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Carroll County libraries get into the spirit of Halloween

Gavin Andrews, 2, of Eldersburg, has a decorated pumpkin to deliver to the Eldersburg Public Library for the library's "Pumpkin Patch" program that is open to all. A drawing will be held after Halloween.
Gavin Andrews, 2, of Eldersburg, has a decorated pumpkin to deliver to the Eldersburg Public Library for the library's "Pumpkin Patch" program that is open to all. A drawing will be held after Halloween. (Photo by Phil Grout)

The student-run production of "Escape from Dracula's Castle" and "Little Women 2: Wraith of the Undead" at Century High is just one of many events happening on Oct. 31, Halloween, which conveniently falls on a Friday this year.

Westminster Public Library's popular Haunted Ghost Tours are scheduled for three nights the last week of October, including, for the first time, Halloween, said Arlene Caruso, adult services supervisor for the branch.

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"We thought we would give it a shot," Caruso said.

The stories told on the walking tour are fun, Caruso said, and based on real people and legends.

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"Whether or not the stories are true, is up to interpretation," Caruso said.

Though there is typically no food during the tour, Caruso is planning to offer Halloween candy.

The library will also host a little monsters story time on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. for ages 2 to 5.

Eldersburg Library will offer two special story times on Oct. 31, with youth invited to wear costumes and enjoy Halloween treats. New this year is a pumpkin patch the library has been creating with help from the community since Oct. 1.

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"This is brand new, " said Buff Kahn, children's services supervisor at Eldersburg. "It's our first year doing the painted pumpkin patch. We thought it would be fun."

Anyone is welcome to bring a painted or decorated (not carved) pumpkin to the library throughout the month to be placed in the patch. Everyone who brings in a pumpkin has their name entered in a raffle for prizes that will be awarded in November, with pumpkins released on Nov. 8.

"It is not a contest, just a community effort," Kahn stressed."The idea is just something fun to do. Businesses and community groups are welcome to enter, too."

More than 30 pumpkins have been added to the patch and each one is different, Kahn said. Characters such as Raggedy Ann and Corky the Penguin, the library's mascot, can be seen as well as the Ravens logo, Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street, and Halloween-themed pumpkins.

"They are all so unique and creative," Kahn said. "I love the pumpkin patch."

Westminster Library's Ghost Walk tours take place on Oct. 27, 29 and 31. Registration required. For more information, call 410-386-4490.

Halloween events

"Batty About Halloween" will take place at Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, on Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. Youth ages 3 to 6 will enjoy critters, crafts and snacks. Costumes encouraged. The cost is $7. 410-795-6043.

A Boo Bash will be held at North Carroll Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, on Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m. Costume parade featured. 410-386-4480.

Town Mall of Westminster, 400 N. Center St., Westminster, will be hosting a "Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat: on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. throughout the mall. 410-857-0300

Carroll County Agriculture Center's Corn Maze will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Admission is $10; children ages 3 to 12, $5. Under 2, free. 410-848-6704

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be shown at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, on Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Prop kits will be available to interact with the movie. $15; $13 CCAC members, students and seniors. 410-848-7272.

Trick-or-treat times

Hampstead: 6 to 8 p.m.

Manchester: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Mount Airy: No set times

Sykesville: Main Street Trick-or-Treating is Oct. 30, 5 to 7 p.m.; Residents on Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

Taneytown: 6 to 8 p.m.

Union Bridge: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Westminster: 6 to 8 p.m.

Residents participating in trick-or-treating are asked to put on an outside light.

All drivers are asked to be aware of pedestrian traffic, especially those wearing otherworldly attire.

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