Safe scares Events: With all the spooky activities planned ,, TC around the area, it seems so, well, pedestrian, to stick to just the neighborhood.

UP FRONT

October 30, 1997|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With haunted houses, spooky story times and indoor trick or treating at area shopping malls, it's a wonder any self-respecting ghost or goblin would want to walk from house to house, toting an old pillowcase and begging for candy from the neighbors.

This Halloween weekend, there are a number of events around the metropolitan area to bring out the ghoul in you.

The city has parties galore, as do recreation councils in many of the counties. Almost all are free or offer admission for a nominal fee.

The malls also hope to attract the younger set -- and, more importantly, their wallet-wielding parents. But before you cynically dismiss their invitation as one more step toward commercialism of all of America's holidays, consider the safety factor. Not to mention the weather.

"We offer a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating," said Karen P. Johnson, marketing manager at The Mall in Columbia.

Johnson said the mall's Halloween celebration usually attracts a few thousand costumed urchins and their parents. She said mall merchants have consulted with local moms and dads to make sure the candy they pass out is age appropriate. Jawbreakers, hard candy and other dental nightmares are taboo.

"We want to give out a better quality candy than they might get when they take their chances at neighborhood trick or treating," Johnson said.

Management at Owings Mills Mall and White Marsh -- two other Rouse Co. properties -- take similar precautions, Johnson said.

Henrietta Smith, marketing director at Westview Mall in Catonsville, said merchants there plan Halloween activities for the entire family. This year's celebration lasts two days and includes trick or treating, a clown who does magic tricks, games and crafts for kids and a Halloween fashion show with costumes created by the mall's teen-age modeling team. Halloween characters like "The Mummy" and "The Scarecrow" will surprise shoppers as they stroll through the mall.

"We like to interact with the community," Smith said. "We sent invitations to schools and churches in the area. We want to create a safe environment where children and parents can enjoy themselves. This is not just geared to the younger children. Everyone can enjoy some facet of the activities we plan."

Baltimore

AVAM Halloween. Costumed trick or treaters of all ages will be admitted free 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. All visitors under 12 will receive a free treat from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-244-1900.

Black history masquerade party. Tench Tilghman Recreation Center, 600 N. Patterson Park Ave. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. For ages 5 to adult. Free. Call 410-396-9229.

Costume photos. Guests may have their photos taken in costume with Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who takes center stage at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow at Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6564 Reisterstown Road. $1 suggested donation to Cross Country Elementary School. Free Halloween reflective bag filled with treats at participating stores beginning at 5 p.m. Look for Candy Zone signs in merchant windows. Call 410-764-3222.

Halloween activities. Leith Walk Recreation Center, 1235 Sherwood Ave. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-6681.

Halloween activities. Madison Recreation Center, 1401 E. Biddle 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9284.

Halloween celebration. Northwood Recreation Center, 1517 Winford Road. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-6696.

Halloween masquerade party. at Collington Square Recreation Center, 1409 Collington Ave. and Patterson Park Avenue. 4: 30 p.m.-6: 30 p.m. tomorrow. $1 for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9201.

Halloween masquerade party. Ralph J. Young Recreation Center, 2031 E. Fayette St. For ages 5 to 12. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. $1 admission. Call 410-396-9197.

Halloween dance. Dancing, food and music by Mandry. 8 p.m. tomorrow in the historic hall, Stodola, 1732 E. Lombard St. $15 Call 410-342-7200 or 410-276-7676.

Halloween party. Chinquapin Recreation Center, 900 Woodbourne Ave. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 14. Call 410-396-6060.

Halloween party for kids. Ages 4 to 6 at the Carroll Cook Recreation Center, 5061 Eager St. 3: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. today. Free. Call 410-396-9089.

Halloween party. Furley Recreation Center, 4633 Furley Ave. 3: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9329.

Halloween treat. Herring Run Recreation Center, 5001 Sinclair Lane. 4 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. tomorrow. Free for age 5 to 14. Call 410-488-6634.

Kiddie Halloween party. Oliver Recreation Center, 1600 N. Spring St. 3 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. 410-396-4243.

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