HOWLS AND SCREAMS and bumps in the night? You must be in Lineboro, where the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company has launched a nightmare wagon ride for Halloween.
You, too, can be scared witless for five horrible nights Oct. 27-31, starting at dark each evening.
The Haunted Hayride is open to any willing passenger. Covering 3 miles of dirt roads, the hay wagon will bounce thrill seekers into macabre mayhem.
"Scary" is the only detail we've been told.
Rides begin at dark and stop at midnight Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.
All ages are welcome to ride. Cost will be $3 for those ages 9 and up, $1 for children 2 to 8. The hayride benefits the fire company.
Firefighter Wayne Short has led a committee for weeks to dream up plenty of frights.
Anyone with an appetite before or after the creepy ramble will be happy with refreshments -- presumably edible -- to be sold at the fire hall each night.
Farm Museum memories
Six classrooms of third-graders from Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead explored the Carroll County Farm Museum recently. They were there to experience the county's past and to bring home what they saw.
Some took photos, and some gathered brochures. But basically, what they brought back was what they remembered.
In their classrooms, each drew and colored a large poster to compare life then and now. Then they held a contest to select the best comparisons.
Send 180 chattering children to romp among farm buildings, craft people, tour guides, historic artifacts and farm animals. Will they remember anything but the gift shop?
The detail they did remember was impressive.
These students saw, remembered and drew the hand-pulled ventilator in the children's bedroom; herbs hanging to dry in the kitchen; braided rugs and stenciled walls; the chair with barrel-stave rockers; the heavily timbered beds; the icebox of mostly ice; the spinning wheel, weaving loom, quilting party and the Victrola.
In their pictures, they showed life more than 100 years ago and how they live today. They drew a grandfather clock and foot-pedal organ in the parlor to compare with the home entertainment system squarely shelved in the streamlined modern living room.
The children's room, which during the tour had contained a dollhouse and circus tent, was drawn by the children as almost empty of toys. In their own bedrooms, they drew dozens of teddy bears, glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, sleeping bags and firetrucks.
Exquisitely detailed kitchens of red-checked curtains, ironing boards and a clutter of heavy tools were drawn side-by-side with kitchens bright with under-counter lights, dishwashers, microwaves and television.
The greatest contrast came from quilting and weaving. Processing flax into linen thread, weaving cloth and fitting scraps of cloth into quilts were slowly achieved by hand long ago, tasks replaced by factories and stores today or done for pleasure instead of need.
With only a brief tour and a pack of crayons, the students had accurately captured life a century ago.
Fun for the family
Get set for family fun at the Hampstead Elementary Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 4. The school PTA will fill the auditorium with a carnival of games and plenty of quick food, plus a visit by McGruff the Crime Dog.
Outside, a Maryland State Police cruiser will be open for a look, and several troopers will be on hand to explain how it's used for law enforcement.
The festival is at the school, 3737 Shiloh Road, and is open to everyone.
"We're pretty excited about this year," said Rick Drozinski, vice president of the PTA and chairman of the festival.
"We have a lot of food and a variety of games. Added this year is an ice cream sundae booth, where you make your own sundaes. Of course, we'll have a grab bag and half a dozen other games."
Put your dunking and passing skills to the test at basketball and football toss games. The PTA committee is hopeful that there will be a radar ball pitch so that you can measure just how fast your fastball really is.
No child can pass up the sand art activities or the face painting.
"One big thing is the teacher raffle," said Mr. Drozinski. The school's teachers supply items of high interest to elementary school students.
"The [students] are looking forward to that. It's a fun fund-raiser for the whole student body."
Between the games and activities, hot dogs, barbecue, pizza and soda will be sold.
Information: Hampstead Elementary, 751-3420.
Join the Carrollettes
"Parades," says Donna Fritzges, "are like a Norman Rockwell part of your past. There will always be a parade, always little kids waiting to watch the majorette and wonder, 'Will she catch the baton?' "
Ms. Fritzges twirled her baton as a child on Main Street in Hampstead almost 30 years ago. Today she brings fresh energy to The Carrollettes, a majorette and drum corps affiliated with the Manchester Fire Company and popular on the parade route for many years.
You'll find her every Monday at North Carroll Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone age 4 through 25 interested in joining the local corps can sign up through the end of October by attending a practice.
Besides twirlers, the corps includes banner carriers, a color guard and drummers.
"The great thing about the Carrollettes is everyone has a chance to excel and be the best they can be," said Mrs. Fritzges.
"The Carrollettes are going to build this year. By the time we hit the street in spring 1996, a lot of corps will know we've arrived. There is some wonderful talent in the Carrollettes."
Information: Rich Troutman, 239-2061.