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The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in D.C.

October 17, 2016 by Chris Bell
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Don’t freak out if you don’t have Halloween plans yet! Here’s a hearty helping of haunted horrorfests to get you in the spooky spirit.

1. Evil Dead: the Musical at Red Branch Theatre

Evil Dead: The Musical
Photo Credit: Bruce F Press

When you hear “Halloween,” what’s the first thing you think of? “Gory Musical Adaptation of a Horror Film Series From The 1980’s?” Us too! That’s why we’re so excited for Red Branch Theatre Company‘s production of Evil Dead: the Musical. Combine the jumps and screams from the Evil Dead movies with campy songs and hilarious jokes for a spine-tingling spectacular. (Plus, you’ll feel just like a group of teens stranded in a creepy cabin if you sit in the Fake Blood Splash Zone!)

2. Halloween Hunt at Mansion on O Street

Photo Credit: PBJ Pictures
Photo Credit: PBJ Pictures

If you’re sick of watching other people solve mysteries and want to try it yourself, look no further than the Mansion on O Street’s Halloween Hunt on October 28. Explore over 100 rooms through 70 secret doors filled with countless priceless antiques – all with a Halloween twist.

3. Zombie Prom at Unexpected Stage Company

Photo Credit: Unexpected Stage Company
Photo Credit: Unexpected Stage Company

What do you get when you combine zombies & a 1950s prom? Unexpected Stage Company‘s production of Zombie Prom, of course! After Jonny Walker is zombified after crashing into a nuclear reactor, he comes back to crash the prom. This obscure but heartfelt musical also investigates “the injustices placed on zombies” – a perfect way to examine our Halloween Habits.

4. Night of the Living Zoo at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo
Photo Credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is upgrading from hungry predators and slimy snakes to super scary craft beer and haunted food trucks for their Halloween event for the 21 and older crowd, Night of the Living Zoo. On October 28, head over to the zoo for dancing, a costume contest, and performance artists.

5. Dante’s Inferno at Synetic Theater 


“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!” A lost traveler must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic’s emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music, and powerful physicality.

6. Freaky Friday at Signature Theatre

Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Photo Credit: Margot Schulman

Alright, so this one is less blood and guts horror, but we honestly can’t think of anything scarier than switching bodies – especially if you only have one day to undo it! Next To Normal’s songwriting team provides the music for this musical adaptation of Freaky Fridayand with a book by Parenthood‘s Bridget Carpenter, you know you’ll leave the theatre laughing.

Want to get spooked by some of these scary song-havers? Head over to TodayTix, settle in, and scream!