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By Monroe (Wis.) Evening Times | October 29, 1991
A BARB to the suburban Houston school district that banned Halloween costumes this year, saying that they promote satanic worship.According to the Associated Press, the superintendent of the Aldine School District, Sonny Donaldson, reasons that, "subconsciously the costumes plant bad seeds in the children."Donaldson has apparently been watching too many reruns of the "Omen" movies. Children aren't the ones who can't separate fantasy from reality in this scenario.Has it been so long since the adults who made this decision were kids themselves, spending weeks preparing their costumes for the big day?
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By David Tayman, D.V.M and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Q: Our family loves Halloween. Any tips for keeping our dog and cat safe during the holiday commotion? A: Americans spend something like $7 billion on Halloween costumes, candy and decorations annually - including more than $300 million on pet costumes. While humans of all ages have lots of spooky fun on Halloween, it may be less fun for pets. In fact, Halloween can be downright dangerous. Here are some sensible precautions. Candy Pets can smell wrapped candy, even sealed in plastic bags.
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November 4, 2011
For the last four years since I moved to the condominium where I live in Forest Hill, Halloween has been somewhat of an underwhelming affair. I have never had a single trick-or-treater. Not one. This is primarily due my development being comprised mostly of seniors and the facility having a security code at the front door that residents must type in upon entry which prevents kids from just coming into the building. But this year, I actually had to buy a bag of candy in anticipation of my new neighbors stopping by - the family that moved in next door to me includes two young children.
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By Becky Kaminsky and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ready for a good scare? The opening night party at Bennett's Curse Haunted Attractions in Jessup will be 7 p.m. Sept. 26, and the party's getting some good national exposure. This year, Bennett's Curse will be featured by the Travel Channel for the sixth time. A Travel Channel spokeswoman confirmed the opening night will be filmed for its special web series “America's Scariest Halloween Attractions.” She says Bennett's was chosen for “its realistic sets, trained actors and having the scariest animatronic monsters in the industry.”  “We are very excited about the filming,” says Jill Bennett, who owns the self-guided haunted houses and often watches the Travel Channel with her husband, Allan.
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October 23, 2012
The Tabernacle Church, 11601 South Laurel Drive, is holding Family Fun Fest, a Halloween alternative, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy games, the Great Maze, face painting, free food and a puppet and entertainment show. No costumes allowed. Kids will receive candy bags. Adults must remain on site with children they bring. Call 301-490-3838.
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October 24, 1991
HIGH JINKS, haunted houses and masquerading spirits make Halloween a celebration for the young and the young at heart. The treats and tricks get under way early this year with events scheduled for this weekend.For those who like to see things that go bump in the night, gory and ghoulish haunted houses have been set up. Area parks are '' sponsoring ghost walks and hikes through spooky woods as well. And there will be hot chocolate and hot cider to warm the heart and toes after the walks.For parents worried about sending their kids out on unfamiliar streets Halloween night, some shopping malls have planned pumpkin decorating workshops, costume contests and store-to-store trick-or-treating.
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By Donna Erickson and Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate | October 22, 1994
Part of last summer's nature-find collection included brittle branches my kids snatched from the woodpile at our friend's cabin.They were just what we needed for a creepy Halloween table centerpiece.Actually any thin, bare branches will do. Paint them if you wish. Poke them in a clay pot and anchor them with floral foam.Decorate the container with orange or black construction paper and stickers. Cover the exposed foam or plaster with Spanish moss.Here are some ideas to decorate the spooky branches:* Poke orange and black gumdrops onto the branches.
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By Ian Zelaya, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Salisbury Autumn Wine Festival Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the Maryland Autumn Wine Festival at historic Pemberton Park. Sample numerous Maryland wines while enjoying live entertainment and food from local vendors. You'll also get a 6-ounce souvenir wine glass, and a tour of the Pemberton Plantation. The festival runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 . Tickets can be purchased online and are $20 for one day and $35 for both days.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2011
Some registered sex offenders in Anne Arundel County will be under surveillance on Halloween, police said. The Sex Offense Unit of the county's Criminal Investigations Division will use undercover detectives and patrol officers to ensure that certain registered sex offenders are not taking part in Halloween festivities, the police department said Saturday in a statement. The Maryland Division of Parole and Probation has identified specific offenders who are not allowed to have contact with children, police said.
