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How to Spend a Spooktacular Halloween in the DMV

The scariest part of Halloween is knowing my bills are due the next day. So to make yourself feel better, why not go out and waste about half of it on last minute costume ideas, cheap liquor, and a good time.


The Washington metropolitan area has the best Halloween activities going on for the rest of October. Choose your poison:

Costumes
Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it. However, stop wasting your money on those expensive cheap costumes and try making your own. Be creative and put together a popular meme outfit that will get everyone laughing.

Haunted Houses
Click the link to find out about dates, times, and ticket prices.
Laurel’s House of Horror – Laurel, MD 
Twisted Fields of Terror – Prince Frederick, MD 
Shocktober – Leesburg, VA 
Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods – Sterling, VA 
Bennett’s Curse Haunted Attraction – Baltimore, MD 
Field of Screams – Olney, MD 

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Scream City
Have a friend that claims they’re not scared of anything? Take them to Scream City and have them leave in complete horror. Tickets range depending on which weekend you go. This weekend it’s $35, and the weekend before and of Halloween is $40. The last weekend to attend is November 4th at $30. 

Bar Crawl
My favorite Halloween bar crawl is Nightmare on M Street in DuPont Circle. Although it’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance, we usually just show up and either still get the discount anyway or pay regular price. There are other places hosting a bar crawl like U Street, H Street, and Gallery Place.

Pumpkin Patch
Go pumpkin shopping and hold a carving contest with your friends. Everyone buys the winner a drink at the bar.
*Disclaimer: This game is subjected to only 5 friends to avoid intoxication and a hospital visit.

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Fright Fest at Six Flags America
Fright Fest runs from September 24- October 31. I dare you to ride the superman!

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
Located in Doswell, Virginia, Halloween Haunt is open from September 30 – October 30. Enjoy a few rides, collect candy, and get spooked by the creepy setups.

Aw, look how happy they are.

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Scare little kids at the National Zoo
All jokes aside, the National Zoo is an interesting place to check out bats, spiders, and other cool animal encounters while grabbing more candy that you don’t need. Boo at the Zoo (kid friendly) runs from October 21-23 from 5:30-8:30 pm and the Night of the Living Zoo (not so kid friendly) on October 28 from 6:30-10pm.

Gloween Weekend at Soundstage & Echostage (for all my EDM lovers)
Catch Lost Kings on October 27 and Erick Morillo on October 28 at Soundcheck and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on October 29 at Echostage

Parades
There are several Halloween parades going on in the DMV. Just to name a few:

DC High Heel Drag Queen Race – October 25, 2016, 9 p.m. on 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW Washington DC
Halloween Parade in Vienna – October 26, 2016, 7 p.m. on Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Branch Road to Center Street. Vienna, Virginia
Del Ray Halloween Parade – October 30, 2016, 2-4 p.m. on Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, Virginia
Hagerstown Alsatia Mummers’ Parade – October 29, 2016. 6 p.m. along N. Potomac St. in Downtown Hagerstown, Maryland

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Shoutout to those who won’t let the fact that Halloween is on a Monday stop them from showing up to work hangover on Tuesday. Hopefully you didn’t wake up next to something scarier this morning.

Happy Halloween!

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