1. George Washington University’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
The cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has taken over Washington, D.C. just in time for Halloween. With performances tonight and tomorrow night at the George Washington University Marvin Center 3rd floor Grand Ballroom, you can rest assured that you will be completely prepared for Halloween Sunday night. The show boasts the traditional film projected behind the actors and encourages audience call-lines, but also provides a modern twist on the cult ritual with racier costumes and the authentic GW “Virgin Games” 15 minutes before the show starts which are designed to get the audience’s blood flowing. Trust me, your blood will definitely be flowing. The show’s motto is after all: Give yourself over to absolute pleasure.
*Tip: Get there at least an hour early. This production is not only widely-known throughout D.C., but it is one of the biggest traditions at the university for GW students, so anticipate crowds.
2. Trick-or-Treating at the Embassies
One of the wonders of D.C. is Embassy Row. You can walk on the property of many different countries without ever having to board a plane and leave the District. However, the Embassies are especially fun on Halloween when each of the individual buildings open their doors to Trick-Or-Treaters and send them off with tasty treats (and sometimes even items unique to that individual country). You can even get a sneak peak into the Embassies when they open the door. Candy and an inside look? In the words of Charlie Sheen: winning.
*Tip: Don’t be lame and wear a costume. Seriously, being 40 does not excuse you from having to make a complete fool of yourself on Halloween. Start at the Embassies around 3 p.m., if not earlier, since some Embassies stop answering their door around 5 p.m. Also, some Embassies do not give out goodies. Here is a list of the ones that definitely participate in the festivities:
The Republic of Cape Verde
The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
The Republic of Croatia
The Vatican or Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy Sea
The Republic of Indonesia
The Republic of Korea
The Republic of the Marshall Islands
3. The Crime and Punishment Museum
Every Halloween, the Crime and Punishment Museum plans a theatrical and themed week of events for its visitors. This year, the museum has centered its week on the Electric Chair that is housed within the museum. Little is known about what actually will happen once you step foot inside the museum on the nights of the Halloween-themed events, which makes the entire night all the more terrifying. Just don’t pee your pants. That would be embarrassing.
*Tip: No person under the age of 17 will be allowed admittance, so leave the little ones at home with a babysitter. Tickets can be purchased on their website.
4. An Ouija Board
Some of my fondest memories of the days before Halloween include a Ouija board. Get a group of pals over to your place, shut off all the lights, and present your questions to the all-knowing glow-in-the-dark Ouija board. No matter how old you are, it’s almost impossible not to get a little freaked out by the board’s messages, even if they are completely absurd.
A special note from OJBG creator, Otessa: The Meatpuppets are playing at the Rock & Roll Hotel this coming Tuesday, Nov 1st. Finish off Halloween weekend with a bang, literally, on the drums.