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Haunted happenings around the District

These ‘spooktacular’ events are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit

Halloween parties are great, but what if you want to try something a little more spooky? Around the district, there’s events fit for all you ghouls and goblins out there. Don’t let your costume ideas go to waste. Make an appearance at any of these events and make the most out of the haunted season while it lasts.

A Harry Potter Halloween Bash

What better way to kick off Halloweekend than celebrating it alongside your favorite witches and wizards? Attendees can expect drink specials all night, including those inspired by the Harry Potter series. With a live DJ, costume contest, event photos and more, this event is a fun night out with friends to get the weekend rolling. The best part: entry is free -- but you have to be at least 21 to enter.

When: Friday, Oct. 27 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where: The Prospect at 1214 U St. NW

Metro: Green line, U Street Station

Halloween Annual Graveyard Jam: DJ, Dancing, Prizes and More

With more than one thousand partygoers each year, this event claims to be the biggest Halloween party in the District. It’s a night of dancing with hits from the 80s to now. If you wanted a place to show off the costume of your wildest dreams, this is the place to be. The event will have a costume contest awarding the winner with major prizes including a weekend trip to the Caribbean, New Year’s Eve Gala tickets and more. Best of all, there will be candy! The event is open to those 21 and up.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Where: Black Finn at 1620 St. NW

Metro: Red line, Farragut North Station

Bloody Prom

This one’s for all you Carrie fans out there. Suns Cinema is showing the 1976 classic, followed by a Halloween dance from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Feel free to wear your scariest attire throughout the film and the party. Tickets are only $5.

When: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Where: 3107-3109 Mt. Pleasant St. NW

Metro: Green line to Columbia Heights station

Queer Girl Movie Night: Halloween Special

In case you’re strictly in the mood for spooky movie night with your pals, this event is for you. Queer Girl Movie Night is hosting a showing of Jennifer’s Body and is open to people of all genders, sexualities and presentations. This event is free for all ages.

When: Monday, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave NW

Trick or Treat Embassy Row Walking Tour

It’s the famous AU tradition we all know and love. Tour embassies from all over the world one by one, learning about the mysteries behind the extravagant walls of architecture. You may even get to try candy from different countries! This tour is open to all ages and costumes are preferred. Tickets are $34, or trick or treat on your own for free.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Q Street NW between Connecticut Avenue NW and 20th Street NW

Metro: Red line, Dupont Station

French Embassy Halloween Dance Soiree with Waltz,Tango and Salsa Lessons

Who knew “Halloween” and “classy” could mix? The French embassy is hosting an evening filled with Parisian desserts, French wine and ballroom dancing this Halloween. While you have to be at least 21 to attend, no prior dance experience is required. Tickets are $32.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: 4101 Reservoir Rd NW

Hook of Horrors ft. Hook n Sling

This dance party is open to everyone 18 and up. There isn’t a dress code, so don’t be afraid to go all out in your craziest costume, or your cutest tee and jeans. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where: Soundcheck D.C. 1420 K St. NW

Metro: Red line, Farragut North Station

Make the most out of your Halloweekend by going to any of these events. They should make for many nights of chills and thrills.

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