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Look at These D.C. Restaurant Employees Going All Out for Halloween

Eater DC’s annual tribute to industry folks getting in the spooky spirit

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s Jorge Bustamante dressed up as a cuddly bear for Halloween.
Astro Doughnuts/official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Most people in the restaurant industry are stuck at their jobs during Halloween, but that doesn’t stop them from showing a little holiday spirit. It’s time to pay tribute to the working-class heroes who wear costumes in the kitchen and on the floor.

Restaurants really get into the spirit around the DMV. Some started things off early, with parties and festivities over the weekend. Others will save their major activities for tonight. Still looking for plans? Check out Eater’s guide to Halloween-themed events around town.

Scroll on to view some real party animals:

Indian fast-casual spot Rasa is offering half-off bowls to those in costume on Wednesday, October 31, in Navy Yard. Meanwhile, employees are sporting dinosaur attire all day.

In Mount Pleasant, a server at Ellē went the hippo route.

Helen the hippo at Elle.
Brad DeBoy/Elle

Pizza chain Matchbox really got into the spooky spirit, with employees sporting costumes at several area locations.

Aishwarya James from the Capitol Hill Matchbox location.
Matchbox/official photo
Ben Richards, aka Superman, at Matchbox’s Potomac Mills location.
Matchbox/official photo

Over in Old Town, Fish Market’s staff celebrated with avocado, prison garb, and FBI outfits.

Fish Market’s festive staff.
Fish Market/official photo

Also in Old Town, Bastille’s kitchen staff sprouted ears:

Bastille Brasserie
Bastille/official photo

At Occidental Grill, bartender Frankie Jones grew fangs for the night.

Occidental Grill & Seafood’s Frankie Jones channeled his best inner Count Dracula for Halloween.
Occidental/official photo

Stop by for the dramatic “Web of Death” cocktail he’s stirring up tonight at the historic downtown restaurant (1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW):

“Web of Death” at Occidental features Blue Dyer dark rum, cardamaro, frangelico, lemon, egg white, apple bitters, and activated charcoal, garnished with a powdered sugar web.
Rey Lopez/Occidental
Jack Rose’s upstairs bartenders dressed up as a trio from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, serving Punk’n Punch in a Jack Rose pumpkin.
Jack Rose/official photo

On Tuesday, October 30, staff at Dupont’s subterranean club Heist went all out for an industry party:

And Shaw’s Dacha Beer Garden transformed into “Dacha Fear Garden” for the holiday, with a “Night of the Gargoyle” Halloween party planned for Wednesday night with Stone Brewing beer and prizes for the best costumes.

Team Dacha on Halloween.
Alexandra Triana/official photo

Dupont’s McClellan’s Retreat, which is running with a Beetlejuice theme this month, also got in on the action behind the bar.

Bartender Matt at McClellan’s Retreat in Dupont channeled his best inner version of “The Dude” from cult comedy classic The Big Lebowski.
McClellans/official photo
Chamelle, a host at Barrel, also went for it.
Barrel/official photo
Bartenders Karan and Declan at Barrel, which transformed into a “Rum DMW” pop-up this month, were inspired by a famous Justin Timberlake sketch on SNL.
Barrel/official photo
At Capitol Hill sports bar Union Pub, bartender Lucas is feeling quacky.
Union Pub/official photo
In Chinatown, Bar Deco’s Maritza Cortez transformed into Green Ivy.
Bar Deco/official photo
Sarah at The Royal is as Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Royal/official photo

Maxwell in Shaw looks like it has a ... um ... pirate chef in jorts?

Estadio employees are hosting a ticketed party ($31) tonight from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a costume contest, passed tapas and food and a cash bar.
Estadio/official photo

The “scarecrew” at Shaw ramen bar Chaplin’s will pour free champagne for guests in costume. Here are theirs: