Out & About
Simmonsen, Derek, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Byline: Derek Simmonsen
CHILLS AND THRILLS
If the wide range of activities is any indication, Halloween is one popular event in the D.C. area. For young children, a free Halloween festival with games, costumes and prizes takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Park, 45th and Van Ness streets NW. Call 202/966-8309 for more information. For older children and adults, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is hosting a ghost story tour at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets are $3-$10. Call 202/785-2068, ext. 100 for more information. Finally, the Washington Storytellers Theatre wants everyone to get into the mood with "Blood on the Page: Literary Tales of Horror and the Supernatural." Hear readings of scary tales from such writers as William Faulkner and Isaac Asimov at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 1328 16th St. NW. Tickets are $9-$12. 301/891-1129.
Rapper, producer and former Fugees member Wyclef Jean sure knows how to pick the next big thing. His latest find is City High, a hip-hop and rhythm and blues-influenced trio that's been gaining attention with its single "What Would You Do?" and drawing comparisons to Mr. Jean's old group. Hear them play with local teen outfit By Chanz at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Planet Club, 4600 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly. Tickets are $20. 703/378-6600.
Horse lovers of all stripes should be sure not to miss the 43rd Annual Washington International Horse Show. This year's event features Olympic-level competition among some of the world's most skilled riders, in addition to bull riding, terrier races and even pony rides. Check it out from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the MCI Center, Seventh and F streets NW. Tickets are $10-$60. 202/432-SEAT.
So the National Symphony Orchestra's Decorators' Show House may not be within the reach of most budgets, but it can certainly spark some home improvement ideas. The two-story mansion featured in this year's tour overlooks Rock Creek Park and is furnished inside and out with the latest in home and garden designs. Be inspired from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at White Oaks, 4845 Colorado Ave. NW. Tickets are $15-$20. …