Congressional Cemetery offers chance to party with dead lawmakers

October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C., AUGUST 28, 2012: The grave site of Mary Ann Hall, right, and her two sisters and mother, to the left, the angel, at the Congressional Cemetery. Hall was once DC's most popular Madame, the owner and operator of a top class brothel where she lived with her sisters and dozens of young women who worked for her. Mary Ann Hall died on Jan 29 1886, at the age of 71. She had no children. (Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post)
The grave site of Mary Ann Hall, right, and her two sisters and mother, to the left under the angel, at Congressional Cemetery. Hall was once D.C.’s most popular madame, the owner and operator of a top-class brothel. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Dancing and drinking with today’s congressmen doesn’t sound so fun. They’re a pretty unpopular bunch.

But what about living it up with some long-dead lawmakers? Capitol Hill’s Congressional Cemetery, where bold-facers of yore repose, is throwing a Halloween bash, which they expect a few of their creepier residents to attend.

The fourth annual “Ghosts and Goblets Soiree” on Oct. 26 promises candle-lit tours of the historic grounds, plus cocktails and snacks in the vault originally built to hold the bodies of deceased members of Congress. Which sounds far livelier than your typical congressional reception.

You can buy tickets here.

It’s a Loop-recommended event, as we can personally vouch for the bountiful hors d’oeuvres and generally spooky vibe.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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