Kick off Halloween weekend with a scary movie screening and a panel from the film’s creators or at a local costume dance party. But if you’re waiting to celebrate on Oct. 31, then you can instead head to an all-female museum market for shopping and exhibits.
Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project
Join some of the crew of the “The Blair Witch Project,” including co-director Eduardo Sánchez, writer and researcher Julia Myrick and co-producer Michael Monello, for an interview and screening of the iconic cult classic at the Library of Congress Friday. As one of the first indie horror movies, “The Blair Witch Project” broke boundaries when it was released in 1999 with its low budget and high box office returns. If you’re a fan of film history or just love a good scare, you won’t want to miss this.
Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 7 p.m. Free.
Eighties Mayhem: ’80s Halloween Dance Party
Test out a Halloween costume before the big day at this 80s dance party at the Black Cat. This crazy costume party will have more than three DJs, with the upstairs rooms featuring Brussels-based DJ Steve EP and local favorite DJ MissGuided. Downstairs will transform into various themed rooms, like the Redrum and The Beetlejuice Room, showcasing “the darker side of eighties music” with DJ Killa K, a radio show host who moonlights as a personal trainer.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors open at 9 p.m. $15.
2017 Makers Mart Arts & Crafts Fair
Enjoy all the exhibits in the National Museum of Women in the Arts while you browse through the crafts of dozens of local female artists at the annual Makers Mart Arts & Crafts Fair this weekend. The fair is designed to highlight the achievements of female artists that might get overlooked elsewhere, so visitors can buy handmade clothing, jewelry and pottery from local artists. While you’re there, you can also explore the museum’s newest exhibit, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, which opened this month and focuses on the artwork of local African-American women.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 12 to 7 p.m.