With Halloween on Saturday this year, the whole weekend is packed.
Parties, costume contests, haunted houses and even the chance to meet an Academy Award-winning director all make D.C. the obvious place to get creative with a costume, dance the night away or scare yourself silly for the fun of it.
Milk Chocolate City hosts Darkroom House Sessions Vol. 2, a pre-Halloween costume party, at Backbar at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Friday from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Rita Burns, DJ DROMME and DJ ArthurJ will spin. There will be a costume contest and the winner receives a free drink. Cover is $5 at the door. For more details, visit facebook.com/milkchocolatecity.
A-Town Bar and Grill (4100 Fairfax Dr., Arlington, Va.) hosts a two-night Candy Land-themed party on Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m.-midnight. There will be Candy Land-inspired cocktails, a costume contest with cash prizes and gift card giveaways. For more information, visit facebook.com/atownballston.
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) holds a haunted house on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Youth ages 13-21 are invited. There will be candy and free HIV testing. The first 15 people to get tested receive a $10 Chipotle gift card. For more details, visit smyal.org.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts CaBooRet: the Annual GL Drag Show Friday night at 10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s youth program, GenOUT. Drag performers include Gladys Kravitz, Tanya Sauvignon, Goldie DuCraix and more. DJ Daryl Strickland will spin. There is a $5 suggested donation. Tables are also available to reserve for $100. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Girl Code D.C. hosts Nightmare on 9th Street, an LGBT Halloween party, at Vita Lounge (1318 9th St., N.W.) on Friday from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Shi-Queeta-Lee will hostess. There will also be a costume contest with cash prizes. For more details, visit facebook.com/girlcodedc.
Mixtape, an LGBT dance party, holds its fourth annual Halloween party at the Howard Theatre (620 T St., N.W.) on Friday night from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Cover is $10 in advance and $12.50 day of show. Guests must be 21 and over for admission. For more details, visit mixtapedc.com.
Dupont Festival hosts a commemoration of “The Exorcist” steps located at 3607 M St., N.W. on Friday starting at 4 p.m. Director William Friedkin, screenwriter William Peter Blatty, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Andrew Huff from the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development will make appearances. From 4-6 p.m. Friedkin will sign autographs at the top of “The Exorcist” steps. At 6 p.m. there will be a plaque unveiling ceremony at the bottom of the stairs. The night concludes with a 7:30 p.m. screening of “The Exorcist” with Friedkin. This event is free. For more information, search Dupont Festival on Facebook.
Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) hosts an ‘80s Halloween dance party on Friday from 9:30 p.m.-2:15 a.m. DJ MissGuided, DJ Killa K, DJ Krasty McNasty and more will play ‘80s tunes all night. Costumes are encouraged. Cover is $10. For details, visit blackcatdc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) holds two Halloween parties this weekend. On Friday, they hold Freaky Friday, an 18-and-over party, starting at 10 p.m. There will be a midnight costume contest with a $500 cash prize. There is a $15 cover charge. On Saturday, they host Ghost Town, a 21-and-over party, at 10 p.m. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes for $100, $250 and $1,000. Cover is $15. For more details, visit towndc.com.
Onyx Mid-Atlantic hosts Iniquity, a gay men’s Halloween masquerade party, at Safari D.C. Restaurant and Lounge (4306 Georgia Ave., N.W.) on Saturday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Adult film star Mr. Cali will make an appearance. There will also be go-go dancers and music from DJ Theo Storm. There will be free coat check. Cover is $20. For more information, visit onyxma.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) hosts Skin Tight USA, a cosplay costume party, on Saturday from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a costume contest at midnight with about $800 in prizes. Drink specials run all night. There will also be raffles, Supersuit rentals for $8 and zombie face painting. Stormy Vain will perform and DJ Darryl Strickland will spin. Cover is $5 before 11 p.m. and $7 after. For details, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Lindy Promotions hosts its 17th annual Nightmare on M Street, a costume bar crawl, throughout Dupont Circle, U Street and Gallery Place on Saturday from 3 p.m.-midnight. More than 40 bars and restaurants will participate offering no cover for entry. Drink specials include $3 Coors Lights, $4 Blue Moons, $4 Redd’s Apple Ales and $3 Kraken rum drinks. Various bars will also have costume contests. Tickets start at $20. For more information, visit lindypromo.com.
Hole in the Sky Collective (2110 5th St., N.E.) presents FearTeen, a horror movie-themed art show, on Saturday from 5-11 p.m. A large group of artists will be presenting their work based on horror movies. There will be food, drinks and tarot readings. Costumes are encouraged. There is a suggested $5 donation. For more information, visit facebook.com/hitsdc.
Phase 1 (525 8th St., S.E.) hosts its annual Halloween party on Saturday starting at 8:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes for $50, $100 and $200. For details, visit facebook.com/phasedc.
Acre 121 (1400 Irving St., N.W.) hosts a Halloween party with the Capital City Showcase on Saturday at 10 p.m. Local rock band the DCeivers will perform. In between their sets, there will be burlesque dance performances. Drink specials include $5 drafts and $4 shooters. There will be a costume contest and the chance to win gift cards and other prizes. For more information, visit facebook.com/acre121.
The Manor (1327 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) hosts a Wigalicious Halloween brunch on Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monet Dupree and Ba’Naka Deveraux will hostess. For more information and to make a reservation, visit dragshowbrunch.com.
Scream City, two indoor haunted houses, will be at RFK Stadium (2400 E Capitol St., S.E.) through Nov.1 from 7-11 p.m. The haunted houses, Exorcism Estate and Slaughter Factory, are not recommended for children under 13. General admission tickets are $35 and give access to both haunted houses. VIP/Demon Pack tickets are $45 and give faster access to the attractions for shorter wait times. For more details, visit screamcity.com.
Alexandria Colonial Tours offer a ghost and graveyard tour nightly throughout October at 7:30 p.m. on weeknights and at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A tour guide dressed in 18th century costume will lead the one-hour, six block tour by lantern light. Tours meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center (221 King St., Alexandria, Va.). Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for children ages 7-17 and free for children under 6 years old. For more information, visit alexcolonialtours.com.