Got plans on All Hallow’s Eve? Check out Girl Meets Food’s top picks for your best bets around town:
Masa 14 parties Saturday, October 30th from 5 pm to midnight, late night eats from midnight to 2 am. Tequila specials from $5 to $7. Bloody Sunset Kobe Dogs, Grave Robber Empanadas and Yucca Bites for $6 each. Costume contest for a $100 Masa 14 gift certificate. 1825 14th Street NW. 202.328.1414.
Poste – Ghost Roasts on October 30-31st at 6:30 pm. Three-course goat roast with beverage pairings, $48 per person, excludes tax and gratuity. Costume contest for dinner for two at Poste. Reservations recommended. 202.449.7062.
2941 Restaurant – special “Eye Scream” dessert (pictured above); Valrhona white chocolate, pistachio mousse and raspberry-lychee coulis ($15) on a bed of dry ice to resemble a pair of smoking eyeballs. Through Saturday, October 30th during lunch and dinner. Fairview Park Drive in Falls Church, VA. 703.270.1500.
Boo and Brew at The Westin Washington DC City Center – On Saturday, October 30th, a costume is required. Three bands, a DJ, and open bar. Best costume for $300 gift certificate to Surfside. Tickets are $50. 1500 M Street NW. via Greg’s List DC.
Columbia Firehouse – Halloween party Saturday, October 30th from 9:00 pm – 1:30 am. Children’s brunch on Sunday, October 31th from 11 am – 3 pm. 109 S St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA. 703.683.1776
Helix Lounge will host its sixth annual Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 27th from 6-8 pm. With the lounge providing pre-scooped pumpkins, carving tools and great prizes, all patrons will need to bring are creative ideas and a steady hand.
Hotel Monaco Alexandria and Jackson 20 host a Doggie Happy Hour Costume Competition on October 28 from 5-8 pm, benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Prizes will be awarded to the best owner/dog couple, the most glamorous canine, the overall “top dog,” and the best pound puppy.
Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar will partner with champagne house Veuve Clicquot to host Yelloween on October 28 at 4 pm, a night of champagne specials, all-night happy hour (food and drink), tarot card readers and a costume competition featuring champagne and dinner prizes.
Pastry Chef Kate Baltren of BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier will lead a red wine/caramel apple-dipping demo in the restaurant’s adjoining wine and food shop, The Butcher’s Block at 3 pm on October 30. Apples will be available for sale for $6 each.
The Grille at Morrison House and Chef Dennis Marron will host a Halloween Story Time Tea October 30 at 2 pm, featuring a reading of “Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever!” A full tea featuring sandwiches, house-made cookies, sweets and scones are included.
Kimpton’s Topaz Bar will host a “Heaven and Hell” Halloween Party on October 31st from 8 pm – 12 am, with themed complimentary treats, all-night happy hour pricing, and a free drink for patrons dressed in angel or devil costumes.
The Annual High Heel Drag Queen Race is Tuesday, October 26th at 9 pm. As past years have proved, you should get there by 6 to get a good viewing spot, either at Trio or Fox & Hounds. The higher up, the better. Free. 17th Street NW, between P and S Streets.
Markoff’s Haunted Forest – I have heard from countless friends that this will scare the $#@%! out of you. It’s so scary in fact, they make you sign a waiver so they’re not responsible in case you die of a heart attack. Bring an extra pair of underwear. Through October. Tickets $25-$25. 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, MD. 301.216.1248.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.