Prepare to be scared: Friday is first day for Haunted Trail


October 06, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

VICKI SOWERS loves October. She loves the cool weather, the colors. Best of all, she loves Halloween.

Since she was 15, Sowers has been involved with the Haunted Trail in Severn (also known as the Trails of Terror).

A few years ago, she moved away from Maryland, but she's back and she's signed up for a new stint as a trail guide.

"I'm pumped," she said. "I'm ready. I'm ready to scare people."

PTC Sowers' way of scaring people is great fun. As the Grim Reaper, she will lead people through the many scenes of the trails, helping them rediscover the fun of ghouls and ghostly things.

Her adventure will begin Friday and continue through Halloween. The event takes place at Danza Park, on Donaldson Avenue behind the Royal Farm Store.

Sowers designs her costume, and each year she adds something to make it more special.

Sometimes, she likes to stand in line with people waiting to enter the Haunted Trail. She won't say anything, just quietly wait for someone to turn and see the Grim Reaper.

Despite her enjoyment of the trail, she cautions that children younger than 6 might find the activities too scary.

Many people have worked hard to make the trail a success, led by organizers Jeff and Cindy Smith.

Admission is $5, with proceeds going to the Severn Athletic Club.

The Haunted Trail will open Friday and run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31.

Eighth-grade sock hop

The eighth-grade students and teachers at Arundel Middle School are organizing their annual sock hop for 1 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the school in Gambrills.

The eighth-grade classes are studying many facets of life in the late 1950s and early 1960s as part of a unit on the book "The Outsider."

The sock hop is the culminating activity of the study.

Girls are rushing to put the finishing touches on their poodle skirts, and boys are searching for just the right hair tonic to slick back their hair.

Prizes are awarded for students who go "all out" in dressing for this activity.

During the dance, 1950s and 1960s music will be provided by disc jockey Shannon Garity of Unique Musique Inc.

The event also will feature an antique (OK, '50s and '60s era) car show, Hula Hoops, roller-skaters and more.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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