Ghosts, ghouls and games are part of Halloween fun WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

NEIGHBORS

October 13, 1992|By SUE HALLER

If you're interested in some good Halloween fun, this county is the place for you.

The county fairgrounds in Crownsville, for example, is offering evenings full of ghosts and ghouls from Oct. 22 to 31. The frightful evenings include visits to a torture chamber, ghoul's dinner, doctor's office in a haunted barn, monster mash with Frankenstein and toxic dump. Admission is $7 per person. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Youth group rates are available. For more information, call 266-5951 or 721-2809.

* If meeting Frankenstein isn't appealing, then head to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department's Halloween party for children, ages 12 and under. The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Fire Department on Route 424 in Gambrills. Activities include games and a best costume contest with prizes. Admission is $1.50 for every child who brings a canned good; $2.50 without. Department members are collecting the canned goods for area families for Thanksgiving. For information, call 261-0676.

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The annual Anne Arundel County Farm Visitation Day at the Naval Academy Dairy Farm on Route 175 in Gambrills is planned from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is co-sponsored by the Naval Dairy Farm and the Anne Arundel County Cooperative Extension Service. Activities include a tour of a working dairy farm, calf barn, feeding and milking areas and farm equipment. Hay rides also will be offered. The farm provides milk and juice products for the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Free samples of these products also will be available. For information, call 222-6759 or 970-8250, ext. 6759.

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Local fire and police departments will stage a demonstration day at an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crofton Middle School off Route 424. Arundel Volunteer Fire Department members also will collect money for a new fire truck and non-perishable food for the county food bank. The county food bank's supplies are so low that workers have had to dip into its emergency fund to buy groceries for the needy. The Bowie-Crofton Rotary Club is co-sponsoring the food drive.

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The Crofton Convalescent Center will conduct its annual fall bazaar and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center off Route 424 at Riedel Road. The event features handcrafted works by patients, staff and local artists. Baked goods also will be available.

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The Association for Gifted and Talented Youth will hold its first meeting of the school year tomorrow at Crofton Middle School on Route 424. Coffee and conversation begin at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion called "Parent Volunteers: Participating in Exciting Enrichment Programs." The association is a volunteer group of parents, educators and others interested in educational opportunities available to gifted and talented county youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Meetings are held bimonthly during the school year and interested individuals may attend. Call 721-9595 in the evening.

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The Greater Crofton Council is meeting at 7 tonight at the Crofton Library. Members will discuss the council's study on Crofton's future, and will distribute questionnaires to Crofton residents this month. They also will leave extra copies at the library and other gathering places.

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It's time for winter sports registration. You must register before trying out for a county basketball team. Walk-in registration for basketball, wrestling and cheerleading is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Crofton Elementary School. Tryouts begin Oct. 24. The cost is $25 for wrestling and $30 for basketball and cheerleading. Call 261-0196.

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