Pub Grimm at Pop-Up Bar
For this year’s Halloween pop-up bar, the clever bar-builders at Drink Company eschew zombies, blood and creepy dolls, instead invoking the Black Forest of the Brothers Grimm. Throughout the five rooms, there are allusions to some of the Grimms’ gorier stories, such as “The White Bride and the Black One” and “One-Eye, Two-Eyes and Three-Eyes,” as well as Rapunzel’s tower and Cinderella’s Insta-ready glass slipper.
The food and drink are German, with sausages and pretzels from the Berliner, and several cocktails with the Black Forest’s Monkey 47 gin. Pub Grimm is open nightly, but special events include Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., and a ticketed Halloween party ($15) with drink specials and free candy. Opens at 5 p.m. through Nov. 3. Closed Mondays. Free admission. Drinks $7-$14.
Costumes and Cocktails at Suns Cinema
A creative costume is a must for a party thrown by Washington’s most idiosyncratic art house cinema. Head to the first-floor bar to sip horror movie-themed cocktails and listen to creepy music while clips and images from classic films are screened on the walls. (The featured film in the upstairs theater, “Midsommar,” is sold out.) Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. Free admission.
Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery
The final resting place of politicians, warriors, spiritualists and one of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Congressional Cemetery is full of stories. During the cemetery’s annual Soul Strolls tours, visitors come face-to-face with some of Congressional’s “permanent residents,” and learn that the dead, in fact, do tell tales. Flashlights are encouraged, and a pop-up bar is available. VIP tickets include three cocktails in the spooky Public Vault, which has served as the resting place of three presidents and first lady Dolley Madison. Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. $25 adults, $12 ages 12 and younger. VIP $60. A limited number of $30 general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis each night.
I Put A Spell on You at the Folger Library
Witches have been associated with Halloween since the beginning, but the Folger Library’s celebration wants to go beyond the usual black cats and broomsticks. Poets Kiki Petrosino (author of the acclaimed “Witch Wife”) and Annie Finch (“The Poetry Witch: Little Book of Spells”) read poems about witchcraft, magic and the natural world. The Folger’s curators are assembling a special display of books about witches from the library’s collection for the night. So don’t be surprised to see a few weird sisters. Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. $15.
Hall-O-Screen Party: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' at the Reach
The Kennedy Center’s new expansion gets into the Halloween spirit with an outdoor alternative to trick-or-treating. It begins with dance instructors teaching the moves to “The Monster Mash,” “Thriller” and the decidedly-not-family-friendly “Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” followed by an outdoor screening of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on the Reach’s video wall. Bring a picnic or purchase something from food trucks and bar stations. Oct. 31: Dance lessons from
6 to 7 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m. Free.
Red Derby Pumpkin Carving Contest
For 12 years, the Red Derby has encouraged its regulars to carve pumpkins and drink beers and shots. Thank heaven for kid-safe carving tools, eh? This night of arts and crafts for adults finds talented artists creating intricate designs on their pumpkins, while others work on more rudimentary jack-o’-lanterns. The Derby provides pumpkins to the first 10 singles or groups, so you might want to bring your own gourd to ensure you get one. Important rules: No carving allowed before 7 p.m., and the judging begins promptly at 9, with bar tabs and other prizes up for grabs. Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. Free.
Halloween at the Line Hotel
There’s a multimodal Halloween party going on at the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan: Local muralist Kasey O’Boyle leads a free, colorful pumpkin painting class for families on the hotel’s front steps from 4 to 6 p.m., with free cider and sweets, while all ages can trick-or-treat inside with Erik Bruner-Yang’s restaurant Brothers and Sisters.
The final rooftop Camp at the Line party of the season, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m., features performances by the Gay/Bash queens, music and costume contests, all in support of the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Admission is $15 at the door and includes one drink.