Just wild about Harry? Dress-up tips for kids

BEST BETS

October 25, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

It's a safe bet that little Harrys, Hermiones and Rons will make up a good portion - if not the bulk - of trick-or-treaters this year, particularly with the U.S. opening of the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone just a few anticipation-filled weeks away (Nov. 16).

If your kids are among those swept up in Muggle mania, check out the Hogwarts Halloween parties at two Harford County libraries. The festivities might help hold your children - and you - over until Potter's big-screen debut.

The library staff encourages kids (grades three and up only) to come dressed as their favorite characters from J.K. Rowling's books. There are many options, but Harry, Hermione and Ron are sure to be the top picks. Here are a few things you'll need to help your kid dress up like each:

Hermione Granger (one of Harry's two best friends): glasses, big plastic teeth, bushy hair, a black witch robe, a wand and a schoolbook re-covered to read Hogwarts, A History ;

Ron Weasley (Harry's other best bud): red hair, freckles, a black wizard robe (secondhand, in this case), a wand and a faux, scruffy-looking Scabbers the rat;

Harry Potter: round glasses with thick, black frames, disheveled black hair, a black wizard robe (or Quidditch robe in Gryffindor colors of red and gold), a wand and a snow-white Hedwig the owl.

Joppa Branch Library: 1 p.m. Saturday, 655 Towne Center Drive, 410-612-1660. Fallston/Jarrettsville Branch: 6:30 p.m. Monday, 1461 Fallston Road, 410-638-3003.

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