Ghouls, ghosts and goblins are in Washington this weekend to celebrate Halloween. Restaurants are offering three or four course special prix-fixe dinners; bars and restaurants are planning costume parties with prizes for the best costumes. There’s lots going on.
A special treat is offered by the Hay Adams Hotel. The “Translyvania Suite” is available on Friday and Saturday mnights, October 30 and 31. Cobwebs, skeletons, skulls, spooky decorations are part of the fun in each room of the suite, including the bathroom. The special Halloween package includes a three-course dinner for two with cocktails and wines, breakfast in bed and the promise of all sorts of surprises. A DVD gift collection of old and new horror movies is also included.
Costume contests will be held at El Centro D.F. on Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, starting at 9 PM in the Georgetown location and 10 PM on 14th Street, with spooky decorations, classic Mexican cocktails, and a costume contest. The two winners of the contests from each restaurant will receive a $75 gift certificate exclusive to that location.
Masa 14 will celebrate with a Mexican Halloween brunch on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress up for a chance to enter the restaurant’s best costume contest. Two winners will be named on Monday, November 2, and receive $75 gift certificates.
On October 31, a costume party starting at 5 p.m. will be held at Pizzeria Paradiso. Halloween-themed drafts and cocktails will be served, along with an “Orange, White & Black“ pizza. Prizes will be given for best dressed and beer-themed costumes.
Republic in Tacoma Park celebrates this Halloween with a “Three Headed Monster Weekend.” On Friday, October 30, the restaurant hosts the “Final Friday” music line-up, featuring, among others, grungy pop punk band Lilac Daze. Music starts at 10 p.m. and will run until closing.
On October 31, the restaurant brings back its annual Halloween costume contest starting at 11 p.m. The winner will receive a $250 gift certificate, with two runners up receiving $50 gift certificates. A Day of the Dead Hangover Brunch is scheduled for November 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At Robert Wiedmaier’s new music venue, Saints & Villains, the costume contest is accompanied by live music, drinks, and a silent auction to benefit the Rex Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by members of the Grateful Dead. Tickets for the event are $30.
Fuego Cocina Tequileria in Arlington is celebrating its annual Day of the Dead from the 31st through November 2nd. Past the candle-lit altar at the entrance, guests will enter a world of surreal decorations — skulls, skeletons, paper banners and marigolds (the flowers of death). Traditional Mexican offerings include sweets, bread of the dead, Mexican hot chocolate and specialty cocktails.
At Nick’s Riverside Grill, it’s Trick or Treat night. A $10 cash cover at the door let’s you in for the best-dressed costume contest, but contestants must sign up by 9 p.m.
Station 4 in Southwest Washington is offering $5 beers on October 31.
Magnolia’s On King in Alexandria celebrates Old Town’s haunted history by pouring a spooky cocktail called “the spirit of Alexandria’s past” through November 1st.