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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party for Halloween Around D.C.

Get into the spirit with Chambord-infused cotton candy, haunted graveyard-themed parties, and more

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A “Gravedigger” sundae from Ice Cream Jubilee comes covered in chocolate cookie “dirt,” gummy worms, chocolate eyeballs, and candy corn pumpkins.
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Many D.C. bars and restaurants sat out of Halloween festivities in 2020 because they had to enforce restrictions on capacity and last call during the the height of the COVID-19 crisis. With regulations much more relaxed this year, holiday parties are returning in all their gory glory. Businesses getting into the spooky spirit are offering ticketed hotel parties, smoking cocktails, scary movie screenings, Day of the Dead menus, pumpkin patches, and over-the-top decor. Here’s a list of places to celebrate Halloween, which falls on Sunday, October 31.

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1. Bark Social

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935 Prose St
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(240) 253-6060
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North Bethesda’s sprawling new dog park, bar, and cafe kicks off Halloween weekend with a screening of Scream on Thursday, October 28. There’s a dogs-and-drag show with MoCo Pride on Friday, October 29. The following Saturday, Bark Social will host DJs and a costume contest for the chance to win free drinks. On Halloween, there’s a morning of fall fun — bobbing for apples, ring toss, pumpkin calligraphy, and drinks dished out by Silver Branch Brewing and Frankly Vodka — will be the prelude to a puppy parade (costumes encouraged) around the Pike & Rose complex.

2. Summer House Santa Monica

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-2381
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From Sunday, October 17, to Sunday, October 31, Summer House Santa Monica will give out cookies to customers who bring in painted mini pumpkin from home. The California-style restaurant is also selling Halloween cookie kits on Tock ($24.95 plus tax), with pickup available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 21, to Sunday, October 31.

3. Mussel Bar & Grille

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7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-7817
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To usher in fall, buy a full pot of mussels and get half a pot for free from Tuesday, October 26, through Halloween at Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian roadhouse in Bethesda. Timely cocktails include a “Gimme the BOOze!” full of Aperol, St. Germain, and dark rum, with lychee “eyeball” garnishes.

A martini glass filled with vermouth and orange bitters at the patio at Mussel Bar.
“The Dark Side” (port, Johnny Walker Black, sweet vermouth, orange bitters) at Mussel Bar.
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4. Rebel Taco

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1214 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 735-5600
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U Street’s Rebel Taco will sell $5 “bloody” margaritas throughout Halloween weekend. 

5. Ice Cream Jubilee

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1407 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-9042
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Throughout the month of October, the D.C. ice cream company from Victoria Lai offers “Gravedigger” sundaes with a choice of ice cream, chocolate cookie “dirt,” gummy worms, chocolate eyeballs, and candy corn pumpkins. Seasonal flavors for fall include pumpkin honeycomb, apple butter oatmeal cookie, and maple rye pecan.

A pumpkin honeycomb ice cream pie from Ice Cream Jubilee
A pumpkin honeycomb ice cream pie from Ice Cream Jubilee
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6. Black Cat

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1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-4490
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After a 20-month hiatus, live music venue Black Cat is back to throw a 9th Annual “Eighties Mayhem” dance party on Saturday, October 30, with DJs Steve EP, Missguided, and Killa K. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Costumes are encouraged.

7. Chicken + Whiskey

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1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-2456
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For the month of October, Chicken + Whiskey transforms its back bar in Logan Circle into a lab fit for a mad scientist, complete with petri dishes, beakers, science experiments, and mysterious hands coming out of the walls. Seasonal cocktails include “The Hustler,” with Old Overholt Rye, toasted coconut, and chocolate bitters, all theatrically flamed with orange oil. It pays off to go all out in costume for its big party on Saturday, October 30, with a $500 prize for the best dressed.

8. Espita

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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The Southern Mexican restaurant and mezcal bar in Shaw will offer drink and flight specials from Saturday, October 30, through Tuesday, November 2. On those days, Espita will start pouring its ponche para Los Muertos (Pasote reposado tequila, pomegranate, piloncillo, Mexican marigold, ginger) at 4 p.m. Over in the Union Market district, sister spot Las Gemelas will pour the same punch along with a Fantasma cocktail (horchata, rum, pineapple, orange) and the Calavera (cold brew cordial, mezcal, vanilla).

