Sometimes the average “trick or treat” just won’t do. And for those times, we’ve found a few options in Washington, D.C., that will take your Halloween experiences to Jedi level.
Halloween in D.C. isn’t complete without a bar crawl, and Nightmare on M Street is anything but standard. With more than 30 bars and restaurants participating in this year’s crawl this roaming costume party is referred to as a “monster mash of epic proportions.” DuPont Circle and the surrounding downtown area is sure to be packed for the crawl’s 18th anniversary. Taking place October 29 from noon to 7:30 p.m., food and drink specials will be plenty. So make sure you register ahead of time!
If you love the shakes and shivers from a good scare, then it’s good to be you! Scream City (2400 E Capitol St. SE), designed by the 2014 winners of A&E’s “Haunted House Design/Build Competition,” is sure to live up to its name. In fact, you have to be at least 13 to gain access. The attraction is open from now until Nov. 5 on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as some Thursdays and Sundays. Get your tickets now!
The fit and fashionable can enjoy the 17th Street High Heel Race, which has been quite the memorable tradition in D.C. for 30 years. Complete with high heels (naturally) and in some cases full drag (including makeup), heel hobblers make their way through the DuPont Circle neighborhood for an awesome quarter-mile race. The race starts at 9 p.m. on Oct. 25, and while no chairs or animals are allowed (these high-heeled…beauties…need all the room they can get), lots of laughs and plenty of photo ops definitely are!
And if you need something for the kiddos, the Smithsonian National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW) never disappoints with their annual Boo at the Zoo event, suggested for little ones between the ages of 4 and 12. Taking place Oct. 21 to 23, the three-day fun fest features more than 40 treat stations, crafts, and Halloween-themed trails. Did we mention the exclusive, after-hours access to several of the Zoo’s animal houses and exhibits? So don’t forget your costume and your pumpkin-decorating skills! It’s sure to be a good time.