With haunted houses, spooky story times and indoor trick or treating at area shopping malls, it's a wonder any self-respecting ghost or goblin would want to walk from house to house, toting an old pillowcase and begging for candy from the neighbors.
This Halloween weekend, there are a number of events around the metropolitan area to bring out the ghoul in you.
The city has parties galore, as do recreation councils in many of the counties. Almost all are free or offer admission for a nominal fee.
The malls also hope to attract the younger set -- and, more importantly, their wallet-wielding parents. But before you cynically dismiss their invitation as one more step toward commercialism of all of America's holidays, consider the safety factor. Not to mention the weather.
"We offer a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating," said Karen P. Johnson, marketing manager at The Mall in Columbia.
Johnson said the mall's Halloween celebration usually attracts a few thousand costumed urchins and their parents. She said mall merchants have consulted with local moms and dads to make sure the candy they pass out is age appropriate. Jawbreakers, hard candy and other dental nightmares are taboo.
"We want to give out a better quality candy than they might get when they take their chances at neighborhood trick or treating," Johnson said.
Management at Owings Mills Mall and White Marsh -- two other Rouse Co. properties -- take similar precautions, Johnson said.
Henrietta Smith, marketing director at Westview Mall in Catonsville, said merchants there plan Halloween activities for the entire family. This year's celebration lasts two days and includes trick or treating, a clown who does magic tricks, games and crafts for kids and a Halloween fashion show with costumes created by the mall's teen-age modeling team. Halloween characters like "The Mummy" and "The Scarecrow" will surprise shoppers as they stroll through the mall.
"We like to interact with the community," Smith said. "We sent invitations to schools and churches in the area. We want to create a safe environment where children and parents can enjoy themselves. This is not just geared to the younger children. Everyone can enjoy some facet of the activities we plan."
AVAM Halloween. Costumed trick or treaters of all ages will be admitted free 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. All visitors under 12 will receive a free treat from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-244-1900.
Black history masquerade party. Tench Tilghman Recreation Center, 600 N. Patterson Park Ave. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. For ages 5 to adult. Free. Call 410-396-9229.
Costume photos. Guests may have their photos taken in costume with Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who takes center stage at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow at Reisterstown Road Plaza, 6564 Reisterstown Road. $1 suggested donation to Cross Country Elementary School. Free Halloween reflective bag filled with treats at participating stores beginning at 5 p.m. Look for Candy Zone signs in merchant windows. Call 410-764-3222.
Halloween activities. Leith Walk Recreation Center, 1235 Sherwood Ave. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-6681.
Halloween activities. Madison Recreation Center, 1401 E. Biddle 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9284.
Halloween celebration. Northwood Recreation Center, 1517 Winford Road. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-6696.
Halloween masquerade party. at Collington Square Recreation Center, 1409 Collington Ave. and Patterson Park Avenue. 4: 30 p.m.-6: 30 p.m. tomorrow. $1 for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9201.
Halloween masquerade party. Ralph J. Young Recreation Center, 2031 E. Fayette St. For ages 5 to 12. 3: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. $1 admission. Call 410-396-9197.
Halloween dance. Dancing, food and music by Mandry. 8 p.m. tomorrow in the historic hall, Stodola, 1732 E. Lombard St. $15 Call 410-342-7200 or 410-276-7676.
Halloween party. Chinquapin Recreation Center, 900 Woodbourne Ave. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 14. Call 410-396-6060.
Halloween party for kids. Ages 4 to 6 at the Carroll Cook Recreation Center, 5061 Eager St. 3: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. today. Free. Call 410-396-9089.
Halloween party. Furley Recreation Center, 4633 Furley Ave. 3: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. Call 410-396-9329.
Halloween treat. Herring Run Recreation Center, 5001 Sinclair Lane. 4 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m. tomorrow. Free for age 5 to 14. Call 410-488-6634.
Kiddie Halloween party. Oliver Recreation Center, 1600 N. Spring St. 3 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Free for ages 5 to 12. 410-396-4243.
