Scary, spooky happenings highlight Halloween for adults and kids [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Get ready for some scary experiences as we near Halloween! The Montpelier Arts Center is the location for a Fright Night at Montpelier experience with the showing of "The Devil's Backbone" film Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. The movie depicts frightening events at an orphanage in Spain during that country's civil war. Admission is $10 per person, with snacks and beverages included. The intended audience for this event is adults ages 21 and over. Call 301-377-7801 for reservations.

Also on Friday, Oct. 25, you can participate in the Historic Haunt spooky scavenger hunt in and around Laurel, led by the members of the Laurel Historical Society and the staff of Snow Hill Manor. Take a tour of Laurel's spooky sites and partake of snacks and beverages along the way. The fee for the scavenger hunt is $15 per person for area residents and $18 per person for nonresidents. Participants should be 21 years of age and over. Check-in is at 7 p.m. at Montpelier Arts Center. Pre-registration is suggested. For registration and further information, call Snow Hill Manor at 301-725-6037.

For the younger set, Deerfield Run Community Center is hosting an Xtreme Teens roller skating costume party on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants must be in costume. Judges, prizes and Halloween snacks will be provided. Call 301-953-7882 for more information.

Kudos to the Montpelier Elementary kickball team for winning a team championship at the second annual Kicks for a Cause kickball tournament, which took place on Oct. 6 at McCullough Field. The tournament was sponsored by Side-by-Side, a nonprofit organization focusing on furthering the programs in Prince George's County public schools.

Attention Homer Simpson and other doughnut lovers – Dunkin' Donuts is opening soon in Crystal Plaza in South Laurel. There will be a dining room and drive-through service. The venue will be at the site of the former PNC Bank, which is currently being renovated to accommodate the new tenant. Opening date is not yet determined, but our doughnut cravings will soon be assuaged.

Drivers in the South Laurel/Montpelier area may have observed a new traffic pattern for those going north from Crystal Plaza on Laurel Bowie Road [Route 197]. The State Highway Administration is adding a right-turn lane for those turning onto Brock Bridge Road. Under the current arrangement, cars going straight on Route 197 and those making a right turn use the same lane. This has caused congestion and increases the likelihood of rear-end collisions. Fourteen of the 19 accidents at that intersection between 2010 and 2012 were reported as rear-end collisions. Construction work will take place via a one-lane closure from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and possible two-lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The work will take about a year to complete and will include changes to the drainage system, as that area on Brock Bridge often floods.

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