You know Halloween isn’t just for kids. Sure, you may get strange looks if you go trick-or-treating, but there are plenty of other ways adults get to have fun on this spooktacular holiday. Check out the best Halloween parties in downtown D.C. before the big party passes you by.
Club Glow at Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Road Northeast
Washington, DC 20018
Date: Oct. 30
Price: $34.20 general admission
It’s going to be a “Thriller” kind of night thanks to the musical styling of R3hab, a popular Dutch DJ whose celebrity client list includes Gotye, Chris Brown and Afrojack. Known as Gloween, the Halloween-inspired event also features dBerrie, a well-known DJ among the rich and famous, and in New York City. With its large LED screen and improved sound system, the club provides fans with a state-of-the-art audio and visual experience. Club Glow is listed as one of the best clubs in America by the International Dance Music Awards. The expanded dance floor ensures there’s plenty of room to dance the night away.
2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
Date: Oct. 27
Price: $15 in advance/$20 at door
Perhaps known as the most popular Halloween party in the District, McFadden’s is just one of many stops of the famed Nightmare on M Street celebration. Each year, more than 10 bars and nightclubs join up for a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity. Enjoy music, dancing and awesome food and drink specials at each bar/nightclub without having to fork over a cover charge for each location. McFadden’s features four different bars, including a private loft, more than 20 high-definition televisions and a live DJ spinning the hottest tunes. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween best and enter for a chance to win a cash prize for best costume.Related: Best Bars With A College Night In D.C.
1644 31st St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
Date: Oct. 26
Price: $10 members/$15 non-members
If you’re not much of a dancer, The Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens in Georgetown offers an evening of haunted tales and chilling cocktails. The five-acre property was once home to Martha Custis, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband Thomas, and is known to have been the home of more than six generations of the same family. The property features ghostly gardens and haunted historic outbuildings, the perfect setting for spooky tales of those who once lived here. Enjoy refreshments and other goodies at the end of the tour. For adults age 21 and older only.
The Red Palace
1212 H St. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
Date: Oct. 26
Price: $10 advance/$12 at the door
For something completely different, head on over to the Red Palace and catch Tilted Torch: Spook-o-Rama, a variety show featuring spooktacular burlesque dancers, acrobats, magicians and belly dancers. The Red Palace, the place to be to catch live music and Vaudeville shows, is a two-story nightclub that features three full-service bars, tasty American fare and an outdoor patio. The Tilted Torch show features both nationally and internationally known performers including Peekaboo Pointe, Jonathan Burns, Shakra, Malibu and Miss Joule. Enjoy ghastly games and an outrageous raffle. Over-the-top Halloween costumes are encouraged.
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The Mansion on O Street
2020 O St. Norhwest
Washington, DC 20036
Date: Oct. 31
Price: $40 per guest
Sip on a glass of champagne as you take in a showing of the Night of the Living Divas drag queen show. Dress in your Halloween best and enter to win one of more than half a dozen costume contests including best couple costume, craziest shoes, most creative, and worst prom outfit. With its 32 secret doors, 100 rooms and wide variety of art and memorabilia, the Mansion on O Street is unlike any other museum. The event also features a treasure hunt, an all-you-can-eat salad and dessert bar, and valet parking.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.