Get Freaky with a Frappula this Halloweekend

starbucks-has-a-new-secret-halloween-drinkSo you’ve made it through midterms… OK that’s a joke, midterms literally never end. So you’re in the middle of midterms and Halloween is coming up. You want to get excited about the holiday but you haven’t even had time to think of a clever costume. Maybe you wanted to go to a pumpkin patch and make lots of apple baked goods but you’ve been stuck in Lau all weekend. Never fear, the FRAPPULA is here!

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So now you’re thinking, what the heck is a frappula? It is the amazing new Starbucks drink here Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. You might be stuck studying this Halloweekend (although you should be trick-or-treating on embassy row), but no matter what you’re doing you’ll need a caffeine fix at some point. The Frappula is here to help caffeine-starved, holiday cheer craving student everywhere.

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You may remember the green tea Fraken Frappuccino from last year, but this time around Starbucks is stepping up their game. The Frappula involves a white chocolate blend sandwiched between a layer of mocha and whipped cream, with an additional raspberry drizzle for a delicious and spooky flavor combination.

So take a quick study break and be sure to grab one of these blended treats at a nearby Starbucks! Otherwise, the trick is on you.

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Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, twitter.com, thrillist.com

GTFO: Pumpkin Patch

GTFOHave midterms been bring you down recently? If so, you’re not alone. If you need something to look forward to in order to get you through the next few weeks, just remember Halloween is right around the corner! And, Halloween means FUN FALL THINGS.

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If you’re looking to “Get The Frick Off campus”, what better than a haunted hay ride and corn maze to get you in the spirit. Cox Farms in Virginia is in the middle of their Fields of Fear. It runs every Friday and Saturday night through November 1. It’s not too late. Check out all the details here.

You might be wondering, what does fields of fear entail exactly? Just how scary is it really? Luckily for you all, I’m a senior who likes to GTFO, so let me tell you all about it.

PART 1: The haunted corn maze

Corn mazes are really fun, but they’re even better when paid actors in costume are chasing you right? In the haunted corn maze you can expect monsters, zombies, axe murders and creepy dolls all over the place. What’s not to love?

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PART 2: The zombie hayride

In this part of fields of fear you get to pile into a tracker and go on a nice ride around the field. It starts off as a lovely bonding experience for you and your fields, but then quickly takes a turn for the scary when zombies escape from their cages and start chasing you. They even reach into the tracker and grab you.

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Booo!

PART 3: The Woods

If you thought the last two sounded scary, prepare yourself for the haunted woods. It is pitch black and there are a lot of people in bear suits. The entire experience ends with men chasing you with chain saws, yes they will run after you.

After experiences all three terrifying attractions at fields of fear, you can relax, buy some apple cider donuts and some hot cider and sit around the fire pit. There is even a dance floor if you feel the need to boogie. Don’t forget to buy some pumpkins on the way out!

There will be fall, there will be friends and there will be fun: Happy GTFO

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Photos: giphy.com, Sydney Bolling/The Hoya

4E Horoscopes

horoscope-gallery-sagittariusSo I’m actually way more prophetic than people give me credit for.

Check out your horoscope below to see how your future, love life and Halloweekend is going to play out. 100% accurate or your money back.

Capricorn (12/22 – 1/19)

Your life has been crazy and hectic lately, but after this week you’ll finally settle into a more normal rhythm. In your time of desperation, you’ll find a wrapped item of a food on the ground, but you should not eat it. You’ll think about it though.

LoveLyfe: Your side-bae is going to be a side-bye. Get ahead and start moving on.

Halloween-o-scope: You have way too many options for Halloweekend. You’ll be overwhelmed if you try to do them all, so pick carefully. Stay away from group costume ideas.

Aquarius (1/20 – 2/18)

Next Thursday will literally be a #tbt. Some ghosts of Christmas past will walk back into your life in a way that you were not expecting. Though you may feel overwhelmed at first, take a deep breath—this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

LoveLyfe: You normally live by the commandment, “thou shalt not text first.” But next weekend, if you get over yourself and just go for it, something good will happen.

