A Halloween rookie is someone without a game plan, an ample supply of Halloween candy or a fabulous costume. Don’t let this fate befall you or your friends this October.
Do you have amazing pumpkin carving skills? I think I’m fairly skilled in this area, but I’m not sure if I’m good enough to enter The Ugly Mug’s pumpkin carving contest. If you think you have what it takes, you need to show up at The Ugly Mug on October 25 at 7pm. All contestants will drink Blue Moon pumpkin ale on the house for the first hour, and the winner (who will be chosen by audience approval so bring your pals) will receive a $100 gift card to The Ugly Mug.
Chocolate may be deadly for dogs but they still love Halloween! After all, what dog doesn’t love to be dressed up in a ridiculous costume and paraded around in public by their owners? Chateau Animaux’s “Howl-o-Ween” will be held on October 29th at 2pm at Lincoln Park. Bring your four legged friend in his or her finest Halloween garb and see how your pup stacks up against other pooches on the Hill.
Congressional Cemetery’s Ghosts and Goblets Soiree is also being held on the 29th. The second annual Halloween fundraiser will take place from 6-8pm and includes torchlight tours, organ music, foods from Barracks Row restaurants, and goblets full of libations. Tickets for this adults only party are $75 each, $45 of which is tax deductible.
Hilloween is Monday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Eastern Market. Come in costume and don’t forget the little ones (of the two-legged variety) who will most definitely enjoy the music, face painting, moon bounce, hayrides and pumpkin carving.
After you’ve had your fill of Hilloween fun, a walk over to East Capitol Street is a must. Tradition dictates the street is arguably the best trick or treating experience around. The homeowners go all out, its fun for kids and adults, and you’re guaranteed to score some top notch candy.
Wherever you plan to buy your pumpkin (Frager’s? Harris Teeter?) there’s no shortage of delicious baked goods to be made from pumpkin “guts.” Everything from pies to cookies and muffins, the possibilities for you to expand your waistline really are endless this month.
And when the zipper on the polyester costume you bought at the big chain store breaks, keep Backstage on 8th Street SE in mind for all of your last minute costume needs!