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    Getting into the Halloween Spirit; Skeeball, Costumes, Beer

    Getting into the Halloween Spirit; Skeeball, Costumes, Beeri
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    October 30, 2013 4:20 PM
    October 31st is Halloween in the United States. And that means costumes and knocking on neighbors’ doors for candy. That's mostly for children, but adults get into the spirit, too. Except, for them it’s more like costumes, alcohol and winding down from their stressful jobs. So when United Social Sports, a group that offers sports and competitions for adults, announced a costumed Spirit Week, it was hard for some members to resist getting dressed up. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington.
    October 31 is Halloween in the United States. And that means costumes and knocking on neighbors’ doors for candy.  That's mostly for children, but adults get into the spirit, too.  Except, for them it’s more like costumes, alcohol and winding down from their stressful jobs. So when United Social Sports, a group that offers sports and competitions for adults, announced a costumed Spirit Week, it was hard for some members to resist getting dressed up. 

    The game is called Skeeball.  

    It’s like bowling but each hole the ball goes into has a different point value. But if you think that’s what tonight is all about… you are off the mark.

    The night is one of six in a season.   

    Costumed teams compete for a chance to win a $300 bar tab awarded to the best-dressed squad.  But these folks didn't need the incentive to dress up.  

    Taking a night off is what this holiday is all about.

    Organizers seem happy with the turnout. Dan Shank hosts the Skeeball tournament.
    “Eighty percent of the teams this week came out in some sort of costume, which is really nice to see.  It gets everybody else in the bar excited," he explained.

    And that's the idea behind the Halloween soiree.  Meet some people.  Share some drinks.  Play some games and hopefully get some rest… before the sun rises … and they’re back to their real lives.

    • A dog dressed as Zoltar the fortune teller takes part in the 23rd annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York, Oct. 26, 2013.
    • A participant marches in the annual Halloween parade in New York, Oct. 31, 2013.
    • A man dressed as an ice queen smokes a cigarette during the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval, which attracts nearly 500,000 people annually in West Hollywood, California, Oct. 31, 2013.
    • Young people in costume take part in the "Evil spirits Parade" flash mob as they celebrate Halloween in the center of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Oct. 31, 2012. Around hundred people took part in the flash mob which was organised on social networks.
    • David Nickerson, 28, competes dressed as artist Bob Ross during the ZJ Boarding House Halloween Surf Contest in Santa Monica, California, Oct. 26, 2013.
    • A family walks along Venice Boardwalk in their Halloween costumes in Venice, Los Angeles, California, Oct.  31, 2013.
    • A woman who drew part of a face on her cheek, stands among the crowd at a costume party to celebrate Halloween in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, Oct. 31, 2013.
    • Che Ereftheriou, 12, skateboards in his Gingerbread Man Halloween costume in Santa Monica, California, Oct. 31, 2013.
    • Erin Kunse dresses up as the Mona Lisa painting at the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval, West Hollywood, California, Oct. 31, 2013.
    • The South Portico of the White House in Washington, D.C. decorated for Halloween, Oct. 30, 2013.
    • Betty Dillow helps her grandson with his pumpkin carving in Bristol, Virginia.
    • A diver in a skeleton costume dives during a media opportunity to mark Halloween at the Sea Life aquarium in Berlin, Oct. 28, 2013.
    • Children dressed in costumes take part in Manila's Ocean Park annual Trick or Treat event, Philippines.

    • A couple dressed in costumes ride a motorbike during the "Moto Halloween Party 2013" in Cali, Colombia,  Oct. 30, 2013.
    • U.S. President Barack Obama (center left) and first lady Michelle Obama (center right) give Halloween treats to visiting children at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2013.
    • An actress in a "good witch" costume walks around ahead of a Halloween reception for children on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2013.

    Arash Arabasadi

    Arash Arabasadi is an award-winning multimedia journalist with a decade of experience shooting, producing, writing and editing. He has reported from conflicts in Iraq, Egypt, the Persian Gulf and Ukraine, as well as domestically in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. Arash has also been a guest lecturer at Howard University, Hampton University, Georgetown University, and his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Ashley and their two dogs.

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