Hey neighbors! Here to share a few things for Halloween, because many of you have been asking. I have a highlight on our Instagram stories, but I know not all of you are on there, and static pages work better for this purpose.
First off, yes, Capitol Hill and surrounding areas go big on Halloween night. Trick-or-treating happens a little before sundown, and you can expect to see neighbors starting to set out treats for kids and adults alike. In the pre-COVID times, it was not rare to see some parents walking with a glass as they, too, trick-or-treated for libations– alas, times are different now, but neighbors still come together to cheer and watch the little ones having fun.
Below, you can find a fun selection of fall and Halloween-themed things to do this weekend and next. Enjoy!
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WHAT: All Hallows’ Eve, literally, “the day before all hallows'” (or “all saints,” as you may also know it) is a liturgical observation that has pagan roots as a harvest festival. It’s also an excuse to eat a lot of candy, dress up, decorate and HAVE FUN
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, starting at around 5-5:30 p.m
WHERE: All around the Hill! Check the purple markers on our Spooky Hill map for places with special candy delivery– whether candy chute, socially distant treats or other delightful surprises.
Have you checked out the Spooky Hill map? Click here to see it.
Pumpkins from Troop 500
WHAT: Support a local Boy Scout troop and decorate for Halloween: a win-win! Psst– our pal Del Voss will also have honey for sale, so it’s reeeeeally worth your while.
WHEN: Friday, October 22, 5-7 p.m; Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, October 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: Pumpkins in front of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street NE. Honey sales, in front of 7-River Mart, 10th and C Streets NE.
Payne ES Fall Festival
WHAT: A relaxing way to make friends and check out a neighborhood school. There will be a petting zoo, silent auction, giant slide and much more.
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHERE: Payne ES, 15th and C Streets SE
Dead Man’s Run 5k
WHAT: A spirited run, costumes encouraged, to benefit the hippest cemetery around. Register here.
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE
WHAT: A harvest fair with plenty of candy and fun things for little kids to do, right in the heart of the Hill, at Eastern Market.
WHEN: Friday, October 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: In person at Eastern Market, 7th and North Carolina Avenue SE. For more info and updates, click here.
Tyler ES Halloween Pancake Breakfast
WHAT: An all-you-can-eat pancake party benefiting the Tyler ES PTA! $10 for adults, $5 for kids
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 9:30 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Tyler Pavilion, 10th and G Streets SE
Trick-or-Treat for dogs and kids at Steadfast Supply
WHAT: Spooky treats, photo booth and more
WHEN: Saturday October 30, 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Steadfast Supply, 301 Tingey Street S
H Street Scare Crawl
WHAT: An evening filled with special boozy treats, giveaways and more along the H Street corridor
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, all evening long
WHERE: All along H Street! Businesses participating include Solid State Books, Mozzeria, Kitsuen, Ocean Lounge and District Daiquiri. More details here.
WHAT: A morning and afternoon of student recitals and fun, with special guest Josh Jenkins Duo.
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 7th and G Streets SE
Trick-or-Treat at Jacob’s Coffee House
WHAT: Get goodies for the littles at one of your favorite local coffeeshops! The special password is “trick-or-treat”
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, 8 a.m. until supplies last
WHERE: Jacob’s Coffee House, 401 8th Street NE
Spooky Soccer at CRYSP DC
WHAT: Spooky pick-up soccer and treats for you and your little costumed goblins
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, 1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Field 2A, The Fields at RFK
Sweet Crimes Gluten-Free Bakery soft opening
WHAT: A new bakery for all your gluten-free treat needs
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, starting at 9 a.m.
WHERE: 1238 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Halloween-themed cupcakes at My Cake Theory
WHAT: Specially themed cupcakes and trick-or-treating
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31
WHERE: My Cake Theory bakery, 325 7th Street SE
Happy Halloween at the Tune Inn
WHAT: A costume contest, 50/50 raffle, tricks, treats and more!
WHEN: Sunday, October 31, 6 p.m. to close
WHERE: Tune Inn restaurant, 331 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Operation Gratitude/Candy Buyback
WHAT: A joint venture to turn candy bonanza into sweet treats for our armed forces. Bring your unopened candy as well as cards and other mementos for our troops. More info here.
WHEN: November 1-8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
WHERE: The DC Dentist, Dr. Terry Victor, 509 11th Street SE