Fake skin. Blood capsules. Furry feet and detachable hands.
What's wrong with this list? Note the absence of bunny ears, cowboy hats and clown noses. Yes, this is the year that my children have abandoned any hint of traditional Halloween spirit and decided to just be gross for the evening.
As I toil over the Liquid Latex Second Skin with 3-D special effects building material, I am overwhelmed by memories of Halloweens past. My children's costumes were labors of love and imagination. I can proudly say that we were the first family in Glen Burnie to use foam rubber in the Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtle shell. We did Rudolph complete with twig antlers and our clown costumes had removable pompons so the entire suit could double as pajamas. During the preschool years we were magnificent.
But that's all in the past.
This year my sons want to go trick or treating dressed as football players. Dead football players in various states of decomposition. As a matter of fact, their entire football team wants to dress this way.
Frankly, I think they're all disgusting.
I guess I'll accept their lack of creativity because I know I only have a year or two left to share this holiday with them: a short time before they're too grown up to enjoy the magic of a night where people share with you for no other reason than you've asked.
And when the rules of good nutrition are buried beneath an avalanche of Milk Duds, candy corn and that very hard pink bubble gum that's always left over until Valentine's Day.
Trick or Treat, Glen Burnie.
Ghosts, goblins, witches and the Little Mermaid will take over the center of Glen Burnie during the county's annual Halloween Safety Party, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in front of the Arundel Center North, Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
Costume contests, entertainment and demonstrations are planned throughout the afternoon.
Sponsored by the county Office of Community Service, The Sun and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, this annual event celebrates Halloween while teaching children safety tips.
"This is a fun day with lots of treats for the children and information about safety for Halloween and all year long," said Karen Henry, volunteer coordinator with the Office of Community Services.
Children will be encouraged to visit various displays "trick or treating" for gifts, candy and information packets.
The afternoon's entertainment will begin at 1:15 p.m. with a demonstration by students of Apolo's East Coast Karate.
At 1:30 p.m. there will be a performance by students of Maryland Gymnastics.
Ronald McDonald will make a special guest appearance at 2 p.m. and a repeat performance by Apolo's East Coast Karate is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Mr. Spooky the Magician will conclude the entertainment at 3:15.
Children wearing costumes are invited to participate in a contest. Registration for the contest begins at 12:30 p.m. and the winners will be announced by County Executive Bob Neall at 3:45 p.m.
Winners must be present at the time of the announcement to win.
Participants will compete in one of five age categories, and judging will be for the most original, funniest, most attractive and scariest costumes.
McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog and the D.A.R.E. Bear will mingle with the crowd throughout the afternoon.
Traffic will be rerouted from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather the party will be moved inside to the municipal parking garage at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
It's the "Great Pumpkin Party" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Lord Jesus, Caroline and Allen streets in the Heritage Hill community.
Pastor William Epley has extended an invitation to the children in the community to stop by and enjoy a day of games, food, prizes and entertainment by a professional puppeteer.
The day's activities are free.
For additional information, call Cookie Tomlinson, 561-3301.
Adults will be able to dress up and scare a few souls, too, at a costume dance at 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association, Paul Marr Drive.
Although costumes are optional, prizes will be awarded for creative efforts.
Music will be provided by disc jockey Bob Arthur.
Hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and setups are included in the $10-per-person ticket price.
For ticket information, call 761-0317, 761-0243 or 761-1990.
Feeling lucky? Why not try your luck this Friday during "A Night Of Bingo" sponsored by the Rippling Estates Community Association at St. Bernadette's Hall on Stevenson Road.
The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance or $12 at the door.
For ticket information, call Carol McNally, 993-2564 or 969-5750.
If you're still feeling lucky on Saturday, stop by "Casino Night at Slade," 7:30 p.m until midnight, at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road.
Games of chance include blackjack, keno, craps, roulette, wheels and horse racing.
This fund-raiser will benefit the school athletic association.
Refreshments will be sold and a cash bar will be open throughout the evening.
Woodside Elementary School is having a Craft Fair and Santa's Secret Workshop, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.
Crafters are welcome to rent a table or a space.
Prices are $10, $15 or $20.
Reservations for the spaces must be made before Nov. 13 by contacting Lou Ann Boyd, 768-0599.