A crowded dining room inside Espita Mezcaleria
Espita Mezcaleria
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9. Sprinkles Georgetown

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3015 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 450-1610
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This long-running cupcake shop in Georgetown condenses an evening of knocking for candy into one giant sugar fix. The limited edition “Trick or Treat” tops Twix, Kit Kat, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and M&Ms minis onto a Belgian dark chocolate cupcake. Order October 25 and 26 for pickup or delivery October 30 and 31. Other specials sporting spooky decor for the season include Black Velvet (available October 11 to 17); Double Stuffed OREO (October 18 to 31); and Bewitched Red Velvet (October 25 to 31).

Spinkles cupcakes for Halloween
Sprinkles cupcakes are available for local pickup and delivery, purchased individually or in a limited-edition festive matte black box.
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10. Casta's Rum Bar

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1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 660-1440
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The West End rum haunt hosts a three-night Halloween party starting Friday, October 29, with three themed cocktails, costumes encouraged all weekend, and late-night hours on the big night.

11. Morris American Bar

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1020 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(833) 366-7747
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The glam Shaw cocktail bar offers a Halloween weekend tasting menu on Friday, October 29, to Sunday, October 31, that pairs three themed cocktails with a tasty treat ($60 per person). Book a slot on OpenTable starting Monday, October 18.

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12. Western Market

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2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #3500
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-0924
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D.C.’s anticipated Foggy Botton food hall eases into its first Halloween with an outdoor screening of the cult classic Hocus Pocus at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 15. The 12,300-square-foot market recently opened with four of its 12 vendors to start: Capo Italian Deli, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, RAWish, and Roaming Rooster.

13. Ledo Pizza (multiple locations)

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814 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 849-6897
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The locally born chain’s idea of trick-or-treating is a carryout-only special on Sunday, October 31. An 18-inch, one-topping pizza, mozzarella sticks, and a mix-and-match Pepsi four-pack all costs $32.99. 

14. Urban Roast

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916 G St. NW Suite C-1
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-1111
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Chinatown’s day-to-night cafe goes all out for Halloween this year with over-the-top decor like tombstones, giant spiders, plenty of jack o’lanterns, and frightening figurines fit for a horror movie. Seasonal coffees and billowing cocktails made with dry ice round out the “Nightmare on G Street” theme through the end of the month.

15. Hotel Washington

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515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
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The party starters at JBC Events throw a glam Halloween soiree at the swanky Hotel Washington (formerly the W) on Saturday, October 30. There will be live entertainment and stylish cocktails spiked with Dahlia tequila from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Early bird tickets start at $20. A table for up to six ($100) requires a $500 minimum, and a table for up to 10 ($150) has a $750 minimum. There’s also a costume contest, but leave the Squid Game head gear at home; no costume masks are allowed — only protective cloth face masks.

16. Dirty Habit

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555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 449-7095
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Hotel Monaco’s dimly lit bar hosts a “Nightmare on 8th Street” bash on Saturday, October 30, from 7 p.m. to close. Guests will find Chambord-infused cotton candy, appearances by Jason and Freddy Krueger, a DJ spinning hits from the ’80s to present, a Tarot Card reader, and aerialists and fire dancers on its private patio. Admission is free with an advance RSVP.

17. Assembly

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1700 N Moore St
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 419-3156
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Rosslyn’s new food hall unveils a fall pumpkin patch on its terrace starting Tuesday, October 19. Orange gourds from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be on sale for $15 each. Drop a business card in a big pumpkin for the chance to win one of three happy hours for up to six people. A preview party on Monday, October 18, at 4 p.m. features free hot apple cider (spiked with whisky or rum) and apple cider donuts.

18. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005
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The Penn Quarter Mexican restaurant from José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup is hosting Day of the Dead festivities that pay tribute to Oaxacan artist Rufino Tamayo with a colorful five-course dinner. The menu features chorizo and potato molotes, tortillas entomadas, slow-cooked beef barbacoa, braised pork shank and Brussels sprouts in yellow mole, and creamy corn nicuatole with hibiscus caramel. Tickets to the dinners (Tuesday, October 26, and Monday, November 1) cost $100 each. There will also be a Dia de los Muertos cocktail class on Tuesday, November 2, for $60.

19. Clarendon Pop-Up Bar

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3185 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 469-2244
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Clarendon’s millennial magnet for bottle service and DJs hosts a “Monster Ball Halloween Bash” on Saturday, October 30, with costume prizes and surprise giveaways. Across the street at outdoor sister bar the Lot, there’s a haunted graveyard-themed party on the same night with prizes for the best costumes, giveaways, and drink specials.