Masquerade dance. Sponsored by Saints Cyril and Mothodius and St. Mary's Assumption Eastern Rite Catholic Mission Churches 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow at Stodola, 1732 E. Lombard St. "Mandry," a five member orchestra from Europe will provide music. $15 donation requested. Call 410-342-7200 or 410-276-7676.
Monster verse. An evening of poetry and Halloween haunts with Baltimore poet David Beaudoin 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Free. Call 410-396-4641 or TDD 410-396-4642.
Out of This World Costume Day. The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Free Star Trek flying discs while supplies last. Design and build your own alien and stomp on your own "stomp rocket." Uniformed "Star Trek" characters on hand all day. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $9.50 for adults, $7 for ages 4 to 17 and senior citizens; children 3 and under are free. Call 410-685-2370.
Pepsi Parade of Fools. Children's costume contest 4 p.m. to 6 p.m; adult costume contest 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Broadway Square in Fells Point. Registration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult contest entrants must be over 18. Call 410-837-4636.
Poe House events. Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz presents "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" at 12: 30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3: 15 p.m. Nov. 1-2 at the annual celebration at Poe House and Museum, 203 N. Amity St. $4; $3 ages 12 and under. Call 410-396-7932.
"Poe's Terrors Come to Life." Halloween tour of Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs, Fayette and Greene streets. Appearances by Edgar Allan Poe and Frank the Bodysnatcher, the University of Maryland's resident grave robber. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Theatrical performances of Poe's short stories will be presented. $5 adults; $3 children 12 and under. Call 410-706-7228.
Trick or treating at Mondawmin Mall, 2301 Liberty Heights Ave. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow for kids 12 and under. Monster Mash parade of costumes in center court. Free. McGruff the Crime Dog will visit. Call 410-523-1534.
Trip to "Hallowscream" at Adventure World in Largo. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow. For ages 5 to adult. Bus departs from the Walter P. Carter Recreation Center, 820 E. 43rd St. Tickets $10. Call 410-396-6217.
Anne Arundel County
Trick or treating at Marley Station Mall. 7900 Governor Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. Trick or treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children's artist Jim Hossick will perform from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the mall's center court. Hossick, of Bowie, has a musical act featuring sing-along, folk and popular kids' songs as well as some original tunes. Halloween characters will also stroll the mall. Free. 410-760-8900.
Halloween happening. Haunted barn, hayride, monsters, witches and warlocks at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Route 178, Crownsville. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. $8 per person, free for ages 5 and under. Rain or shine. Call 410-923-3400.
"Trails of Terror" Haunted Trail at Severn Danza Park, on Route 174 in Severn. Sponsored by the Severn Athletic Club. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Not recommended for ages 6 and under. $5 admission. Call 410-880-2581.
Halloween costume party. Sponsored by the Parkville Recreation and Parks Council and Parkville American Legion Post 183 for children ages 3 to 10. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Legion Hall, 2301 Putty Hill Ave., Parkville. Free. Call 410-887-5300.
Halloween at Dulaney. Dance for ninth- through twelfth-graders. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow at Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road. Sponsored by Cockeysville Recreation and Parks Council. Dancing in the cafeteria, open gym and prizes for costumes. $5. Call 410-887-7734.
Haunted halls and trick or treating at Hunt Valley Mall. 118 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. Haunted Halls, a haunted house to benefit Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. $3 adults, $1.50 12 years and under. Trick or treating starts at 4 p.m. tomorrow. 410-785-3770.
"Howling Halloween Fun." 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow, free screening of the movie "Big" at Sony Greenspring Theatre at Greenspring Shopping Center, Smith Avenue. Come in costume and join in trick or treating at participating merchants. 410-653-1731.
Preschooler's Halloween events. Storytelling, movies and a treat for ages 2-6 with an adult. 7 p.m. today at the Woodlawn Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, 410-887-1336.
Trick or treating at Golden Ring Mall, 6400 Rossville Blvd. Begins at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow for kids 12 and under. Free. Call 410-391-8400.
