Halloween parties and concerts in Washington DC 2017
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Forget haunted houses and horror-movie marathons. This Halloween, the best place to be is at a concert, and Washington, D.C. has plenty going on, from indie bands to festivals. So, guys and ghouls get your costume picked out, grab your tickets and let the music put a spell on you this Halloween.

The Head and the Heart
Oct. 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Anthem - 901 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC, 20024

Kick off Halloween weekend with indie band The Head and the Heart, performing Friday, Oct. 27 at The Anthem. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $45 to $75. Can't make it? They'll also be playing New Orleans as part of Halloween weekend's Voodoo Festival.

Oct. 27 @ 9 p.m.
Echostage - 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Check out electronic sister duo Krewella getting Halloween weekend started on Friday, Oct. 27 with a show at Echostage. Tickets are on sale now for $48. Don't worry if you can't make it--they have plenty of stops leading up to Halloween as part of their New World tour in support of the double EP of the same name, including shows in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Charlotte.

Reggae Fest
Oct. 28 @ 11 p.m.
Howard Theatre - 620 T Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Keep Halloween going on Saturday, Oct. 28 with Reggae Fest, with music from Bimshire, Maya, and Maga. The fun continues with a costume cost, with $1,000 to be awarded to the winner. Tickets are on sale now. 

King Crimson
Oct. 29 @ 8 p.m.
Lisner Auditorium - 730 21st St. NW, Washington, DC 20052

Enter "The Court of the Crimson King" with classic band King Crimson, just one of many acts on tour for Halloween. They'll come to D.C.'s Lisner Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 29, ending Halloween weekend. Can't make it? They'll also be playing Atlanta a week before Halloween. 

The Dresden Dolls
Oct. 31 @ 7 p.m.
9:30 Club - 815 V St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Spend Halloween itself with cabaret-punk duo The Dresden Dolls, out on the road this fall for a very short run of dates reuniting singer and pianist Amanda Palmer with drummer Brian Viglione. This is one fans won't want to miss, and tickets are on sale now for $35.