20. MI VIDA

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98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
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From Sunday, October 24, to Tuesday, November 2, the high-end Mexican restaurant at the Wharf runs Day of the Day specials on select drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. A cocktail called La Catrina screams fall with Cazadores Anejo tequila, Black Fidencio Classico mezcal, Grand Marnier, hibiscus, cinnamon, and lime. There’s also flan custard with chocolate cake and a cajeta and orange blossom-scented bread with dusted sugar and hot chocolate.

1. Bark Social

935 Prose St, North Bethesda, MD 20852

North Bethesda’s sprawling new dog park, bar, and cafe kicks off Halloween weekend with a screening of Scream on Thursday, October 28. There’s a dogs-and-drag show with MoCo Pride on Friday, October 29. The following Saturday, Bark Social will host DJs and a costume contest for the chance to win free drinks. On Halloween, there’s a morning of fall fun — bobbing for apples, ring toss, pumpkin calligraphy, and drinks dished out by Silver Branch Brewing and Frankly Vodka — will be the prelude to a puppy parade (costumes encouraged) around the Pike & Rose complex.

935 Prose St
North Bethesda, MD 20852

2. Summer House Santa Monica

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

From Sunday, October 17, to Sunday, October 31, Summer House Santa Monica will give out cookies to customers who bring in painted mini pumpkin from home. The California-style restaurant is also selling Halloween cookie kits on Tock ($24.95 plus tax), with pickup available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 21, to Sunday, October 31.

11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

3. Mussel Bar & Grille

7262 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
A martini glass filled with vermouth and orange bitters at the patio at Mussel Bar.
“The Dark Side” (port, Johnny Walker Black, sweet vermouth, orange bitters) at Mussel Bar.
Mussel Bar

To usher in fall, buy a full pot of mussels and get half a pot for free from Tuesday, October 26, through Halloween at Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian roadhouse in Bethesda. Timely cocktails include a “Gimme the BOOze!” full of Aperol, St. Germain, and dark rum, with lychee “eyeball” garnishes.

7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

4. Rebel Taco

1214 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

U Street’s Rebel Taco will sell $5 “bloody” margaritas throughout Halloween weekend. 

1214 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Ice Cream Jubilee

1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A pumpkin honeycomb ice cream pie from Ice Cream Jubilee
A pumpkin honeycomb ice cream pie from Ice Cream Jubilee
Ice Cream Jubilee

Throughout the month of October, the D.C. ice cream company from Victoria Lai offers “Gravedigger” sundaes with a choice of ice cream, chocolate cookie “dirt,” gummy worms, chocolate eyeballs, and candy corn pumpkins. Seasonal flavors for fall include pumpkin honeycomb, apple butter oatmeal cookie, and maple rye pecan.

1407 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Black Cat

1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

After a 20-month hiatus, live music venue Black Cat is back to throw a 9th Annual “Eighties Mayhem” dance party on Saturday, October 30, with DJs Steve EP, Missguided, and Killa K. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Costumes are encouraged.

1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Chicken + Whiskey

1738 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

For the month of October, Chicken + Whiskey transforms its back bar in Logan Circle into a lab fit for a mad scientist, complete with petri dishes, beakers, science experiments, and mysterious hands coming out of the walls. Seasonal cocktails include “The Hustler,” with Old Overholt Rye, toasted coconut, and chocolate bitters, all theatrically flamed with orange oil. It pays off to go all out in costume for its big party on Saturday, October 30, with a $500 prize for the best dressed.

1738 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Espita

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A crowded dining room inside Espita Mezcaleria
Espita Mezcaleria
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The Southern Mexican restaurant and mezcal bar in Shaw will offer drink and flight specials from Saturday, October 30, through Tuesday, November 2. On those days, Espita will start pouring its ponche para Los Muertos (Pasote reposado tequila, pomegranate, piloncillo, Mexican marigold, ginger) at 4 p.m. Over in the Union Market district, sister spot Las Gemelas will pour the same punch along with a Fantasma cocktail (horchata, rum, pineapple, orange) and the Calavera (cold brew cordial, mezcal, vanilla).

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Sprinkles Georgetown

3015 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Spinkles cupcakes for Halloween
Sprinkles cupcakes are available for local pickup and delivery, purchased individually or in a limited-edition festive matte black box.
Sprinkles

This long-running cupcake shop in Georgetown condenses an evening of knocking for candy into one giant sugar fix. The limited edition “Trick or Treat” tops Twix, Kit Kat, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and M&Ms minis onto a Belgian dark chocolate cupcake. Order October 25 and 26 for pickup or delivery October 30 and 31. Other specials sporting spooky decor for the season include Black Velvet (available October 11 to 17); Double Stuffed OREO (October 18 to 31); and Bewitched Red Velvet (October 25 to 31).

