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HalloweeM 41: Wizard of Oz

October 27 – 30, 2016

Programs

As usual there will be many different programs available — so many you’ll find it difficult to choose and wish you had a time machine so you could attend all that interest you. In addition to the multiple program track, there are tournaments, contests, and 24-hour gaming.

This year expect new programs as well some returning favorites, and much more. Although programs are subject to change, so far this year’s topics (the links give more details) include:



Some changes may will occur between now and WeeM but you can expect most of the programs listed above and below and, of course, more that haven't been finalized. Also don’t forget, there will be Tournaments in addition to the programs.

We will also offer the following traditional events:

Thursday

  • Excursions

    There will be excursions for those who arrive early.

  • Tournaments

    The first tournament will begin at ˜6 p.m.

  • Programs

    Expect the first program to start at ˜6 p.m.

Friday

  • Costume Parade

    The Friday night costume party is one of the things that set Chicago Area Mensa’s RG apart from all the others. Mensan 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 costume, 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! View our pictures to see costumes from ’WeeMs past.

    The kids costume parade will precede the adult costumes as in past years to encourage more adults to attend and support our youth.

Saturday

  • A photo id will be required for any adult picking up Pretentious Drinking coupons. You will not be able to get them for other adults in your party.
    The ID will also be required at the Pretentious Drinking event.

    Pretentious 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. Snobbish accents and extended pinkies optional.

  • Photo Booth

    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 (2014 or 2015 ) to get an idea of what to expect.

  • Werewolf of WeeM Tournament

    For those under 21 but still awake at that late hour, in addition to the daily version, we will offer a special Werewolf tournament just for teens and tweens during the same timeslot as Pretentious Drinking.

    Prohibition Drinking

    For those who are not of age or those who are of age but who prefer not to indulge in alcohol, we will have a room set aside for an improved version of last year’s socializing without alcoholic lubrication event.

    Epicurean Experience

    In honor of WeeM’s 40th anniversary, we’re featuring a selection of items that also first hit the scene in 1975. Come Trick or Treat through our 40-year-old candy display! Have some 40-year-old breakfast! Relive the 40-year-old Pepsi Challenge! 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.

  • Cookie Contest

    We’ve also had requests to bring back the Cookie Contest from previous years. If you’re a local member or attendee interested in hosting or helping with that, please let us know by contacting the volunteer coördinators or our WeeM Chair.

Sunday

  • Amazing Race: WeeM Style Tournament

    Join us for a repeat of 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!

Past Programs

Also, you can access our archives to download the full program booklet for previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. (All are in PDF format.)


Deadlines

  • Registration - July 9th is the last day to qualify for the special early bird discounts. Discounts for advanced registration are available through October 13th. (Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for any discount).
  • Lodging - The hotel is offering a spectacular WeeM rate of $105 through October 2nd, subject to availability. If the hotel block is full, please contact our WeeM Chair../images/email-regular.s.gif who will try to expand the block.

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