Weekend events celebrating Halloween promise to bring many bizarre sights to the area: a resurrected Edgar Allan Poe, belly-flopping sumo wrestlers, perhaps even a St. Bernard in an Elvis costume. Here's a summary of some of the activities planned in area.
* Baltimore Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road. (410) 823-2551. Little trick-or-treaters can start things off today from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a "Halloween Spectacular." The event will feature a parade of costumed preschoolers ages 2-5, followed by a magic show and art activity.
Tomorrow, the Beale St. Puppets will present "Halloween Hijinks" from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Featured marionettes will include Napoleon Bone-Apart and Murry, the Egyptian Mummy.
"Happycrows, Sadcrows, Funnycrows, Scarecrows," a workshop for children age 5 and older, will provide participants with soft-sculpture materials to make their own scarecrow. The activity will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
And kids of all ages can drop in any time tomorrow and Sunday to decorate their goody bags with goblins and other ghoulish garnishings.
Registration is not required for workshops, but space is limited. Performance seating will be first-come, first-served. Tickets are $4 for adults and for children age 2 and older; free for museum members.
* Union Memorial Hospital. (410) 554-2035. The hospital will stage a free haunted house and Halloween party for children age 9 and under from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will take place in the hospital's 33rd Street Professional Building. Participants can enjoy games, face painting, crafts, a magician and plenty of sweet treats.
* World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. (410) 837-4515. High above the city, the third annual "Trick or Read -- Fright Flight to the Top" will take place tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center. The event begins with haunting stories and a magic show, followed by the appearance of some special characters, including the Oriole Bird and Chuck E. Cheese. At 2 p.m., a costume contest will be held; prizes include books, stuffed animals and passes to area attractions.
Children in costume will be admitted free all day. Regular admission to the Top of the World is $2 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and children ages 5-15.
* Clarence "Du" Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. (410) 396-9177. A Halloween Fun Party for children age 12 and under will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. Spooky activities will include games of skill, arts and crafts, a haunted house and a costume contest. Children will received free treats. $1 admission.
* Downs Park, Anne Arundel County, (410) 222-6230. The park will sponsor a Halloween costume contest for children at 2 p.m. ** Sunday. Prizes will be awarded in various categories, including scariest, most unusual and most creative. Contestants should assemble at the park's amphitheater.
* Ghoul's Den, Winchester Exchange, Westminster. (410) 848-7272. The Storytellers Circle, in cooperation with the Carroll County Arts Council, will offer "An Afternoon Fright -- The Witches Delight" for children in grades three and up from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free, and children should dress casually so they can participate in group activities. The program will begin with scary stories, followed by ghostly games, a theatrical production of "The Witches Brew" and a group howl-a-long of "Old Woman" and "Skin and Bones."
Children will receive a Halloween grab bag.
* The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Columbia. (410) 290-0040. The restaurant will hold a children's pumpkin-painting contest tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. Children ages 6-12 will receive a complementary pumpkin for painting. Entries will be displayed in the restaurant and taken home after the competition. The public is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite. The winner will receive a goody bag and dinner for four at the restaurant.
* Havenwood Park, Pasadena. (410) 437-3300. Merchants will have a Halloween celebration for neighborhood children tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. at Havenwood Park. Costume contests, games, exhibits, raffles, pizza and drinks will be featured.
* Westview Mall, 5748 Baltimore National Pike. (410) 744-5650. Festivities at Westview will get under way at 3 p.m. tomorrow and will include a costume contest, followed by treating at individual stores. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
* Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse. (410) 523-1534. "Wicked Weekend of Fun" will start today and run through Sunday. The family events include trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patrol and a haunted house, and will benefit the Bea Gaddy fund to feed the hungry.
* Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. (410) 494-8772. The "All Treats, No Tricks" celebration scheduled for Sunday is being sponsored by Towson Town Center and WMIX-FM (106.5). Treating will take place in the mall from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. followed by a costume contest and a drawing for prizes donated by merchants.
