Halloween Night Events on the Hill

Olaf the snowman looms over party-goers at Hilloween Friday. Photo: Sarah Cymrot

The weather on Halloween night looks warm –but probably wet, too, with about a 50% chance of rain in the late afternoon through 9 p.m., the usual trick-or-treating hours (which start at say, 5 for the littlest kids and 6 for elementary-school ages).

If you’re staying in to hand out treats, it is a good idea to stock up! People come from all over the DMV to the safe, well-decorated, festive atmosphere on the streets of the Hill. Many will think of the teal pumpkin treats (usually non-edibles for kids who suffer allergies) and the blue pumpkin kids (the blue pumpkin has become an unofficial symbol for autism, and may be carried by someone who appears ‘too old’ to be going door-to-door).

While crowds on the Hill are usually huge, a good rain can put the fright into even the most dedicated ghoul (or their parents). Still, if you life on a major street it’s wise to be prepared for hundreds of kids.

If you’re heading out Halloween night, here is a listing of events taking place on the Hill Halloween Night, some outdoors, some indoors, all spooky good times!

The Capital Candy Jar will host trick-or-treating Halloween night.

Trick or Treat at Capital Candy Jar

Thursday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. |201 15th St. NE| Free

Bring the kids by The Capital Candy Jar on Halloween night for some spooky treats. David Burton and his team are creating a kid-friendly ‘spook alley’ inside the store. Kids can trick or treat at stations set up around the store and there will be warm cider for everyone. The event is free, but RSVP online so that the team will have an idea of how much cider they’ll need!

Potomac Garden Halloween Mini-Party

Thursday, Oct. 31 6 p.m. to 7:39 p.m. | 12th Street at Potomac Avenue SE | Free

The Potomac Ave. Community Garden Association (1200 Potomac Ave. SE) will hold their annual Halloween Mini-Party for neighborhood children on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the garden, located at the corner of 12th Street and Potomac Ave., SE.

Gardeners will be handing out treats to the many neighborhood children who come in for a visit! The gardeners will also take the names of anyone who might want to be on a waiting list for garden plots in 2020.

Trick or Treat at the SW Duck Pond (Kids and Pups!)

Thursday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | I (Eye) St. SW between Sixth St. & Makemie Pl. SW | Free

The SW Business Improvement District (SWBID) invites you to come out to the Southwest Duck Pond to meet your neighbors, see all the costumes on friends furry and otherwise, and do some trick or treating with the neighborhood organizations.

There will be pace painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume parade for kids and another for the doggies! Learn more by visiting the Facebook Event Page.

Courtesy SW BID

Halloween with the Boo-ks

Southeast Library Halloween Party

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 | 403 Seventh St. SE | Free

Join the library for a sine-tingling good time and party like it’s a Monster Mash on Halloween day. There will be fortune-telling, games, treats and maybe even a trick or two. Come howl with joy! Children eight or younger should be accompanied by a caregiver.

‘Libraryween at Rosedale Library

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 | 1701 Gales St. NE | Free

Join the Rosedale library and the recreation center for a celebration of scary stories around the campfire. The tales will be told inside tents in the ‘haunted woods’ between the pool and football field between 6 and 7 p.m. There will be treats as long as they last. All ages! Costumes welcome but not required.

Events Halloween Day at Recreation Centers

Harvest Bash at King Greenleaf Recreation Center

Thursday, Oct. 31 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.| 201 N St. SW

Costume Party at Arthur Capper Community Center

Thursday, Oct. 31 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.| 1000 Fifth St. SE

Metropolitan Police Department Safe Houses

1D Safe Haven Haunted House

Thursday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | First District Station (101 M St. SW) | Free

5D Safe Haven Haunted House

Thursday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | 1805 Bladensburg Rd. NE | Free


Halloween Alien MODster Mash at Pie Shop DC

Thursday, Oct. 31 7 p.m. | 1339 H St. NE | $12 Advance, $15 Day Of

Do the Mash: The MODster Mash. See Go Mod Go! –DC’s 10-piece all-star band featuring the crafty vocal skills of Jake Starr and Mundy Spears perform with Apollo 66 Halloween night at the Pie Shop (above Dangerously Delicious). The band delivers a high-energy outing of the hippest music from 60’s genres of Mod, French Yé-Yé, American Psychedelic/Garage, Swinging Go-Go big band, & wild Tiki-punk.

The stunning chanteuse Mundy Spears fronts MUNDY, a DC-based band serving New Wave Soul and delivering body moving beats and soaring melodies. No one can confirm nor deny that MUNDY is from Outer Space. Find out for yourself at Pie Shop’s Halloween bash!

Mundy and Jake take Go Mod Go!’s powerful list of the best Mod, Soul and Garage tunes to the highest level of excitement with the support of DC’s most bad-ass horn and rhythm section.

Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m. Get your tickets online in advance.

Halloween Healthy Happy Hour at Uline Arena

Thursday, Oct. 31 6 p.m. | 1140 Third St. NE | $15 Advance

Join Food Jonezi on Halloween for some spooky treats and haunted, healthy tips at Uline Arena (1140 Third St. NE). Come in your most SCARIEST costume. The best costume will win an exclusive Food Jonezi prize.

This will be a chilling night you won’t want to miss! Tickets are $15 in advance online.

Halloween at The Bullpen with White Ford Bronco

Thursday, Oct. 31 5 p.m. | 1140 Third St. NE | $20 Advance

Come to The Bullpen (1201 Half St. SE) from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Halloween night to see the District’s favorite 90s cover band perform a killer concert. Enjoy music, costume contests, trick or treat giveaways, tailgate games, drink specials and all the spooky fun in one place this Halloween. Doors at 5 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Get your tickets online for $20 or learn more at the Facebook Event Page.