Halloween-o-scope: You’ll meet a tempting someone dressed as a promiscuous animal on Halloween night. Stay away.

Pisces (2/19 – 3/20)

You know that listening isn’t your strong suit, but you know who really deserves to get listened to? Yourself. You’re in desperate need of some #me-realtalk and just be honest with yourself.

LoveLyfe: The moons have shifted in a rare fashion. Your love interest will acknowledge you sober and in public … potential keeper here.

Halloween-o-scope: So your Halloween costume might be more on the risqué side … but this isn’t something you should feel self-conscious about. If you got it, flaunt it.

Aries (3/21 – 4/19)

You’re stressed out about post-grad plans, but you should not be. Things are going to work out a lot more seemlessly then you’re anticipating, and then you’ll realize that all this nervousness now was unnecessary.

LoveLyfe: You may think you’re the only one courting your crush, but you’re very wrong. Time to step up your game so that someone else doesn’t step on your toes.

Halloween-o-scope: Halloween will not be what you’re expecting this year, but just be prepared to go with the flow.

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20)

Your next CTF experience will not be what you’re hoping for.

LoveLyfe: You’re kind of in a rut here. You’re bored with the people around you, and you’re anxious for someone new to walk into your life. But maybe it’s not someone new you should be looking for, but someone old. Not like middle-aged old, but someone you already know. Re-examine the boo’s in your life and do some soul-searching to find out which one could be bae.

Halloween-o-scope: You’re in for a fright this year. Stay cool though, everything will be alright.

Gemini (5/21 – 6/20)

Your next Facebook profile picture will get more likes than you ever thought possible.

LoveLyfe: You feel like a stalker when it comes to your crush, and in some ways, you kind of are. Next time you’re in the same area, introduce yourself in a not-creepy way. They’ll be flattered you took the time to pay attention to them.

Halloween-o-scope: You feel like you’re just over Halloween. You’ve done this for twenty-odd years now, and the routine of going to different houses and collecting candy/shot of Burnetts is getting old. Holidays are just a social construct, right? Isn’t this just a way for the candy companies and Victoria’s Secret to increase their profits? While you may be right, ditch the indifferent attitude just for one night. Have fun with it, put on some animal ears, and go with the flow.

Cancer (6/21 – 7/22)

Work has been going super well lately, and this isn’t just a fluke. You’re really hitting your stride and expanding your skills, so give yourself a pat on the back.

Your frenemy Tequila is going to stab you in the back next weekend…stay away.

LoveLyfe: Your wheelhouse is going to expand…but can you juggle all these new love interests? No need to get serious with anyone yet, but your options are going to increase. In a month or so you’ll have to make a hard decision about one of them.

Halloween-o-scope: You’re going to eat too much candy, but that’s okay.

Leo (7/23 – 8/22)

You feel like your outer appearance has been a bit ratchet, and in all honesty, it kind of has been. That’s mostly because of all the stress you’ve been feeling lately. Give yourself a detox day to give your skin the healing that it needs. You’ll feel better inside and out.

LoveLyfe: Someone in your extra-circular activities has recently caught your eye … don’t let that person out of your sight. Don’t be a stranger, but don’t be a stalker either.

Halloween-o-scope: Your kitty costume isn’t be the only thing that is blacking out this weekend.

Virgo (8/23 – 9/22)

Everyone thinks you’re perfect and you have your life together—but do you really? You feel like the answer to this question is no, and having to pretend like you do is driving you mad. It’s a good idea to confide in those you’re close with to say you feel like a mess, and their advice in this situation will be invaluable.

LoveLyfe: You really need to be less self-conscious about yourself, bae and/or side-bae isn’t as judgmental as you think.

Halloween-o-scope: Your kitty tail isn’t the only thing you’re in danger of losing this Halloweened—keep a close eye on your wallet and iphone. You may be in need of an upcoming screen repair.

Libra (9/23 – 10/22)

You may think you’re under-appreciated, but the people in your life value you a lot more than you think. You’re very popular in your inner circle, so don’t forget that.

The wifi at your residence currently sucks. This isn’t going to change.

