By Emily Prendergast
‘Tis the season to be spooky! If Halloween excites you, here are ten ways to celebrate this weekend to be festive and creative with your friends.
Spend some time with spooky animals while picking up candy and snapping cute Halloween-themed pictures at The National Zoo in Woodley Park. This event will take place from Friday, October 19, to Sunday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those over 21, the zoo also offers Night of the Living on October 26 from 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. This event will include live performers, food trucks, craft beer, and a dance party.
Until October 28, Six Flags America will be hosting their annual Fright Fest, turning their amusement park into a spooky adventure with zombies and ghouls roaming around. To go for a discounted price and transportation, buy a ticket through The House to have a truly frightening evening.
Take a trip with your friends to visit Maryland’s Field of Screams to be scared out of your mind while wandering through their Slaughter Factory, Trail of Terror, and Hades Hayride. The field is open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Make your way over to the Udvar-Hazy museum to experience an after-dark scare fest with creepy crafts, science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Be sure to wear a costume to get into the Halloween spirit and participate in trick-or-treating. The event will take place October 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The CUA Gaels will be hosting an Irish Samhain festival on Tuesday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate Halloween. The Gaels will be offering free food, games, turnip carving, cultural facts, and photo booth.
Join Petworth Arts Collaborative for their second Annual Día de los Muertos celebration to experience a live mariachi band, workshops, and to see a traditional altar-making ceremony.
Sure, trick-or-treating in neighborhoods is fun, but what about trying culturally unique treats from different countries. Trick-or-treating is open to all ages, located on Embassy Row in Dupont Circle on October 31.
A Halloween bar crawl will truly be something frightening on Saturday, October 28. Join fellow witches and warlocks for the 20th annual bar crawl on M Street to discover the best bars, taverns, and pubs in the area.
On Friday, October 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., freak out at the Newseum in costume for live music, cocktails, and delicious food from Wolfgang Puck. The event will also include tarot card and palm readings for guests, ghoulish makeovers, skull-decorating, caricature drawings, and much more. Be sure to get your ticket before they run out!
This show is a tradition for die-hard Halloween fans. Make your way over to the E Street Cinema to see your favorite “transsexual from Transylvania.” Enjoy the musical fun of the beloved interactive movie experience. The first showing is 12:59 p.m. on Friday, October 26.