3015 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Casta's Rum Bar

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

The West End rum haunt hosts a three-night Halloween party starting Friday, October 29, with three themed cocktails, costumes encouraged all weekend, and late-night hours on the big night.

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

11. Morris American Bar

1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Morris American Bar/official photo

The glam Shaw cocktail bar offers a Halloween weekend tasting menu on Friday, October 29, to Sunday, October 31, that pairs three themed cocktails with a tasty treat ($60 per person). Book a slot on OpenTable starting Monday, October 18.

1020 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Western Market

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #3500, Washington, DC 20006

D.C.’s anticipated Foggy Botton food hall eases into its first Halloween with an outdoor screening of the cult classic Hocus Pocus at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 15. The 12,300-square-foot market recently opened with four of its 12 vendors to start: Capo Italian Deli, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, RAWish, and Roaming Rooster.

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW #3500
Washington, DC 20006

13. Ledo Pizza (multiple locations)

814 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The locally born chain’s idea of trick-or-treating is a carryout-only special on Sunday, October 31. An 18-inch, one-topping pizza, mozzarella sticks, and a mix-and-match Pepsi four-pack all costs $32.99. 

814 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

14. Urban Roast

916 G St. NW Suite C-1, Washington, DC 20001

Chinatown’s day-to-night cafe goes all out for Halloween this year with over-the-top decor like tombstones, giant spiders, plenty of jack o’lanterns, and frightening figurines fit for a horror movie. Seasonal coffees and billowing cocktails made with dry ice round out the “Nightmare on G Street” theme through the end of the month.

916 G St. NW Suite C-1
Washington, DC 20001

15. Hotel Washington

515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The party starters at JBC Events throw a glam Halloween soiree at the swanky Hotel Washington (formerly the W) on Saturday, October 30. There will be live entertainment and stylish cocktails spiked with Dahlia tequila from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Early bird tickets start at $20. A table for up to six ($100) requires a $500 minimum, and a table for up to 10 ($150) has a $750 minimum. There’s also a costume contest, but leave the Squid Game head gear at home; no costume masks are allowed — only protective cloth face masks.

515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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16. Dirty Habit

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Hotel Monaco’s dimly lit bar hosts a “Nightmare on 8th Street” bash on Saturday, October 30, from 7 p.m. to close. Guests will find Chambord-infused cotton candy, appearances by Jason and Freddy Krueger, a DJ spinning hits from the ’80s to present, a Tarot Card reader, and aerialists and fire dancers on its private patio. Admission is free with an advance RSVP.

555 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

17. Assembly

1700 N Moore St, Arlington, VA 22209

Rosslyn’s new food hall unveils a fall pumpkin patch on its terrace starting Tuesday, October 19. Orange gourds from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will be on sale for $15 each. Drop a business card in a big pumpkin for the chance to win one of three happy hours for up to six people. A preview party on Monday, October 18, at 4 p.m. features free hot apple cider (spiked with whisky or rum) and apple cider donuts.

1700 N Moore St
Arlington, VA 22209

18. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Penn Quarter Mexican restaurant from José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup is hosting Day of the Dead festivities that pay tribute to Oaxacan artist Rufino Tamayo with a colorful five-course dinner. The menu features chorizo and potato molotes, tortillas entomadas, slow-cooked beef barbacoa, braised pork shank and Brussels sprouts in yellow mole, and creamy corn nicuatole with hibiscus caramel. Tickets to the dinners (Tuesday, October 26, and Monday, November 1) cost $100 each. There will also be a Dia de los Muertos cocktail class on Tuesday, November 2, for $60.

401 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

19. Clarendon Pop-Up Bar

3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Clarendon’s millennial magnet for bottle service and DJs hosts a “Monster Ball Halloween Bash” on Saturday, October 30, with costume prizes and surprise giveaways. Across the street at outdoor sister bar the Lot, there’s a haunted graveyard-themed party on the same night with prizes for the best costumes, giveaways, and drink specials.

3185 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

20. MI VIDA

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

From Sunday, October 24, to Tuesday, November 2, the high-end Mexican restaurant at the Wharf runs Day of the Day specials on select drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. A cocktail called La Catrina screams fall with Cazadores Anejo tequila, Black Fidencio Classico mezcal, Grand Marnier, hibiscus, cinnamon, and lime. There’s also flan custard with chocolate cake and a cajeta and orange blossom-scented bread with dusted sugar and hot chocolate.

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

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