There will be magic in the air Sunday as the 17th annual Costume Contest and Magic Show kicks off on the Westminster High stage at 1 p.m.
Children will parade for prizes in such categories as cutest, moscolorful, most elaborate, funniest, ugliest, most original, most realistic and prettiest costumes.
So, whether children want to be the prettiest princess or the ugliest duckling, deck them out in their Halloween finery. The shyest, who shrink from masquerades, are still most welcome.
Magicians will perform astounding tricks, and children will get the treats, including apples, a goody bag and a chance on a new bike. F. W. Woolworth and Wal-Mart have donated the bikes -- one for the boys and another for girls.
With the help of his agile assistant, magician Scott Grocki will try to mesmerize the audience with his latest illusion, the Mis-Made Lady.
"This trick is much harder than being sawed in half," said Jennifer Dean, who appears in four parts of the magician's illusion. "There are more parts to keep track of."
Dressed as cats, performers from the Carroll County Dance Center will prance across the stage and jazz up the afternoon.
All the fun is free.
Sponsored by the Ray-mond Assembly 123 of the Society of American Magicians, the Westminster Lions Club and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, the show provides a safe Halloween alternative.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend.