The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in DC

By Rina Rapuano | October 21, 2013 By Rina Rapuano  |  October 21, 2013

When you’ve got a city that works as hard as DC does, any opportunity to shed that buttoned-up daytime persona is a welcome change. We’ve rounded up some of the tastiest ways to eat, drink and be scary around town this Halloween. All you need to do is decide which type of Halloween fun suits you best.

For those who know pumpkins aren't just for pie ...

Rustico Ballston has tapped 26 pumpkin ales for its first-ever Pumpkin Pandemonium, beginning at 6 PM. Gourd-spiked brews include Southern Tier Pumking, Flying Dog’s The Fear, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Schlafly Pumpkin. The event is free and all pumpkin drafts will be priced individually (571-384-1820).

Best thing to pick up for a Halloween shindig …

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington will again sell chef-owner David Guas’ Dat-O-Lantern cookies, which puts a seasonal spin on the chef's signature Oreo-like Dat-Os. The dark chocolate cookies are baked until crisp and filled with a vibrant orange vanilla-bean buttercream. A jack-o-lantern face completes the look (703-243-2410).

If you’re looking for a rager ...

Jack Rose Dining Saloon hosts its third annual Halloween Bash + Costume Party from 8 PM-2 AM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available from 8:30-9:30 PM, and “spooky” drink specials will be poured all night as DJ Trayze spins from 10 PM to close. Go ahead and put on a costume. You know you want to (202-588-7388).

For those with costumed half-pints ...

The Coupe is offering treats for kids and discounted drinks for adults with little ones in costume from 3-9 PM. Stop in before or after the Halloween Festival and Parade organized by The Columbia Heights Civic Association, which begins across from The Coupe at 5:30 PM (202-290-3342).

If you’d rather be in Paris ...

Use Halloween to get back to your New Year’s resolution of taking advantage of DC’s amazing embassy events. The Embassy of France presents an “American Werewolves in Paris,” a Halloween gala with a French twist that takes place from 8:15-11:45 PM on November 1. Don your best French-inspired costume (or black-tie attire) for a night of food, open bar, dancing, live scary music and even a caricaturist that will draw you into a spooky background ($92;

For those who prefer their gore on a plate …

Fiola has a few fall menu items featuring blood as a thickener, including a Scottish-hare pappardelle entree with hare blood in the ragu. Sauces may also employ pig or pheasant blood this season. But if you’re not an adventurous eater, chef Fabio Trabocchi has plenty of other dishes that don’t evoke a spooky scene at a butcher shop (202-628-2888).

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Food22 Decor21 Service21 Cost$28
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Bayou Bakery

Southern American Arlington
Food25 Decor22 Service21 Cost$17
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Jack Rose Dining Saloon

American Adams Morgan
Food20 Decor22 Service21 Cost$37
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The Coupe

American Columbia Heights
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Italian Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$89

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