Trick or treating at Owings Mills Mall. 10300 Mill Run Circle, Owings Mills. 6 p.m. tomorrow until candy runs out. Free. Call 410-363-7000.
Trick or treating and a mime show at Security Square Mall. 6901 Security Blvd., Woodlawn. Tomorrow, trick or treat 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a costume contest for children under age 10 at 7 p.m. Mime show at 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Call 410-265-6000.
Trick or treating at Towson Town Center. 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Ribbons for kids with cute costumes. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Free. Call 410-494-8800.
Trick or treating and Halloween bash at Westview Mall. 5748 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville. Trick or treat from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Halloween bash with kids' activities from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Halloween costume fashion show with the mall's Sashay Models Team at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday. Halloween characters -- including Mandy the Clown -- will stroll the mall on both days. Call 410-744-5650.
Trick or treating and kids' costume contest at White Marsh Mall. 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. Trick or treat 5 p.m. until candy runs out. Costume contest at 7 p.m. Free. Call 410-931-7100.
"Spooky Stories." Storytelling by Bill Wood for all ages (under 6 must be accompanied by an adult) 7 p.m. today at the Baltimore County Public Library's Randallstown branch, Cockeys Mill Road. Call 410-887-0770.
Trick or treating, magic show and pumpkin patch at Cranberry Mall. In Westminster, off Route 140, for kids 12 and under. Trick-or-treat 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow.Halloween magic show at 7 p.m. WPOC-FM sponsors pumpkin patch from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guess the number of pumpkins and win a $200 mall shopping spree. Call 410-857-0300 or 410-876-8870.
"The Monkey's Paw." A horror story by W.W. Jacobs, performed by the Mount Airy Players. A Halloween concert by Common Ground on the Hill is also featured. 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Firehouse Pub, 233 S. Main St., Mount Airy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for 12 and under. Call 301-829-3321.
Whooo's afraid? Not-too-scary songs, stories and activities for kids age 5 to 10 years at 4: 30 p.m. today. Costumes may be worn for the parade of costumes through the library after the program. Bring a small bag of penny candy to share if you like. North Carroll library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead. Registration required. Call 410-374-1212 or 410-239-6466.
Halloween costume parade. Register 6 p.m., parade at 6: 30 p.m. today at Washington Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Havre de Grace. All children receive a prize. Additional prizes for costumes judged the 15 best. For all ages. Free. 410-638-3853.
Halloween hoot. Spooky stories and treats with the librarians for children ages 3 and older. 7 p.m. tonight at the Joppa library branch, 655 Towne Center Drive, Joppa. Call 410-612-1660.
Halloween party. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Bel Air Athletic Club, 658 Boulton St., Bel Air. $6 for members, $12 for member families; $8 for nonmembers, $15 for nonmember families. Call 410-730-8113, Ext. 224.
"Scared Silly." Children ages 3-12 may participate in the "Scared Silly" program at the Fallston/Jarrettsville library branch, 1461 Fallston Road, 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Participants may come in costume for stories, tricks and treats. Call 410-638-3003.
Spooktacular. Annual event at Chatham Mall, Route 40 near Route 29, Ellicott City, tomorrow. 4 p.m.-4: 40 p.m., trick or treating; 4: 40 p.m.-5: 15 p.m., costume contest with prizes; and 5: 30 p.m.-6 p.m. entertainment. Free. Call 410-465-8435.
Trick or treating at The Mall in Columbia, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow as long as supplies last. Free. Call 410-730-3300.
Elsewhere in Maryland
Family Halloween party. Mummy balloon-maker, haunted path, games, treats and more. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at Patuxent Greens Country Club, 14415 Greenview Drive, Laurel. Registration required. $2.95 for members, $3.95 for nonmembers. Call 301-776-5553.
Adults' Halloween bash. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at Patuxent Greens Country Club, 14415 Greenview Drive, Laurel. Best costume prize. Free. Call 301- 776-5553.
Hayride through the forest. Family fun and a hayride, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Tuckahoe Equestrian Center and Tuckahoe State Park, Hillsboro. $4 for age 13 and older, $2, ages 5 to 12, 4 and under free. Call 410-634-2847.
