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Let’s play a drinking game. Take a shot every time you see a Twerkin’ Miley Cyrus or Carlos Danger costume this year. And be sure to call Uber because you will surely need one to get home. Since Halloween falls between two weekends this year, it means only one thing–Halloween all week long!

Headlined by A Place in Time, local punk bands from the DC area will bring the house down October 26 from 7 pm-midnight when the Halloween Punk Fest at The Pinch rocks out for the Washington Humane Society’s canine and feline friends waiting for their forever homes. There will be food for purchase and great drink specials. Admission is free but donations of to the Humane Society are highly, highly encouraged.  3548 14th St NW Washington, DC.

Cloture Club is co-hosting a Halloween Dance Party on Saturday, October 26 at 9 pm within D.C.’s heart of darkness, Adams Morgan. We’re going to be partying on 3 floors, with 2 DJs, an open bar, a costume contest, prizes and a photo room! The Lookout DC, 2439 18th Street NW, Washington, DC.

Over the past 14 years, Nightmare on M Street has become the Mid Atlantic’s biggest costume party drawing 1,000′s of costumed partiers from up and down the East Coast! The insanity starts October 26 at 5 pm with 30+ Dupont Circle area bars, food and drink specials, plus a Midnight Costume Contest with the best prizes to date! Various locations in Georgetown.

Join George for their 5th annual Halloween party October 26 at 9 pm, featuring a 4-hour open bar and a $250 tab for best group costume.  The bar will be covered in pumpkins and hay, bartenders will be fully costumed and ready to haze, and the frozen drinks will be orange, black and uncomfortably stiff.  Then join the official after-party for Halloween at Carnegie Library at 1 am. 3251 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC.

Jackson 20 is hosting their annual Doggie Happy Howl-o-ween costume contest October 30 at 6 pm, where dogs dress up their human pets in an attempt to win prizes and titles such as “Most Glamorous Getup,” “Top Dog Award,” and pet/owner combo “Best Dressed Couple,” which also qualifies as marriage in some states. Sip Halloween cocktails and light fare, while your canine enjoys a non-alcoholic water bowl. Hotel Monaco, 480 King St, Alexandria, VA.

Show off your pumpkin carving skills at the Helix Lounge October 30 at 6 pm. The lounge will set up carving stations on the outdoor patio and will provide 30 pre-scooped pumpkins as well as safe carving tool kits. It’s first-come, first-serve, so arrive early. Enjoy spiced pumpkin martinis and Starr Hill Pumpkin Porter, $5 cosmos, $3 Yuengling and Miller Lite drafts and $2 PBR cans.  1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC.

It’s baaa-aack. Join the National Zoo’s Night of the Living Zoo October 30 from [6:30]-10:00 pm for a wicked night of fun. With a live band, costume contest, and mind-boggling performance art—including fortune tellers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists, it is a Halloween party you won’t want to miss.  3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

On Halloween night, October 31 at 9 pm, join White Ford Bronco, Sick Feed and DJ Esso at The Haunted Hunt across 8 bars on 3 floors of the Sphinx Club. Enter with a VIP ticket through your private entrance and skip the line, $79-$109.  1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC

On October 31 starting at 8 pm, the night begins on The Brixton rooftop, featuring DJ Beast, Derick Atkins, Synz, Team Zapata and Joe L and the fantastical burlesque of Glam Gamz and Dainty, where the second floor will be transformed into a haunted house. Be ready for Red Bull and Absolut specials and punch or two. Costumes highly encouraged.  901 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

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