Happy Halloween — For families with preschoolers, Wed., Oct. 23, 10 a.m., repeated Thu., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Maryland City at Russett library, 3501 Russett Common. Enjoy delightfully spooky stories, activities and fun. Come in costume and join in annual parade. 301-725-2390.
¿Trick-or-Treat on Main Street — Thu., Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m., Main Street from Seventh Street to Route 1 southbound. Safe, fun and friendly event. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by adult. Held annually the Thursday before Halloween by Laurel Board of Trade. Some shop owners dress in costumes, greeting 1,200-plus children and parents. Laurel Police Department and the Laurel Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will be out helping to keep everyone safe.
All Hallows Eve Tea — Sat., Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion,9650 Muirkirk Road. For adults. Costumes encouraged; prizes awarded in several categories. Cost is $29 per person, $25 for Friends of Montpelier members. Includes gratuity and self-guided tour. Reservations and payment required in advance. 301-377-7817. pgparks.com.
Halloween Spooktacular — For children ages 12 and under, Sat., Oct. 26, 2 p.m. sharp, Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Fun for entire family with entertainment, refreshments, contests and costume judging with prizes. Sponsored by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation and co-sponsored by Laurel Lions. Come dressed to be judged. 301-725-7800. cityoflaurel.org.
Tales from the Dearly Departed — Sat., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Mike Ricksecker, author of "Ghosts of Maryland," reads local legends and ghost stories of Snowden homes of Laurel. Afterward, join candlelight tour of house, if you dare. Light refreshment served. For ages 18 and over. $10 per person; $5 Friends of Montpelier members. 301-377-7817. pgparks.com.
Haunted Hangar — Sat., Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Children invited to wear costumes, make spooky crafts and enjoy witches brew and popcorn. Weather permitting, there will be hayride across airfield. Activities free with museum admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors age 60 and older, $2 children and free for ages 1 and under. pgparks.com.
Children's Halloween Party — Sun., Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St. Costume contest, refreshments, arts, crafts, games and fun for entire family. First 100 children receive free photo with Beauty Princess or Princess Mermaid. 301-725-2302.
Trick-or-Treat Night at Cherry Lane — Tue., Oct. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Cherry Lane Nursing Center, 9001 Cherry Lane. For children under age 12. Snacks served in dining room. 301-498-8558.
Trick or Treating in city of Laurel — City will recognize Halloween trick-or-treat on Thu., Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Children's costumes should be flame resistant, reflect light and visible in low-light conditions of early evening hours. Residents should leave porch lights on if they wish to receive trick-or-treaters. Laurel Police plans extra patrols on the streets. For information, contact the city's media and information tape line at 240-294-1307.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun