Sunday afternoon, as we were hanging ghosts around our home, my husband wryly remarked on what a good planner I was. After all, I had obviously stopped dusting several weeks ago in anticipation of creating the proper atmosphere in the house for Halloween. While other people were paying good money for fake cobwebs, we had the real stuff for free.
Needless to say, he had Pop Tarts for dinner.
But he did make one valid point -- Halloween has become a holidaythat requires major planning.
Gone are the days when a jack-o'-lantern on the porch is enough. We have goblins hanging from the trees,spiders outlining the doorway and a ghost covering our address sign.(The latter is in hopes of getting $3 off the pizza delivery when the driver gets confused).
My sons started planning their costumes for next year even as I was stitching, stapling and hot glue-gunning their disguises for '91.
And trust me, the competition for originalcostumes can be fierce. I have watched normal, caring parents turn into "Stage Mommy Dearest" at various costume parades. The promise of first prize -- a free bucket of chicken -- can have far-reaching effects on the family unit.
So prepare yourselves, Glen Burnie, for aninvasion of Ninja Turtles, Little Mermaids and Freddy.
The celebrating starts early in this town, with the Children's Halloween Safety Party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arundel Center North, Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
Organized by the county Department of Community Service under the direction of Karen Henry, this annual event offers a costume contest, special appearances by cartoon figures, hay rides, music and more.
"Although in the past the county has funded the safety party, this year it is being funded through the community," Henry said. "Every year we have to go to the businesses for some help, but this year the community funded the entire thing."
Approximately 5,000 children participated in the party last year, and Henry expects as many this year.
Registration for the costume judging begins at 1 p.m., and the competition walk-by begins at 1:15 p.m.. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
There will be a karate demonstration by Larry Lamm and students of Apolo's East Coast Karate at 1:30 p.m. Lamm played the character of Leonardo in that classic film, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II-The Secret of theOoze". A second demonstration is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
In the event of bad weather the entire party (minus the hayride) will be moved inside the Glen Burnie parking garage on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
More haunted happenings are planned for children 5 to 15at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association's Halloween youthdance, 7 to 9 Friday night at the recreation hall on Paul Marr Drive.
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in the following agegroups: 5 to 7 years old, 8 to 9 years old and 10 to 15 years old.
Music will be provided by DJs Tim Konig and Joe Connell.
Admission is $2 at the door. Adult chaperons are welcome to attend as guestsof the CCERA.
For more information, call Dave or Sue Martin, 761-0317.
Get out the red and white and grab a gopher. It's homecoming week at Glen Burnie High School and activities have been planned for the entire week at GBSH, thanks to the Student Government Association.
Monday started the week out with Nerd Day and Hippie Day was Tuesday. Today, Twin Day, you may wonder if you're seeing double, as everyone is encouraged to coordinate their clothes with someone else.
Students should wear their red and white tomorrow at the pep rally scheduled for 1 p.m.
At the rally a competition is scheduled between the classes in a sack race, relay race, tug of war and three-legged race. The winners will accumulate points to decide which gradeis the most spirited.
Senior Chevy McDonald will preside over a mock funeral service for Queen Anne High School --
the opponent in Friday night's football game. In addition to McDonald's "sermon," a mock funeral choir will perform selections from MC Hammer and Madonna.
Also planned for the afternoon is the introduction of student athletes from all the fall sports.
The homecoming king and queen nominees will be presented along with their court. This year's homecomingcourt includes: Tony Hynson and Coral Brandenburg, Lord and Lady from the 9th grade; Sean Behagen and True Hall, Duke and Duchess from the 10th grade; Jim Gloode and Aimii Hall, Prince and Princess from the11th grade.
Nominees for the homecoming queen are Abby Weldon, Jenny Bayne, Amy Bruntti, Joyce Dickerson and Heather Schneider.
Homecoming king will be selected from nominees Ted Wolf, Tray Gillis, Jason Earnest, Damion Dzambo and John Filler.
The winner will be announced at the homecoming dance Saturday night.
Friday is costume day at GBSH and also the last day to purchase tickets for the homecoming dance Saturday night. Tickets are $10 each and will not be sold atthe door.