I bought my Halloween candy weeks ago, thereby declaring myself as in the Halloween spirit for a while now, but if you’re in need of motivation Congressional Cemetery has some upcoming events that are sure to get you in a spooky mood (or at least scare you out of your mind, hanging out in a cemetery after nightfall can have that effect).
In what promises to be an interesting and unique get together, next week marks the inaugural meeting of Death Café DC. This pop-up café will “provide authentic discussions that increase the awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives.” The meeting will be on Tuesday October 15th from 7-8:30p, with an informational tour of the cemetery starting at 6:30p. There’s no cost to attend, however your RSVP is requested. More information here.
Coming up next weekend is the Dead Man’s Run on Saturday October 19th. The run starts at 5:30p, and the cemetery is also looking for volunteers to staff the event. Costumes are encouraged! You can register here.
Sunday October 20th will feature Notes from the Crypt, the first in a series of fall concerts to be held in the chapel on the cemetery grounds. Tickets are on sale now through the cemetery website. The concert will begin at 4pm and be followed by a wine and cheese reception.
The Ghosts & Goblets Soiree will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 8pm. General admission tickets are $60 each, and VIP tickets (which include premium Halloween cocktails in the Public Vault) are $80. Ticket price includes four drinks, a guided twilight cemetery tour, live entertainment and of course the potential for a special visit(s) from any of the cemetery’s 65,000 permanent “residents.” More information and ticket purchases available here.