As usual, there will be quite a few different programs available — three tracks so
it's impossible to attend them all but, with luck, maybe one you missed in prior years
will be offered again. A four track includes the tournaments, most of which are included
in the list below but there may be more listed here.
We have the latest Programs At A Glance (PAAG)
if you'd like to peruse.
Please keep in mind, of course, that this is a working copy,
and offerings are subject to change.
Although programs are subject to change, so far this year’s topics
and tournaments (tap/click on a topic for details) may include:
Some changes may
between now and
WeeM but you can expect most of the programs listed above and the traditional ones listed below.
The Program Booklet (when it becomes available) and the
latest Programs At A Glance (PAAG)
give you an idea of when many of the tournaments and programs have been
scheduled and helps you avoid volunteering during a time slot that may conflict
with something you wish to attend. As always, there may be last minutes changes
due to cancellations and/or conflicts. The daily printed PAAG at WeeM will always
supersede both the Program Booklet schedule and the information on our website.
The online PAAG will be in synch with the on-site printed copy — just make sure you refresh your browser window.
Also, you can access our archives (pdf) to view the full program
booklets for all past HalloweeMs with the exception of the virtual one in 2020.
Glass Blowing Excursion
There will be excursions for those who arrive early.
HalloweeM setup starts at ~3 PM at the hotel. As much as we’ve appreciated all the impromptu volunteers in years past,
this year we ask you to sign up in advance
for Hospitality either online or using the on-site sign-up sheet near registration
because, for everyone’s safety, we need to tightly
control the number of people who have access to the food preparation area and food in the serving area.
Sign up before WeeM starts
and earn double and even triple entries
for the Sunday morning cash drawings held during the Awards & Announcements Presentation.
Winners need not be present Sunday for awards of $25 or more.
Expect the first program to start at
(See the latest Programs At A Glance (PAAG)
for the actual times.
Please keep in mind, of course, that this is a working copy,
and offerings are subject to change.)
Gather in the hospitality area and catch up with your friends while enjoying
a great meal including tasty sides at ˜7 PM.
This year will not be buffet-style. Instead people will queue up to pick up their
plated food from servers cafeteria-style. It may be somewhat slower but it will be safer. See the
Westin floor plan to locate the south doors which is
the only entrance to the serving area to pick up your meal.
The Friday night costume party is one of the unique events that sets the Chicago
Area Mensa RG apart from all the others. Mensa grown-ups
take dressing up to a new level. Costumes range from fanciful to
funny to elaborate and elegant, but the thing for which Mensans are
best known are the pun and word-play costumes. In all of them,
Mensa-style creativity is obvious. Bring your sense of
humor, and your wits, because our puns will keep you guessing and
giggling all night long. Make sure to consider this year's theme,
ripe for pun-filled humor! Puns, however, are not a requirement.
View our pictures
to see costumes from ’WeeMs past.
The kids costume parade will precede the adult
costumes. As in past years we encourage more adults to attend and support
For those of you who
have younger children who might be overwhelmed by hundreds of
strangers, who have children with early bed-times, or who simply want
to avoid having to explain some of the (occasionally suggestive)
puns, this will give kids a chance to dress up and compete for prizes
at their own party. If you signed up for baby-sitting, your kids can then
go to the Kids Room and you can stay for the
adult costume contest.
Everyone on the dance floor! Requests taken.
A photo id
will be required for any adult picking up
Pretentious Drinking (PD)
You will not be able to get coupons for other adults in your party.
Read our Covid Safeguards before
registering and again in October before coming to the hotel.
You must be masked when getting served and in all locations outside of Hospitality
with the exception of drinking programs
and the Games Room where you can remove it to take a drink.
In Hospitality keep your mask on except when actually eating or drinking.
Liqueurs. The fancy stuff. Polished, cosmopolitan,
perhaps even a bit
snooty. The stuff you graduate to from beer and wine. You’d like
to know more but, gosh, look at that price. What if that pricey potion
isn’t quite the palate pleaser you expected? Rejoice! As in years
past, you can sample some truly amazing liqueurs, and your
money’s no good here! We will supply a wide range of weird and
wonderful concoctions from around the world. You can determine which
you’d like to own, which should be left on the shelf, and which
you should give to your arch-nemesis as a thoughtful gift. Obviously,
you must be of legal drinking age to join us and show proof at registration.
Snobbish accents and extended pinkies optional.
The return of the Photo Booth—this year it will be located near
Pretentious Drinking—where you can pose with friends wearing all
sorts of fun and silly props. You’ll be given a copy of your photos
as a keepsake. See some of the prior years’ photos
to get an idea of what to expect.
Werewolf of WeeM Tournament
For those under 21, in addition to the daily Social Deduction games,
we will offer a special Werewolf tournament just for teens and
tweens after the Epicurean Experience.
Unusual food samples and, occasionally, unique beverages.
This event is alcohol free, so anyone not wearing
an “under 21” badge should visit before partaking of Pretentious
Drinking and show us your PD ticket. (You can keep it.)
Please note: we aren’t serving a meal, just samples and sips, so
come for curiosity, not dinner.
We’ve also had requests
to bring back the Cookie Contest as well as the Scarecrow Decorating Contest from previous years. If
you’re a local member or attendee interested in hosting or helping with either of those or
another contest idea,
please let us know by contacting our
or signing up to add it to the program list..
CAM members are invited to attend. Submit any GOBS requests no later than Friday
to give the GOBS liaison time to process it during this busy weekend.
Awards & Announcement
Join us in Hospitality to find out who won the various Volunteer raffle cash prizes
— it could be you! Volunteers winning smaller cash amounts ($20 or less) must be present.
Hear about the AG and other upcoming RGs.
Congratulate several well-deserving
members who have been volunteering in our organization upon
whom AML service awards will be bestowed.
And the Hell's M's announce the party animal of this year’s RG.
Amazing Race: WeeM Style Tournament
Join us for the “Amazing Race” for Mensans! Based upon the popular TV reality show,
teams of 2-4 competitors complete a variety of tasks, some cerebral, some lighthearted,
on their way to the final “Pit Stop” and victors’ bragging rights.
Our version is designed for all ages and activity levels, and is sure to be one of the
most memorable things you’ll do this weekend!
If you haven’t officially joined Mensa, today’s your chance.
Plus you can take the proctored test for only $30 —
that’s a 50% savings. All you have to do to take advantage of this offer is to preregister. So make sure you do so before
Please volunteer to help us pack up. We need people to put all the decorations
away so they can be loaded onto the truck as well as all the kitchen items in Hospitality.
Discounts for advanced registration
are available through Friday, October 14th.
(Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for the discount for which you registered. )
The sign-up deadline for the Excursions was Saturday, October 1st.
The hotel is offering a WeeM rate of $124 through
Friday, October 7th, subject to availability.
If the hotel block is full, please contact our
who will try to expand the block.
Get involved and become a star. We have a great WeeM every year due to the many of you who sign up to help out for a few hours or more.
If you sign up before WeeM starts, you double your chance of winning a cash prize.
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