The upside of all this silliness is the sheer number of options. Want to dance to cover bands and enter a high-stakes $3,000 costume contest? Think you’d have fun hopping from bar to bar in costume, chasing down cheap drinks? What about competing in a jack-o’-lantern contest while drinking pumpkin beer? This year, you don’t have to choose; you can do all three and still have a couple of nights free.
Here’s a sampling of the choices you have this Halloween season. Find even more at www.goingoutguide.com.
Thursday, Oct. 24
The annual Half-Assed Halloween party at Union Pub has a unique challenge: Hosts ask that partygoers spend no money on a costume, using things they already have at home, and “spend 30 minutes on it, tops.” Even so, you’ll see some pretty creative and punny getups at this fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets include food and drink specials throughout the night.
8 p.m. Union Pub, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-296-5363.
$15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Friday, Oct. 25
If you’re especially proud of your costume, make tracks to the Elliot in the Morning Halloween Bash at Clarendon Ballroom. The DC101 radio host offers a $3,000 cash prize to the top outfit, as voted by the crowd. (Fine print: You must be in the club by 10:30 p.m. No costume weapons allowed.) Local party band JunkFood performs.
8 p.m. Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. www.dc101.com. $15 before 10 p.m., more after.
Saturday, Oct. 26
With more than 30 bars participating, the 14th annual Nightmare on M Street bar crawl promises to be bigger than ever. Revelers hit nightspots around Dupont Circle for $2 Coors Lights, $4 Bacardi drinks and other deals from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with a perennially packed midnight costume contest at McFadden’s.
5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Various bars between Dupont Circle and Farragut Square. Full list of locations at www.lindypromo.com. $20 in advance, with prices increasing closer to the event.
The Brightest Young Things crew is hosting its Twerk or Treat costume party at the Sphinx Club on Franklin Square, which means “Sexy Anubis” is on the list of suggested costumes, along with zombie teen idols or childhood toys. No matter what you’re wearing, there’s music from Avan Lava and DJ Rex Riot, as well as karaoke, silly games, candy and the inevitable photo booth.
8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW. www.twerkortreat.event
brite.com. $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event.