Basma Humadi, Staff Writer
Halloween: a time of costumes, candy and overuse of the color orange. If you’re like me, clueless but curious about what Halloween festivities are going on this week, check out some of these events!
Azucar Halloween party
Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Johnson Center Bistro
Azucar, Mason’s salsa club, is hosting a Halloween party where students will be dancing everything from merengue to bachata. Costumes are encouraged.
Extreme Pumpkin Makeover 2015
Thursday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the School of Art & Design Sculpture Lab
AIGA (formerly known as the American Institute of Graphic Arts), Mason’s national graphic design organization, and the Mason Sculpture Club are hosting an Extreme Pumpkin Makeover. The event will offer burgers and hot dogs and will feature a costume contest and a pumpkin artwork competition.
Halloween Concert hosted by the Music Productions Club of GMU
Friday, Oct. 30, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hub Side Pocket
Music Productions Club will be hosting a Halloween concert featuring three different bands: Blue Apricots, Pulses and Cinema Hearts. Costumes are encouraged.
Night of the Living Zoo
Friday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
The National Zoo will be holding its annual Night of the Living Zoo. The event will feature palm readers, “fire eating freaks,” illusionists, food trucks and live performances from local bands. The event also includes a costume contest, so dressing up is a must. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information check out their website: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/NightOfTheLivingZoo/nolz.cfm. Students must be 21 or older to attend.
Witch Watch 2015
Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the SUB 1 Quad
Hosted by Student Government, this event is a good way to spend your Halloween afternoon. There will be free food, raffles and games. This event is open to all Mason students and Fairfax community members.
Embassy Row Halloween
Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. on Massachusetts Avenue and 20th Street
Each year, all the embassies in Washington, D.C. host their own Halloween celebration in which they pass out different candies from around the world. Take a walk down 20th St., better known as Embassy Row, and stop by your favorite countries’ embassies to learn more about their traditions. The event is sure to be as yummy as it is educational.
Fields of Fear
Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cox Farms in Centreville, Va.
If Halloween parties are not your thing, stop by Cox Farms for its annual Fields of Fear event. Walk past zombies, enter the hall of whispers and visit “the vortex.” Ticket prices range from $13 to $25 and may be purchased either at the gate or online at http://fieldsoffear.coxfarms.com/. There will be bonfires, hayrides and music. Order some kettle corn, drink some hot chocolate and watch out for creeping zombies!
Thursday, Oct. 29, to Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Walk through Exorcism Estate and Slaughter Factor, but only if you dare. Scream City is the go-to indoor haunted house for Washingtonians. Scream City is produced by Steelhead Productions, the same company that created Field of Screams, the top-ranked scream park in the D.C. metro area. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster. Don’t forget money to pay for parking too, as the parking lot charges either $15 or $20. No flashlights, bags or backpacks are allowed. For more information visit http://www.screamcity.com/.