Halloween: The Prospects Are Scary

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween is a week away, and if you're going out, it's time to start planning.

First things first: Get a costume. If you don't look a thing like Sarah Palin or Barack Obama, proceed to Option 2: American Apparel model. You'll need shiny leggings and a sweatband.

Next, find an activity besides scoping out all the other Palins. We can help you with this part:

· The Spooky Movie Film Festival's "All Hallows Scream" event on Halloween night promises to be a four-hour bloodfest bringing together highlights from this past week's festival lineup. Count Gore De Vol hosts, Karlos Borloff and the Monsterminators perform, and you can see "Night of the Hell Hamsters" and "Brain Dead" and more. $10. Next Friday beginning at 10 p.m. 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-486-2345 or get tickets in advance (recommended) at http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com.

· Nightmare on M Street. (Isn't every weekend a nightmare on M Street?) The annual bar crawl, on Oct. 31 this year, lets you skip the cover at more than a dozen at "Golden Triangle" bars including Black Rooster Pub, the Front Page and Panache, and get specials including $2 Miller Lite and $4 rail drinks. And there's a costume contest at midnight. Advance tickets are $14 though 5 p.m. today; they will then be on sale for $15 till noon next Friday; get them for $20 on Halloween at the Front Page or Rumors. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Get advance tickets and details at http://www.lindypromo.com or call 301-652-7712.

· The Fear Grounds' Haunt Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion (for age 13 and older) consists of two main attractions: the Haunted Von Dahl Manor, which includes a seance room, a private library and a graveyard; and Face Your Fears, with clowns, dark spaces and lots of other childhood traumas just waiting to resurface. Tickets are $20; "R.I.P." front-of-line access is $30. The Haunt Fest is open on Halloween from 7 to 11 p.m.; you can also check it out Wednesdays through Sundays through Nov. 2. 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 301-604-7283 or get tickets and details at http://www.thefeargrounds.com.

And what if you want a Halloween that's somewhat unconventional?

· Coldplay is at Verizon Center on Halloween night. Put on some horn-rimmed glasses, an ironic T-shirt, a hoodie and your mopey face, and only you will know you're in costume. $49.50-$97.50. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328.

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