A “7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party” held in D.C. Saturday night featured dreidels and gold coins in its “greed” room.
“I was very offended. I just thought it was completely inappropriate,” said a partygoer who didn’t wish to be identified.
The event was sponsored by LivingSocial, a website offering discount deals at area businesses. The Oct. 26 party was billed as a “treat yo self to a night of tricks — and sins — at the annual 7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party, a six-floor extravaganza” and was held at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street space in northwest D.C.
For $59, a person was invited to “indulge in a silent disco, movie screening” and fun in seven different rooms. Each room’s theme revolved around a sin, including lust, pride, wrath, gluttony, envy, sloth and greed.
The greed room was described as “a shimmering room full of silver and gold” in which people “get greedy challenging friends to a plethora of games.” Decorating the tables in that room were dreidels surrounded by gold coins, according to one woman who attended.
Kevin Nolan, of LivingSocial’s publicity department, apologized. “We have looked into it and determined that the inclusion of dreidels with the other games in the gaming room was not a smart choice, and we are very sorry to have upset anyone. Certainly this behavior does not reflect who we are as a company.”
The customer who complained was “offered a full refund and explained that any offense was unintended” and was given a sincere apology, Nolan said.
The upset partygoer said she considered the room’s decorations “clearly anti-Semitic” and that although she has enjoyed other LivingSocial events, like cooking classes and wine tastings, she has no intention of ever attending another one of the company’s events again.
“It just really was not appropriate at all.”
Here is how Living Social described the event:
This Halloween, treat yo' self to a night of tricks -- and sins -- at the annual 7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party, a six-floor extravaganza including seven themed cocktails, snacks, and unique entertainment. On Saturday, October 26, seven rooms inside LivingSocial's 918 F Street space will be transformed to represent each of the deadly sins; you'll also indulge in a silent disco, movie screening, and so much more.
Choose from the following offers:
• $59 for General Admission for one
• $79 for VIP admission for one with one-hour early entry and two additional full cocktails
7 deadly rooms
Lust: This sultry room will feature a burlesque show that we'll enjoy while sipping on a Lustini cocktail.No one apparently thought to take a picture of the Greed Room.
Pride: Drink a Cockytail vodka creation and dance the night away in a silent disco with a battle of the DJs hosted by Silent Storm -- with your vote for the winner tallied using light-up headphones.
Wrath: Get your rage on during live superhero vs. zombie battles presented by American Parkour Academy (expect lots of flips and tricks!) while taking a Shot to the Face jello shot.
Gluttony: In the state-of-the-art demo kitchen, feast your eyes and stomach on a gourmet paradise of sweets, paired with a Sweet as Sin cocktail shooter.
Envy: Sip on a Green Monster cocktail while dancing to beats by DJ EPX in this room that glows green with envy.
Sloth: Kick back on a couch, watch Dracula, and stuff your face with handfuls of snacks available for purchase. Wash it down with the Sloshed Sloth cocktail.
Greed: In this shimmering room full of silver and gold [DREIDELS!], we'll get greedy challenging friends to a plethora of games, all while sipping on a Midas Touch cocktail.