Ghost and ghouls time is coming. In the "horse and buggy" days of my youth, Halloween was exclusively a kid's holiday. Now it's an intergenerational event with entire families dressing in coordinated costumes.
Celebrating Halloween has changed too. The one-day event has expanded into a weekend of activities before and after the official day.
One of the county's oldest Halloween events will be held at Downs Park next weekend, Oct. 27 and 28. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Friday with "Scary Movie Night." The feature at the Bayside Amphitheater will be "Casper -- Seeing is Believing."
Dress for the weather and bring lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be on sale. Admission is $1 per person.
On Saturday more than 75 artisans will show their wares between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the fall craft fair. The food concession stand will be open, as well as the Friends of Downs Park bake table.
The Bayside concert series ends Saturday with a two-hour performance by the Hot Jazz Orchestra. The show starts at noon. The band will play foxtrots, rumbas and tangoes from the )) 1920s and 1930s.
The annual children's costume contest is at 2 p.m. in the amphitheater. Everyone gets a button for participating. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in three age categories.
At 3 p.m., a winner will be drawn for the 1995 Downs Park Quilt. The quilt, made by the Down's Park Quilter's volunteer group, will be on display.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., you can walk the Halloween Haunted Trail, if you dare. Admission is $2 per person. Those in line when the park closes at 9 p.m. will be able to walk the trail.
The faint of heart and younger children can visit the friendly ghost area for face painting or a chance to get their photo taken with a witch. Activities in the friendly ghost area are $1 to $2.50.
The park's entrance fee will be waived for the two-day event. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Downs Park, Inc.
For more details, call the park at 222-6230.
Stoney Creek Democratic Club will hold a Halloween Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at its Fort Smallwood Road clubhouse.
Tickets are $10 each and include a buffet, wine, beer, sodas, setups and munchies. Pizzazz will provide the music. There also will be a costume contest and prizes.
For more details, call Evelyn Sommer at 255-4611.
The Ladies Guild of Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow at the church, Third Street and Beach Avenue.
The menu will feature eggs any style, pancakes, French toast, creamed chipped beef, potatoes, sausage, toast, homemade biscuits, juice and fruit.
The cost is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under. Children under age 3 eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the narthex repair.
For more details, call Ann Buckel at 255-4049 or Edie Foster at 255-1945.
The Lake Shore Rotary Club will hold a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat hot cakes and hominy, sausage, and juice. The cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children.
L Proceeds will be used for Rotary community service projects.
Evangelist Gil Pearson of Fort Worth, Texas, will speak at a "Time of Refreshing," a revival sponsored by the Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road.
Services will begin at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. each night, Monday through Wednesday. A nursery will be provided free of charge.
For more details, call the church office at 255-3168.
Chesapeake High School's auditorium will be the site of a Superintendent/Parent-Community forum at 6 p.m. Monday. Superintendent Carol S. Parham will be on hand to talk with parents and members of the community.
For more information, call 222-5000.
The county health department has scheduled a flu and pneumococcal vaccine clinic for county residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Pasadena Senior Nutrition Site at Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road.
The shots are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. Medicare will cover the suggested $5 donation for eligible individuals for both flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Appointments are not necessary.
For more information, call 222-7343.