Who will knock at your door begging for treats this Halloween? Will the talking pumpkin near Triadelphia Lake talk this year? How will your favorite children dress up Sunday evening? High-spirited Halloween plans are in the works at nearly every house in our area. Halloween, begun as a night of horrors, has evolved into an evening of fantasy and fun. Carved jack-o'-lanterns, creative costumes and candy treats set the stage, but the kids are the stars. They don't just pretend to be a hero or Dracula or Dorothy lovingly carrying Toto. They become that other being for a little while. It's easy to catch their unsullied excitement. So get ready for some tricks, some treats and an evening of thrills. * Scouts will take over part of River Hill Garden Center this weekend to help stir your mood for Sunday evening. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Girl Scout Troop 1398 will offer a Tunnel of Horrors and scarecrow making at the garden center on Route 108 in Clarksville. There is a small fee for the fun, and the money goes to the Scout troop. Boy Scout Troop 757 will offer hot food and beverages. With the purchase of a pumpkin, you may paint your Halloween masterpiece for free. Hayrides at the Garden Center are free all weekend, too. Call the Garden Center at 531-3303. * Ladies' garden clubs often are thought of as groups of women who meet now and then to sip tea and socialize. Cattail River Garden Club doesn't fit that stereotype. It's a local group of energetic women who take pleasure in their gardens, and in collecting and drying flowers all summer for their annual fall sale. Members spend many hours in workshops assembling their creations, and each fall they offer beautiful dried arrangements and wreaths for sale. The club raises money to spend on gardens at schools and other public places in Western Howard County. It also sponsors a scholarship for a Howard County student interested in studying horticulture in college. You may purchase dried flowers, arrangements and wreaths from the Cattail River Garden Club Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Glenelg United Methodist Church. This year's sale is titled "Summer's Joy for Autumn's Harvest." Attend this sale and harvest some beauty for your home. * Have you ever been to an art auction? They're fun and give you a chance to bid on some ready-to-hang art at good prices. Chapelgate Christian Academy will hold an Art Show and Auction from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school. Admission is $5 per person, and this entitles you to the fun of the auction and to delicious homemade refreshments. The atmosphere is pleasant and the art is beautiful. Plan to go and enjoy an adult evening with a friend. Tickets are on sale now. Call 442-5888 or 531-5385. * Student government is among the interesting activities students may choose at Chapelgate. Students in the middle school and high school recently elected officers. In the high school, officers are: President Amanda Miller, Vice President Dan PaSerelli, Secretary Rachel Marriner, Treasurer Charles Cassell, and Chaplain Bill Greenwalt. In the middle school, President Emily Oren, Vice President Sonja Smoker, Secretary Jenny Jackson and Treasurer Jeff Cameron are working together to make the Student Government Association work well. Faculty advisers Leslie Bustard and Tim Magnusson are excited about the great ideas and energy the students bring to their posts. * What do you say when your son turns 12? Tuesday, after we wish our son a Happy Birthday, my husband and I will likely turn to each other and wonder why the last 12 years have passed so quickly. Happy Birthday, Tom! * If you are concerned about the long and early school bus rides, you may add your voice to the chorus of early morning families. Call Mary Jo Regennitter (301) 829-2554 or Jane Allen (301) 854-0197. Parents are forming a group to discuss the early morning rides. * Students at Bushy Park must be healthy and love school. Attendance for September at Bushy Park was 97.8 percent, with all grade levels exceeding the state standard for excellent of 96 percent. * The fruit sale is here! Many of our neighbors look forward to buying fresh citrus fruits through the Glenelg Marching Unit each year. Get your money in by 3 p.m. Nov. 11 if you want to pick up your fruit Nov. 20. Prices for the navel oranges are $18 for four-fifths bushel and $11 for two-fifths bushel. Grapefruit prices are $15.50 and $9.75. Call (301) 854-6415 to order or drop off an order at Glenelg High School's front office. * Christmas bazaars are starting, and it's time to shop for holiday decorations and gifts. Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church at 14551 Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood holds its annual event on Nov. 12, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., and Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Members of the church have crafted many gifts and decorations. You can buy their cookbook and taste savory samples of the recipes. Call 442-1204 for more information. * Local private and public schools will happily accept your cash register tapes from local supermarkets. If you don't have a child in school, send your receipts to your nearest school, or drop them off at the school office any day. Schools collect the tapes and turn them in for computers, musical instruments, physical education equipment, books, tapes, compact discs, computer software and other educational materials. The tapes are a gold mine for the schools, and your efforts to turn in the tapes pay off directly for the students. * At Glenelg Country School students in fifth through eighth grades enjoyed Inner Quest this fall. Inner Quest is a series of physical and confidence activities designed to challenge and encourage students. Fifth-graders participated in a ropes and initiative course. Sixth-graders canoed, camped, climbed and hiked at Carderock. Seventh-graders went to Harpers Ferry to cave, climb, camp, and hike. The eighth-graders went rafting at Harpers Ferry and toured Annapolis.