So it’s that time of the year when it suddenly becomes socially acceptable to consume obnoxious quantities of candy and dress up in ridiculous costumes. Back in Geneseo, Halloween is like a weeklong celebration, with multiple costumes, tons of campus events and of course, candy. Celebrating here in D.C. is much different, as it’s just another day in the real world. (They wouldn’t let us wear our costumes to work for some reason...) Though it might be a little tougher to get into the spirit of things here, we did find one way to get our scares here in NoMa. One of the city’s haunted houses is actually located a few blocks down the street from the RAF in a big creepy abandoned warehouse. As far as haunted houses go, they did a pretty good job of jumping out and chasing us with chainsaws, so much so that one of the girls we were with almost had a panic attack on the way out. (I’m a tough guy so I didn’t even flinch.) Personally, I’m more of a haunted corn maze guy, but if you’re looking for a good scare this place had it all: zombies, ghosts, creepy clowns, and even a dungeon.


I heard from several different people that the best thing to do in D.C. for Hallo-weekend is to partake in the Clarendon Bar Crawl, which was this past Saturday. Clarendon is one of the nice neighborhoods over in Arlington, and the whole town was crawling (literally and figuratively) with people dressed in all kinds of costumes hopping from bar to bar to check out the different specials and activities going on at each stop. If you’re 21, I would highly recommend it if you’re in town for Halloween next year. It was like a big block party without having to worry about the cops shutting it down.


I have a feeling that this coming week is going to be very exciting, as the whole city has been preparing for it. As I’m sure you are aware, this coming week is Election Day, and with the Senate majority up for grabs, things are about to get very interesting one way or the other. I can’t wait for Congress to be back in session and am very excited to see how the turnover affects my job, as the changing composition of the various committees actually affects our clients in more ways than you might think. My coworkers told us interns that on Tuesday night, the majority of the city will be packed into the bars waiting for the results to come in, and I’m rather excited to have the chance to be here and be a part of that. Make sure you get out there and vote on Tuesday!

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