"A House in Mourning." Re-enactment of an early 19th-century funeral. 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Riversdale, 6005 48th Ave., Riverdale. $8. Must be 21 or older. Advance registration required. Call 301-864-0420.
Puppet show. "Rufus Meets the Halloween Witch" will be performed by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre 7 p.m. tomorrow at Trego Field behind Perryville Town Hall. The show will be outside, so bring your sweater. Cost is free for everyone. Call 410-642-6066.
30th annual house. Gray Charles Recreation Council's 30th Annual Haunted House at North Point Government Center, Wise Avenue at Merritt Boulevard. 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays and 7 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through tomorrow. $5; $4 ages 5-12; $2.50 seniors; ages 4 and under are free. Call 410-887-7180.
Annual scare. Haunted house sponsored by Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center, 7960 Henryton Road, Marriottsville. 7 p.m.-9: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow. $3 adults; $2 children under 12; $10 for a family of four or more. Playroom for younger children. Call 410-549-6330.
"Bedlam in the Boro." Haunted hayride, games and refreshments at the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Co., 3321 Main St., Lineboro. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m. to midnight tomorrow. $5 age 9 and older, $2 age 8 and under. Call 410-374-2197.
City houses of horrors. City Department of Recreation and Parks haunted house 4 p.m.-5: 30 p.m. and 6: 30 p.m.-8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Mora Crossman Recreation Center, 701. S. Rapolla St. 50 cents. Call 410-396-9222.
Haunted house 5 p.m.-7: 30 p.m. tomorrow. at Chick Webb Recreation Center, 623 N. Eden St. Free for ages 5-14. Call 410-396-7593.
Haunted house 3 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow, Woodholme Recreation Center, 7310 Moyer Ave. Free. Call 410-396-6703. Also, activities and a costume contest.
Cox's Point Haunted Mansion. Haunted house at 820 Riverside Drive, Essex. Over 25 actors and actresses re-create some of Hollywood's most terrifying horror scenes from popular films. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. $5 for adults, $3 for 12 and under. Reserve tickets ahead if possible. Call 410-682-3756.
Field of screams. Haunted cornfield at Maple Lawn Farm's Maize Quest, 2885 New Park Road (Interstate 83 north to Exit 1 at Shrewsbury, then left to east Route 851 to left on New Park Road), York County, Pa. Nighttime haunt hours for children are 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays until Nov. 2. Adult haunt hours are 8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. Call 888-858-YORK.
"Halloween Happening." Anne Arundel County Fair Inc.'s annual event at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Route 178, Crownsville. Haunted barn, hayride, more. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. $8; children under 5 are free. Call 410-923-3400.
Halloween tour. Kids should wear costumes and bring flashlights to this walk through the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. 35-minute tour. Most appropriate for children over age 6. 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Meet in the parking lot of Mount Ida, the Visitors' Center on Sarah's Lane in Historic Ellicott City. $3. Call 410-465-8500.
HallowScream. Halloween event at Adventure World, Exit 7 off Interstate 97 to Route 3/301 to Route 214/Central Avenue West, Largo. Costume contests, haunted hay wagon ride, more. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. daily through Nov. 2. The park is sold out tomorrow. $24.99 plus tax. Children 3 and under are free. Call 301-249-1500.
Movie theme. University of Maryland's Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity presents "When a Stranger Calls ... Have You Checked the Children" at 7208 Bowdoin Ave., College Park (across College Park Metro Station). Through Sunday. $6; children under 10 must be accompanied by adult. Call 301-314-5306.
Trail event. Haunted trail, indoor games, crafts and more for pre-teens and their families 6: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Monkton Station on the NCR Trail, Gunpowder Falls State Park. $5 donation per family requested. Call 410-592-2897.
"Trails of Terror." 17th annual Severn Athletic Club haunted trail event at Severn Danza Park (Interstate 97 to Route 174 West to park on right) 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Call 410-880-2581.
Pub Date: 10/30/97