A frightful weekend Area will be awash in Halloween howlers


Looking for something interesting to do this Halloween weekend? There's plenty -- from the standard haunted houses and costume parties to more bizarre events that appeal to the ghoul in all of us.

Here is an extended sampling of the many Halloween treats to be found around town. No tricks, we promise.

For kids and families

* From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, kids age 12 and under can come costume to Baltimore's Clarence "Du" Burns Arena for an after-school Halloween party. There will be games, crafts activities and prizes for the best costume. Cost is $2. Call (410) 396-9177.

* At the Baltimore Zoo, the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can participate in the Straw Crawl, visit the Haunted Barn (not for the timid) or take a ride on the Boo Choo Train. Admission is $6.50, $3.50 for ages 2 to 15 and seniors, free for ages 2 and under. Call (410) 366-LION.

* At the Baltimore Public Works Museum, the "trashiest-looking" children can earn prizes at the Halloween Trash Bash, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Kids ages 3 to 12 are invited to come and

create a costume out of recycled materials. Cost is $5 for a family of four. Reservations are encouraged. Call (410) 396-5565.

* There will be a costume parade through Harborplace and the Gallery, starting at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. After the parade, children ages 10 and under can go trick-or-treating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through all three buildings of Harborplace and in the Gallery. Call (800) HARBOR-1.

* At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, children can take part of the aquarium's "Hallowmarine Celebration" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kids will be able to embark on a scavenger hunt looking for a variety of resident sea creatures. There will be treats for all who finish the hunt. The event is free with regular museum admission: $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, $7.50 for ages 3-11. Call (410) 576-3800.

* At the Fire Museum of Maryland, children can fly kites, get their face painted and participate in other fun events from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. outside of the museum. Inside the museum, the room will take on an eerie glow when oil lamps on the antique fire apparatus are lighted at 5 p.m. Anyone in costume will get into the museum for half price (regular admission is $3, $1 for ages 4 to 12, free for under 4). Call (410) 321-7500.

* The folks at the B&O; Railroad museum say "Happy Hoboween" on Sunday. All kids in costume will be admitted free. Call (410) 752-2464.

Haunted houses and more

* The Towson Jaycees' annual haunted house will be at Towson Market Place tonight through Monday starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for ages 4 to 12. Call (410) 821-6469 or (410) 337-0505 for more information.

* Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 33rd Street and Chestnut, will have its haunted house tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $2, $1 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit Heart's Place Shelter. Call (410) 467-0301.

* The teens of Bethany United Methodist Church on Bethany Lane in Ellicott City will hold a House of Terror Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Call (410) 465-2919.

* In what may be the scariest haunted house of them all, the Baltimore Museum of Industry will hold its third annual Haunted Factory on the Harbor tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. You will meet victims of gory industrial accidents -- including "Timmy the Tinsmith," "Boiling Boris" and some poor souls who had encounters with the "Deadly Tool Hall of Fame." These spooky reminders of what happens when someone is careless at work are not recommended for small children. Admission is $5, $3 for the kids who can handle it. Call (410) 727-4808 Ext. 112.

* It wouldn't be Halloween without a visit to the grave of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's final resting place is Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs, Fayette and Greene streets. Halloween night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tour the cemetery and catacombs, followed by theatrical presentations of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Premature Burial," and a concert of some chilling music performed on a pipe organ in Westminster Hall. Admission is $4, $2 for children. Call (410) 706-7228.

* There will be pirates aboard a haunted ship docked at the Inner Harbor Saturday and Sunday. From noon to 5 p.m. take a free tour of this spooky vessel. Call (800) HARBOR-1

Haunted hayrides

* Green Meadows Farm in Jessup, Route 175 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway, will take visitors on a haunted hayride through their woods and farm lands. There will also be fortune telling, a Haunted Ghost Ship and the Creepy Cave of Death. Registration is required. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 12 and under. Call (410) 799-1166.

* It's a "Hayride of Horrors" at Padonia Park Club, Jennifer Road off Padonia Road. Take a scary ride over haunted trails and through the overgrown cemetery tonight through Halloween night starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $9.50, $7 for ages 12 and under. Call (410) 882-6968.

* The Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis will hold its annual Pumpkin Walk from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tonight followed by a hay wagon ride around old-time Annapolis. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children, and costumes are encouraged. Call 269-1714.

* Hidden Stables Equine Rescue Facility, 9905 Gorman Road in Laurel, will hold its first Haunted Hayrides tonight through Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, reservations are required. Call (301) 490-3558.

Out of the ordinary

* Adventure World Amusement Park in Largo has transformed into a spooky park of horrors, starting at 4 p.m. each day this weekend. Take a train ride aboard the "Madman Express" or hop on the Haunted Hay Wagon. If you're looking for more traditional frights, there's always the Wild One roller coaster -- sure to make anyone scream. There will also be contests for the best costumes. Admission is $19.99 for adults, $15.99 for children. $8-off coupons are available at most Giant Food Stores. Call (301) 249-1500.

* Take a haunted hike through the woods at Leakin Park tonight through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting at 4291 Windsor Mill Road. It's not a difficult hike, but it may be too scary for little ones. Cost is $4. Call (410) 396-0808.

* The Creep Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion runs through Halloween, starting at 7 p.m. each night. There be plenty of scary fun, games like "Dunk the Dead Guy" and also a "Kiddie Krypt" for little ones along with the standard Haunted Hayride and Haunted House. Tickets are $12.50; children under 5 are admitted free. Call (410) 730-2424.

For culture vultures

* Bram Stoker's classic tale, "Dracula," can be seen tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and children under 12. Call (410) 455-4508.

* The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., will tell some "Haunted Histories" Saturday and Sunday. Hear spooky tales about Maryland at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visitors should come costumed as the ghost of their favorite historical hero. Admission is $4. Reservations are required. Call (410) 685-3750.

* At Harford Community College's Chesapeake Theater, the HCC Dance Theatre will present "Harriet's Happiest Halloween" for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $5. Call (410) 879-8920.

* "Poet's Grave," an original composition based on the death and burial of Edgar Allan Poe will be performed by the group Terra Nova tonight at 8 p.m. at The CoffeeHouse at Mays Chapel, 11911 Jennifer Road in Timonium. The composition, written by Pamela Cardullo is based on an eyewitness account of Poe's humble burial. Tickets are $8. Call (410) 922-5210.

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