Halloween Weekend Round Up, Oct. 27 -31


Boo! Happy Halloween weekend! We have a huge amount of fun and spooky events for families, adults and even your dogs! Enjoy and stay safe.

Saturday is Dia de los Muertos Family Day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Take the family to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Saturday afternoon from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be face painting and live performances from Corazon Folklorico DC, Mariachi Aguila DC and Sol y Rumba. Themed crafts will be offered as well. More information on the event can be found here.

Get Spooky at a Haunted Igloo at the Watergate Hotel 

Step inside a Haunted Halloween Igloo at the Watergate Hotel now through Monday. There will be special cocktails with fun seasonal names like “Lurking in the Dark” and a curated menu. The igloos are decorated in “spooky chic” and a rental fee and per person food and beverage minimum will apply. Reserve your happy haunt here.

This weekend, the Watergate Hotel is hosting “haunted igloos.” Courtesy Watergate.

Take a Ghostly Last Boat Ride on the Canal Friday 

Georgetown Heritage is hosting a last chance ride on the Georgetown Canal Boat before it closes until 2025 (we covered the story here). The Halloween after-hours event includes cocktails, appetizers, and of course lots of canal ghost stories. Tickets are all-inclusive and all attendees will need to be age 21-plus to take part in this tour. Funds will be raised to benefit Georgetown Heritage’s mission to continue to restore the C&O Canal. Funds will also go toward educational programming for DCPS field trips. The event is rain or shine. More information on tickets can be found here.

Be sure to catch the new Canal Boat before the Georgetown portion of the canal closes until 2025. Courtesy Georgetown BID.

Try a Halloween-Themed STEM Workshop 

Follies, a local STEM toy brand, will be hosting an educator-led STEM/Arts Workshop Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for children ages 4 to 7. The event will be at Halcyon Arts Lab in Georgetown. Children are welcome to come and create their own haunted houses and learn how to use simple circuits to light them in all their spooky glory! More information can be found here.

At Georgetown’s last Art All Night, Follies Playsets’ founder Chloe Varelidi is delighted to see the kids creating their own works. Photo by Chris Jones.

Yikes! It’s Nightmare in Navy Yard! 

Don your Halloween best for a three-hour open bar, live DJ, digital décor, haunted props, animatronics and more for this gigantic Halloween party in Navy Yard. There will also be a costume contest, so start planning now for your big win. Nightmare in Navy Yard begins Saturday at 8 p.m. More information on the event here.

Hill-O-Ween at Eastern Market is Friday 

Whew! Are you tired yet from all the Halloween festivities? Don’t Miss “Hill-O-Ween” this Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy free trick-or-treating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, karaoke and more, perfect for the whole family. The event will be held at Eastern Market and more information can be found here.

Don’t Miss “Hill-O-Ween” this Friday! Courtesy Eastern Market.

Try a Ghost Tour in Georgetown 

Our managing editor Chris Jones tried a “Ghosts of Georgetown” walking tour from DC by Foot. Do you dare to try one on Halloween weekend? You can book a 90-minute, 1 mile walking tour with a guide that shares all the stories of “curses, eerie coincidences and haunted houses” in the area. You can read Chris’s story here and book a tour here — if you dare!

Don’t Forget About Fido! It’s Hirshhorn’s “Howl-O-Ween”  

Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m., bring your costumed dog for a morning of dress-up and art at the Hirshhorn’s outdoor sculpture garden. A panel of local dog-lovers will be judging a costume contest with categories like “Pup-ular Choice,” “Dynamic Duo (for couple’s costumes with your pup)” and “Art Unleashed.” Advance registration is required for this event. More information can be found here.

Have a dog eager to model their Halloween costume? Bring them to the Hirshhorn this weekend. Courtesy Hirshhorn.

Celebrate the Life of Derek Lewis at the Lincoln Theatre

Celebrate the life of Grammy Award-Winning Producer Derek Lewis at the Lincoln Theatre this Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Scheduled to participate in the tribute will be musicians Najee, Alex Bugnon and a DC Jazz Festival-sponsored performance by Maysa Leak. The celebration is produced by Paxton Baker, Tami Arasli and Wanda Edmonds. It’s a free event, but registration is recommended (you can do that here).

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