Plenty of parades, treats, contests on Halloween schedule

October 25, 2001|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

To celebrate Halloween, Carroll County towns and shopping centers have planned parades, costume contests, trick-or-treating times and other activities, including the following:

Westminster: Trick or treating from dusk until 8 p.m. Wednesday inside city limits. Children age 12 and younger can make the rounds with a parent or adult guardian. Trick or treaters are encouraged to wear light-colored clothing for safety. Residents wishing to participate should turn on porch lights.

Information: 410-848-9000.

Westminster parade: American Legion Post 31 will hold its 57th annual Halloween Parade on Tuesday through downtown Westminster.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. on Monroe Avenue, with the parade starting at 7 p.m. down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street to Longwell Avenue to Westminster City Playground. Cash prizes will be awarded at parade's end.

The American Legion requests no heavy trucks, skateboards, inline skates or bicycles in the parade. Parade participants are prohibited by city ordinance from throwing candy to onlookers. Candy may be given to children by hand.

Information: 410-848-1180 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sykesville: Trick or treating will be allowed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween. The town's Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor two events for children and teens for Halloween.

A children's Halloween costume judging contest will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Town House on Main Street for children up to age 10. Prizes will be awarded for the most original, scariest, cutest and wild and craziest costumes.

Treats will be available at the Town House and, after costume judging, children can visit businesses with a witch or pumpkin in the window for more goodies.

Children ages 11 to 16 can enjoy Halloween from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Millard Cooper Park. The band Cherrysmash will perform. Prizes will be awarded for costumes in the same categories as above. Pizza and soft drinks will be sold at the snack bar.

Information: 410-795-8959.

Mount Airy: The town has no restrictions on trick or treating but asks residents who wish to hand out goodies to turn on their porch lights. Information: 410-795-6012.

Hampstead: Trick or treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-239-7408.

Manchester: Trick or treating from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday for those age 12 and younger. Residents are requested to turn on their porch lights if they wish to hand out treats. Information: 410- 239-3200.

New Windsor parade: The town has no set date for trick or treating and does not encourage it. Town officials recommend families attend the Lions Club parade tomorrow. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at New Windsor Fire Hall and the parade will start at 7 p.m. from the old New Windsor Middle School.

The parade will tour town streets for about 30 minutes and end at the fire hall, where judging will be held and bags of treats handed out. Information: 410-635- 6575.

Union Bridge: Trick or treating from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-775- 2711.

Taneytown: Trick or treating from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Children younger than age 12 must be with an adult. Children should go only to homes with lights on.

Taneytown parade: The town will hold a Halloween parade Saturday. The parade will form at 11 a.m. at the senior center on Roberts Mill Road and walk to the community center at Roberts Mill Park.

A party and costume judging, pumpkin carving, treats and games will be held at the park after the parade. Children younger than age 10 must be with an adult. Participants should take a safe carving instrument.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Lineboro parade: The town's volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Halloween Costume Parade for children age 12 and younger at 5 p.m. Saturday. Participants should line up at 4:30 p.m. near the Lineboro Automobile Body Repair Shop. Prizes will be awarded for costumes.

The Fire Department's "Bedlam in the Boro" Haunted Hayride continues from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow. Food, games, rides and entertainment will be featured during the evening. Prices are $8 for ages 9 and older and $4 for ages 8 and younger.

Information: 410-239-4670.

Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg is holding a Festivus Hauntimus. The indoor haunted house will be manned by Ravens Nest 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Admission is $5. Partial proceeds will benefit area victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Trick or treating in the mall will start at 3 p.m. Saturday. Parents can take their children in costume and trick or treat throughout the mall while supplies last. Children can have their photos taken with Frankenstein's monster from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Photos are $5.

Information: 410-781-7070.

TownMall of Westminster will hold mallwide trick or treating starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday while supplies last. Children can pick up free trick-or-treat bags at the customer service center. Information: 410-857-0300.

140 Village Shopping Center will hold a trick-or-treat day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Westminster. Uncle Goose the Clown will perform balloon art and give out trick-or-treat bags and coupons for a free pumpkin.

Uncle Goose will return to 140 Village Shopping Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-840-0991.

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