* Owings Mills Mall, (410) 561-0065. The first Baltimore County Fall Festival will be held at Owings Mills Mall through Sunday. Festivities include rides, costume contests, scarecrow making, a haunted house and bobbing for apples. A fireworks display tonight will officially kick off the weekend's activities. Hours for the festival are 5 to 11 tonight, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. $6 admission includes all rides; senior citizens and children in strollers are admitted free.
* Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6564 Reisterstown Road. (410) 764-3222. Reisterstown Road Plaza will celebrate Halloween with dinosaurs and costumes contests. Tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. at Center Court, children can have their pictures taken free with Purple Pal Dinosaur and one of his friends, and receive a trick-or-treat bag. The picture automatically enters every child in the Halloween costume contest, which will be judged at 3 p.m.
* Harborplace, the Inner Harbor. (410) 332-4191. Harborplace will also be sponsoring some frightening festivities this weekend. The first annual Ghouls, Goblins and Fun Halloween Carnival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow and noon until after midnight Sunday. A haunted pirate ship -- the lightship Chesapeake in disguise -- will be docked at the west wall, in front of the Light Street Pavilion, and open for free tours from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Other activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and a costume parade Sunday, after which children age 10 and under can go trick-or-treating at Harborplace and Gallery stores.
Adult costume parties and contests will take place at nine Harborplace and Gallery restaurants beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. Each restaurant will choose several finalists to participate in the grand finale competition at 7 p.m. in the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The grand prize will be $350 cash and a $450 restaurant certificate. Palm readers and soothsayers will also be on hand to provide services for a small fee.
* Churchville Recreation Center, 111 Glenville Road, Churchville. 638-3616. For teens ages 13-18, the Churchville Recreation Center will sponsor a Monster Mash Dance tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The $2 admission includes refreshments. Costumes are optional.
* St. John's United Methodist Church, St. Paul at 27th streets. (410) 889-0406. For more mature audiences, the Bowman Ensemble will begin its first fall season with a presentation of "Seventy Scenes of Halloween," Jeffrey Jones's play about a young couple's struggle to save their relationship on Halloween night.
Performances will run nightly through Sunday and Nov. 3-6. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7.
* Lake Shore Fire Hall, Mountain and Bussenuis roads. (410) 360-5128. A Halloween costume party to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow. The dance will feature a costume contest with a first prize of $100, a prize wheel, a 50-50 raffle and a fortune-teller. Donation is $10.
* The Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park. (410) 366-LION. The zoo will hold its annual "Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular" tomorrow and Sunday. Sponsored by Fox 45 and WMIX-FM (106.5), the two-day event will run from noon to 3 p.m. on both days.
Activities will include a costume contest, games, crafts and even a "Little Hair of Horrors" salon, in which visitors can receive a "Zoo Boo Doo." A haunted barn will provide thrills for older children, while younger visitors can enjoy a "Batty" Halloween puppet show in the Farmyard Meeting Barn. Refreshments and bluegrass music will entertain guests of all ages.
Zoo admission is $6.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 2-15, and $3.50 for senior citizens; children under age 2 are admitted free. Free parking is available.
* The Poe House and Museum, 203 N. Amity St. (410) 396-7932. The Poe House will celebrate the season in appropriately eerie fashion, with a theatrical presentation of "The Tell Tale Heart." Performances will take place on tomorrow and Sunday. Poe (as portrayed by actor David Keltz) will greet visitors. After the performance, the museum will be open for tours.
Admission is $4 for all ages. Performance times for both days are 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served; no reservations will be accepted.
* Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. (410) 617-5024. Count Dracula will also be making an appearance in Baltimore this weekend, when Loyola College's Evergreen Players presents its version of the Bram Stoker classic. Nightly performances will run now through Sunday and Nov. 4-7 in the college's McManus Theater. Curtain time is 8 p.m. $7 general admission; $5 for students and senior citizens.
* Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. (410) 685-6170. The market's annual pumpkin painting contest will take place from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Every child under age 14 accompanied by an adult will receive a free pumpkin to paint. Adults are also welcome to participate and will be judged separately. A grand prize will be award in four categories.
* Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, W. 33rd Street and Chestnut Avenue. (410) 235-0396. United Methodist Church will sponsor a haunted house from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is $1 for children under age 12 and $2 for adults. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds benefit UNICEF.
* YMCA,Carroll County, Howard County, Druid Hill, Towson. YMCAs in Maryland are offering a variety of Halloween activities for kids this weekend. Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Carroll County YMCA, 1719 Sykesville Road, Westminster, kids can decorate pumpkins, bob for apples and dress up for a costume parade. Call (410) 876-1194.
The Howard County YMCA, 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, will offer Halloween fun and swimming tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (410) 465-4334.
Also on Saturday, the Druid Hill YMCA, 1609 Druid Hill Ave., will have a sleepover party from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Little goblins should bring along a bed roll and other necessities. Call (410) 728-1600.
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Towson YMCA, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., will offer hayrides and other traditional Halloween activities. Call (410) 823-8870.
All YMCA activities are free and open to members and non-members.
* Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster. (410) 857-2103. The annual Halloween costume contest and magic show will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature Scott Grocki and his mystifying illusions. After the show, children in costume will parade across the stage for viewing by families and judges. Prizes will be awarded in eight costume categories. Everyone participating will receive a treat bag and be eligible for a door prize. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the show is free. The Youth Recreation Council, the Board of Education and Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks are sponsoring the event.
* St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie. (410) 766-2283. St. Paul's will present Halloween magic shows at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Three magic acts are scheduled: Kohl & Company, John Dodge's Magic and Scott Kohlhafer's Clowning Around.
$5 for adults; $4 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
* Anne Arundel County fairgrounds, Crownsville. (410) 266-5951. Halloween Happening will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday. A haunted barn and hayride with plenty of witches, warlocks and monsters will be featured. $7 admission.
* Wild World, Largo. (410) 792-2703. Visitors to Wild World's "HallowScream" will find plenty of unusual activities this weekend.
In foam-filled sumo suits, contestants will be able to do everything except punch to bring down their opponents in a series of weird, wild wrestling matches. Winners will celebrate their victory by belly-flopping onto their defeated adversary. Also, the "Gladiator Style Pedestal Joust" will be played in safety equipment on an inflatable landing mat. The contest is derived from the television show "The American Gladiators."
For more conventional Halloween fun, the park will also offer a haunted house, haunted train ride and kids' trick-or-treat trail.
Many rides in the theme park will be open throughout the weekend. With an $8 discount coupon available at Giant Food stores, admission is $10.99 plus tax.
* Petstuff, Towson, Catonsville and Glen Burnie. (410) 356-8822. Petstuff is presenting a Halloween celebration tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at all three of its area locations. Pets will participate in a costume contest, and all entrants will receive a goodie bag. Gift certificates will be awarded to winners in various categories, including pet/owner look alike, most elaborate costume and most imaginative costume.
* Green Meadows Farm, Jessup. (410) 799-1166. For the not-too-squeamish, Green Meadows Farm is presenting "Haunted Halloween Hayrides" through Sunday. Ghosts, monsters and other creepy creatures will provide a spine-tingling welcome for visitors as they journey on a tractor-drawn adventure through the farm's bewitched woods. Reservations are required.
* Padonia Park Club, Padonia Road, Timonium. (410) 882-1624. "Hayrides of Horror" are also being offered this weekend at Padonia Park Club from 7 to 11 nightly. Refreshments, including free cider, will be available.
* Equilibrium Horse Center, Underwood Road, Gambrills. (301) 261-9549 or (301) 987-5143. Still more haunted hayrides will take place tonight and tomorrow night from 7 to 10 at the Horse Center. Proceeds will benefit the Marlborough Pony Club, a nonprofit youth organization. $5 admission; children under 3 admitted free.