LoveLyfe: The mixed signals you’ve been getting from a certain someone lately are finally going to clear up. Don’t force this though, this honest conversation will occur organically.

Halloween-o-scope: This Halloween may be the best one you’ve had in a while. Your costume is going to receive a lot of praise, even if you need to explain to some people first.

Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21)

Tension between you and a certain nemesis will peak this month, but try best not to let your annoyance with this person escalate in a way you’ll regret. Like a poster in my second grade classroom said, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will hurt forever.”

LoveLyfe: Remind your bae and/or side-bae of you interest in them, because they may be uncertain at times. Don’t be afraid to be more forward than you usually are, and slap a couple extra emojis in your texts to show that you really do care.

Halloween-o-scope: So you’re panicking that you don’t have enough costume ideas—but don’t fret. Revisit your childhood costume ideas for inspiration (and maybe ask your mom to FedEx a couple accessories).

Sagittarius (11/22 – 12/21)

You feel like you’ve just run a marathon. Life has been busier than you ever thought possible, and you’re deserving of some much need relaxation. Next Thursday night, bring a glass of pinot into an extra-hot shower to calm your nerves.

LoveLyfe: You’ve been feeling really frisky lately. Go to your favorite bar next Friday, and you’ll be sure to DFMO.

Halloween-o-scope: Your costume idea for Saturday night is destined to be hot and snarky. Though you may not remember all of this weekend, people are definitely going to give you lots of compliments.

Photo: likewise.canoe.com

Jack the Bulldog Is Killing the Insta Game

hi2jacksApparently Jack the Bulldog is a real Instagram expert. His most recent instas are praisewothy and 4E enjoys praising. So here they are:

Markel Barks! Jack shows his hops sporting a #Georgetown #Hoyas basketball jersey. Tune in for a new #Halloween costume each day this week!

A photo posted by Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (@gujackbulldog) on

We really enjoyed Jack’s Halloween costumes but his Instagram captions made them even better.

“Know thy enemy.” Jack disguises as a squirrel (and fools no one) for Day 2 of Halloweek! #HoyaHalloween A photo posted by Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (@gujackbulldog) on

So witty. No wonder he got into Georgetown.

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Bone. #ExpectoPAWtronum #HoyaHalloween (Photo via @frannie_murray)

A photo posted by Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (@gujackbulldog) on

 Jack also flaunted his freestyle barking talents on Instagram recently. 

Jack’s layin’ down tracks in the studio, spittin’ hot fire for basketball season. (via @georgetownathletics) A photo posted by Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (@gujackbulldog) on

And the resulting recording is pretty cool too. Hear Jack spit hot fire:

We also love Jack because he addressed Kim Kardashian’s scandal-inducing gluteus maximus via Instagram. #breaktheinternet

“Am I doing this right?”

A photo posted by Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog (@gujackbulldog) on

Now that you’re feeling the Hoya love make sure to get to the men’s basketball’s second game on Tuesday and check out The Hoya’s Basketball Preview for the men’s and women’s teams.

Follow Jack on his instagram account, @gujackbulldog!

Photos: Daniel Smith/The Hoya, Jack the Bulldog Instagram

InstagraMondays: Halloweekend

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Halloweekend is over. Four costume changes and 50 Facebook albums of a clique of blondes in Risky Business attire later, college students’ most anticipated holiday season has come to a close. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there was no excuse not to go big for both the pre- and post-Oct. 31 festivities. If you’re like me and were dangerously close to resorting to the brutally basic cat and/or devil ensemble, you’re relieved to be over the hurdle of stress shopping at American Apparel and Buffalo Exchange, strict dieting to accommodate spandex bodysuits, wearing a scant amount of clothing, trying to incorporate a coat into the outfit that necessitates said “scant” amount of clothing and seeing boys in too-short shorts.

Much like the anticlimactic morning after Christmas Day, the Monday after Halloweekend calls for some deep reflection. The same way we pack up the ornaments and say goodbye to the 25 Days of Christmas specials on ABC Family, so too must we put away our neon jumpsuits, body paint and tank tops that walk the fine line between a “cropped tank” and a bra. And much like waking up on Jan. 1 after a long New Year’s Eve night, we must take the time to contemplate our resolutions for the next holiday season.

