Where to confront Halloween spirits

Trips: Road Trips/Regional Events

Halloween happenings

October 28, 2004|By Meredith Lidard

CHOOSE YOUR POISON — It's that time of year again when the spirits come out - or at least people start dressing like them. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween this weekend, from haunted houses and trick-or-treating to spooky symphonies and masquerade balls to concerts and horror films.

Choose your poison - or chow down on candy corn. It's up to you.

Haunted houses

Kim's Krypt Haunted Attraction. Alice Cooper considers Kim's Krypt to be the "scariest haunted house this side of Mississippi." Admission is $10 for adults, and $6 for kids 11 and under. Open 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Glen Mar VFW Hall, 730 Wampler Road, Middle River. Call 410-391-7726.

"Bennett's Curse - House of the Vampyres." Self-guided haunted tours of a medieval castle, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Halloween, at the outdoor lot adjacent to Arundel Mills, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover. Located next to Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry and across from Wal-Mart. For ages 10 and older; those younger than 10 need parental consent. $11; $9 children. Call 410-538-6461 or visit www.bennettscurse.com.

"Nightmares From Elmridge." Visit the creepy haunted house, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. today, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. tomorrow, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Halloween, at 5400 East Drive, Arbutus. $7; $4 for ages 5-10; free for ages 4 and younger. Call 410-247-0046 or visit www.night maresfromelmridge.com.

Cox's Point Haunted Mansion. Sponsored by the Essex Recreation and Parks Council. The Patient Creatures will be on hand Sunday night for family entertainment. Admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for kids 10 and under. Cox's Point Haunted Mansion is open tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 7 p.m.-10 p.m., at 800 Riverside Drive, Essex. Call 410-391-1044 or visit www.coxspoint.com.

Family

Trick or Treat at ExploraWorld. Kids can join the ExploraWorld Party Team tomorrow for trick or treating in their Halloween costumes. Admission is free for members, $3 for adults, and $4.95-$8.50 for kids 1-10. Trick or treating is 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at ExploraWorld, 6570 Dobbin Road, Columbia. Call 410-772-1540 or visit www.ex ploraworldcolumbia.com.

Howl-O-Ween Fancy Dress Dog Competition. The Can Company and Canton Community Association invite dogs and dog lovers to compete in this costume contest, with categories of scariest, most Baltimorean, most original and best matching dog and human costumes. The competition is combined with the Baltimore Dog Festival, so rescue groups and vendors will be on hand. $10 registration for dogs entering the costume contest. The festival is free to the public and runs Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m., judging begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Can Company, 2400 Boston St. Call 410-558-2262.

"Zoo BOOO!" Trick-or-treating, costume contest, haunted barn, hayrides, creepy crafts, games and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Halloween, at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park. Free with museum admission: $12; $10 for seniors; $8 ages 2-11; free for those younger than 2. Call 410-396-7102 or 410-366-LION.

Haunted House at Owings Mills High School. Tours of haunted classrooms, fortune tellers, face painters and refreshments. There will also be a non-scary room for youngsters. Tomorrow. Admission is $5 for ages 11 and up, $3 for kids 10 and under. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m., and the last tour takes off at 8:30 p.m., at Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Road. Call 410-887-1700.

Halloween fun. Learn to create slime at a creepy (and gross) Halloween "Family Fun Activity," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $10; $6 for senior citizens and ages 5-18; free for children under 4. Call 410-727-4808.

Halloween at the Aquarium. Wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treating bag for "Pumpkins and Pufferfish" at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. today. Visitors can tour the aquarium in search of spooky fish, decorate a pumpkin and enjoy games, a costume contest and snacks. For ages 3 through adult. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $30. Call 410-576-3800 or 410-727-FISH.

Trips

Haunted Tours at Hager House. Visitors to the home of the founder of Hagerstown can hear stories of unexplainable sounds, smells, sightings and shadows. Reservations required. Admission is $2, free for 6 and under. Tours at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Hager House, 110 Key St., Hagerstown. For reservations and more information, call 301-739-8393.

Alsatia Mummers' Parade. Mummers, bands and floats (more than 10,000 participants) travel through downtown Hagerstown as part of the Halloween parade, 7 p.m. Saturday. Call 301-739-2044 for details.

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