Many of Carroll's grinning ghouls and ghastly fools are still shambling their way through this most mysterious month searching for some Halloween activities to sink their fangs into. For you procrastinating poltergeists, we're ready to act as your skeleton key to unlock a multitude of macabre merriments in the Carroll County scarea this Halloween season.
Get haunted with the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library with their annual Ghost Walk. The tour will take crowds about 1.5 miles around the city to learn about local ghosts, legends and true crime story. The walk begins 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the library, 50 E. Main St., Westminster. Registration is open at library.carr.org.
Enjoy the Spooky Halloween Trail, featuring a selection of horrifying scarecrows in downtown Mount Airy, Friday, Oct. 21. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features hayrides, a spooky trail, children's activities and more.
Take a trip with Baltimore's own Edgar Allan Poe to "The Fall of the House of Usher" with the actors of Century High School. The play expands Poe's short story to a full-length narrative, taking inspiration from some of Poe's other works, similarly to the 1960 film "House of Usher" which kicked off a series of Poe films for director Roger Corman and star Vincent Price. The story tackles the horrors of premature burial, while taking audiences through the crypts, ancient houses and other atmospheric locales that Poe is best known for. The show runs 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 to 28 and Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.centurydrama.com or at A Likely Story Bookstore.
Sykesville Main Street will offer a guide to their spooks, ghosts, haunts and more at their annual Ghost Tour. The tour, held 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at 7547 Main St., Sykesville, will take guests on a guided tour through the most terrifying corners of Sykesville's sordid history. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at www.skyesvillemainstreet.com. The tour is intended for adults only.
From 3 p.m. until 10, downtown Westminster will become the monster mecca as it transforms into a den of devilish delights for their annual Spooky Saturday celebration, Saturday, Oct. 28. The event features trick or treating, crafts, games and refreshments along Main Street from 3 to 6 p.m., a Haunted House at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library from 3 to 7 p.m., a Ghost Tour starting at 5 p.m., the Spooky Sprint one-mile run at 6:55 p.m. followed by the annual Halloween parade at 7 p.m. The night is brought to a close in Transylvania with two screenings of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Carroll Arts Center at 7:30 and 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.westminstermd.gov.
Embrace your inner Martha Boo-wart, Thursday, Oct. 19, with this class teaching you to make Autumn Treats. Jennifer Bertucco of Bertucco's Bakery will come out to the North Carroll branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, to teach guests how to make a pumpkin-decorated cake and Halloween cupcakes with s'cream frosting.
Make your own "Pet Sematary" style sign to help keep the killers and creeps out at the Taneytown branch, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Attendees need to register at library.carr.org.
Learn how to go ghoul at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown, as they host "Get Your Zombie On!" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 Ages 12 to adults will learn how best to capture the pallor of the living dead with makeup and other effects. Attendees need to register at library.carr.org. Attendees should bring an old shirt that can be torn and get dirty.
Friday, Oct. 20, author Cara Via will come to the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, at 10:30 a.m. and the North Carroll branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead at 1 p.m. to discuss her book "Halloween Holly" about eating healthier Halloween treats. The author talk will also feature a visit by Halloween Holly herself.
If scooping out the guts and repeatedly stabbing your pumpkin is a little too violent for you, why not learn to paint a pumpkin at the North Carroll branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Materials will be provided, but participants must register at library.carr.org.
Alternative Trick or Treats
Mount Airy Shopping Center will host Trick or Treating at their stores from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will also feature costumed characters, carnival games and a DJ.
Children will have a chance to grab some sweets early at Sykesville's No Tricks, Just Treats event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Downtown merchants will hand out candy to the little trick-or-treaters of the night.
Put on your best "Dawn of the Dead" zombie face as the Westminster mall spookifies for their annual Mall-O-Ween celebration starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. During this free event, participating stores will hand out candy treats to the trick-or-treaters, joined by vendor tables as well. Parents and children are all invited to wear their costumes, and a photographer will be on site to capture images of the happy haunting families.
Local animal rescues and businesses will come out to the Humane Society of Carroll County, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 for trick or treating. Children are invited to come out in costume to collect their treats. For more information, call 410-848-4810.
Trunk or Treating
- Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
- Johnsville Ruritan Club, 11136 Green Valley Road, Union Bridge; 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
- Manchester Baptist Church, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
- Manchester Elementary School, 3224 York St, Manchester, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
- Mount Airy Bible Church, 16700 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
- North Carroll Cooperative Parish, 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
- Oakland United Methodist Church, 5971 Mineral Hill Road, Sykesville, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
- Twin Ridge, Elementary, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle, Mount Airy; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.