The manager of the fabric store called. My friend was back, would I please come and get her? She had been found in the fake fur department, clutching a bunny costume pattern and softly singing, "Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate."
My friend was experiencing Halloween withdrawal. Her 12-year-old son's cute years were over. She would never again be found at the Singer, sewing seam tape on a bumblebee wing. From this point on she could only hope for costumes that were not too tasteless.
I took her to Papa John's pumpkin farm to help ease the pain of what I had to say. Sitting on a bale of hay, I gave her the brutal truth about the Halloweens of her future.
* From this point on, every costume will require blood capsules.
* If he asks for six rolls of toilet paper, three dozen eggs and a bar of Zest, DON'T BE FOOLED! This is not for a social studies project.
* No matter what they say, a marauding pack of 4-year-old Baby Bops did not burst through the door and steal all the Kit Kat bars. Look under his bed for wafer crumbs.
* There is no fungus known to science that causes jack-o'-lanterns to spontaneously combust, showering pumpkin guts all over innocent bystanders. If there are squash seeds in his hair, it's a safe bet he has committed pumpkincide.
Squash on, Glen Burnie.
It's every parent's nightmare -- huh, huh, heh, heh -- as the spirits of the MTV duo Beavis and Butt-head spook visitors to the Glen Burnie Jaycees' annual Haunted House.
The haunting is scheduled to begin tonight in the former T.J. Longhorn restaurant in the Harundale Mall Annex. It will continue through Saturday with additional performances scheduled for Oct. 28 to 31. The doors creak open at 7 p.m.
"We have one entire room dedicated to Beavis and Butt-head. Each year we try to add something new or change the rooms," said Jaycee member Anne Marie Altieri.
Traditional fright monsters and ghoulies also are expected to make an appearance.
Strobe lights, music and fake blood are some of the special effects that will be used to create the appropriate feeling of horror for the appropriate age group.
"We recommend that children under 10 be accompanied by an adult," Altieri said.
Admission is $5 a person.
Proceeds from the haunted house will benefit several charitable projects sponsored by the Jaycees including holiday food baskets for the needy.
There are Halloween activities this weekend for all ages.
Sponsored by the Country Club Estates Recreation Association, a dance for youth ages 13 and younger is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the association's recreation hall on Paul Marr Drive. Tim Koneig and Joe Connell will provide the music.
In keeping with the "spirits" of Halloween, costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded.
Admission is $2.
Who said Halloween is just for children? The CCERA is sponsoring an adult Halloween dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in their recreation hall.
Tickets are $12 a person and include beer, soft drinks, set-ups and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.
For ticket information, call 761-0317 or 761-0243.
"South of the Border" is the theme of tomorrow's meeting of the Glen Burnie Toastmasters Club, 7 p.m. in the North County library meeting room. Sombrero is optional.
Two speeches will be presented along with an impromptu topics segment.
The Toastmasters Club offers speakers the opportunity to sharpen their communication skills through constructive evaluation. New members are always welcome.
The history of the Commodore will be discussed at the meeting of the Glen Burnie chapter of Another Baltimore Commodore Users Group at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North County library.
Anyone interested in Commodore 64, 128 and Amiga computers are welcome.
For information, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047.
State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein will be the guest speaker at the District 32 Democratic Club's meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department.
Prospective members are invited to join the club for an informal dinner starting at 7 p.m. The cost of dinner is $4 a person.
For information, call Evelyn Kellner, 969-9325 or Valerie Serio, 850-0470.