Get your spook on with this year's Halloween roundup

Sherman Circle Halloween parade

by Yuliya Panfil

We can't believe Halloween is just around the corner! With all the kids in this neighborhood, you better believe Petworth will bring its A game next Wednesday. But don’t worry, local bars and restaurants are making sure adults have some solid options too.

Here’s a roundup of our favorite spooky events, kids first, then a bunch of adult beverage events below.

For Kids

October 26

St. Paul’s Rock Creek Parish annual Spooktacular Halloween Bash
6 to 8 pm
201 Allison Street NW

Come to the Great Hall at St. Paul's Center for an evening filled with music, treats, pumpkin decorating, cemetery hayrides, and more. Admission is free, but please bring a canned food item for the Capital Area Food Bank. Entrance to the grounds is on the corner of Rock Creek Church Rd and Webster St NW.


2nd Annual Spooky Manor Park
715 Van Buren St NW

Second Annual spooky neighborhood Halloween party, hosted by the Manor Park Citizens Association. Will have lots of activities for kids and adults, including games, crafts, food, music, and a photo booth. Costumes are encouraged!

October 27

Celebrate Petworth Halloween Bash
1 - 4 pm
500 block Taylor Street NW

This Petworth halloween party is back for its 12th year! Come in costume to the 500 block of Taylor Street northwest for food, drinks, and a costume parade. 

Dia de los Muertos celebration in Petworth and Park View
October 27, 9am - 1pm and 6:30pm - 8:30 pm;
November 2, 4:30 - 9 pm 
Multiple Locations

Check out our write-up of the second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, which now includes multiple events in Petworth and Park View!

October 28

Sherman Circle Halloween Parade
4 - 6 pm 
Sherman Circle

Join Councilmember Todd at the Sherman Circle Halloween Parade for Kids on Sunday, October 28th from 4-6 PM. Stick around for seasonal snacks and kids games and activities, and check the amazingly decorated house at 1 Sherman Circle!

October 31

DPR’s Ghoul March at event 
Petworth Recreation Center (801 Taylor Street NW)
5:30 - 7 pm

For Adults

October 25th

Pumpkin Painting and Booze at Slash Run
5 – 11 pm
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street NW

It’s a paint and sip, Halloween style! Slash Run will serve spiced apple cider, and provide pumpkins and painting supplies. Small pumpkins are $8, large pumpkins are $12.  

*Slash Run is really going for it this year, with about a dozen different halloween themed events. Check out their Facebook page for an exhaustive list.

Orange and Noir at Petworth Citizen
6 pm
Petworth Citizen
829 Upshur Street NW

OK this one is a bit of a stretch but hey, good wine is worth bending our strict “Halloween events only” rules for. Petworth Citizen is hosting a Halloween-themed Natural Wine Night featuring skin-contact white wines (also known as Orange) and wines that end in Noir. Geddit, orange and black? Choose from a la carte tastings, or play the Wine Game for $36, which gets you snacks from Odd Provisions, a flight of 4 blind tastings, and a spin at the Wine Game app, which will test your palate and wine knowledge.

October 27

Motown Halloween Party at Red Derby
8 pm - 3 am 
Red Derby
3718 14th Street NW

On Saturday night, Red Derby will be spinning Motown-inspired sounds all night. The bar is offering a cinnamon whiskey cider and the Ghost of Memphis combo: a 3 Stars Ghost IPA and a shot of Jack. 

Happy Trees Community Festival at Anxo Cider House
11 am - 5 pm
Anxo Cidery & Tasting Room
711 Kennedy Street NW

The 2nd Annual Happy Trees Community Festival will feature costume contests, live music, apple pressing, and of course plenty of cider and talos (think Basque-inspired tacos) made on-site.

HiScore Halloween at Ten Tigers Parlour
8 pm - 3 am
Ten Tigers Parlour
3813 Georgia Avenue NW

Calling all gamers! Ten Tigers is throwing its first ever Halloween event, and its going to be a huge, free video game and arcade party. The bar is setting up multiple rooms of video games, board games, arcade cabinets, and bartop consoles. It will also host a cosplay / costume context, with a $200 first place prize. And of course there will be plenty of drinking and dancing too. 

Bitchin Halloween Party with Kiss and Misfit Tribute at Slash Run
10 pm - 2:30 am
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street NW

Slash Run's 3rd annual Bitchin’ Halloween Party is this Saturday. Come for a costume contest, stay for the burlesque show, specialty contests, music and drinks. 

October 28

Handmade Halloween at Jackie Lee’s
2pm - 8pm
Jackie Lee’s
116 Kennedy Street NW

Handmade items up for sale from a ton of different vendors, including onsite screen printing of Jackie Lee’s t-shirts, along with vendors like Black Radish Handmade, The Arcade, Wicked Souls Art and more.

October 31 - Halloween!

Night of the Living Dead at Homestead
8 pm - midnight
3911 Georgia Avenue NW

Time to dust off those Curt Cobain and Marilyn Monroe costumes. Homestead is hosting a haunted Hollywood Halloween party on its rooftop. Guests who dress up as a dead celebrity will receive a free drink. This event is free and open to the public.

Pumpkin carving contest & halloween movie screening at Red Derby 
7 - 10 pm
Red Derby
3718 14th Street NW

On Halloween night Red Derby will host its annual pumpkin carving contest and screen the movie Halloween on the big screen. Red Derby will provide 10 pumpkins, first come first serve, or you can BYO. The movie and carving starts around 7 p.m., with judging and prizes for the best spooky masterpieces between 9-9:30.

Halloween Tarot and Cocktails at Slash Run
8 pm
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street NW

Let’s hope your fortune isn’t too spooky! Come for cocktails, halloween flicks, and complementary 15 minute individual tarot card readings. Suggested donation of $10. 

Know of other events we missed? Let us know!

Yuliya Panfil

Yuliya is a new member of the Petworth community, but has already fallen in love with the neighborhood's vibe and offerings. She's a former journalist and recovering lawyer, now working in international development. When she's not working, Yuliya loves to travel, try new food, drink red wine, and write (preferably at the same time!).  Yuliya and her husband, Michael, chronicle some of their adventures through their blog, Window 3.  You can email Yuliya with any story ideas, particularly human interest stories about interesting area residents. 

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