The woods at Woodstock Farm Nursery will again be haunted this fall. The spirits will arrive at 10:30 a.m. Saturday when the Haunted Forest trail opens.
Children who visit the trail will be able to see the characters Spooky Greenthumb and Pumpkin Patch.
The Haunted Forest is for preschool children up to age 9. A guided walk through the exhibit features a story about Halloween and also teaches the children about such topics as the environment and the importance of plants. Visitors can also enjoy pumpkin painting and scarecrow making. Pumpkins and gourds will be for sale.
Hours for the Haunted Forest are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 am. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Haunted Forest closes on Oct. 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Groups are welcome, but reservations are needed. The 75-cent admission helps to defray the expense of the trail.
Woodstock Nursery is located on Route 108 at Waterloo Road between Routes 29 and I-95. Information: 465-1195.
VFW to sponsor script contest
The Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post 7472 and its Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy script-writing contest for students in grades 10 through 12.
This is an opportunity for students to write a 2- to 5-minute script on a patriotic theme and earn a scholarship for college.
The organization offers more than $80,000 in scholarship money and a chance to win a free trip to Washington or Las Vegas, Nev.
This year's theme is "My Commitment to America." The deadline is Nov. 12. For more information, call Beverly Suffill at 461-6984 or Catharine Wyland at 242-4036.
* Elkridge: 7200 block of Montgomery Road: Someone attempted to take a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
* Ellicott City: 8300 block of Montgomery Run Road: Someone attempted to steal a 1992 Honda motorcycle late Friday night or Saturday morning. Police said there have been a dozen motorcycle thefts in the the area during the past few weeks.
9900 block of Springfield Drive: A window of a residence was broken and someone attempted to pry the front door between Saturday and Monday. Police said no entry had been made.