Heat of the Week: Imposters, shawarma and haunted hair

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Emalyn Muzzy

The long-awaited Halloweek is finally here. While carving pumpkins, drinking apple cider and gathering en masse to celebrate Halloween is traditional, it’s not all practical during a pandemic. Here’s a few ideas on how to keep yourself safely entertained this spooky week.

Something to do:

Instead of throwing an in-person Halloween party, try having a virtual one complete with costumes, drinks and an “Among Us” drinking game. Gather your friends on Zoom with your drink of choice and play with whatever rules you choose to include. Whether you’re drinking regular or hard apple cider, everyone can have fun while trying to avoid being voted out.

Take a drink when someone finds a body or calls an emergency meeting.
Take two drinks if they call an emergency meeting for no reason.
Take a drink if you die within the first round.
Chug your drink if you get voted off and are not the imposter.
Take a drink if you voted for someone who wasn’t the imposter.
Take two drinks if you finish your tasks.
Take a drink for every kill you make as an imposter.

Something to try:

Maxwell’s Cafe and Grill is a late-night eatery on Fourth Street Southeast in Marcy-Holmes. Just off campus, the cozy restaurant serves Middle Eastern and American food, perfect for lunch, dinner or a late-night order.

If you’re looking for a warm Middle Eastern meal, the chicken shawarma with a side of fries is the way to go. It’s under $15 and very filling. But if it’s midnight and you’re craving some greasy comfort food, the “Maxwell’s Mix” is the best option. It’s a pound of fries with a handful of cheese curds, onion rings and chicken tenders, giving you all the best options for only $9.99.

Maxwell’s is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. You can order through UberEats or call the restaurant to place a pickup order at 612-331-4585

Something to watch:

“The Witches” is a brand-new whimsical movie on HBO, released Oct. 22. Based on the Roald Dahl novel, “The Witches” stars Octavia Spencer as a cunning witch-hunting grandmother trying to turn her grandson back into a human after a conference of witches turns him into a mouse. The witches are led by the Grand High Witch, played by Anne Hathaway, who is the leader of all the witches in the world. Grab a blanket and some candy corn and watch as this heart-warming and spooktacular family tries to reunite.

If you’d rather watch a horror movie, check out “Bad Hair” on Hulu. Set in 1989, Anna, played by Elle Lorraine, is an aspiring video jockey who gets a weave per her supervisor’s request. In a strange turn of events, the wig comes to life and begins killing people around her. The chilling film is a dark satire about Black women’s hair and their struggle to keep up with appearances in a Eurocentric world.