By: Lily Martin
Photos by: Sophie Roberts
Do it for the memories, do it for the pictures, do it for the aesthetic.
A D.C. Specialty
October is really just a 30 day countdown to Halloween, which includes one of D.C.’s most unique traditions: Trick-or-Treating on Embassy Row. I mean, why go from house to house when you can go from country to country? To get there, take either the Dupont GUTS bus or the Metro bus (D2, D6, or G2) to Massachusetts Ave and 20th St. Be sure to come dressed-up and with a bag in tow for collecting all the delicious global goodies.
Avoid the wandering clowns and head to the professionals for a dose of fear. This year, D.C.’s most popular haunted house, Scream City, will be hosted in the RFK Stadium every Friday and Saturday until November 5th. With two options, “Slaughter Factory” and “Exorcist State”, you’re sure to have a lovely (horrifying) time at these award winning set ups.
Fiesta like there’s no Mañana
November giving you the post-Halloween blues? Not to worry, because November 1st marks the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos, and the Embassy of Mexico is celebrating accordingly with a Day of the Dead Masquerade Fiesta. If amazing Mexican food, music, and ambiance aren’t enough to entice you, then maybe their giveaway, a free trip to Mexico, will do the trick. *21 and over*
Hit the Ice
Grab some heels and that over-sized hockey jersey you’ve been wearing to Piano on Wednesdays, because now is the time to channel your inner Rihanna. The Washington Capitals have weekly games at the Verizon Center, and with tickets starting at $30, this seasonal sport is the perfect way to spend a weeknight off in the city.
Want to try out the ice for yourself? The Washington Harbor Ice Rink opens on November 11th this year, and will offer a College Night Skate every Thursday, with $2 off admission if you bring your GoCard.
Not Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving Turkey
Georgetown students aren’t blessed with the long Thanksgiving Break that many other universities have, which means some of us won’t be able to go home unless we want to spend half our vacation on a plane. However, there’s no need to fret because the Hilltop always provides. Many restaurants in D.C. are offering special Thanksgiving-style dinners, including our very own 1789. With a three course meal set at $55 and other single items around $14, you’ll be able to sit down to a meal that would be envied by the folks back home.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
As Leslie Knope would have you know, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Fortunately for us, Georgetown is only about an hour drive from the picturesque Shenandoah National Park. We promise that seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains’ fall foliage will be worth pestering your one friend with a car to take you on the Skyline Drive.
To find natural beauty a little closer to home, drop by the Montrose and Dumbarton Parks right here in Georgetown. These adjacent parks contain over 27 acres of marked trails and beautiful forest backdrops for runners and ‘grammers alike.
Oh Christmas Tree
Let’s face it, once Thanksgiving Break is over there’s no better way to usher in the holiday season than with a tree lighting. The National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on December 1st, and this 94 year old tradition is not something you want to miss. Performers at this year’s event include Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor, but tickets aren’t easy to come by so be sure to check the website for additional info.
Fall in the District has so much more to offer than pumpkin-spiced lattes, so be sure to check out these fun, seasonal activities.