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How to celebrate Halloween in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital goes all out for Halloween every year. Are you all in? Attend one, a couple, or all of these events to celebrate a spooky Halloween in DC.

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Happy #Halloween 👻🎃 from our haunted home to yours. 📸 : @kirsten.diane

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Halloween Night of the Living Zoo

Watch the National Zoo become the devil’s playground on Friday, October 26. The 21-and-over event will include live performance artists, after-hours access to zoo attractions, and great eats from popular D.C. food trucks and craft brews. Tickets cover 2 drinks, a costume contest, complimentary soda and water, and entry to a DJ dance party. Get them now.

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Looking for a #Halloween night out? Join us 10/26 for #NightoftheLivingZoo, sponsored by @Groupon. Don’t miss the costume contest, delicious craft beers & food truck fare, & a DJ dance party! Tix: fonz.org/nolz …. #halloween #dcnightlife #dchalloween #costumeparty #nationalzoo #wearefonz

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Six Flags America Halloween Fright Fest

SNICKERS® presents Fright Fest at Six Flags America for select days from now until October 28. All the zombies, ghouls, and their freaky friends come out to haunt the park after the sun goes down, bringing you a frightening evening of fun. Several haunted houses, scare zones, thrilling shows, and rides await you throughout the park. You won’t be safe anywhere.

17th Street High Heel Race

Dupont Circle will become a spectacle on Tuesday night, October 30 for the 17th Street High Heel Race. Gather around the neighborhood at around 6 p.m. (with no chairs or animals) to watch contestants run a full quarter mile in heels, drag, and makeup. Because of all the photo ops and laughs, it’s been a D.C. tradition for over 30 years.

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💃🏼Gentleman, start your engines! The 31st Annual 17th Street High Heel Race is tonight in DC. More than 150 participants in costume and drag are in the race, with thousands of spectators cheering them on as they run from bars Cobalt to JRs. Good luck and have fun! 👠👠👠👠

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Nightmare on M Street

Get ready for D.C.’s biggest and longest-running Halloween bar crawl. The 19th Annual Nightmare on M Street takes place on Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 8 p.m. throughout bars in Dupont Circle. Lindy Promotions offers tickets covering admission to D.C.’s best venues, drink specials, and the giant roaming costume party.

Day of the Dead

Petworth Arts Collaborative is hosting a 2-day Day of the Dead event, honoring departed family members and friends. On Saturday, October 27, bring a special memento to partake in an Altar Making Workshop and learn about the history of the Mexican holiday. You can also bring blankets and a picnic to catch the outdoor screening of ‘Coco’ that evening. The following Friday, November 2, features Calavera face painting, a grand street procession, and a live mariachi band from 6 to 9 p.m. All events are free, so don’t miss the cultural event of the season.

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Thank you to @realtoreddiesuarez our main sponsor of the 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. We could not feel more honored to have the support from Eddie, as he brings constant positive energy and love for the community. Gracias Eddie por tu apoyo💛 • Join us on Saturday, 10/27 at @petworthmarket for an altar making workshop. Then join us on Friday, 11/2 for a Dia de los Muertos street procession. There will be live music from Mariachi El Rey, altar viewing stations along the procession route, calavera face painting and more. Link in bio for details!

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