Next Halloweekend, can you assure yourself with the same conviction that you can pull off that Miley Cyrus getup complete with leotard, teddy bear and foam finger? Should you? Should you try to be more politically correct with your costume choice next year (this one’s for you, promiscuous Barack Obama on the dance floor)? Or for the men in tights and the Cady Heron-esque Playboy bunnies, perhaps opt for more overall coverage?

To honor the memories of this wild Halloweekend, here are a few favorite Instas of your very own 4E bloggers.

D.J. Angelini shines as a cat lady. If it wasn’t for @ltonnessen615’s clarifying caption I would have had to call my grandma to make sure she wasn’t raging on the Hilltop this Halloweekend.

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Cristina Serra shows Texas how 4E does Halloween. Isn’t John Mayer from there? No? Okay well her body is still a wonderland.

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Sara Carioscia shows that Halloweekend has the unique ability to bring all walks of life together. Mormons and ninja turtles, for example.

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And now for some non-blogging fellow Hoyas this Halloweekend.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at Cuates is a very Hoya Halloween. Props to @sarahjdevs for the clever geotag (even though the Mexican blanket is a dead giveaway).

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Here is @mollyrose5494 and @annetayl0r with a cute Mary Poppins tribute.

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In this insta, @maireadryan3 & Co. kill the Charlie’s Angels trio. Location: Mission XXX.

IMG_7244And there you have it. Until next Halloweekend, Hoyas. May your post-Halloween stupor be filled with thoughts of how to better keep down that Pumpkin Burnett’s and maintain your dignity next October.

Photos: Instagram

Cheap Halloween Eats at Chipotle and Saxbys

Halloween Cheap Eats

Did you know that Halloween’s tomorrow? That’s right, T-1 day until one of the greatest days of the year, and restaurants everywhere are upping their promotion game.

First up is Chipotle, a little-known Mexican restaurant that’s looking to expand beyond its current M Street location — oh, who am I kidding? Beloved by hungry college kids everywhere, Chipotle is bringing back Boorito, a special promotion that gets you a THREE-DOLLAR BURRITO if you come in with a costume on Halloween from 5 p.m. to close (10 p.m.). That’s right. A glorious Chipotle burrito for $3. Let that sink in, much like your teeth will sink into a delicious burrito if you wear a costume and walk into your neighborhood Chipotle. Of course, if burritos aren’t your thing, you can get a burrito bowl (my personal favorite), an order of tacos or a salad for the same low price of $3. As if this wasn’t amazing enough, proceeds from Boorito up to $1 million will go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which aims to create a “more sustainable and healthful food supply.” What’s not to love?

Social media sidenote: Chipotle is also offering a costume contest for its customers, so if you tweet or Instagram a photo of yourself at a Chipotle (in costume) with the hashtag #ChipotleBooritoContest, you could win up to $2,500 for the most creative costume, best group costume or scariest costume.

Another local chain offering deliciousness on Halloween is Saxbys. If you pop into Saxbys on Halloween from noon to 7 p.m., you get a free small pumpkin spice latte (#PSL). You don’t even have to wear a costume — although it’s encouraged.

So if you feel like getting some yummy coffee or a filling burrito (nothing says carbo-loading like a warm tortilla, am I right?), head over to Saxbys and Chipotle tomorrow and get your almost-free Halloween treats!

Photos: urbancdn.com 

Dress Up and Win Money From Hoya Health Hut

Hoya Health Halloween Contest

Everyone loves a good ol’ run-in with the Hoya Health Hut. Nothing’s better than stopping by their pop-up kiosk on the way to class and walking away with some free stuff after learning some health info you PROBABLY should have already known by this point. But that’s what they’re there for: To tell you some super important stuff and give you free stuff just for listening!

