On Halloween, fashioning the costume scares a mom

NEIGHBORS

October 25, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

I admit it. Halloween gives me the shivers.

Even as a child, it was not one of my favorite events. Oh, I thought the candy was great, but having to dress in some silly outfit and go door to door asking for the goodies was not really my idea of fun.

After all, you didn't have to look silly to receive candy from the Easter bunny.

As a mom, this event looms even larger on the horizon. Although I no longer put on a costume and ask for candy, I must now provide the candy for countless neighborhood children.

That's the easy part. It's the costumes for three boys that really freak me out.

If you have any skills at all with the sewing machine, it's expected that you will whip up something spectacular year after year.

This is not as easy as you might think when we're talking about boys. No witches, fairy princesses, angels or ballerinas here. We're talking boy stuff.

We did the clown and cute little pumpkin bit when they were younger. Then we moved on to the Indian and pirate stage.

Next came a shark (complete with dorsal fin) and a Robert E. Lee costume. General Lee was the result of a third-grade class project. I liked that -- killing two birds with one stone.

This year, I'm stumped. With less than a week to go, I haven't a clue.

To make matters worse, I must also create two costumes for a masquerade piano recital. Do you think a kid can play the piano wearing a shark suit?

Let's hope so.

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Preschoolers will find Halloween at Piney Run to be great fun. The Nature Center is having two Halloween parties on Friday. Featured will be a variety of games, activities and a costume parade. Children ages 2 to 5 years may participate.

Call 795-6043 to sign up for either the 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. party or the 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. time slot. The cost is $1.50 for members and $2 for nonmembers.

The entire family can enjoy an evening with the stars at Piney Run's Star Party. Meet at the park's Nature Center at 8 p.m. Friday.

A short slide presentation by the Westminster Astronomical Society will orient you to the fall sky. A variety of telescopes will be set up on the tennis courts for stargazing. No registration is necessary, and no fee will be charged.

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Boy Scout Troop No. 110 is sponsoring a flea market and craft show Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Eldersburg Community Center on Route 32. The show will offer a variety of crafts and foods.

The troop of 16 boys is working hard to raise funds for its weeklong summer camp in Garrett County. Browsers and buyers are welcome. Vendor space is available.

Information: 795-1421.

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The Freedom Area Recreation Council is beginning a new dance program -- Stepping Stars. The program will include dance instruction in ballet, creative movement, tap and jazz.

Children ages 3 through 6 may participate in the ballet/creative movement class at the Carrolltown Center Community Room in either morning or afternoon classes. The classes last 45 minutes, one day per week, and cost $50.

Evening classes for ballet, tap or jazz for ages 6 through 11 will be held at the South Carroll Senior Center. The classes are an hour long, one day per week, and cost $60.

Each student will also have a recital costume fee of $30 to $35. The classes will begin Jan. 3 and conclude with a recital at Liberty High on June 4.

Registration for all classes will be held Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in front of the Community Room at Carrolltown Center. Classes are limited in size, and no phone registrations will be accepted.

Information: 549-6296.

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Kick up your heels at the Country Western Dance on Saturday at the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall. A disc jockey will provide the tunes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.; beer and setups are included. The cost is $8 per person.

Information: 795-7122.

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