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.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Harber
A third Good Stuff Eatery opened up in Georgetown just in time for lunch Monday — this time just a 25-minute walk from campus.
Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s newest venture will feature the burgers and shakes that Good Stuff Eatery is known for, and make specialty items like the red velvet shake available as regular menu items.
The Georgetown location, at 3291 M St. NW, will have a farmhouse feel to it, with a creamery on the second floor so customers can see homemade milkshakes prepared.
Mendelsohn, who gained fame by competing in two seasons of “Top Chef,” opened the first Good Stuff Eatery in 2008 near Capitol Hill, followed by the second in Crystal City last year. He also owns We, The Pizza and opened a French restaurant, Béarnaise, earlier this summer with his sister.
Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its first automatic dessert dispensary in March at its Beverly Hills location. Photo used under Creative Commons.
Students with a late-night sweet tooth can soon get their fix outside of the candy aisle of CVS or 7-Eleven.
Sprinkles Cupcakes plans to open a 24-hour cupcake dispensary machine in August, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Customers can pick out cupcakes from a machine resembling an ATM built into the shop’s wall at 3015 M St. in Georgetown.
After selecting a flavor onscreen, customers can watch a robotic arm pull the boxed-up dessert from a 600 cupcake-supply, restocked daily for freshness.
Cupcakes from the machine will cost $4, a 50-cent uptick from the store’s regular price, according to The Post. The machine will only take credit and debit cards.
The upscale bakery opened its first cupcake ATM in March at its Beverly Hills location, which founder Candace Nelson said dispenses about 1,000 cupcakes per day.
The dispensers are being installed this summer at nine locations across the country, including sites in New York, Houston and Chicago.