Tales from the Dearly Departed — Presentation, "Ghosts of the Revolutionary War," Fri., Oct. 23, 6-9 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Christopher Wolf shares stories from his book, "Ghosts of the Revolutionary War," which includes ghost tales from all thirteen of original American colonies, which rebelled against England. Following talk, take candlelight tour of Montpelier, if you dare--other surprises may be in store. Tarot card readings available. "Beyond Marketplace" with items from Crystal Fox in Laurel. Light refreshments served. Spaces limited for both talk and tour. Cost: $5 Friends of Montpelier; $10 residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $15 non-residents. Ages 18 and over. Reservations required. 301-377-7817; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Spooktacular — Sat., Oct. 24, 2 p.m. (sharp), Robert J. DiPietro Comunity Center, 7901 Cypress St. Event for children 0-12 years of age. Refreshments, entertainment, contests and costume judging. Admission free; participants asked to come dressed to be judged. Co-sponsored by Laurel Parks and Recreation and Laurel Lions Club. cityoflaurel.org or 301-725-7800.
Children's Halloween Party — Sun., Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St. Costume contest, refreshments, arts, crafts, games and fun for entire family. Open to public. 301-725-2302.
It Must Be Magic — Laurel resident and 2014 DC Magician of Year Eric Henning, special fundraising performance, Sun., Oct. 25, 2 p.m., Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Classic parlor magic. Money raised for Laurel Mill Playhouse goes to help its continuing mission to bring theatre to community; foster creative environment; and help local individuals nurture their talent. General admission tickets $35 each. Anyone bringing canned food items for LARS for homeless receives $5 rebate at door. Purchase tickets, laurelmillplayhouse.org. Information, laurelmillplayhouse.org or 301-617-9906 and press 2 or Maureen Rogers, 301-452-2557.
Trick or Treat on Main Street — Sponsored by Laurel Board of Trade, Thu., Oct. 29, 6-8. p.m. Fun, safe, friendly event for kids. Also loved by many businesses along Main Street. Some shop owners dress in costume greeting children and their parents. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by adult. Laurel Police Department and Laurel Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association out helping to keep everyone safe. Parents asked to stress importance of staying on sidewalk as Main Street will be open to traffic. Only cross at the crosswalks. Please no pets. 301-483-0838.
Fall Festival — Sat., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Plaza 100 Business Park, Centre Park Drive, Columbia. Business Park sponsoring trick or treating at each business, games, free samples, arts and crafts, free health screenings, face painting, blood pressure checks and giveaways. 443-917-2682.
Family Fun at Montpelier! — "Frankenweenie," 2012 movie, rated PG, Sat., Oct. 31, 11 a.m., Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Young Victor conducts science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. All ages; free. 301-377-7800.
Trunk or Treat — Hosted by Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Sat., Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m., 10755 Scaggsville Road. Children come to parking lot where cars decorated with some type of theme. Children visit each car and get treat or play game. Event is way to do outreach in community; reach children about Bible; and provide safe treats. Individuals, families, Girl Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, sports groups, parents and grandparents invited to participate. 301-725-5200. email@example.com.
City of Laurel Trick or Treating — Sat., Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Mayor Moe requests that parents make sure their children have costumes that are flame resistant, reflect light and are visible in low-light conditions of early evening hours. City officials ask that everyone be on alert for trick-or-treaters as they drive through their neighborhoods. Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin advises residents to leave their porch lights on if they wish to receive trick-or-treaters. Laurel Police will have extra patrols out that evening. 240-2941307.