In this case, that “free stuff” will come in the form of awesome gift cards to some of the best hangout spots in the Georgetown area. What’s the occasion? The Hoya Health Hut Costume Contest. You have until Nov. 8 to send in a perfectly filtered picture of your best costume from this weekend to [email protected]

GU Health Education Services will be posting your submissions on their Facebook page and the three pictures that acquire the most likes will win a prize. First place will walk away with a $100 gift card to Founding Farmers, second place will receive a $50 gift card to Pinstripes and third place will receive a $25 gift card to AMC.

Get your costumes ready and make sure they’re in great form for your Hoya Health Hut snapshot. Don’t worry, if you haven’t gathered your costume essentials just yet, we have a few suggestions.

Photo: photobucket.com

A Hoya’s Guide to Last-Minute Costumes

 

Last Minute Costumes

The greatest day of the year is almost upon us! That’s right Hoyas — in just a few short hours campus will be overrun with ghouls, goblins and other more creative costumes. If you’re planning on taking part in the #debauchery (and who wouldn’t be?) then a great costume is more necessary than a double shot of espresso during finals.

However, given the hectic past few weeks of midterms, parents‘ weekend and Homecoming, many of you may find yourselves in a costume-less predicament. If your lack of a costume is starting to worry you, and you’re actually considering not partaking in all the festive fun, then have no fear! 4E is here with a guide for some last-minute costumes that are somewhat creative and fairly easy to put together.

A Charlie Brown Halloween: If you’ve never seen this classic then you’re definitely missing out! Nothing screams Halloween quite like a ghost costume made out of a sheet with a bunch of holes. You might even receive some rocks when you go trick-or-treating on Embassy Row. For this look, all you need is a white sheet and a Sharpie or black construction paper to make it look like it’s covered in holes. Bonus points if you walk around with a rock all night saying “I got a rock” to anyone you see.

Koala and Tree: Looking for the perfect couple costume for you and your significant other? Or do you just have a really tall roommate and only couple costumes work with your height difference (the struggle is real)?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the costume for you! For the koala look, rock your best groutfit, throw on some animal ears and paint your nose a la the classic animal-for-Halloween look. For the tree, wear green on top and brown on bottom, and feel free to get creative with your use of leaves and branches to authenticate the look. Such accessories can be found all over Healy Lawn because it’s fall.

Shackers/Walk of Shamers/Stride of Priders: This costume is super easy because you actually put effort into looking as disheveled as possible. No need to flawlessly reapply makeup and style hair to achieve this look! I recommend getting ready and then taking a nap before you join in on the fun so you look as disorderly as possible. Before heading out, just throw an oversized shirt on over an undersized dress and feel free to accessorize as you see fit! Grab some sunglasses and heels to carry around. Dudes can do this too: Pour various colored drinks on your wrinkled and torn button up, throw on some sunglasses and one shoe.

“God’s Gift to Men/Women”: So you think you’re pretty great, huh? Yeah, well why not dress yourself as a present with a bow and attach a gift tag that says “To: Men/Women. From: God”.  Basically you can use this holiday as an excuse to show off just how awesome you think you are really are.

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#Basic: Need some inspiration for this look? Look no further than Red Square between class times. You’re sure to see some fellow Hoyas rocking the flannel-infinity scarf/vest/riding boots combination! Replicate their outfits, find a Starbucks cup and write PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte for you non #Basics) on it and go around saying things like “Which Instagram filter do you think I should use?”

The 99 percent versus The 1 percent:  This costume can be perfectly executed with just two people and minimal effort. Find yourself a friend in the MSB or someone with some spiffy business professional attire to be the 1 percent and dress up like the 99 percent by dressing as casually as possibly (yes, groutfits are acceptable). Make signs saying “I’m the __ percent” like in the picture below and you’ll absolutely kill it!

“When Life Gives You Lemons”: Step one: obtain a white shirt. Step two: write “LIFE” on your white shirt. Step three: carry around a bowl of lemons. BAM! A Halloween costume that required so little effort it’s ridiculous.

Royal Babies: Draw your inspiration from the greats and have a very royal Halloween. Grab two other friends and dress as Blue Ivy, North West and Prince George. You can go for the actual looks of these famous toddlers or go for a looser interpretation. Costumes could include an all blue outfit with fake ivy or leaves as accessories, a compass made out of cardboard pointing northwest or a British flag and a crown.

