Best trick-or-treating in the District

Candy corn. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ben Marks.

Whoever said trick-or-treating was only for children definitely doesn’t understand college students. Often underfed and broke, college students love candy – especially free candy. We eat tons of the stuff and take pride in the dental problems that follow.

It’s time to design that costume, find some friends, and get ready to load up on that sweet, sweet candy. If you haven’t already found somewhere to go, here are a few places where you can trick-or-treat near campus.

Embassy Row

A hot spot for trick-or-treaters of all ages, Embassy Row on Halloween should be on your GW bucket list. Learn about different cultures and stuff yourself with a variety of candy from countries all around the world. There will be plenty of college students there and likely some pretty excellent costumes so be sure to dress to impress. However, there are over 50 embassies on Embassy Row and you can be sure each one participating will be expecting you to say “trick or treat” in its native language.
We suggest finding a Bulgarian dictionary in advance.


Take a stroll down M Street and visit some of D.C.’s most historic buildings. The streets will be packed, but don’t let that stop you. Who knows? You might even knock on a door and meet one of the many famous residents like Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright or Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

Capitol Hill

Many K Street lobbyists call the area home, meaning that you will probably come across the occasional king size-candy bar. The townhouses by Capitol Hill are notorious for its elaborate decorations, expect lots of motion censor skeletons and cheesy fake tombstones. Meet some of D.C.’s most powerful men and women, and hope for a giant Kit Kat.

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