A Guide to the Hottest 2019 Halloween Parties in DC

Pumpkin spice, changing leaves, and crisp nights might signal the end of the summer—but, here in Washington, the fun is just beginning. If you’re lucky enough to be moving to DC at October’s end, you’ll discover there are many ways to get your Halloween on. Grab your costume and check out these hot Halloween destinations.

Attend a Fright Fest

Those looking for high-octane Halloween fun will find it at Six Flags, where Fright Fest will be in full swing starting on September 21st. Enjoy the decorated rides and themed activities by day, but beware after sundown when spine-chilling experiences lurk around every corner of the park. This year, there’ll be new shows and attractions to up the scare ante.

  • When: Select nights from September 21 – November 3
  • Where: Six Flags Baltimore/Washington DC.

Dance the Night Away

Spend Halloween 2019 at Transylvania City where the year’s biggest dance party, the Giant Annual Halloween Graveyard Jam, promises fun on a whole new level. A crazy Halloween costume and ID are all you need to bring to this 21-and-over event where great prizes, candy, caricatures, and much more await for an unforgettable night.

  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 9:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
  • Where: BlackFinn American Saloon, 1620 I St NW, Washington, DC

Head to a Dark Carnival

If you’re looking for a pre-party to help you get ready for the big night, the National Zoo is happy to oblige. Their Night of the Living Zoo adults-only party features a dance party with DJ tunes, costume contest, craft beer, and performance artists. VIP ticket holders will get even more treats, including private bar and lounge access, complimentary food tastings, and much more.

  • When: Friday, October 25th
  • Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Join a Bar Crawl

If sampling sociable beverages is your thing, then you’ll love the Nightmare on M Street bar crawl. It’s seven hours of stops at some of the best bars in town, including Eden, Rewind, City Tap, and Dirty Martini, to name a few. All destinations will be decorated for Halloween and, if you want to be part of this year’s theme, you’re encouraged to wear your ghastliest goblin or ghoul garb.

  • When: Saturday, October 26th, 1-8 p.m.
  • Where: Dupont Circle

Solve a Hilarious Murder Mystery

What better way is there to spend Halloween than doing some detective work? Enjoy a delicious dinner and a few belly laughs at Maggiano’s DC’s Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner & Costume Party. There’ll be cocktails, appetizers, and plenty of family-style meal options. Come dressed up and enter their costume contest to win great prizes, too.

  • When: Thursday, October 31st, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW

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