“One Night Stand”: This one really isn’t easy to make and definitely requires more effort than the rest, but it’s can be pretty hilarious. Use cardboard or some other sturdy material to put together a nightstand which you can wear around yourself.  Put a lampshade on your head and glue down some other bedside accessories like an alarm clock or picture frame.  Finally, enjoy the plentiful compliments your sure to receive on your creativity.

So there you have it, procrastinating Hoyas: A few costume suggestions to ensure that you have a very happy Halloween! Remember to take part in lots of #debauchery on this great holiday and stay safe.

Photos: pinimeg.com, on sugar.com, jp9.com, cloudfront.net, playborhood.com

The Best Pickup Lines for Halloween Condomgrams

Halloween Condom-Gram

Every Halloween, H*yas for Choice sells condomgrams (because the last thing students need is a post-Halloween spook). For a dollar, a H*yas for Choice member will hand-deliver a condom and a personalized card to the Georgetown student of your choice.

With these condomgrams comes a lot of pressure to make witty and creative Halloween-themed pickup lines. The cards can be anonymous, allowing us to finally hit on that cutie from math class, poke fun at our roommates or make our abstinent friends very uncomfortable. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

My devil costume won’t be the only thing that’s horny tonight.

I know if I’m haunting you, you must be haunting me.

Even the best candy needs a wrapper.

Because your face shouldn’t be the only thing covered up on Halloween.

So you won’t have to go trick-or-treating as a parent next year.

You’re the only treat I want in my sack this Halloween.

Ready to make you my BOO!

Why dress up for candy when you can undress for me?

In case you get a costume that somehow makes you appealing.

Happy Halloweiner!

Have an incredible Halloween and make sure that even if you aren’t participating in the H*yas for Choice condomgram extravaganza, you’re still making safe decisions while embracing the #debauchery.

Got any Halloween pickup lines of your own? Add them below in the comments.

Photo: wordpress.com

The Updated Guide to an Embassy Row Halloween

Embassy Row Halloween

For those of you living under a rock, Halloween is upon us — this Friday, to be exact. As we reported two years ago, a bunch of the embassies on Massachusetts Avenue and 20th Street (aka Embassy Row) will be opening their doors for trick-or-treaters!

So which embassies will be accessible to costumed college students? And perhaps just as importantly, what kind of candy will they be giving out? From personal experience, we can attest that the goods are what you’d expect from any American candy-giving house during Halloween. But what if the embassies gave out traditional treats from their home countries? Here’s what we could expect from the embassies open for trick-or-treating this year:

Bulgaria: Amphora (or fancy jar)-shaped pralines with nuts and sugary syrup

Dominican Republic: Peanut or sesame crackle or dolce de mani o ajonjoli for all the Spanish speakers out there

Greece: Finikia, a type of cookie topped with walnuts and cinnamon

South Korea: Hangwa is the term for any kind of candy, although a more specific kind would be yakgwa, a flower-shaped biscuit made with honey

Marshall Islands: Coconut candy

Niger: Mango or plantains, which would be a fantastic palate cleanser

Papua New Guinea: The home of sugar cane, a typical dessert could be dia (starch and bananas cooked with coconut cream)

Slovenia: Krofne, or airy donuts that can be filled with jam or Nutella (drool)

United Kingdom: Literally Honeyduke’s Cadbury’s anythingfrom regular milk chocolate bars to these

Uzbekistan: Khalva, little squares of syrupy walnut dessert

This annual event is hosted by the SFS Academic Council, and they’ll be giving out maps of Embassy Row beforehand so that you don’t go barging into any random embassy (sorry, the Philippines circa 2012!). Embassy Row is accessible via either the Dupont Circle GUTS bus or the Metro bus lines G2, D6 or D2. This year, trick-or-treating will be taking place from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 30). We recommend that you don’t delay, because the embassies might — gasp — run out of candy. And you don’t want that.

Check out the Facebook event and RSVP!

Photo: davidrehunt.com