Where to scare in D.C. this Halloween

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Zombie Fest at the Half Street Fairgrounds Saturday

What is it that makes zombies so appealing?

Maybe it's the simple life, just walking around looking for a bite to eat.

"What's fun is you're dead, and all you want to do is eat brains," joked Shane Pomajambo, owner of the Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor.

On Saturday, Art Whino is teaming up with the folks from the Arlington Cinema 'n' Drafthouse to throw a Zombie Fest at the Half Street Fairgrounds in D.C. And when the organizers say it's a Zombie Fest, they aren't kidding. Saturday's fun will feature screenings of zombie themed movies such as "Shaun of the Dead," zombie games, a zombie obstacle course, something called a zombie factory, food trucks, drinks, live music and more.

According to Pomajambo, it was, well, a no-brainer to have the event on Saturday as opposed to Halloween night proper.

"We wanted to make it an evening out," Pomajambo said. "It's a little bit easier to do an event on the weekend."

This is the first teaming between the minds at Drafthouse and Art Whino, and there may be more to come.

"The whole idea is, D.C. is a relatively small place," Pomajambo said. "We're trying to bring these two circles together."

With shows like AMC's "The Walking Dead" reflecting the popularity of zombies, the time is ripe for a celebration of the undead.

"That's why zombies are so popular," Pomajambo said. "You can go to a Zombie Fest and let your hair down."

When: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Info: $20 ($10 presale); artwhino.com/zombiefest

More Halloween Fun . . .

With Halloween falling on a Wednesday, most celebrations are this weekend. A look at some highlights:

Neon Nights '80s Halloween Bash at the W Hotel, Friday -- There's a costume contest, and the night belongs to the '80s. A portion of the proceeds go to Fashion for Paws. $40; 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. whotels.com/washingtondc.

Elliot in the Morning's Halloween Bash at the Clarendon Ballroom, Friday -- Annual event featuring cover bands and a costume contest. Party starts at 8 p.m., $15 cover before 10 p.m. clarendonballroom.com.

Boo at the Zoo, Friday through Sunday -- Popular family event at the National Zoo. Tickets for Saturday are gone, but at press time tickets remained for Friday and Sunday. $30 ($10 for parking). Discounts for FONZ members. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; nationalzoo.si.edu.

Clarendon Ballroom Halloween Party, Saturday -- More cover band fun in Clarendon. $10; Opens at 6 p.m.; clarendonballroom.com.

Nightmare on M Street, Saturday -- 13th annual "roaming costume" party, i.e. bar crawl. Enjoy drink specials at a bunch of west end watering holes. $23.50; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; lindypromo.com.

Zombie Night in Silver Spring, Saturday -- Silver Spring bars, restaurants and AFI get in the living dead spirit with zombie themed activities and specials; silverspringzombiewalk.com.

Monster Bash at Penn Social, Saturday -- HiBall Events' annual shindig featuring live music, a DJ, a costume contest and more. $15 (will increase); 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; hiballevents.com.

Graveyard Jam at the Hard Rock Cafe, Saturday -- Organized by Things To Do D.C., enjoy DJs, dancing, a costume contest and party games. $24; 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; hardrock.com/dc.

Freek O-Ween at Ibiza Nightclub, Saturday -- Costume contest and dancing all night long. $25; 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; ibizadc.com.

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