-themed outdoor yoga session with the kids

Saturday, October 31
Mount Pleasant
Since you’re already going to be in costume all Saturday, why not do a little afternoon yoga? Past Tense yoga studio has transformed their annual Halloween celebration into an outdoor kids’ yoga and Halloween party. After a socially distanced show and tell, kids can engage in some mindful stretches and poses. Make sure to bring your mask and a mat.
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate Halloween with a drink  

Saturday, October 31
Falls Church, Virginia
Looking for events all Halloweekend? Falls Church Distillers has events running that will keep you in spooky spirits all weekend. Dine al fresco from 3-10pm with Pako’s fresh mex and enjoy live music and a costume party on Friday. Visit The Watch on Saturday for another costume party and music. End the weekend with Cosmic Carl’s drum circle and an open mic.
Cost: Prices vary

Spend Halloween at Riverdale Park

Saturday, October 31
Riverdale, Maryland
Outside events are best for social distancing. So, spend this year’s Halloween at The Station with free activities for the whole family. Go on a photo scavenger hunt with instant film cameras, play nine holes of mini golf, explore a variety of food trucks or enter a virtual raffle.
Cost: Free

Paint a pumpkin

Saturday, October 31
Canal Park
If you’re anything like us, your jack-o-lanterns are already looking a little lackluster. Upgrade your pumpkin with a custom paint job by Painted Palettes in Canal Park this weekend. Arrive between 1-3pm to pick out your pumpkin from the patch.   
Cost: $20

Participate in the annual Happy Trees Festival

Sunday, November 1
Brightwood Park
It’s officially cider season! Visit ANXO for a socially distant edition of its annual Happy Trees Festival from 9am-5pm at Brightwood Park. Celebrate the harvest season, the re-release of Happy Trees cider. For the kids, sign up to enter the costume contest for a chance to be showcased on ANXO’s Instagram . There’s also a virtual option if you prefer to stay at home.
Cost: Prices vary

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.