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Spiders, Tigers and Bears, oh my! In a few days, creatures, animals and monsters will knock on your door for tricks or treats.

Let's remember a few common-sense rules about trick or treating that will make this annual day fun for everyone. Young children always should be accompanied by an adult, or older sister or brother. Trick or treat only in your own neighborhoods and on well-lighted streets. Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped by the candy company. If there are any suspicious treats, notify the police.

Halloween happenings around our community include the following:

* The Arundel Improvement Association is sponsoring its annual Children's Halloween Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed to make this year's party a success. The association is asking volunteers to bake cupcakes for the event.

Speaking of volunteers, the association is seeking Santa Claus volunteers for the 1992 Christmas program, which will celebrate its 48th anniversary this year. If you have a "jolly" personality and love kids, this volunteer program is for you. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15 and 16, Santa Claus and his helpers will travel through neighborhoods, handing out goodies to children, shut-ins and anyone who has their porch

light on. For more information, call Doug Cash at 789-9179.

* Sons of the American Legion Squadron 34, 5526 Belle Grove Road, will sponsor a Halloween Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Live entertainment will be provided by Touche, along with a platter, beer and free setups. Tickets are $10. For more information, 789-9682.

* The Harbor Hospital Center is holding a dinner-dance on Saturday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie to benefit the hospital's Employee Relief Fund. Tickets are $40 per person. A buffet dinner will be served at 8 p.m., and live entertainment will ,, be provided by Liquid Ice. For ticket information, call 347-3472.

There also is plenty of time to pick up free Halloween bags for schools, community groups and individuals. The bright orange bags include Halloween safety tips for children as well as a $3 discount coupon for the center's Sick Child Day Care Service. If interested, call the hospital at 347-3472.

* Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will sponsor an All Hallows Eve Party and covered dish supper from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Young and old are invited to dress up and attend. There will be food, prizes and fun for everyone. Admission is free, but bring your favorite food.

Belle Grove Elementary School news: A representative from the Indian Guides will speak to boys in grades K-3 on Wednesday.

If you have collected any Campbell's Cousin labels, (frozen food, Prego, etc.), please return them to school by Friday for bonus points.

Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: The annual Halloween parade around the school will take place at 2 p.m. Friday.

Park Elementary School news: The school congratulates the 365 students who had a perfect attendance record for September. The PTO treated them to an ice cream party.

The 6-foot tiger mascot PAT (Perfect Attendance Tiger) is given to the class with the best perfect attendance record. This month, the tiger is shared by the classes of Kathy Plitt and Janis Udes. Each class had 17 students who didn't miss a day. Keep up the good work.

Don't forget to attend the Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at 6 p.m. in the media center. If you are interested in school issues, please come.

The school's Halloween party is scheduled for Friday.

Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: Those who sold pizzas for the Corbi Pizza fund raiser should pick up their orders between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the school. Please don't forget!

* The Maryland Functional Mathematics Test will be administered tomorrow to seventh- and ninth-graders.

North County High School news: The PTSA will sponsor its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria.

* It's the "Battle of the Fall Sports" at Burger King, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the Nursery Road restaurant. The sport with the highest participation will receive 10 percent of the profit.

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