It’s the spookiest time of the year and across the District, bars and restaurants are pulling out all the stops for Halloween, from a wine-and-candy pairing menu to plenty of costume parties.Read More
Where to Celebrate Halloween Around D.C.
Get into the spooky spirit with themed takeovers, billowing cocktails, and more
Need to fuel up before trick-or-treating? Head to Opal, where chef Colin McCliman has crafted a “Zombie Za” pizza menu for Halloween from noon until 9:30 p.m. Pies include a classic cheese ($15), a white and little neck clam ($19) and a spicy lamb Mediterranean with pickled red onion and tzatziki ($20).
Looking to indulge in Halloween candy and wine? Head to Cleveland Park, where newcomer Little Blackbird introduces four candy-and-wine pairings, priced from $14 to $17 for a piece of candy and a five-ounce wine pour. Pairings include Amontillado Sherry and a peanut butter cup, as well as Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine and Fun Dip.
Head over to metrobar on Friday, October 27 for a Halloween party complete with a costume contest and a live DJ from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. If dressing up isn’t your thing, there will also be a “Witchfest” on Saturday, October 28 augmented with local artisans.
Adams Morgan’s Prohibition-era bar opens its steel vault door on Halloween to unveil a forgotten speakeasy frozen in time from 1923. The party run Tuesday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to close.
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All “Halloweekend” long, Baja Tap’s is hosting a Wicked Jungle party, featuring $10 spiked “blood bags” and $5 “wicked apple” shooters.
Adams Morgan’s Bolivian bar gets into the spooky spirit with a cool cast of cocktails. The “Lou-cifer” menu by beverage director Lou Bernard includes a Black Widow with Aviation gin, Campari, Chico-cacao liqueur, and strawberry syrup; the Deadly Apple (Bulleit, apple sauce, lemon, honey, egg white, and Peychaud’s bitters); and an Alien’s Brains shooter starring industry-favorite Rumple Minze. Halloween parties are slated for Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, with DJs both nights (and costume contest on Saturday).
Whitlow’s DC is hosting a number of a Halloween events this month, starting with “Singo Bingo” on Tuesday, October 24. Described as “Bingo but with tunes,” the winner receives their very own pumpkin to take home. Through the rest of the week, there’s a Halloween-themed karaoke on Thursday, and a party Saturday night featuring a costume contest with a $250 cash prize and themed drink specials. Drink specials (October 23 to 31) include the Smoke Monster ($12) with Absolut vodka infused with pineapples and rasperries and finished with a dry ice garnish.
Looking for a late-night party on October 31? Salazar celebrates with a party running from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. featuring $5 tacos and $9 margaritas. Winners of the bar’s best group costume contest win a free open bar for a party of 25.
A Haunted Soiree at The Whittemore House
This historical home has been transformed into an free-roaming cocktail party featuring live entertainment and interactive ghosts, all interconnected by this year’s overarching murder mystery: The Vega Haunting. Tickets available through October 31.
Swingers (All Locations)
For the first time ever, the indoor mini-golf bar and restaurant is debuting a “Spooky Sunday Brunch,” where diners can indulge in a bottomless drink menu featuring three new Halloween cocktails, a Black Margarita made with raspberry and black simple syrup, a bright apple-and-melon Twilight Zone, and a N/A Blood Orange Blossom.
Viceroy Washington DC
Open to all ages and skill levels, hotel hotspot Dovetail throws a pumpkin-carving party on Saturday, October 28, complete with tools, tips, and tricks for creating intricate designs (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Refreshments and snacks are also provided; buy $25 tickets here. And on Sunday, October 29 at 6 p.m., come dressed as your favorite Clue character as you are guided through each room of the Boddy Mansion. Tickets include admission to the movie screening (starting at 7:30 p.m. on the patio), popcorn, and three cocktails.
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Quill at The Jefferson
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s cult flick The Nightmare Before Christmas, the bartenders at Quill created a themed “Hail To The Pumpkin King” cocktail that combines Wheatley Vodka, Cotton & Reed all-spice dram, a touch of soda, and homemade spiced pumpkin butter syrup.
Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown
Fairmont’s 5-year-old “canine ambassador” Georgie hosts the hotel’s 12th annual Howl-O-Ween party on Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Courtyard Bar (pictured). Paw-rents of the best-dressed doggies will prizes like overnight stays, dinners, and more. Dogs can enjoy peanut butter biscuits made by Fairmont’s pastry team, and humans can buy spooky canine-themed cocktails along with “puptails” for all four-legged guests. Free to attend; RSVP online.
Morris American Bar
The Shaw cocktail bar hosts a spook-tacular Morris Murder Mystery on Thursday, October 26, featuring a live-action, 1930s Hollywood-themed murder mystery show where guests get to play the suspects. Featuring two cocktails from its limited-time Halloween menu. The two-week cocktail tasting event starts Tuesday, October 17.
dLeña is celebrating Dia de Los Meurtos until November 5. Special menu additions include a smoky sweet potato margarita ($17) and Empanadas de Meurtos ($15) filled with chicken tinga, crema, an avocado-cilantro puree, and bonus avocado mezcal shooter.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chipotle brings back its annual “Boorito” tradition with $6 e-entree deals from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. And for the first time ever, the nationwide chain extends hours to midnight across 53 top college towns (the chosen D.C. location is on George Washington University’s campus). The burrito giant will also give away a free bottle of Tabasco Scorpion Sauce for the first 100 orders placed between 10 p.m. and midnight.
The Watergate Hotel
The historic Watergate Hotel gets into the ghoulish spirit all month. Now through Halloween, the bar makes a “RIPresso” martini with Martell VSOP Cognac and a soil-like garnish of Oreo, chocolate, and espresso powder. The “Vampire a la Arrabbiata” dish enters the fold at Kingbird on October 23, featuring bat-shaped pasta activated with charcoal, Parmigiano-Reggiano, peppers, and cherry tomatoes. And dress to impress at the “Masquerade at The Haunted Hotel” party on Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Buena Vida Gastrolounge
Got a killer Halloween costume this year? The winner of Buena Vida’s Halloween costume party on Saturday, October 29 will receive a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant. Buena Vida will also serve a themed margarita dubbed El Beso de Dracula — aka “the kiss of Dracula” — from October 29 to 31 ($15), made with mezcal, lemon juice, angostura bitters, prickly pear puree, tart cranberry syrup, and billowing dry ice topper.
Navy Yard’s cocktail bar Trouble Bird has transformed into a spooky Black Lagoon. Through the rest of the month, look for a variety of themed events including tarot readings, astrology, and Wednesday “emo” nights, all set to a backdrop of extra-eerie decor. A menu of 8 speciality cocktails (and three N/A drinks) includes the Book of Blood ($15) made with Montelobos mezcal, beet, lime, and absinthe.
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Best Buns Bread Company
From Friday, October 13 until Halloween, load up on Halloween pastries and treats from Arlington’s Best Buns Bread Company, including spooky cupcakes, sugar cookies, and gingerbread skeletons.
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