Scarecrows and vampires and mummies, oh my

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October 24, 2002|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Haunted houses and ghoulish ghost walks, pumpkin-carving and trick-or-treating, visits to Poe's grave and canine costume contests. That's what Halloween is all about. In and around Baltimore, that is. And we tell you where to find it all - from the frightening and horrid to the wacky and downright absurd. Be wary, though: Some events listed below are geared to older children and adults, so call ahead if you're unsure whether an event is appropriate for the little tykes.

Anne Arundel County

"Bennett's Curse - House of the Vampyres." Today-Nov. 1, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Located next to Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry and across from Wal-Mart. Self-guided haunted tours of a medieval castle. For ages 10 and older; ages under 10 need parental consent. $10; $8 ages under 12. Call 410-538-6438.

"Halloween Happening." Tomorrow-Sunday and Wednesday-Oct. 31, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Route 178, Crownsville. Haunted barn and hayride. $8; free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-923-3400, Ext. 7.

"Legend of Creepy Hollow." Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, Annapolis. Do or Die Productions presents the interactive mystery. $45 includes show and buffet. Call 410-626-7515.

"Murder Through the Ages." Tomorrow-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Do or Die Productions presents the interactive mystery. $12-$16. Call 410-636-6597.

"Spirits of Annapolis Tours." Today-tomorrow, Tuesday-Wednesday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Hear stories about the ghosts, spirits and mysteries of colonial Annapolis. $15-$20. Call 410-267-7619 for reservations.

Baltimore City

"Fell's Point Ghost Walk." This Saturday and every Friday through Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Tours depart from aMuse, 1623 Thames St. Haunted tours of Fells Point. $8-$12. Call 410-522-7400 for reservations.

"The Great Halloween Lantern Parade." Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Pulaski Monument, Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. Participants will parade candlelighted lanterns through the park. Free. Call 410-342-0600.

"The Great Halloween Lantern Parade" post-party. Saturday, 9 p.m. Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St. Halloween dance. Wear your costume. $4-$6. Call 410-276-1651.

Halloween concert. Sunday, 2 p.m. Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. "Young People's String Program." Free. Call 410-659-8100.

"Halloween Harvest Cooking." Saturday, noon-4 p.m. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. Program with food historian Sue Latini, who cooks up harvest dishes and offers samples. A Mary Pickersgill re- enactor will give trick-or-treat candy to children. $3-$5. Call 410-837-1793.

"Halloween in Hampden, Hon." Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. All along 36th Street in Hampden. Magic wand-making, mask-making, trick-or-treating, costume parade, costume contest, more. Free. Call 410-235-5800.

Halloween tour. Oct. 31, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs, Fayette and Greene streets. Theatrical reading of Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, classical guitar performances, tour of Westminster Hall with eerie music, visit to Poe's grave and tour of Westminster Catacombs, more. $3-$5. Call 410-706-7228.

"Haunted Hike." Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Gwynns Falls Trail. Hike begins at the Winans Meadow trail, Franklintown Road. For ages 8 and up. $4. Call 410-396-0808 or 410-396-0440.

"Horrifically Horrid Haunted House." Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Joseph Center, 430 S. Broadway. Haunted house. For ages 7 and up. 50 cents. Call 410-732-5000.

"Howl-O-Ween Canton Dog Festival." Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The Can Company, 2400 Boston St. Dog costume contest: scariest, funniest, most Baltimorean, most human and best match with owner. $10 for participants; free for spectators. Call 410-558-CANC.

"Howl-O-Ween Hop." Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The Maryland SPCA grounds, 3300 Falls Road. Dance with costume contest, open bar, prizes, silent auction, more. $75. Benefits the SPCA. Call 410-889-9331, Ext. 4.

"Ode to Halloween." Today, noon. Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. "Lunch Under the Pipes" concert, tour of Westminster Catacombs, cookies, cider and prize drawings for a Halloween tour. Free. Call 410-706-2072.

"Phantom Trolley." Tomorrow-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road. Spooky streetcar ride, refreshments, more. $3-$6. Call 410-547-0264.

"Pumpkin Pastimes: An Old-Fashioned Harvest Festival." Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Harvest craft-making, masquerade parade, trick-or-treating through time, more. Come in costume. $7. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

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