HIGH HEEL RACE -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Dupont Circle tradition features festively costumed drag queens racing down 17th Street. Show up early to watch contestants parade up and down the race course showing off their outfits before the checkered flag drops. 17th street, from Q to Church streets. Free. 202-789-7000.

THE CELLAR SHAFT . . . TOMB OF LOST SOULS -- Thursday-Oct. 31, 6-11 p.m. Ages 13 and older. The 19th-annual Bowie haunted house is presented by the Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch Productions. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie. $12. 301-805-6000.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR -- Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. Ages 3-9. An evening of spooky games, creepy crafts and a costume contest for little trick-or-treaters for funniest, scariest, most original and best overall. Lake Marion Community Center and Park, 8821 E. Village Ave., Montgomery Village. $4 per child, with two cans of food $3. 301-948-8082.

HOWLOWEEN -- Saturday, 2-4 p.m. An afternoon of costumed canines and pet trick contests gets four-legged friends involved in the spirit of the season. After the talent show, dogs can be walked through the "boneyard," where they can sniff out hidden treats. Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Rd., Springfield. $5 per dog. For reservations, call 703-569-0285.

NIGHTMARE ON M STREET -- Saturday, 6-11 p.m. The sixth-annual holiday bar crawl features a costume contest with cash prizes. Participating bars include Five, Mackey's, Sign of the Whale, Ozio and the Black Rooster Pub. Tickets available at Rumors, 1900 M St. NW. and the Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $20, with costume $15. 301-652-7712.

SILENT SCREEMS -- "Nosferatu": Saturday at 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. "Der Golem": Saturday at 11 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. Screenings of two chilling classics from the age of silent film: "Nosferatu," F.W. Murnau's legendary take on the vampire, and "Der Golem," which tells the tale of an artificial man created by a Prague rabbi as a solution to a possible exile of the city's Jewish population. Both films will be accompanied by live contemporary musical ensembles. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $20. 301-495-6720.

A HEAVY METAL HALLOWEEN -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Timelord, a power and thrash-metal band from Northern Virginia, headlines a spooky lineup that includes Engage, a metal band from Richmond. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $9. 703-255-1566.