Weekend events celebrating Halloween promise to bring many bizarre sights to the area: a resurrected Edgar Allan Poe, belly-flopping sumo wrestlers, perhaps even a St. Bernard in an Elvis costume. Here's a summary of some of the activities planned in area.
* Baltimore Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road. (410) 823-2551. Little trick-or-treaters can start things off today from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a "Halloween Spectacular." The event will feature a parade of costumed preschoolers ages 2-5, followed by a magic show and art activity.
Tomorrow, the Beale St. Puppets will present "Halloween Hijinks" from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Featured marionettes will include Napoleon Bone-Apart and Murry, the Egyptian Mummy.
"Happycrows, Sadcrows, Funnycrows, Scarecrows," a workshop for children age 5 and older, will provide participants with soft-sculpture materials to make their own scarecrow. The activity will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
And kids of all ages can drop in any time tomorrow and Sunday to decorate their goody bags with goblins and other ghoulish garnishings.
Registration is not required for workshops, but space is limited. Performance seating will be first-come, first-served. Tickets are $4 for adults and for children age 2 and older; free for museum members.
* Union Memorial Hospital. (410) 554-2035. The hospital will stage a free haunted house and Halloween party for children age 9 and under from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will take place in the hospital's 33rd Street Professional Building. Participants can enjoy games, face painting, crafts, a magician and plenty of sweet treats.
* World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. (410) 837-4515. High above the city, the third annual "Trick or Read -- Fright Flight to the Top" will take place tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center. The event begins with haunting stories and a magic show, followed by the appearance of some special characters, including the Oriole Bird and Chuck E. Cheese. At 2 p.m., a costume contest will be held; prizes include books, stuffed animals and passes to area attractions.
Children in costume will be admitted free all day. Regular admission to the Top of the World is $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and children ages 5-15.
* Clarence "Du" Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. (410) 396-9177. A Halloween Fun Party for children age 12 and under will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. Spooky activities will include games of skill, arts and crafts, a haunted house and a costume contest. Children will received free treats. $1 admission.
* Downs Park, Anne Arundel County, (410) 222-6230. The park will sponsor a Halloween costume contest for children at 2 p.m. ** Sunday. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, including scariest, most unusual and most creative. Contestants should assemble at the park's amphitheater.
* Ghoul's Den, Winchester Exchange, Westminster. (410) 848-7272. The Storytellers Circle, in cooperation with the Carroll County Arts Council, will offer "An Afternoon Fright -- The Witches Delight" for children in grades three and up from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free, and children should dress casually so they can participate in group activities. The program will begin with scary stories, followed by ghostly games, a theatrical production of "The Witches Brew" and a group howl-a-long of "Old Woman" and "Skin and Bones."
Children will receive a Halloween grab bag.
* The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Columbia. (410) 290-0040. The restaurant will hold a children's pumpkin-painting contest tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. Children ages 6-12 will receive a complementary pumpkin for painting. Entries will be displayed in the restaurant and taken home after the competition. The public is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite. The winner will receive a goody bag and dinner for four at the restaurant.
* Havenwood Park, Pasadena. (410) 437-3300. Merchants will have a Halloween celebration for neighborhood children tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. at Havenwood Park. Costume contests, games, exhibits, raffles, pizza and drinks will be featured.
* Westview Mall, 5748 Baltimore National Pike. (410) 744-5650. Festivities at Westview will get under way at 3 p.m. tomorrow and will include a costume contest, followed by treating at individual stores. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
* Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. (410) 523-1534. "Wicked Weekend of Fun" will start today and run through Sunday. The family events include trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patrol and a haunted house, and will benefit the Bea Gaddy fund to feed the hungry.