Dear PoP – Trick or Treating Times?


“Dear PoP,

It’s my first Halloween living in Columbia Heights and I was wondering if any one trick or treated here and if they do, when. I’d really love to pass out candy and just want to be prepared.

Also, do you know of something fun to do on Halloween that’s not Nightmare on M st.?”


“Any ideas on the trick or treat times in Columbia Heights/Petworth area? Live in a neighborhood with a lot of kids and want to make sure we are home from work in time to hand out candy?”

This is a great question. I ask it myself every year. And every year it changes. When I buy 8 bags of candy I have 10 kids show up. The next year when I buy 2 bags of candy I have a 100 kids show up. Murphy’s law I suppose. Anyway, where I live in Petworth kids start coming out around 6pm and it picks up at 7-8pm and usually tapers off around 9pm. I must say this is one of the most fun times to get to know your neighbors. While not all the kids dress up, those that do are unbelievably cute. What has worked for you guys? How many bags of candy do you usually buy? What time do most kids stop by?

As for the second part of the first question – there are tons of parties going on at bars. I’m actually going to be judging a costume contest to be held at Social (14th and Meridian). I know Looking Glass Lounge (Georgia and Princeton) is also having a party. I imagine Red Derby (14th and Quincy) will also be having a party. Do you guys know of any other good parties around town for Halloween? Because it’s on a Saturday (and clocks will be falling back) I’m sure this is going to be an insanely fun evening.

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