Trick-or-treating on Embassy Row is a tradition embraced by AU's globally-minded students. Where else can you visit 20+ countries in a matter of hours dressed as your favorite public figure, book/movie/TV character, superhero, or supernatural evil entity?
But not all embassies open their doors for trick-or-treaters. Complicating matters this year is the fact that Halloween is on Saturday, when many embassies are closed.
To make your Embassy Row Halloween experience easier, here are some of the embassies that will—or are likely to—roll out the welcome mat for you and your friends.
Editor's note: this is only a partial list based on information gathered through outreach to the embassies and from various online sources. Embassies that are not mentioned below may or may not be receiving trick-or-treaters.
Definitely Participating—On Friday, October 30
- The Korean Cultural Center will hold its annual Halloween event on Friday, October 30 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. In years past, costumed candy-collectors could enter the embassy to immerse themselves in Korean Culture and even pose for photos.
- The Embassy of Finland will receive trick-or-treaters on Friday, October 30, during normal business hours (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.). Aside from shelling out sweets, they will take photos of willing ghouls and boys of all ages to be shared on the embassy's social media feeds.
- The Embassy of Portugal welcomes students every year. It will open its doors to DC's disguised on Friday, October 30, during regular business hours (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.).
The following embassies have been known to open their doors for trick-or-treaters in recent years, but did not respond when contacted about this year:
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Marshall Islands
- Papua New Guinea
Advice: Try them on Friday afternoon when you're visiting the Korean Cultural Center, the Embassy of Finland, and the Embassy of Portugal.
The following embassies said they will not receive trick-or-treaters:
Halloween Happenings at AU
If going door-to-door around the world isn't your bag of candy, there are at least three Halloween-themed campus events this year. Costumes are encouraged.
The best part of studying science isn't the Eureka moment, its scaring the pants off of everyone on American University's campus at Haunted SCAN, the blood-curdling, horror-inducing, scientifically-accurate haunted house created by AU's Society of Physics Students. On Friday, October 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Sports Center Annex, come experience all of the epic electronics, spooky specters, and nightmarish fractals, and test your skills against all the lasers, zombies, and disturbing demonstrations the scientific community at AU can legally throw at you.
Halloween Spooktacular: AU Symphony Orchestra
On Saturday, October 31, from 3 to 4 p.m., the AU Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, Yaniv Dinur, will perform under the spell of witches and ghosts in this frightfully fun family concert. Don't forget to wear your spookiest costume! Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets: $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors. RSVP required. Call 202-885-ARTS or go here http://american.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=780002
For the first time, AU will host an outdoor late night Halloween event in the Tunnel. Free of charge and free food. Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, "Fright Night" attractions will include a log slammer (similar to what you see on "Wipeout"), tunes spun by a DJ, inflatable jousting, airbrush tattoos, a caricature artist, Dance Dance Revolution, a costume contest (with prizes for individual and group costumes), and a roaming magician performing close up magic. Did we mention free food? Oh—I guess we did. Last year's Halloween event in the Tavern drew a crowd, but University Events Scheduling hopes Fright Night in the Tunnel will be a hit and become an AU event students anticipate each October.