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Halloween events to be held around South Carroll

James and Anna Finneran pose with a carved pumpkin in preparation for Halloween festivities in October 2014.
James and Anna Finneran pose with a carved pumpkin in preparation for Halloween festivities in October 2014. (Submitted photo)

Holy Trinity Cemetery visitation to be held

Everyone is invited to come and take a look at Eldersburg history at the Holy Trinity Cemetery Annual Visitation at 3 p.m. Oct. 26. This is the 23rd annual event held to allow family members and the public to visit the cemetery.

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"Local historians will be very interested, because this is a space of undisturbed pre-Revolutionary War ground in Eldersburg," said Ann Horvath, cemetery archivist and caretaker. "It has only had the church, which was demolished in the 1940s, and the cemetery."

Holy Trinity Anglican Church was built in 1771. The most recent burials in the cemetery were performed in the 1920s, Horvath said.

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The cemetery visitations often feature a "visitor from the past" making a presentation to give attendees a historical perspective about the lives of those buried there. This year's "visitor from the past" is based on a real person involved in the War of 1812, who will be visiting the cemetery to find the grave of a grandchild.

The observance lasts for about an hour, with light refreshments being served during the event.

"It's a short event," Horvath said. "It's a nice little Sunday afternoon, and you're not tied up all day."

Visitors may dress in historical period attire if they choose, and children are welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes, although this is not a Halloween event. The focus of the event is to provide a respectful atmosphere for families to visit the graves of their ancestors.

To reach Holy Trinity Cemetery, you need to park behind the office of Dr. Steven Billet at 1137 Liberty Road in Eldersburg, which is just west of the Princess Shopping Center. There will be someone to direct you where to walk up the driveway to the cemetery.

In case of inclement weather, someone will be at the parking area to provide alternative instructions for the observance.

To get more concise directions or to find out more about Holy Trinity Cemetery, you can call Horvath at 410-526-4878.

Pumpkin carving contest to be held

Want to show off your pumpkin carving skills? Sykesville Main Street will be sponsoring the Sykesville Pumpkin Carving Contest and Trick-or-Treat on Main Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

Kids and adults are welcome to bring their previously-carved pumpkins to the Sykesville Town House at 7547 Main St., Sykesville. The pumpkins will be displayed on the Town House steps leading toward Main Street.

Prizes for the carving contest are Main Street shopping vouchers. First prize is $50, second prize is $30, and third prize is $20.

Kids are also invited to go trick-or-treating at the Main Street businesses, which will be open and have plenty of treats.

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The Little Sykes Railway will operate a Haunted Train Ride from 5 to 7 p.m. at its location on Sandosky Rd., just off of Main Street. Riders must be at least 3 years old and under 48 inches tall.

To find out more, visit http://www.syksvillemainstreet.com or call the town offices at 410-795-8959.

Just a reminder: trick or treating in the neighborhoods of Sykesville will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Family to hold annual Halloween food drive

The Finneran family of Sykesville is embarking on the sixth year of a Halloween holiday tradition, through which they collect food to donate to Carroll County Food Sunday as part of their Halloween fun.

You're invited to help the Finneran's food drive.

"Our hungry trash can monster will be chained to our mailbox on Oct. 26 until the 31st to collect non-perishables for Carroll County Food Sunday," mother Carol Finneran wrote in an email.

You can put food items into the decorated trash can any time during the week. The Finnerans hope to collect a lot of food to donate.

"We never weigh it, but it usually fills up the back of my truck — twice full on a 60-gallon trash can," said Jim Finneran, the father.

In addition to the food drive, you can also come to the haunted graveyard that the family creates. You can take the graveyard walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

"It's a walk-through, haunted graveyard," said Jim Finneran. "They'll come up to the front of the house and walk through the back yard to see all the stuff. We have a graveyard, a laboratory, an electric chair and other sights."

The Finneran kids, 12-year-old twins James and Anna, have been working on the food drive and graveyard for half of their lives. The two briefly stopped working on their attractions to take part in a quick phone interview. James said they were working on the shed.

"It's going to be a wedding — a haunted wedding," said Anna. "It was my brother's idea. Halloween is a really fun thing for our family, and even our friends come over and help sometimes. It's our sixth annual one, so we've done it a lot."

James said the family makes most of the displays for the event.

"We do have a graveyard that we're going to set up for our walk-through," said James. "Most of the props, we make ourselves. We don't buy many of them from a store."

The food collection and haunted graveyard are at 6208 Longleaf Pine Road, Sykesville. To get more information or directions, you can call 410-549-6419.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or mckenzietimes@comcast.net.

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