With the onset of All Hallow’s Eve, most areas around the country take to great creativity in their efforts to emulate another persona. In this Washington, DC region, there appears to be no limits for such opportunities for adults and children alike. Let’s take a look at a sample of festivities coming down the pike.
In nearby Old Town Alexandria, there exists a neighborhood tradition along select streets in SE Old Town, where neighbors compete for the best dressed house. This block party fosters community and a competitive spirit to see whose costume lands a photo in the next morning edition of the community newspaper. Years past have experienced haunted houses and other crafty treats to delight the masquerading sect.
In canine circles, Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda, MD, sponsored DogCentric to raise money for homeless animals, as reported by MetroMix. The Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria has held the longest running canine Halloween costume contest since the days when it was originally done by the then Holiday Inn. In fact, the winner is now granted a stay at a Kimpton property.
Visit the NW section of Washington, DC, and have fun with pumpkin carving. For $25, the Bier Baron on 22nd Street will provide the ultimate experience for languishing pumpkins the most interesting face. It’s suggested to pre-pay, as the cost increases to $30 at the door. For a more demure environment, stop by the Mansion on O Street for its Costume Party. Their impressive entertainment features stars such as Alexis Mateo, Patty Lovelace and Jessica Jade. Multiple costume contests shall be held, and a cash bar will be available. Consider the American Ice Company with Spirits in Black for a more heavy metal celebration of this favorite American holiday. The Brightest Young Things Halloween Party is said to draw a most interesting crowd at the Newsmuseum. Join in for animation and other holiday fun.
Venturing over to Fairfax, Dogfish Head Alehouse is sponsoring an adult Halloween celebration featuring Fight the Lion. Yet from 4-6 p.m., kids are welcome in their ghoulish galore for trick-or-treating and other festivities. Here’s another venue where families are encouraged to come together in their spirited celebration.
Above all else, it’s crucial to be mindful of safety amidst the plethora of fun available. Do not consume treats until they’ve been inspected for quality upon arriving home. For drivers, bring a designated driver and make the evening more pleasurable for everyone. Wishing everyone a ghoulishly great Halloween.