There’s an awful lot of Halloween events to be had in DC this year, but all pale in size and scope to the annual Nightmare on M Street parade/bar crawl through the heart of Georgetown. Now in its tenth year, the event draws more than 6,000 people annually and, with its copious amounts of booze and bravado, is the closet things us Washingtonians have to a Mardi Gras to call our own. (But with fewer beads and more blood. Bummer.)


Once again, this year’s celebration of Halloween excess features a slew of participating area bars, including one of our “favorite” DC dive bars, McFadden’s, as well as The Front Page, Public Bar, the newly opened Eye Street Blackfinn, Madhatter, Mackey’s Public House and many more (a complete list has yet to be announced).

From 3 PM to 1 AM on All Hallows Eve, wristband wearing festival goers get first crack at motley array of discounted alcohol, like $2 Coors, $3 Blue Moons, $4 Captain Morgans and a slew of other deals on cocktails and bar food, at each Nightmare-friendly establishment.

Last year’s Nightmare on M Street sold out well in advance, so any aspiring M Street ghouls would do well to shamble over here to pick up their $10 advance tickets as soon as possible. Prices will rise over the next few weeks and those trying to register the day of may find themselves turned away. Talk about a nightmare, eh?

To check out the ever-growing list bars getting in on this year’s festivities and scope the three registration points for day-of, walk-up revelers, visit:

Other Halloween events in the DC area:

A Very Buddyhead Halloween at the Rock and Roll Hotel

Drag Queens and Death Disco: Halloween 2009 in Washington, DC

Dracula Throws His Own Vampire’s Ball in Arlington…

Silver Spring Zombie Walk 2009 and ‘Halloween on Screen’ at AFI

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