Photos: Patrick Ryan and Alfredo Flores

This Year's Sponsors

Violence is Scary V October 31, 2012

1606 20th Street NW
Washington D.C. 20009

Time: 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm
Tickets: $40 Advance Donation (+$1.50 Online Service fee)
*Limited tickets will be available at the door

Last year's spooky memories..

Photos by Onomono MEDIA photobooth

About this Year's Event

*All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction go directly to SAFE, Inc.

The fifth anniversary of Violence is Scary Halloween is back and freakier than ever. Guests will enjoy two hours of open bar, hors d'oeuvres from ONE Lounge and trick-or-treat-sweets from D.C's famous Georgetown Cupcake. There will be a live DJ bringing the graveyard grooves a costume contest with prizes as well as a silent auction, and an interactive photo booth compliments of Onomonomedia.

All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction go directly to SAFE, Inc, Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment, in its effort to provide crisis intervention and advocacy services to over 5,000 domestic violence victims each year in the DC Metro Area. Their mission is to ensure the safety and self-determination of domestic violence survivors in Washington, DC through emergency services, court advocacy and system reform.

Focusing on victim safety from the moment an incident occurs, SAFE provides the necessary support for victims to become survivors by using the Court system as well as government and private social services to rebuild their lives. Through our 24-hour Response Line and Court-based services, we provide valuable information and tangible services such as immediate crisis shelter within one hour of a violence incident, transportation to a safe location, legal information and more to survivors in order to help them break the cycle of violence, reduce the likelihood of future abuse, and decrease the risk of homicide. SAFE also works collaboratively with police, prosecutors, other non-profit organizations, and the DC Superior Court to ensure a coordinated response to domestic violence. For more information on the organization, visit


How the spookiness started..

Each year, when the leaves on the trees began to change colors, I remember walking through the fabric store with my mom with sheer excitement. We would contemplate the second most important decision of fall, the first was choosing what to wear on the first day of school of course, MY HALLOWEEN COSTUME! It must have been her enthusiasm, creativity and incredible talent that got me hooked on this holiday. (I am sure it had nothing to do with the candy.) Nonetheless, it has always been an occasion that I look forward to more than most. I realized three years ago that for all of the effort I put into the Halloween season festivities, I should combine it and contribute to a worthy cause. I believe strongly in the need to fight to end domestic violence and bring awareness to the cause, and so began my annual "Violence is Scary" Halloween charity event.

The first year we collected phones to donate to an organization that provides them to women who are living in threatening situations for emergencies. The following years, as the event expanded, it became a ticketed event, and I am thrilled to say that the event raised $4,000 last year for the NNEDV, the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For a small donation to the selected organization, guests enjoy cocktails, live music, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction, raffle, costume contest and more. My vision is for the event to grow each year, and to continue to support these remarkable organizations who dedicate their lives and their work for such a worthy cause.

Anna Chaley Croll