U.S. Missions Around the World Go Sweet and Spooky For Halloween

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U.S. Embassy India

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Consular Section

U.S. Embassy South Korea

U.S. Consulate General Nogales, Mexico

U.S. Consulate Halifax, Canada

U.S. Consulate General Auckland, New Zealand

U.S. Embassy Uruguay

U.S. Embassy United Kingdom

U.S. Embassy Montenegro

U.S. Mission United Nations

Here’s a bonus from the International Space Station:


Because the #2016Election Is Not Scary Enough … Happy Halloween Voters! Get Your Ballot!

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A shoutout to U.S. Consulate Halifax who did their Halloween party with a reminder to overseas Americans on how to request their absentee ballots.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program includes information for the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and the Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB) to cast your absentee ballots. Go do it!

Bonus tweets from Palmerston and the White House:


Halloween Around the Foreign Service, and OMG! Folks Dress Up as State Dept Spoxes!

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Below is a round-up of Halloween tweets around the Foreign Service.  The Embassy Canberra tweet is of Ambassador Berry dressed up as a dinosaur and his spouse, Curtis Yee dressed up as a skeleton. They’re rather cute, aren’t they?  Also, something new and disconcerting this year, at least we don’t recall this in previous years, but potential arrest exists in Jordan for wearing Halloween costumes in public.  According to Embassy Amman, the Government of Jordan recently announced that public celebrations of Halloween and public appearances in Halloween costume are prohibited.  “U.S. citizens should expect police reaction, including arrests, at any public Halloween-themed event.”  Embassy Amman advises that U.S. citizens traveling from their home to a Halloween party, or vice versa, cover up their costumes while in public or in a car. Whoa!

Also, for the first time in memory, there, apparently, are folks in Foggy Bottom who are dressing up as the State Department spokespersons this Halloween. We don’t mind adults wearing dinosaur costumes, but we draw the line on going anywhere this Halloween on ISIS/ebola get-up, and Anything reminding us that the world is falling apart.


U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

U.S. Embassy Valletta, Malta

U.S. Embassy Singapore

U.S. Embassy France (@USEmbassyFrance)


U.S. Embassy Prague, Czech Republic



U.S. Embassy Canberra, Australia

U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan


The State Department, people!

You very special, naughty snowflakes, real life is not disquieting enough in Foggy Bottom you had to add a gingered @statedeptspox with a mustache?  And there are now four spoxes? Four?  Waaaaaa! What the heck are we going to do with them?

Predictably, the tweeples threw spitballs on Twitter and no one added any more Happy to Halloween.

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US Embassy Phnom Penh: Zombies Attack Ambassador Todd, Congressional Investigation to Follow

The US Ambassador to Cambodia Bill Todd blogged that this year the embassy folks had a great time introducing their Cambodian colleagues to the true spirit of Halloween – being scared!  These guys even had a Neighborhood Zombie Watch!

Ambassador Todd attacked by zombies at the Front Office
(Photo from ambo blog)

Fondest memories of Halloween was trick o’ treating with tots at embassy offices.  At some posts you get a contest for best decorations or scariest digs.  At other posts the local staff even gets into the act.

Looks like they all had a great time.  Read more here. This post will be updated as soon as the congressional investigation commence.

Photo of the Day: US Embassy Tbilisi Gets a Visit from Batman

US Embassy Tbilisi fbposted: “Look who joined the US Embassy Tbilisi to celebrate Halloween!”  There is no truth to the rumors that Ambassador Richard Norland masqueraded as batman.

But move over Christian Bale


– DS




Photo of the Day: Zombies Attack Royal Air Force Lakenheath, No Survivors!

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Members of the 48th Security Forces Squadron cordon off a safe haven for runners during the RAF Lakenheath Survival Challenge Oct. 19, 2012. More than 100 base personnel volunteered to be undead during the run hosted by Lib 5/6, RAF Lakenheath’s E-5 and E-6 private organization. Runners were released in groups of 8 to 15 through a base-wide course filled with peril. Their objective was to finish the run with at least one of their three “lives” remaining. The zombies were classed by speed; “crawlers” were slow, “lurchers” were a medium speed and “the infected” were sprinters. The event mixed fun and fitness with the spirit of Halloween.

(from left) Senior Airmen Sean Hilton, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, Codey Van Horne, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron water fuels systems maintenance, and Anthony Grant, 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems apprentice, attempt to break through “dead end” tape prior to the RAF Lakenheath Survival Challenge Oct. 19, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan)

Click here for the slideshow.

– DS