There's not a ghost of a chance you'll run out of Halloween events

NEIGHBORS

October 28, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Weather prognosticators have predicted clear skies, which will help make this a beautifully bewitching weekend for a variety of Halloween events for kids of all ages.

* Drama and music students at Northeast High School have combined forces with music booster parents to sponsor two evenings of ghoulish delights for families.

Tonight and tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., school music rooms will be transformed into a Haunted Hallway, filled with creatures, scenes of terror and fright. Costumed guides will accompany visitors. For youngsters, an afternoon session is planned tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $2 for children under 10, $3 for all others. Moms or dads attending with their paying child will be admitted for free.

The school is at 1121 Duvall Highway.

* The youth group at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road, will sponsor an evening of fright from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today in the woods behind the church.

Young guides will lead visitors down paths of the Woods of Living Horror, which are chock full of scary characters. For the faint-hearted of any age, a less threatening trail is available.

Admission is $1.50 for adults, $1 for children under 12.

A free drink will be served at the end of the trail.

Face painting, treats, goodie bags and cupcakes will be available inside the church for a small fee throughout the evening.

* Magothy United Methodist Church will have its Children's Fall Costume Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the fellowship hall.

Wee babes through fifth-graders are invited to "dress up in your own version of one of God's creatures," said Connie Coffelt, festival coordinator. "No scary costumes please."

Admission is free. Parents must accompany children.

Games, crafts, prizes and light refreshments will be offered.

A concession stand selling luncheon items will be open for hungry visitors.

The church is at 3703 Mountain Road.

* Lake Waterford Park will offer Haunting in the Park for youngsters 10 and under from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $1 per person. Kids should dress in costume anbring trick or treat bags.

Activities such as face painting and hayrides will be offered. Local businesses have donated treats for young park visitors.

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Bodkin Elementary School, 8320 Ventnor Road, will have its annual Fallfest from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at the school.

This year's event has a beach party theme, with games and entertainment for the entire family.

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Downs Park will celebrate the fall season with three events with something to please everyone in your crowd.

Tonight at 8 o'clock, watch a scary flick on the park's 10-foot screen at Fright Night at the Movies. The ghoulish title is a big secret, but I'm sure it will be frighteningly enjoyable.

Tomorrow, the gates will open at 10 a.m. for a holiday craft fair until 3 p.m., featuring the works of more than 50 artisans selling everything from homemade candy to Christmas decorations. The regular parking fee will be waived for the day.

In addition to shopping, there will be activities for the entire family. Pony rides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., face painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children's games from noon to 2 p.m. and pumpkin painting at 11 a.m. A nominal fee will be charged.

You can make a scarecrow for $5 or have your kids meet Mandy the Clown or Jason the Red Power Ranger at noon for an autograph or picture.

A costume contest for kids will begin at 1 p.m. Costumed pets may accompany their young owners. Prizes will be awarded in various categories including most unusual, scariest, ugliest and most creative. Cameras are welcomed.

You can learn all about (ugh!) snakes from a park ranger at 1:30 p.m. or view square dancing demonstrations by the Friendship Squares Dance Club at 2 p.m.

The park will go quiet for a few hours until the Halloween Haunted Trail opens. Trail hours are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"This year promises to be the scariest trail yet," said Ranger Sharon Alfinito.

Tickets are $2 each and will be sold at the park entrance. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For the weak of heart, a separate Friendly Ghost area will be open, with face painting and pictures taken with a Power Ranger or witch for a small fee.

The event is handicapped-accessible.

Call the park at 222-6230 for more details.

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The Parent Involvement Centers at High Point Elementary and Northeast High School will be offering several programs for parents during November.

The 7 p.m. sessions at High Point will be: a program on stress by Debbie Morgan on Nov. 2; an overview of special education by Nancy Andrews on Nov. 9; hints on how to prepare for parent-teacher conferences by Diane Holmes on Nov. 16; and a program on learning disabilities by Carolyn Keenen on Nov. 30.

* Northeast parents can visit with a guidance counselor between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Nov. 3 or Nov. 17. On Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., counselor Diane Finch will present a program on conflict resolution.

Calendars listing monthly programming at all centers and a registration form are available at your local public school.

For more details about the program at High Point, call 222-6454. For information about Northeast's center, call 437-6400, Ext. 35 during school hours.

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