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Where to Celebrate Halloween & Day of the Dead in DC

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by Lanna Nguyen on Oct 19, 2016 in Roundups
Where to Celebrate Halloween & Day of the Dead in DC
From movie screenings to comedy shows and costume contests, we’ve got you covered on where to celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead this year.
 
Saturday, October 22, 2–6 PM
The Shaw location of Glen’s Garden Market will host the aptly named Shawlloween as an early Halloween neighborhood celebration. Enjoy fall food specials including Carpe Donuts, Pepper Jack O’Lantern Grilled Cheese, Sausages on Pretzel Buns along with boozy tastings from Charm City Meadworks, Old Busthead Brewing Company and Distillery Lane Ciderworks. (1924 8th St. NW; 202-939-2839)
 
Monday, October 24 through Monday, October 31
Get into the Halloween spirit by drinking Edgar Allen Poe inspired beers courtesy of Baltimore based RavenBeer. During the week leading up to Halloween, the southern-style bistro will be hosting a tap takeover featuring six drafts with themed names: The Raven Special Lager, Pendulum Pils, The Cask, Dark Usher Kolsch, Annabel Lee White and the Tell Tale Heart IPA. (5520 Connecticut Ave.NW; 202-248-7807)
 
Monday, October 24 through Wednesday, November 2
The famed Round Robin Bar at the Willard will offer Day of the Dead festivities for a whole week. Guest are invited to enjoy authentic Mexican food, tequila cocktails, and complimentary sugar skull face painting on Monday, October 31—on this day, show your sugar skull face paint and receive one complimentary cocktail. (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-628-9100)
 
Monday, October 24
To kick of Day of the Dead festivities, Jose Andres’ Mexican cocina will host a festival party featuring delicious bites, cocktails, live music, and traditional face painting. Tickets are $49 per person. Later in the week, the restaurant will offer a “Tequila and Mezcal Experience” dinner featuring a five course meal with pairings for $100. (401 7th St. NW; 202-628-1005)
 
Tuesday, October 25
Putting a ghoulish twist on the traditional “dinner and a movie” date night, Via Umbria will be hosting a special buffet dinner while showing The Silence of the Lambs on the big screen. Tickets are $25 and the movie will begin promptly at 7:40 PM. (1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW; 202-333-3904)
 
Saturday, October 29
Back for it’s third year, Bier Baron’s HA!lloween returns with another lineup of great local comics, a costume contest, and more. Tickets are $10. (1523 22nd St. NW; 202-293-1885)
 
Saturday, October 29, 9–11 PM.
Head to Old Town’s waterfront for a Halloween Costume Tap Takeover complete with fall and pumpkin-themed beers from South Street Brewery and a costume contest.Participating guests will have the chance to win brunch certificates for best costume in a number of themed categories. (5 Cameron St., Alexandria; 703-739-6090)
 
Wednesday, October 26, 7 PM
Leading up to Halloween weekend, the downtown gastropub will host a Beetlejuice movie night with a five course beer dinner featuring Allagash beer. The tasting menu dinner will have five beer pairings in addition to two beginning and ending beers—all to be enjoyed while watching the classic Tim Burton movie. Tickets are $65 per person. (901 9th St. NW; 202-644-9433)
 
Tuesday, November 1
In honor of The Day of the Dead, this Mexican-inspired restaurant located in Shaw will be offering a themed cocktail: Los Siete Misterios, mezcal tastings and specialty dishes available during dinner service. Guests can get into the holiday spirit by taking part in face painting and getting temporary tattoos from Espita artists who will be on hand all night. (1250 9th St. NW; 202-621-9695) 
 
Photo via Flickr user Karen

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