When do you outgrow Halloween? When the treats seem fattening?

NEIGHBORS

October 26, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

She was rapping at my door. I could see she was clearly agitated.

"Quick! We have a Halloween party in an hour and I've run out of aluminum foil for a halo," she shouted.

Handing her the foil, I expressed surprise over her somewhat traditional choice of a costume. She was known on the mother circuit for creative, albeit quirky, costume planning. An angel seemed a little ordinary.

"Angel? She's not going as an angel. She's going as a martyr, my mother," she explained. "I'm going with a family theme. By the way, do you have an extra television remote control and some empty beer cans? Junior's dressing up as his father's side of the family."

After she left, I began to wonder just when do your children became too old to go trick or treating. Perhaps it's when:

* They can drive a car from door to door.

* She spends 10 minutes at each house, discerning which treat has the lowest fat content.

* He doesn't have to buy a fake beard. He just stops shaving for a couple days.

* They want to bring a date.

* Your child, in a mask on someone's doorstep, sets off a series of 911 calls. Trick or treat, Glen Burnie.

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Residents of Country Club Estates can expect to find ghosts, zombies and assorted dead beings wandering through their neighborhood when the Country Club Estates recreation hall becomes a "House of Horrors" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow through Halloween.

Those fearless enough to test their courage will follow a haunted trail through the rec hall and around the surrounding property. Special effects will intensify the various macabre tableaus.

Admission is $5. Children 3 and under are free. Group discounts are available. Proceeds will benefit North Arundel Hospital's "Baskets for the Needy" holiday sharing program.

Marley resident Chuck Bowman came up with the idea for the "haunting" two years ago after he helped his sister, Linda Flanagan, decorate her Pasadena home for Halloween.

"About 100 people came through the house. No advertising, no charge, just decorated for the neighbors. We had such a good response we decided to do it again for a charity," he explained.

Country Club Estates recreation hall is on Paul Marr Drive between Leymar and Country Club Drive.

For information on group rates call 760-9474 or 636-0144.

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Clowns, dinosaurs and Power Rangers will take to the streets of downtown Glen Burnie at 1 p.m. Sunday for the Annual Halloween Safety Party at Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The afternoon's activities include entertainment, crafts and a parade.

The costume parade begins at 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in four age groups, 2 and younger; 3 to 5 years old; 6 to 8 years old, and 9 to 12 years old. Categories include prettiest, most original and scariest and ugliest. Participants must sign in prior to the parade at the registration tables behind the Arundel Center North.

In the event of inclement weather, the party will be moved inside the municipal parking garage at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and M Street.

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Who says grown-ups can't enjoy Halloween? Put on a mask, a wig or a cape and enjoy a Halloween costume dinner dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 160, 259 Dorsey Road.

The post's Ladies Auxiliary is holding the the dance as a benefit for cancer research.

Admission is $12 per person and includes beer and set-ups, dinner from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by dancing. Prizes for best costumes will be awarded. Information: 766-9802.

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Marley Park Church of the Nazarene continues its 50th anniversary celebration this week with several special guests.

Associate Pastor Stephen Merki and his wife, Diane, will join evangelist and singer Tim Hancock in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Hancock will perform again at a service with the Rev. Charles Williams at 7 p.m. Friday.

A celebration banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Center of Applied Technology, 800 Stevenson Road in Severn. Tickets are $10. Reservations are required.

Sunday services return three pastors to the pulpit. The Rev. Warren Holloway shares his message at the 9:15 a.m. service. The 10:45 a.m. service welcomes the Rev. John Hulsizer back to Marley Park. At 6 p.m., the Rev. Ernie Lewis leads the gospel hour. Mr. Hancock will perform with the sanctuary choir at all three services.

Information: 768-1852.

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