Since the beginning of October I’ve been itching to find a way to get into the Halloween spirit. Research revealed a lunatic asylum in West Virginia that offers overnight ghost tours (Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum), an urban haunted zombie house in Maryland (The Warehouse: Project 4.1), and curse house in Maryland (Bennett’s Curse). Given the cost of gas prices and pricey admissions, my friends and I decided on Fields of Fear, weekly event about 20 minutes away in Chantilly. Harvest Festival by day and Halloween attraction by night, tickets include entry into a corn maze (sort of), haunted wagon ride, and torch-lit slide. The event seemed more geared towards younger crowds, but the dark figures reaching out towards us during both the wagon ride and throughout the maze made it hard to contain a few yelps. Pictured below is one of the scenes from the haunted hayride.
There were two points in the maze that I can not get over, the man with the chainsaw and the bunny suit. When I heard the unmistakable drone of the chainsaw, a feeling of dread consumed me and after one look, I doubled back and barreled into my other two friends. Relieved, I used them as human shields as I made my way to safety and a more steady heartbeat. Soon after, I was wandering through an area that resembled an abandoned barn and out popped a man in a bunny suit, a concept that my mind wasn’t able to grasp. To convey my shock and disbelief I gestured to him with a mildly profane exclamatory remark and sent him into convulsions of laughter (a detail that was supplied later by my friend). All in all it was a good time, made even better with funnel cake, apple cider, and apple butter.
That, my friend, is a fried oreo. This coma-inducing combination of melted oreo, crispy batter, and powdered sugar is something I’ve been meaning to try for ages. The DC Foodfest last Sunday was of the best events I’ve attended in the DC/Virginia area. More than 50 DC restaurants and food trucks lined Pennsylvania Avenue, with favorites such as Sprinkles, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Shake Shack, and Tara Thai. I tried the Brixton’s fish and chips, Etete Ethiopian’s sambusa, hoisin duck Waffle sandwich from Wicked Waffle, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and marshmallow parfait from Co Co. Sala, Station 4’s pork belly, the half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl, fried oreos, and finally a samosa from Mayur’s Kabob House. Call me a glutton, but I have not smiled that much in a long time and to be fair I could not stomach anything else the rest of the day.
I also met some zombies, coincidentally from the The Warehouse: Project 4.1, one of the Halloween events I’ve been eyeing.