Parades and contests planned as treats in towns for Halloween


October 25, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PARADES, COSTUME contests and trick-or-treating will be in full swing this weekend and into next week as Northwest Carroll celebrates Halloween.

Taneytown will hold trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. An adult must accompany children younger than age 12, and participants should visit only houses with lights on.

Taneytown's annual Halloween parade will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The parade will include marching bands, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. Children are encouraged to march in costume in the parade. A three-member panel will judge costumes in three age groups - age 3 and younger; ages 4 to 8; and ages 9 to 12. A party will follow at the community center. Pumpkins will be available to carve at the party.

New Windsor's parade, organized by the Lions Club, will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the old Elmer Wolfe Elementary School. Costumed children should register beginning at 6 p.m. at the school. The parade will start at Church and Main streets. Children can collect treats at the fire hall afterward.

In Union Bridge, the Lions Club will hold its annual costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the fire hall. A three-member panel will judge costumes in five age groups. All children will take home treats.

Thunderhead charity bowl

The Charity Bowl 2001 United Way will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown.

This marks the second year Thunderhead and United Way have held this fund-raiser.

"We were really surprised at how well it went last year," said Marcia Gorsuch, who is coordinating the event. "So we decided to have it again this year."

Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis will be on hand, as will former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson. The fund-raiser also will feature Ravens cheerleaders, Ravens and Oriole mascots, and professional duckpin bowlers. Dwight Dingle of WTTR radio will be the announcer.

A silent auction will be held. Items will include items signed by Ravens team members and Cal Ripken.

"We have about 10 companies who have bought a lane for $100 for the three hours," Gorsuch said. "Bowling for the other lanes will be $2 a game."

Gorsuch said 50/50 raffle will be held and doors prizes awarded. Admission to the event is $5; children age 10 and younger are free.

Information: 410-751-1750.

Leaf pickup

Taneytown will provide free leaf pickup Tuesday and every Tuesday next month and the first Tuesday in December. Leaves need to be bagged securely and must be in front of houses by 8 a.m. the day of pickup.

Lions Club breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 17 at the town's carnival grounds building.

The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs cooked to order, pudding and hominy, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $4.50; $2.50 for children ages 6 to 10; and free for children younger than age 6.

Information: 410-751-1120.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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