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By Ellen Nibali and For The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
My pumpkins turned orange in August! How can I make sure they survive until Halloween? Pumpkins are coloring ahead of schedule by about three weeks this year because of the cool summer. When the rind is hard, cut them from the vine, leaving 3 to 4 inches of stem attached to the pumpkin. Avoid nicks or bruises. When they ripen early, it's helpful to wash them with a weak bleach solution (1 tablespoon bleach to 1 pint water) and rinse before storing them inside on a pallet or platform that allows air to circulate around the fruit.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
A Millersville man has been indicted for murder in connection with the shooting death of another man last Halloween during an apparent botched robbery attempt. Gregory Dontae Lewis, 34, of the 700 block of Cecil Avenue, was indicted by an Anne Arundel County Grand Jury on Friday on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, armed robbery and multiple firearms violations. The victim, 44-year-old Rene Filsfdelfo Leiva Archila of Baltimore, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a parking lot on Railroad Avenue in Harmans at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 31. He died at a local hospital.
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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Every now and then something happens that makes me realize how difficult those tween years are for kids. They're no longer little kids and they aren't quite teens. Halloween provided a painful reminder of that at my house. The high school senior had decided to throw a party and for days he was decorating, drawing up the menu and texting his invitations. I, too, was preoccupied with plans for the teen invasion. A few times I asked my tween what he wanted to do for Halloween, but he gave me no response.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s and 70s are forecast for an unseasonably warm Halloween on Thursday in the Baltimore area. Overnight lows were forecast in the 50s. Patchy fog was expected in the early morning hours. A strong southerly wind was forecast to keep things relatively humid and mild throughout the day. Highs are forecast in the lower 70s, with a 15-20 mph breeze. Rain showers are expected to hold off until late Thursday evening into Friday. Showers are expected to continue into Friday afternoon, with highs again in the lower 70s. Partly to mostly cloudy skies are forecast for the weekend, with highs in the upper 60s Saturday and the mid-50s Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
This week's show begins at the chef house, where Travis calls home to talk to his mom about almost being eliminated last week.  We learn a little bit more about him - that he is gay and that his mother knows, but not his father.  Um, Travis…now we all know. Hope you told your dad before this show aired. Could make for an awkward Thanksgiving, buddy. The chefs enter their kitchen to find Padma and Gail waiting for them. The kitchen looks like a bad office prank; everything from the blenders to the spoons and all the pantry items in the kitchen is covered in foil.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
In lieu of my Wednesday Midweek Madness post, I figured I would wait a day so I could take note of Halloween. And what better way than with a little bite from Heinrich Marschner's "Der Vampyr"? This 1828 opera, which had some popularity back in the day, has a pretty cool story about Lord Ruthven, a vampire causing havoc in England -- decades before Bram Stoker imagined a visit by Count Dracula. I saw the opera ages ago, and I vaguely recall that it contained some cool things.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Christina Murphy wanted her Halloween party to be epic. Rooms were given ghoulish themes. Everything was cobwebbed. Each light bulb was switched out into autumn colors. She even hired a professional makeup artist for herself and guests. Murphy enlisted the help of Lutherville-based Lexi Martinez to help transform her into "Star Wars" character Oola, Jabba the Hutt's green-hued dancer. She said her guests were blown away. "It looked amazing," said Murphy, a 28-year-old bartender.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| October 30, 2013
Get the rotten eggs ready. A woman in North Dakota apparently plans to hand out, in lieu of treats, you're-too-fat-for-candy letters to select children on Halloween . I'm a mom who does ration Halloween candy and tries to serve her family healthy foods , but this makes me sick. Yeah, the fat kid probably doesn't need more candy. Is it your job to tell him? Maybe you shouldn't wear those pants because they make your butt look saggy; is it my job to tell you? You know, if you took up jogging, you might lose that pooch I've noticed you're developing.
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