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HalloweeM

October 25 – 28, 2018

Info for Kids, Tweens, and Teens (and Parents)

Tweens and Teens:

We welcome teens and tweens to participate in almost all of our WeeM activities; activities not appropriate for younger attendees will be highlighted as such in the program guide (e.g., Pretentious Drinking). The Epicurean Experience will be offered again this year. Strike up a conversation in Hospitality or join in a game in the Games Room! We’ve even reserved the prime early slots in the costume parade for participants under 21, though you are welcome to stick around as long as your parents allow.

Due to its huge popularity with our Tween and Teen crowd at previous WeeMs, we offered WEREWOLF every single night and may do so again during this year’s HalloweeM. If you’re not familiar with the rules to this game already, you can learn the basic rules here, courtesy of Looney Labs (one publisher that offers a pre-made version of the game). We will also be offering an "Under 21 Only" Werewolf tournament on Saturday evening.

When you need a break from the adults and want to relax with your peers, hang out in our unsupervised semi-private tweens area in a corner of Hospitality. Tweens will meet at the beginning of WeeM to set up their own rules and will be occasionally checked on by the WeeM team. Parents still retain responsibility to monitor their tween’s behavior. If any tween is unable to follow the established rules, their parents will be asked to remove them from the room and they will not be allowed to participate further.

Kids Ages 8 and Under:

Kids ages 8 and under attend WeeM for free, with a registered adult. For these mini-Mensans, we will again have our Kids’ Room in the Maple Room, with activities and plenty of opportunity for supervised creative play all weekend long. This is a terrific service for parents to enjoy some of the events and programs at WeeM “in peace” while kids enjoy fun activities and crafts.

Please note that a nominal charge — $15 per day ($40 for Fri., Sat. & Sun.) per child — applies for the babysitting services of the Kids’ Room. Please consider our Kids’ Room schedule when making plans for your Saturday evening meal.


The usual Kids’ Room schedule is:
  • Friday (10/27) - After the Kids’ Costume Parade until 11:30pm
  • Saturday (10/28) - 9am-11:30pm (closed for 1 hour during lunch and dinner)
  • Sunday (10/29) - 9am-1pm

Snacks will be provided in the Kids’ Room at intervals throughout the weekend, but you should pick up your kids and visit hospitality when the Kids’ Room is closed for meal breaks or whenever you are hungry.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, we will be dimming the lights and showing movies to help the kids wind down. Kids can bring a pillow or favorite stuffed animal to cuddle with during movie time. Please label everything clearly with your child’s name to avoid confusion.

Prerequisites. Little ones are welcome in the Kids’ Room if they are able to play with a group of older children up to age 9. While there will be two responsible adults with the children at all times, this is a popular program that draws a lot of kids and features plenty of “3 and up” sized toys. If your children are not potty-trained, parents are responsible for diaper changes (parents onsite of course and available via cell phone).

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IMPORTANT INFO for All Parents:

We expect all minors attending HalloweeM to have one or more parents or legal guardians in attendance. However, some parents consider their children able to conduct themselves responsibly in the context of a Mensa Gathering. With this in mind, at our sole discretion, we allow minors aged 12 to 17 to attend without parents if the parents agree to and sign our unaccompanied minor policy on-site. You can read and print out this policy in advance by clicking here. A responsible parent must be present at registration, show ID and sign this policy on-site, however. It cannot be mailed in or signed in advance. Additionally, all minors must have their parent’s contact information on the back of their badge. These policies are for the safety of all involved, and we appreciate your coöperation.

Our hotel also asks that we remind parents that minors that are not guests of the hotel must stay in HalloweeM areas and not enter parts of the hotel not open to the public, including but not limited to the pool, business center, and fitness center. The hotel will not sell rooms to unaccompanied guests under 21 years of age. For HalloweeM purposes, this means unaccompanied attendees under age 20 will need some other sleeping arrangement (crashing in Hospitality is not acceptable for any age!).

No matter the age or maturity level of your child, it is important to remember that children and their behavior are ultimately the responsibility of their parents. Even if your child is old enough to enjoy activities without immediate supervision, it is expected that parents provide guidance as to expected behavior and to supervise as appropriate.

Under NO circumstances may any person with an "Under 21" badge consume, handle, or distribute alcoholic beverages at HalloweeM, including but not limited to Pretentious Drinking and Hospitality. "Under 21" badges are a distinct color easy for our hosts to spot, and we will take immediate action on any violations. Alcoholic beverages are kept in a distinct area of Hospitality from other snacks and drinks, so there is no opportunity for confusion on this point. Anyone found violating this policy will be immediately ejected from the event, and, as appropriate, parents and/or authorities will be contacted. Additionally, the same behaviors which would result in ejection for an adult will result in ejection for a minor.

For children participating in the Kids’ Room (ages 8 and under), a responsible adult must sign each child in and out of the Kids’ Room *every time* the child leaves or rejoins the program. (Kids old enough to wander on their own should check out the Tweens program.) Parents must remain in the hotel at all times when their children are participating in Kids’ Track activities. If any child proves to be uncontrollable or dangerous, their parents will be asked to remove that child from the room and they will not be allowed to participate further.

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