Halloween is not just for kids! The Washington, DC area has some great costume parties for adults (most are for ages 21 and over). So gather your friends and get creative and dress up for a night of fun and frolicking. Here are some Halloween costume parties for 2013.
Please call to verify times and prices, all details are subject to change.
Monster Bar Crawl
October 25, 2013. Downtown Arlington, VA. Start from either Metro: Ballston or Courthouse. The bar crawl, sponsored by Hiball Events, includes a costume contest, cash prizes, live music. Venues: Bailey's, Clarendon Grill, Darna Lounge, Fat Shorty's, First Down Sports Bar & Grill, Front Page, Green Turtle, Hard Times Café, IOTA, Mexicali Blues, Mister Days, RiRa Irish Bar, Rock Bottom Brewery, Sobe, Spider Kelly's, Velocity 5, Whitlows, & Wilson Tavern.
Nightmare on Fleet Street
October 25 and 26, 2013 8:00 p.m. Bobby McKey's, 172 Fleet Street, National Harbor, MD. Pick your poison and enjoy a highly interactive dueling piano show paired with a Spooktacular costume contest. Reservations are highly recommended.
Boo Cruise! on the Spirit of Washington
October 26, 2013. Departing from Gangplank Marina, Washington DC. (800)250-3897. Guests 21 and over enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar all night long. Halloween costumes are encouraged and the best costume will win 4 free tickets on the Spirit of Washington during the costume contest by the end of the night. Boarding begins at 9:00 p.m., and the cruise will last from 9:30 p.m. to 12:05 a.m.
Nightmare on M Street
October 26, 2013, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets sold in advance (sometimes sell out). Costume bar crawl to 30 of Washington, DC's hottest bars: Mackey’s, Madhatter, Rumors, The Front Page, Black Rooster Pub, Elephant and Castle, McFadden’s, Irish Whiskey Public House, Sign of the Whale, Public Bar, BlackFinn, The Bottom Line, The Exchange, Bread & Brew, Mighty Pint, Buffalo Billiards, Fiesta Lounge, James Hoban’s, Café Citron, Lindy’s Red Lion, Maddy’s, Midtown Party Plex, One Lounge, Crossroads, Fox and Hound, G Street Food, Pizza No. 17, The Gryphon, and Panache.
Halloween Graveyard Jam
October 26, 2013, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St., NW, Washington, DC. Huge costume party sponsored by Things To Do DC, costume contest, prizes, DJ, dancing, caricaturist from Frankenstein's Castle. First prize in the costume contest is a trip to the Caribbean.
Halloween at Carnegie Library
October 26, 2013, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 801 K Street NW Washington, DC. The party is sponsored by the George Mason Inn and includes four party areas, two bands, DJs and open bar.
Mayhem & Madness
October 26, 2013, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Halloween Bash sponsored by Pros in the City. Look Restaurant and Lounge, 1909 K Street, NW Washington DC. The party kicks off with a seated singles speed dating event followed by a Halloween celebration with contests, dancing, prizes and cascades of candy.
LivingSocial7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party
October 26, 2013. LivingSocial, 918 F Street, Washington DC. The six-floor extravaganza includes seven themed cocktails, snacks, and unique entertainment. Seven rooms will be transformed to represent each of the deadly sins; you'll also indulge in a silent disco, movie screening, and much more. Costumes encouraged.
Town Tavern Haunted House Party
October 26, 2013. 323 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC (202) 387-TOWN. Specials all day. Open Bar from 8-10 p.m. Costume Contest, prizes, RSVP online, only $10.
Halloween Social at the W Hotel
October 31, 2013, 8 p. m. P.O.V Rooftop, W Hotel, 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC. The Halloween party will feature craft cocktails plus dancing and DJ Ghost and DJ Philipz spinning all night, with special guest performers, a best costume contest, and more. The winner of the night’s best costume contest will receive an overnight stay, champagne, and breakfast in bed. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Washington Humane Society.
The Mansion on O
October 31, 2013, 8:00 p.m. 2020 O Street NW. Washington DC. Costume Party. Online Reservations Required, $30 per person, no tickets at the door. Party includes: DJ, costume contest with prizes, chocolate fountain, special Halloween treasure hunt, cash bar. Tour the 100 room mansion and search for secret doors when you visit.
October 31, 2013. Maryland Live Casino, Arundel Mills, MD. Customers will enjoy Trick or Treat Prize Drawings for Live! Rewards Players Club members, a Halloween Candy handout, and a special live performance from Who's Bad, a tribute to Michael Jackson, at Rams Head Center Stage, followed by a Costume Contest with a top prize of $2,000 Free Slot Play. Concert begins at 8 p.m. Drawings will be held every half hour from 5 –9:30 p.m. Costume contest at 1 a.m. Contestants must register to enter the contest at the Live! Rewards Club by 10:30 p.m.
Dance Dill Death Halloween Party
November 1, 2013, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. EDEN, 1716 I St NW Washington, DC. Three dance floors including the rooftop. Hundreds in prizes for spookiest, hottest & craziest costumes. Halloween party favors for the first 400. Proceeds will be donated to Ankay, a non-profit based in Washington, DC and Lima, Peru, that promotes equality of educational opportunities in Peru.
Embassy of France "American Werewolves in Paris"
November 1, 2013, 8:15-11:45 p.m. 4101 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington DC.. Experience a French themed evening filled with Halloween Treats, Open Bar, DJ, Dancing, Live Scary Music, Piano playing from the Phantom of the Opera, Film (scenic and seasonal), and more. Suggested Attire: Costume or Black Tie.
Clarendon Halloween Crawl
November 2, 2013, 2-9 p.m. Clarendon, VA. Celebrate the scariest time of the year with your favorite ghouls and goblins at a barhop through Clarendon’s most popular bars. Tickets: $10 early bird tickets, $15 after Oct 16, $20 at the door. Costume Contest. You must be 21 or over to attend.
Girls Talk TV's Halloween Weekend
November 2, 2013, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Velocity 5, 8111 Lee Hwy. Falls Church, VA. Watch GT TV's "The Late Night Show" being filmed with awesome female guests, a costume contest at 12 a.m. and live performances. Scavenger hunt from 7-9 p.m.
Can't get enough of costume parties? Check out the Day of the Dead Celebrations in the Washington DC Area.
See also, a Guide to Washington DC Bars and Nightlife