When it comes to Halloween, Pasadena has embraced the orange plastic leaf bag pumpkin, scream mat, spider-webbed version of this formerly low-keyed candy event.
Gone is the one-shot, boxed costume with mask, or raiding the rag bag (or your parents' closet) for a one-of-a-kind creation.
Today's well-dressed trick or treater wouldn't step foot out of the house without the total look. Of course, the cost of that look will have to be borne by generations to come, like the national debt. But, hey, what's money for anyway?
Be safe and have a spook-tacular Halloween.
Trick or treaters of all ages have a wide choice of entertainment options this weekend.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road, will have a Halloween Haunted Trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the church.
Admission is $1.50 for adults and $1 for children.
Youngsters will receive a snack with admission. Face painting will be available.
* Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the final night for visiting the "House of Horrors" at Orchard Beach Fire Hall on Solley Road.
Admission is $3, and proceeds will benefit the Fire Department.
* Kids in the Chesterfield community can dress up for a Halloween Parade, sponsored by Chesterfield Homeowners Association, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Crystal Palace Pool.
Prizes will be awarded in three age groups for funniest, most original and scariest costumes.
Rain date is Sunday.
* Neighborhood kids can enjoy a Halloween celebration, sponsored by local merchants, from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, at Havenwood Park on Outing Avenue.
There will be games, costume contests, raffles, exhibits, pizza and drinks.
* Merchants at Pastore's Plaza are sponsoring a Halloween Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Food, giveaways, trick or treat bags, and costume contests, with prizes, for kids up to age 11 are scheduled.
Registration for the costume contest is at 11:30 a.m.
* Downs Park is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Contest at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Prizes will be awarded for lots of categories, including most unusual, scariest, ugliest, and most creative.
Parents and spectators are welcomed.
Parent to Parent, a video-based eight-session parent training workshop, will be offered at Chesapeake High School on Tuesdays, Nov. 9 to 30, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the teacher's lounge.
Sponsored by the county Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, the workshops help parents of middle school and high school kids come together to discuss personal beliefs, parent-child communication skills and how to deal with the availability of drugs and alcohol.
Sessions are free to county residents. Registration is encouraged to ensure an ample supply of workbooks and handouts.
Call 255-8338 or 255-9600 for mor information.
Gibson Island Country School, 5191 Mountain Road, will have its fall open house from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
The open house will feature tours of the school and an opportunity to talk with teachers, students, parents and administrators.
Located at the end of Mountain Road, the co-educational day school for children prekindergarten through grade five has served families in the county since 1947.
The fifth annual Hog Neck Scamper 5-Mile Run will return to the scenic trails at Downs Park Nov. 13.
The race is the third and final leg of the County Executive's Series. It is being sponsored by the county Department of Recreation and Parks and the Annapolis Striders.
The event will kick-off with a kids one-mile Fun Run at 8:10 a.m., to be followed by the Tot Trot for kids under age 6 at 8:20 a.m.
The starting gun for the 5-mile run will go off at 8:30 a.m.
All participants will receive a T-shirt. Turkeys and plaques will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Age division plaques will be awarded to the top three finishers in men's and women's categories. All Tot Trot and Fun Run participants will receive a ribbon.
You can register early by mail, or on race day from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The fee for the 5-Mile Run is $3 for Annapolis Strider members, $4 for nonmembers, and all race day entries are $5.
There is no charge for entries in the Tot Trot or Fun Run.
Information: Mike Busch, 222-3600, or Annapolis Striders Hotline, 268-1165.