As the leaves fall onto the ground, and decorations go up, there's an extra chill in the air for Halloween approaches. For families of creeps and ghouls looking to escape their crypts and tombs, Carroll will be the haunted home to a number of spooky, creepy and fun Halloween events and celebrations.
Bedlam in the Boro
Lineboro volunteer fire company's annual haunted hayride and house of horror is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The event, featuring chainsaw-wielding maniacs, the grim reaper and spooks galore has been a cornerstone of Carroll's creepy collection of events for two decades. For young ones not yet ready to be scared half to death, Bedlam in the Boro will also feature the Bedlam Bypass, a non-scary hayride full of autumnal cheer, which winds up in a pumpkin patch, where each child may choose a single free pumpkin. The Bedlam Bypass will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 18 and 25, and will cost $5 per rider.
Bedlam in the Boro runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Adult tickets range from $10 to $14 and child tickets range from $8 to $10.
Fans of the shambling ghouls from "Night of the Living Dead," may have a few canonical issues with the Community Media Center's third annual 5K Zombie Run — as zombie creator George Romero famously disparages the fast zombies from "28 Days Later" and the "Dawn of the Dead" remake — but for everyone else, the run, held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Community Media Center, 1301 Washington Road, Westminster, is a gruesome way to keep in shape and support the Washington Road Community Trail.
During the event, racers will be chased by a pack of brain-thirsty zombies in a 5K race. Participants can be either zombies or prey, and make-up will be done on site at 7 a.m. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the race. For more information, visit www.wrctrail.org or call 410-386-4415.
For those who live on Main Street in Westminster, Oct. 24 will be, in the words of the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff, "A Nightmare On My Street."
The celebrations begin at 3 p.m. with a haunted house at the Westminster branch library. Following the creepy tour, at 5 p.m. Locust Lane will open up to crafts, games and refreshments. During this time, children can take their candy sacks and trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses marked with pumpkin signs. During this period, the walking living can stroll Main Street and vote for their favorite decorated scarecrow, or take in a ghost tour departing from the Family Fitness Center on Longwell Ave.
The evening is capped off with the Spooky Sprint 5K at 6:55 p.m., and the annual Westminster Halloween parade. Registration for the Spooky Sprint is $10 by Oct. 22 and $15 after. To register, visit www.active.com and search "spooky sprint" in Westminster. Registration for the Halloween parade begins at 6 p.m. on Monroe Street near Dutterer Family Park.
The Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., will host a Masquerade Tea Oct. 29 and 30 for adults, with special children's Masquerade Tea on Halloween itself. Guests are invited to dress up to participate in the event, featuring a variety of teas from Gypsy's Tea Room in Westminster and finger foods from Stone House Cakery & Cafe in Taneytown. The children's tea event will featuring mask decorating and trick-or-treating at the farm museum. Seatings for the masquerade will occur at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will include a guided tour of the farmhouse.
Tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
It may not be a full "Science Fiction Double Feature," but the Carroll County Arts Council is continuing its annual screenings of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" this year with a special Halloween night presentation in honor of the film's 40th anniversary. The film is a loose parody of science fiction and horror classics — and not-so-classics — with hard rock soundtrack featuring Meat Loaf in a memorable cameo appearance. The Carroll Arts Center at 91 W. Main St., Westminster will be fully stocked for the immersive experience, where audience members are invited to shout their favorite lines at the screen and throw objects from the film at the screen. Packages to set you up for the RHPS experience will be for sale for $5. Prizes will be awarded for those in the best costumes. There will be two screenings, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults, and $13 for children 18 and younger and seniors 60 and older. For more information, visit www.carrollartscenter.org or call 410-848-7272.
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