Halloween just doesn't seem like Halloween used to.
There was a time when you could get by with carved pumpkins, a brightly lighted porch, a few orange trash bags stuffed with leaves and a supply of candy to satisfy neighborhood beggars and those with a sweet tooth.
Now it's evolved into a decorating nightmare: scream mats, vibrating ghosts, black lights, yards of polyester spider webs, eerie sound effects, cardboard coffins, inflatable skeletons and monsters. Only your pocketbook limits your decorating possibilities.
Die-hard traditionalists still abound, but those polyester spider webs are making in-roads.
Families in Chesterfield are invited to bring their costumed broods to the annual Halloween Costume Parade at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crystal Palace pool area.
The event is sponsored by the Chesterfield Homeowners Association.
Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and most original in three age categories: 5 and under; 6-11; and 12 and over. Parents should accompany children.
Rain date for the parade is Oct. 30.
Information: Cindy Rush at 255-4794.
The Lake Shore Rotary Club will be cooking all the hot cakes and hominy you can eat from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at its annual hot cake and sausage breakfast at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for children and will be available at the door.
The Interact Club of Chesapeake High School will serve the breakfast.
The church is at 4760 Mountain Road. Proceeds will benefit community service projects.
G; It's time for another all-you-can-eat breakfast bonanza
cooked by the Ladies Guild of Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church.
The kitchen will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow, serving eggs any style, pancakes, French toast, creamed chipped beef, home-style potatoes, sausage, toast, homemade biscuits, juice, fruit and beverage.
The cost is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 4-12. Youngsters 3 and under can eat for free.
Proceeds will benefit repairs to the church narthex.
The church is at Beach Avenue and Third Street in the Chelsea Beach area.
For more details, call Anne Buckel at 255-4049 or Edie Foster at 255-1945.