Halloween Pumpkins (via FlickrTeo)

There are only three more days until Halloween, so it’s time to start planning how you want to celebrate. Since the holiday falls on a spooky Saturday this year, you have plenty of time to join the festivities and plenty of options for where to go.

Whether you’re looking for some costumed clubbing or family-friendly fun, here’s a list of events to make the most of this Halloweekend:


Dinner and a Movie
The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)
5 p.m.

The Argonaut is hosting a event for parents and their children. Upstairs, the newly-formed Argonaut Kids Club will be showing movies, doing activities and eating while parents can dine downstairs. Event prices start at $30 and vary based on the number of children who attend.

Hilloween at Eastern Market
7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Councilman Charles Allen and Mayor Bowser will also be in attendance to give opening remarks.

Sweets to the Sweet!
Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E Capitol St. SE)
5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Folger is hosting a family-friendly Halloween celebration, Shakespeare style. Guests can expect holiday treats, candy, lines from Shakespeare and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Boo to You Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
6 – 8 p.m.

The recreation center is throwing a traditional Halloween party, with a costume contest and dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Brown & Thriller on H Street
Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This dance workshop will teach the entire routine from the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The workshop is open to dancers of all abilities levels ages 19 and up. Costumes–especially those inspired by the King of Pop–are encouraged. After the workshop, winners of the dance-off and costume contest will receive dance class packages. Participants can register online in advance for $25.


Halloween at Rosedale
Rosedale Community Center (1701 Gales St. NE)
12 – 4 p.m.

Center staff are throwing a Halloween Safe Haven celebration for community members with games, food, music, candy and a community parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Happy Howl-O-Ween!
13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)
1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families-and their pets-to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
2 – 4:30 p.m.

This free event will preview the CHAW community through festive songs played by private music students and artwork samples from various classes. The art gallery will open at 2 p.m., and tours of the building will also begin at that time. The concert starts at 2:30, followed by a reception with donuts and cider. Costumes are recommended, as CHAW staff and the performers will be wearing them.

Photo via Flickr/Teo


Morning Rundown

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center sign

U.S. Capitol Workers Hope Pope’s Visit Will Help Push for Higher Wages — A group of federal contract workers, including 60 U.S. Capitol workers, are hoping that Pope Francis’ message of economic equality will help their push for higher wages. [Roll Call]

H Street Corridor Eatery Celebrates 10 Years With Party on Saturday — The Argonaut restaurant on H Street NE is celebrating 10 years in business with a party Saturday afternoon that will include live music, free giveaways and the unveiling of a new house beer. [Frozen Tropics]

Student Artwork at Hine School Construction to Be Unveiled Tuesday — Art made by students from 27 Capitol Hill schools will be displayed along the outer fence of the Hine School development near Eastern Market starting Tuesday. [The Hill is Home]

Public Meeting Planned for Virginia Avenue SE Streetscape Restoration — The District Department of Transportation will join ANC 6B and 6D members to host a public meeting for feedback on how Virginia Avenue SE will be restored after the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project is completed. [Hill Rag]


The Argonaut owners Scott Magnuson and Shaaren Pine

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Five years after a fire incinerated half of their restaurant, the owners of The Argonaut on the H Street corridor still are serving the neighborhood that helped them recover.

Since its founding in 2005, The Argonaut at 1433 H St. NE has developed a loyal following that was there for owners Scott Magnuson and Shaaren Pine when an electrical fire destroyed their kitchen and bar in 2010.

After locals and fellow businesses donated money, kitchen supplies and their time, the husband and wife duo were able to reopen in 25 days.

On any given evening, Magnuson and Pine will host families for dinner, college students for rounds of beer and retirees who reminisce under the ornate black tin ceiling in what has become a neighborhood staple in the Capitol Hill area.

“We’re laid-back, we’re friendly and we cater to everybody,” Magnuson said. “We live and die by the neighborhood.”

The Argonaut was part of the initial wave of restaurants to open up on the H Street corridor.

Magnuson said when the bar first opened they were serving cheap drinks to a crowd of regulars. In 2007, the arrival of their daughter made them consider accommodating fellow parents, and now children eat free at their restaurant.

“It used to be pretty dive-y and, I mean, it’s still pretty dive-y, but we’ve tried to make it a lot more family-friendly,” Pine said.

The Argonaut’s staff also accommodate the students of nearby Gallaudet University, which focuses on the education of deaf and hard of hearing students.

The restaurant tries to keep at least one person who knows sign language on staff at all times, Pine said, before quickly moving her hands to spell out “signers.”

The couple also is active outside of The Argonaut. They donate food to community groups, sponsor little league teams and run the nonprofit organization Restaurant Recovery. The organization helps service industry workers who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The Argonaut owners this year released a memoir, “Torn Together: One Family’s Journey Through Addiction, Treatment & the Restaurant Industry,” which explores their struggle to fight Magnuson’s addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“We want to support the families of addicts and alcoholics and shine a light onto restaurant culture,” Pine said.

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