Judging by the abundance of tiny little candy bars in small plastic bags selling for huge sums of money at area stores, it must be close to Halloween.
Although I'm sure all parents are laboring very hard to make their child the most original, most creative costume ever, you may want to take some time to enjoy a few of the Halloween activities planned for the week. After all, what your child really wants is that tacky plastic costume hanging at the local toy store that sells for $13.97.
If monsters, witches and the recently departed are your idea of fun company, you may want to pay a visit to the Glen Burnie Jaycees Haunted House. Located in the former TJ Longhorn's restaurant in the Harundale Mall annex, this year's haunting will run from Oct. 25-31.
The terror begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. each evening.
The truly brave can stay until midnight Friday and Saturday evening.
Admission is $3 per person.
"We encourage people with young children to come early in the week and early in the evening to avoid a long wait," said Mark Potter, a coordinator of the annual The proceeds from the haunted house will benefit several community projects, including the refurbishment of Friendship Park, holiday food baskets for the needy and the Special Olympics.
The Jaycees also have committed a portion of the proceeds to the Arundel Hospice, a local non-profit agency providing assistance to terminally ill people and their families.
Several area businesses are working with the Jaycees on this project, including radio station 98 Rock, Hardee's, Household Bank, Domino's Pizza, Soda Pop Shop Marts, Harundale Mall, Rudiger Printing, Fire Brake Company, Teltronics of Baltimore, Evergreen Gene's and Halloween Headquarters.
A "Safe Saint Haven" will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Halloween night at the First Christian Church of Glen Burnie, 320 Oak Manor Road.
Special games and activities for children of all ages have been planned for the evening. Children are encouraged to wear traditional, non-frightening costumes.
Halloween refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the church office at 761-3863.
The PTA of Glendale Elementary School is sponsoring a Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday evening in the school's multi-purpose room. Games and prizes for creative costumes are just part of the fun. Refreshments will be sold throughout the evening.
Tickets can be purchased at school this week for $1 each. The cost will be $1.50 at the door.
Volunteers are needed to help with setting up or cleaning, serving refreshments and helping with the games. To volunteer, call the school office 766-4222 or return the form included in the school bulletin.
A Halloween food collection for the North County Emergency Outreach Network assistance center is being sponsored by the youth group of Holy Trinity parish.
NCEON, comprised of several churches in the community, helps families that need assistance with extra food, clothing or emergency financial help for utilities and housing costs.
Parishioners and members of the community are asked to fill a grocery bag with such non-perishable food items as tuna fish, canned meat products, dry milk, fruit juices, coffee and infant formula.
The bags should be returned to the church auditorium this weekend.
Adults look forward to a special occasion every once in a while to get a little dressed up, too. Members of American Legion Post 40 and their guests will have their chance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 11 at a semi-formal dinner dance at the post's home on Fifth Avenue.
Post commanders from previous years will be honored at the dinner hosted by George Perez, the present commander.
Following dinner, dancing will be to the music of "Just Enough."
Tickets are available for $10 each by calling 544-2215 or 761-9869.
As college tuitions increase at an alarming rate, many students are looking for opportunities to supplement their education funds. Glen Burnie Senior High students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades may want to consider participating in VFW Post 434's annual "Voice of Democracy" program as a way of earning some extra money for school.
Interested students should write and then record a three-to-five-minute script on this year's theme, "Democracy -- Vanguard of Freedom." Content and presentation will be evaluated by judges from the post and the winner will advance to the district competition.
Students can win thousands of dollars in scholarships if they continue through to the national levels of the contest. The deadline for entries is Nov. 15.
For more information, contact Raymond Johnson, guidance counselor at Glen Burnie, at 761-8950, or Henry Bullen, chairman of the program for Post 434, at 761-8337.