10 spooky ways to get out of Halloweekend

Our second Halloween pandemic is fast approaching, and this year there is some optimism:

  • Dr Anthony Fauci recently told CNN that the Halloween celebrations this year are over if you’re vaccinated and young children can enjoy treats outdoors.
  • More good news: DC has seen a drop in COVID-19 cases over the past 30 days.

Outdoor weekend celebrations are always a good idea (and the weather is certainly good enough for that). We are here to prepare you early and early:

Friday October 29

  • If you liked Bridgerton, you will love Pride and Prejudice and Zombies presented on the lawn of Dumbarton House at 5pm. Tickets are $ 10 and picnics are encouraged, although food and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Grab your costume and running shoes for a spooky run through Congress Cemetery and the Anacostia Trail. The Dead Man’s Run begins at 6 p.m. with the sound of the funeral bell and costs $ 25.
  • Gather a team of your smartest friends for some Trap or Treat trivia at 7 p.m. at Metrobar DC. Tickets cost $ 10 up front and $ 15 at the door, and winners will have their tabs paid for.

Saturday October 30

Take to the skies at the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center during its Air & Scare outdoor Halloween party. Tickets are free for the whole family to bake treats, attend a story hour, and participate in crafts and spooky experiments. There will also be photo opportunities with Star wars characters. (10h)

Dress up your pet and walk them into the howl of the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden. There are three different categories you and your puppy can compete in, including the best art-themed costume, the best duo costume, and the best all-around look. (9:30 am)

Keep the puppy love alive with One Loudoun’s Halloween Bark Bash. It’s a free outdoor Halloween festival that brings together pet lovers and owners with vendors, a DJ, costume contest, and photo ops. (12h)

Celebrate and honor the lives of those lost at the 4th annual Día de los Muertos in Petworth. Take part in an altars-making workshop, live performances, and calavera face painting at the Petworth Farmers Market. (9h)

Sunday October 31

Stroll through Adams Morgue’n for DC in Motion’s fifth edition of Frames of Fear as local performers gather to light up shop windows with zombies, witches, ghouls and more. (All day)

Step back in time with the Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers, DC’s prohibition-era jazz band, as they perform in the parking lot of Comet Ping Pong. Ticket prices for this special Halloween-themed morning concert vary. (2 p.m.)

Dance with the whole family on the roof of Union Market with The Rumpus Room, a Halloween dance party for the whole family. The soundtrack will feature a mix of Halloween songs and family melodies. (11h)

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