HIGH JINKS, haunted houses and masquerading spirits make Halloween a celebration for the young and the young at heart. The treats and tricks get under way early this year with events scheduled for this weekend.
For those who like to see things that go bump in the night, gory and ghoulish haunted houses have been set up. Area parks are '' sponsoring ghost walks and hikes through spooky woods as well. And there will be hot chocolate and hot cider to warm the heart and toes after the walks.
For parents worried about sending their kids out on unfamiliar streets Halloween night, some shopping malls have planned pumpkin decorating workshops, costume contests and store-to-store trick-or-treating.
Here's a list of some of the haunted houses, costume parties, musical entertainment and other events scheduled:
Cloisters' Halloween includes John Taylor, the Kinderman, leading preschoolers in dance and fun tomorrow at 1 and 2 p.m.; Magician Jim Van Liew performing tricks Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.; Marty Kurland, "Professor Shenanigan," combining his clowning with magic Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. Children can create their own treat bags and enjoy other spooky crafts Halloween from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invited to wear costumes to all these events. Cloisters Children's Museum is located at 10440 Falls Road, Brooklandville. Call 823-2551.
Ghost, goblins and ghouls are expected at the haunted house at Towson Marketplace Mall on Goucher Boulevard and Putty Hill Avenue from 7 to 11 tonight until Nov. 1. Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for children 4 to 12. Call 821-6469.
Haunted house at Seneca Cannery Warehouse in historic Havre de Grace opens its doors at 7 tonight to Nov. 3. Admission: $4. Proceeds benefit the Nattery Island Preservation Society Inc. Call 939-9683.
Spooky hike at Patapsco Valley State Park takes a path through the spooky woodland starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Call 461-5005. Cost: $1.
Harford Dance Company presents "Harriet's Happiest
Halloween" at Chesapeake Theater, Harford Community College. Follow the adventures of Harriet as she goes trick-or-treating. Show times are tomorrow 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Call 879-8920, Ext. 340.
Cemetery walking tour, Greenmount Cemetery, 396-3279. Visit the gravesites of Enoch Pratt, Johns Hopkins and others from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost: $10.
Halloween party is scheduled at the Maryland Institute. Costume contests with more than $500 cash prizes and two bands is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5. Call 225-2300.
Halloween tales at Oregon Ridge Nature Center are to be presented from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 887-1815 for reservations. Admission: $2.50 donation per person; $5 for the family.
Baltimore Vaudeville Players performs for children 4 and older Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Riderwood Elementary School. Towson Library and Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the performance. Call 887-6166.
Trick or read at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., includes magic, juggling and reading from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for senior citizens and children 5 to 15. Free for children wearing costume. Call 837-4515.
"The Telltale Heart" and other works of Edgar Allan Poe are to be presented the Poe House, 203 N. Amity St., at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Nov. 2 and 3. Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger.
Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular comes to the Baltimore Zoo once again. Come to a party where the decorations are alive from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 396-7102.
Brew of music is scheduled at Peabody Institute. Young string players and singers take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Friedberg Concert Hall for a Halloween concert that is open to the public. Call 659-8163.
Hear scary tales at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard. St. Call 396-3279. Free with admission to TTC museum.
Halloween puppet show at Security Square Mall, features Apupetsho Productions and Halloween tales Sunday at 12:30, 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday at 11 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 Children will receive treat bags. Call 265-6000.
A book discussion at Howard County Central Library delves into the world of spine-tingling suspense novels at noon Monday. Call 313-7860.
A safe Halloween is planned at Manor Care Towson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Residents are to pass out treats to costumed children from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 828-9494.
The Halloween party fun at Catonsville Library, 1100 Frederick Road, includes Smiley the and magic for all ages Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bring a carved pumpkin. Costumes optional. 887-0951.
Halloween scavenger hunt at Waverly Library, 400 E. 33rd. St., is for children 6 to 15. Hunt is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Come in teams of two to four children. Call 467-3980.