Halloween happenings around Laurel this weekend

Haunted barn and hayride — Anne Arundel County Fair, Fri. and Sat., Oct. 26-27, 7-10 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m., fairgrounds in Crownsville, 1450 General's Highway (Route 178). Kid's birthdays may be celebrated at Picnic Pavilion for cake and ice cream before start of ghostly tour. Minimum of 10 advance tickets required. Reservations required, 410-923-3400. Volunteers welcome to participate in Halloween event. Anyone under age 18 must have parent sign permission form. info@aacountyfair.org.

Ghost walks at Historic Savage Mill — Sat., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Discover mill's past and its paranormal present. tour meanders both in and outdoors ending at Ram's Head tavern where ghost tourists can replenish their energy while hearing more about the mill from tavern employees. $13, adults. $11, children, 12 and under; seniors, 65 and older; and active military personnel and their families. Not recommended for children under 6-years-old. Tour begins in Food Court of Historic Savage Mill. Tickets may be purchased there, or online at visithowardcounty.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=6.

Freaky Friday — Fri., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 300 Brock Bridge Road. Begins with free dinner for all: Mummy hot dogs with mustard eyes, Monster Mac 'n' Cheese, cauliflower brains with salsa blood, celery stick and carrot bones with black ranch dip adorned with spiders, orange cheese popcorn, Jello jigglers in fun Halloween shapes, and chocolate cupcakes with orange icing with bugs on top; drink punch with frozen eyeballs of ice. Fun events in church basement: a crafty bat table, make your own bat; apple bob, dunk for apples; and monster face painting, witch, mummy, pumpkin. Outside Tunnel of Terror. Afterward bonfire pit with s'mores and campfire songs. Pastor Michele, 301-725-4918.

The Track of Terror — Halloween bash, age 21-and-older party, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Laurel Park, Route 198 and Racetrack Road. Maryland Jockey Club partnering with Jeff Keiling, of Brite Ideas, to transform Laurel Park into haunted house. Presented by Sam Adams Octoberfest. DJ music and dancing, appetizers, $3 16 ounce beers, horrifying haunts and prize giveaways for best costumes. Taxi services on site from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Ticket prices, $25 ($30 at the door) include unlimited entry into haunted house and automatic entry into costume contests, with food and beverage specials available.

Halloween Spooktacular —Oct. 27, at 2 p.m., Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Entertainment, food, costume judging with prizes. Co-sponsored by city of Laurel and Laurel Lions Club. Come dressed for judging. Sponsored by Laurel Parks and Recreation. 301-725-7800. laurel.md.us.

Masquerade Tea — Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m., at Montpelier Mansion. Wear your favorite mask or costume and be in the running for the prize for the best outfit. The menu includes finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and your choice of tea. The cost is $27.50 per person (ages 12 and up) and includes a self-guided tour though the mansion. Call early for reservations as these events sell out fast.

Children's Halloween Party — Open to public, Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St. Costume contest, refreshments, arts, crafts and fun for entire family. Information, 301-725-2302.

Grimm Gothick Evening — Oct. 28, walks at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. Guided moonlit walk as you listen to select readings from the original "Grimms' Fairy Tales." Hot cider and refreshments by light of fire in open hearth kitchen at end of walk. These aren't your children's bedtime stories; full of terrifying accounts. Registration open to guests ages 12 and up. $10 for residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $12 for nonresidents. Advance registration and payment required by Mon., Oct. 22. Register, 301-864-0420 or Riversdale@pgparks.com.

DC Ghost Walk Tour — Trip sponsored by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Senior Services, Oct. 31, leaves at 7 p.m., Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Tour, 8-9:30 p.m. Find out about city's darker past hidden behind its gates and within its corridors. Discover why Washington's Lafayette Park is known as Tragedy Square. Ticket price included. No refunds. Total cost, $20. Course No. 5340. If you require transportation to RJDCC and home again (within city), register as a van rider with department for $25 per year or pay $3 pick up and return fee per trip. 301-776-6168. http://www.laurel.md.us.

Harvest Moon Hayride — Nov. 2, 6-9 p.m., Riverfront Park at Avondale Street. Kids, teens and adults can take autumn hayride along the Patuxent River. Drinks, snacks and entertainment held around roaring bonfire. Pre-registered groups of 10 or more welcome at discounted rate. $3.50 per person; kids under 2 ride free. Ride starts at former Police Department parking lot, C Street. Sponsored by Laurel Parks and Recreation. 301-725-7800.

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