TYRONE — Ask a child what Halloween means, and most likely you'll be told it's dressing up, getting candy and having fun.
Halloween is all thatand helping others, too, at Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ, where area youngsters brought canned goods for Carroll County Food Sunday at the church Fellowship Committee's annual Halloween Party and Hayride.
"We usually ask them to bring one canned good to be donated," said chairman Karen Rodkey. "We invite Tyrone, Frizzelburg, Mayberry, and we have some come from Uniontown.
George Kreit, 9, the son of Kelly and David Kreit of Harney, came dressed as a "killer tomato." Buthe and young Dori Zimmerman of Taneytown said they brought canned goods because it is important to help others.
The few children and parents who forgot their canned goods said they would bring the food to church Sunday.
While the number of participants was down on All Saints' Day, those who showed for the fifth annual event knew how to party.
Eric Brower, 3, of Taneytown, roared fiercely (or as fiercely as a little 3-year-old can) Friday night when his mother, Lisa, asked, "What does a lion do?"
"I like to growl, and I like to scare my brother," said Eric, giggling.
His mask, made from a colored and decorated paper plate, and his yarn tail won the prize for "most original" outfit in the costume-judging contest that kicked off the evening's activities.
About 15 children entered the costume contest in 6-and-younger and 7-12 age groups.
As they paraded in front of the six judges, some of whom hid behind their own masks, the youngsters twirled to show their store-bought or handmade costumes.
Dori, who is "almost 4," was declared the "funniest" contestant in the under-6 age group. Her clown costume was made by a friend, said her mother, Mary.
But no prize could satisfy Dori's longing to be somebody else.
"I didn't want to be a clown," she said emphatically. "I wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood."
Whitney Dell, 5, picked out her own bunny outfit, which won the prize for "cutest" costume. Her sister, Amanda, 7, was judged the "cutest" for her dog costume in the 7-12age group.
"I like bunny rabbits, but I like to dress up as a dogbest," said Whitney.
The daughters of Al and Janie Dell of Tyronesaid their mom bought their costumes at Cranberry Mall, after they decided what they wanted to be.
Timmy Maddrix was in a quandary over his costume. The 7-year-old son of Fran Maddrix of Tyrone said he likes to play cowboys and Indians.
"I was going to be a cowboy, then I saw the little hat the Indians wear and I decided to be that," said Timmy, whose costume was selected as the "funniest" among the 7- to 12-year-olds.
The judges had a hard time choosing their favoritein the older group. They finally announced a tie between a firefighter and a G.I. Joe character.
Joshua Fuss looked authentic enough as the firefighter, complete with red hat, yellow slicker, boots and even a portable radio. The 7-year-old is the son of Jerry and Libby Fuss of Pleasant Valley.
Had an Army recruiter been at the party, hemight have asked Danny Rupp, 8, why he wasn't with his troop. The 8-year-old, son of John and Barbara Rupp of Frizzelburg wore Army fatigues and camouflage face paint.
"I painted my face green, and my dad painted it black," Danny said.
His sister, Lauren, 12, was votedthe "scariest" for her punk rocker costume, complete with white facemakeup.
"My brother came, so I thought 'why not?' " Lauren said. "Halloween's a time to have fun and party."
After the costume-judging, about 35 children and adults piled onto Duane Rodkey's hay wagonfor a trek into Taneytown.
Under a dark, starless night, the tractor made its way west on Route 832 to Baust Church Road, west on Trevanion Road to Baltimore Street, through town and east on Route 832 back to the church.
During the almost hourlong ride, the older kids had straw fights in the windy darkness as the younger children nestled close to their parents for warmth.
Afterward, inside the warm Parish House, the youngsters quickly depleted the plate of brownies andcookies that had been brought by their parents, many of whom belong to the church. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee helped to warm everybody.