Carroll towns and organizations celebrate the creepiest holiday

Need a chance to loosen those bolts on the side of your neck? Do you feel like you're going batty? Does work make you want to howl? Why not ghoul out with a cauldron full of spooktacular events held throughout Carroll County in the weeks leading up to Halloween?

Alternative trick-or-treating events


Sykesville Trick or Treat on Main Street

Sykesville's Main Street is hosting this community trick-or-treat session from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Children dressed as goblins, devils and haunts will make their way from business to business filling their sacks with candy. The Sykesville Little Sykes Railway will also be running throughout the evening.

Children Trick or Treat Thursday October 30, 2014 along Main Street in Sykesville.
Children Trick or Treat Thursday October 30, 2014 along Main Street in Sykesville. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO)

Trunk or Treats

Cub Scout Pack 320 will host their Trunk or Treat at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3184 Church St., Manchester. This free event will feature trick or treating and Halloween games.

The South Carroll High School National Honor Society will host their third annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 for costumed kids 13 and younger. The event will take place at the South Carroll High School side parking lot at 1300 W. Liberty Road, Sykesville.

Decorate your car trunk and bring it to the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 for their Trunk or Treat service. Participating vehicles must register by Oct. 25 at the branch.

The back of Heidi and Taylor Hoff's mini-van is decked out in Halloween decorations during "trunk-or-treating" at South Carroll High School Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
The back of Heidi and Taylor Hoff's mini-van is decked out in Halloween decorations during "trunk-or-treating" at South Carroll High School Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO)

Westminster Spooky Saturday

Westminster will be transformed into a ghoul-lover's paradise Saturday, Oct. 22 for their annual Spooky Saturday celebration. The event starts at 3 p.m. with trick or treating along Main Street businesses and a haunted house at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library. Starting at 5 p.m. ghost tours will depart from the library where spectral experts will discuss the county's haunted history.

The annual American Legion, Carroll Post 31 Halloween Parade will begin at 7 p.m. with Carroll residents showing off their greatest and goriest looks as they march down Main Street. Just prior to the start of the parade, the Spooky Sprint will take energetic skeletons — and the meat-bodies attached to them — from the intersection of Hersh and Pennsylvania Avenue through Main Street, up Longwell Avenue and ending at the entrance to the city park. The race costs $10 to run, and internet registration ends Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 410-751-5501 or email WestminsterRec@westgov.com.

The parade makes its way down Main Street during the Halloween Party and Parade in downtown Westminster Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.
The parade makes its way down Main Street during the Halloween Party and Parade in downtown Westminster Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Community organizations

Bedlam in the Boro

Lineboro volunteer fire company's annual haunted house has returned for another year of screams. The event features three haunted attractions, the House of Horror, the kid-friendly Bedlam Bypass, and the Old-Fashioned Haunted Hayride, consisting of three miles of terrors and ghouls. Tickets range from $8 to $25 depending on the age of the visitor and the number of attractions visited. For more information, visit www.lineborovfd.org.

Thrill seekers ride the haunted hayride at Bedlam in the 'Boro at the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department.
Thrill seekers ride the haunted hayride at Bedlam in the 'Boro at the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department. (DAVE MUNCH / Carroll County Times)

Happy Healthy Halloween at the Y

The Y in Central Maryland will be transformed into a Halloween haven on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit the Hill Family Center Y, 1719 Sykesville Road, Westminster, for this free event featuring Halloween games, crafts, healthy snacks and more. To register or for more information, visit www.ymaryland.org.

Opus Pocus

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor, is hosting this student-led concert, formerly known as "A Little Fright Music," from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Students decked out in their spookiest costumes for an evening of Halloween music and treats at this free event. For more information, call 443-300-8702.

"Quoth The Raven" tea

Enjoy a tome of forgotton lore at this Edgar Allan Poe-themed tea at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30. The Friday and Saturday teas are intended for adults, and will feature a three-course tea in the Carroll Tea Room followed by a guided tour of the farmhouse and a Poe Reading. The children's tea on Sunday will also include children's activities. Reservations and payment of $20 per person is required by Oct. 21st. Friday and Saturday teas will occur at 11 a.m. with the Sunday tea starting at 2 p.m.

Tiny Tots Halloween Party

Beasts will be the primary feature at the Halloween celebration by the Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Children will have the chance to meet some of the animals that live at Bear Branch, play some Halloween-themed games, and enjoy a Halloween snack. Children are invited to wear their costumes. The event is $10 per child and registration is required. For more information, call 410-386-3580.

Film screenings

Family Movie Night

The Francis Scott Key Drama Club will host a Halloween family movie night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The screening, taking place at the Francis Scott Key auditorium, 3825 Bark Hill Road, Union Bridge, will feature an as-yet undecided PG Halloween classic for a suggested donation of $5 per family. The drama club will also host a costume contest during the screening, for a $2 entry fee. The prize will be half of the entry fees for each category.

'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown'

Come see a round-headed child learn the pains of isolation while his best friend deals with the first grasp of disappointment at the Hampstead volunteer fire department's screening of the animated holiday classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" at their station, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. This free screening of the Peanuts Halloween special will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

'Let the Right One In'

The Film Lovers in Carroll County will host two screenings of the modern Swedish classic "Let the Right One In" as their spooky October programing. The film, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist tells the haunting story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a relationship with a young vampire. The film was remade in 2010 as "Let Me In." Screenings will take place at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

'Rocky Horror Picture Show'

Grab your garters and your corsets because the Carroll Arts Center will also host their annual screening of the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday, Oct. 29. The musical tribute to the b-movies of yesteryear will screen at both 7:30 and 10 p.m. that evening, and audience members are encouraged to participate with the film by dressing up, shouting out lines and dancing with the characters on screen. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Carroll County Arts Council members, children 18 and younger and seniors 60 and older. For more information, visit www.carrollartscenter.org.

Library events


Learn to make Halloween gingerbread houses at the Carroll County Public Library's Mount Airy branch, 705 Ridge Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20. The event will feature tasty materials to make your own haunted house, the perfect site for friendly ghosts or grisly murders.


Children 12 to 17 can put themselves into a scary situation at the Eldersburg branch, 6400 Hemlock Drive, during their Green Screen: Haunted Photos seminar. Starting at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, participants can take their own photos in front of the library's green screen and learn how to use photo editing software to add in ghosts and goblins to the background.

Need a perfectly violent addition to your Halloween costume? Learn basic special effects make up tips at the Eldersburg branch, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Adult participants must register for the two-hour class. Guests are asked to bring a hand mirror, and all other materials will be provided. Latex products and adhesives will be used.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Taneytown branch, 10 Grand Drive, will feature a class on making creepy decorations for Halloween. The craft seminar runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn about the Ghosts of Gettysburg, Monday, Oct. 24 at the Finksburg branch, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, as ghost tour guide Nancy Householder shares stories from Mark Nesbitt's book "Ghosts of Gettysburg." All attendees need to register.



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