Spooktacular Events and Day of the Dead Celebrations

by Jocelin Diaz

Trick-or-treat? Where to go this Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos around the District. 

Photo courtesy of PUB Dread

Halloween is a much-loved celebration where kids and adults get to indulge in sweet treats and dress up as their favorite heroes, villains and TV characters. This year is no different with a variety of Halloween-inspired events encouraging their guests to dress in costume as they partake in the festivities.

Little Coco’s Rooftop Pumpkin Decorating Brunch

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Little Coco’s, 3907 14th St. NW
Price: $16 for adults, $8 for kids
Contact: reservations at info@littlecocos.com

Looking for a fun way to get the kids ready for Halloween? Little Coco’s is hosting a pumpkin decorating brunch where families, and adult revelers, can enjoy a brunch buffet, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy Spooktacular activities. The fun doesn’t end there for parents. As night sets in, Little Coco’s is participating in the Inaugural 14th St. ‘Brains and Booze’ Halloween Crawl.

Photo courtesy of Little Coco’s

Inaugural 14th Street ‘Brains & Booze’ Halloween Crawl

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 28, 6– 10 p.m.
Location: 3500 – 3900 block of 14th St. NW
Participating locations: Little Coco’s, Lyman’s Tavern, Red Derby, Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana, Taqueria Habanero, Airedale, and The Pinch

Join the festivities on 14 St. as seven locations put on a Halloween Crawl. Each of the participating establishments will feature a variety of creepy, Halloween-inspired culinary and cocktail creations. Sip on Squid Ink Martinis while biting into Spleen Sandwiches at Little Coco’s, take ‘Sangre de Muerto’ shots at Taqueria Habanero and feast on Blood Sausage snacks at Airedale. Want more Halloween fun? Stick around as several of the participating locations host after parties. Don’t forget your costume at home!

Trick-or-Treat at Ladureé

Date/Time: Now through Halloween
Location: Ladureé, 3060 M St. NW
Price: Halloween Macaron Gift Box, $24; Halloween Macaron, $2.80 per piece

Who said trick-or-treating wasn’t for adults? Ladureé is selling their Halloween gift boxes now through Halloween. Each gift box is decorated with a spooky Jack O’Lantern, making it the perfect adult-sized treat bag. The whimsical gift boxes hold up to six macarons.

Photo courtesy Estadio

2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular Party at Estadio

Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-11 p.m.
Location: Estadio, 1520 14th St. NW
Price: $31 tickets; cash bar
Contact: Estadio, (202) 319-1404

Put on your best costume and attend Estadio’s second annual Halloween Spooktacular party. Halloween-themed drinks will be available at the cash bar and guests can snack on a variety of boo-cadillos and other festive treats and enter the costume contest for a chance to win some incredible prizes. If you can’t wait till Halloween to taste the spooky treats, Estadio has turned into “Espookio,” where some of their regular menu items have taken a scary twist.
Tickets to the Spooktacular party can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy the Library of Congress

“Library of Congress: Chambers of Mystery”
Date/Time: Friday, Oct. 27 – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE
Price: Free; tickets not required, but available here.
Contact: Nicholas Brown, (202) 707-8437

As you prepare to dress up in your scariest costume this Halloween, visit the Library of Congress to hear some intriguing tales of Halloween and the Day of the Dead. The LOC is showcasing some of its rarely seen collection items. Visitors can learn about the history of trick-or-treating, listen to storytellers tell about ghosts and witches and view footage of Halloween classics such as “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “Nosferatu” and “Carnival of Souls.”

PUB Dread Halloween Benefit for Puerto Rico
Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Location: PUB Dread, 1843 7th St. NW
Price: $20 online only, 21 + only

The spirits of Halloween can’t scare away goodwill. This Halloween you can help the World Central Kitchen feed those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Drink Company invites you to attend their Halloween Benefit and enjoy two hours in PUB Dread where you’ll get to enjoy Pina Coladas in their haunted bar. One hundred percent of the ticket sales will go towards helping World Central Kitchen deliver hot meals to Puerto Rico. Purchase available tickets here.

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Latin American tradition, strongly associated with Mexico, where the memory of those who have passed is celebrated and honored. Participants of this holiday dress up as skeletons and can often be seen resembling sugar candy skulls. This year’s Day of the Dead celebrations in Washington are geared towards educating the public on the Mexican tradition and helping relief efforts in countries like Puerto Rico and Mexico which were hit with devastating hurricanes and earthquakes, respectively.

Photo courtesy Emerald Cut Events

Spirits Who Brunch
Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Location: 1360 Okie St. NE
Price: $20

As far as get-together go, who doesn’t like a good brunch? Emerald Cut Events is hosting a midnight brunch to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Guests will have access to unlimited Margarita shots, be able to win prizes in the costume contest and dance to Hip Hop and Salsa. The brunch menu aims to satisfy with deep fried chicken strips, Belgian waffles and cheesy stone-ground grits. You can purchase your tickets here.

Day of the Dead at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Location: Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW
Price: $114, 21 + only
Dress Code: Black tie or masquerade

Celebrate the Day of the Dead this year on Mexican soil. The Mexican Cultural Institute is hosting the black-tie event put on by the Embassy Events for Young Professionals. Dance to traditional mariachi music, tour the Center and feast on an authentic Mexican buffet. The buffet will feature both American and Mexican treats like chicken pasilla empanadas, tres leches cake, sugar cookies and champurrado, a traditional Mexican chocolate drink. There will be an open bar and an opportunity to win a trip to Mexico. You can purchase tickets here.

Dia de los Muertos Benefit Festival
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Location: Femme Fatale Pop-Up Shop Union Social, 100 Florida Ave., NW
Price: $5 – $18

What’s better than coming together with friends and strangers to help relief efforts, while getting to partake in festivities? If you were looking for a good time, Day of the Dead-centered celebration and the opportunity to aid relief efforts to those affected by the three hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico, look no further than the Dia de Los Muertos Benefit Festival. Events by David Rosa and Lalalu Mexican Art are hosting their first ever, citywide “Dia de lost Muertos Cultural Benefit Celebration.” One hundred percent of proceeds from the festival will go towards foundations working towards helping affected places rebuild. Purchase tickets here.

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