The name of the game this year is caution as shopping malls and centers sponsor costume contests, trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving contests for a safe Halloween night for youngsters.
For those who like things that go bump in the night, make like a drum and beat it to Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool for a hike through scary and haunted woods.
The older folks can take a tour of the catacombs and burying grounds at Westminster Hall at the University of Maryland or hear spine-tingling tales at the Poe House.
Here's a list of some of the haunted houses, costume parties and trick-or-treating haunts that have been scheduled:
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.
"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 and Sunday. Admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger. (See story, Page C1.)
Halloween in Anne Arundel. Special events at these Anne Arundel County libraries: Linthicum (222-6265) offers stories and treats for children 2 to 6 at 7 p.m. tomorrow; Odenton, (222-6277) presents stories for children 2-6 Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Riviera Beach (222-6285) presents stories for children 2-6 at 7 p.m. tomorrow; South County (222-1925) presents stories, movie and treats at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to all these events.
A costume contest at Nordstrom Court at Towson Town Center features hosts of Fox 45 Kids Clubhouse. Contests for different age groups are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating from store to store is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ghost walk is scheduled at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool. Walk into a haunted forest and enjoy fresh cider and apples starting at 7 tomorrow night. Call (301) 842-2155.
Halloween celebration at Owings Mills Mall features a pumpkin decorating workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and ghost storytelling at 6 tomorrow night. Call 363-1234 to make reservations for the pumpkin workshop.
Halloween happenings at Walbrook Library, 3203 W. North Ave., include program for children 5 to 10 at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Call 396-5494.
Halloween parade at White Marsh Mall starts at 7 tomorrow at White Marsh Mall. Registration for the costume contest for children 3 to 14 starts at 6:30 p.m. at Woodies Court.
Halloween party at Recreation Pier, 1715 Thames St., includes entertainment, games, refreshments and a costume contest with four categories: scariest, most original, best character and prettiest for children 14 and younger from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Sponsored by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission: 50 cents. Call 396-9177.
Halloween tour of the Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs on Fayette and Greene streets from 6 to 9 tomorrow night. Special appearances by Edgar Allan Poe, Frank the Body Snatcher and others. Call 328-7228 for more information. Cost: $3 adults, $1 children under 12 and under.
National Aquarium gives out candy and admission to children 3 to 11 who dress up in a costume and are accompanied by a paying adult from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Trick-or-treat on Main Street in Ellicott City as the Ellicott City Business Association welcomes little ghosts and goblins for safe Halloween fun from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Program for children 12 and younger. Call 465-1449.
Trick-or-treating at Westview Mall runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Decorate your own pumpkin at 5:30 p.m., and get pictures taken for $2, to benefit the Choice Program of Baltimore. X-ray Halloween candy and fruits at Union Memorial Hospital from 6 to 8 tomorrow. It's free. Call 554-2800.