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The Hunt: Three Activities for Halloween

October 25, 2012

Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. ‘Tis the season to be spooky and we’re really starting to get into the spirit of the holiday with the 31st less than a week away. So get out the candy corn, fake blood, and pumpkintinis because we are dishing our favorite Halloween activities!

Halloween Pub Crawls
Washington, DC

The Skinny: Since the start of the season, costumes stores have been getting lots of traffic while DC locals hang up their work attire to dress up for the various restaurant, bar and neighborhood Halloween celebrations. This year, aside from the option of popping into any bar this weekend, which will be sure to be in the Halloween spirit, you can head to M Street in Georgetown for Nightmare on M Street. This Saturday, October 27th, 27 bars, including Panache, The Front Page, Irish Whiskey Public House, One Lounge and Dirty Martini will offer specials and host Halloween parties from 5pm-1am, finishing off at McFaddens for a costume contest. It will be a massive crowd of pub crawlers, in costume, that night. So if you plan to join the fun, wear a costume! And if you’re not celebrating this weekend, don’t be surprised to see large costumed crowds roaming the neighborhoods in search of festivals, Halloween parties and pub crawls.

–Shanen

Old Gold
Burlington, VT

The Skinny: I love shopping for unique Halloween costumes, so every year I have to search far and wide to make a costume beyond prepackage outfit. Old Gold in downtown Burlington is a treasure trove of quirky, wild, and sometimes risqué clothing and accessories. The jam packed store has wigs, go-go boots, neon tights, wacky glasses, vintage clothes, plus just about anything else a costume junkie may need for outside-the-box outfits. Even if I’m not looking to buy, Old Gold is worth a visit. The window displays and the staff are always a hoot–like these costumed ladies, pictured, who were at the storefront for the Mardi Gras parade last spring.

–Rachel S.

Picking and Carving Pumpkins
Ganyard Hill Farm, Durham, NC

The Skinny: While this activity can take place at home, carving pumpkins is one of my favorite Halloween activities (granted, this was the first time I had actually done it on my own). Part of the beauty of the activity is going pumpkin picking (of course), and this year we hit the popular Durham favorite, Ganyard Hill Farm. My son chose the pumpkins, I scooped out the seeds (roasted with some cinnamon and butter), and I started sketching out our little friend Jack – complete with a bowl haircut. You can’t help but get into the Halloween spirit when you see the pumpkin lit up with a candle!

— Emily

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