Plenty of haunts for Halloween; Celebrations: The spooky season is around the corner, and activities in Carroll County are starting.


Here is a list of Halloween events in coming weeks:

The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department holds its annual Bedlam in the Boro haunted hayride Thursday through Saturday and Oct. 28-30 from the firehouse on Main Street.

The hayride winds through three miles of North Carroll's darkest roads, decorated with surprises and frights for the season.

Hours are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Food will be served at 6 p.m. daily, along with games of chance.

Admission is $7 for age 9 and older and $3 for children age 8 and younger.

Proceeds benefit the fire department. In event of inclement weather, call to see whether the hayride is canceled.

Information: 410-239-4467.

The Taneytown Jaycees' 23rd annual Haunted Barn, off Route 140 in Taneytown, is open Thursday through Saturday and Oct. 27-31. Hours are 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 7: 30 p.m. until the last scream on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Halloween Sunday.

Admission is $6, with group rates available for 15 or more people. Feature scares include two levels of terror, a 70-foot slide, characters Jason, Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger, and new rooms and displays.

Information: 410-756-4575 or 301-473-7463.

A Kids' Matinee will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 for small children to visit the barn with the lights on. A costume contest with prizes will be held. Information: 301-898-1535.

The New Windsor Heritage Committee will sponsor a Candlelight Legends and Ghost Walk with Homes Tour from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can walk the historic streets and experience history through legends, stories and local haunts. Hear the story of the "wet" ghost who pours water on and around her living roommates; the witch of Old New Windsor Pike and the mystery of the two Gettysburg veterans anonymously buried in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The walk will begin at the Presbyterian Church, at Main and Church streets, with music, a video of past Halloweens and a historical exhibit.

Visitors will be escorted around the town for visits to sites and to hear stories by costumed interpreters. Several homes will be open for walk-through tours.

Before the walk, the New Windsor Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a roast beef dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $5.50.

Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Tickets are $10 for the walk and can be bought at New Windsor Presbyterian Church or by calling: 410-875-9025.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Upperco will hold a Halloween Party for children of all ages from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the church, Route 30 and Dover Road. Fun, games, snacks and fellowship will be offered in a safe environment. Information: 410-239-3456.

The Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will hold its Ghost Walk on Oct. 25 and 27 and Nov. 2.

Walks are for people age 10 and older, and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed permission slip.

The program starts at 6: 45 p.m. with a slide show about the sites to be visited. Then the group will stroll through Westminster with a librarian, who will tell the ghostly story of the site.

Information: 410-386-4490.

The Mount Airy branch library, 705 Ridge Ave., will offer "Trick or Treat" for ages 3 to 6 at 4: 30 p.m. Oct. 26 and for ages 7 to 9 at 4: 30 p.m. Oct. 27. Participants should be in costume. Registration is required. Information: 301-829-5290 or 410-386-4470.

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 502 and Senior Girl Scout Troop 112 are sponsoring a fifth-grade Halloween dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 at Westminster United Methodist Church social hall, 165 E. Main St.

Costumes are optional. Tickets are $5 at the door. A professional disc jockey will play music. Hot dogs, soda and candy will be sold. Door prizes will be given away. Pupils must be picked up at the door by a parent.

Information: 410-876-8106 or 410-848-4808.

The stores in Eldersburg Plaza will hold trick-or-treat night from 5 to 7 Oct. 29. Participating stores at 1438 Liberty Road (behind Roy Rogers) will be Tristar Martial Arts, Carmen's Barber Shop, Classic Kitchens, CVS Pharmacy, Framing Plus, Georgetown Salon, Pass It On Shop, Roy Rogers and Total Discount Liquors.

To receive treats, children should be age 12 or younger, in costume and accompanied by an adult. Information: 410-549-7827.

The Woodbine Recreation Council will hold its annual Halloween party starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 at Saltbox Park on Gillis Falls Road for children age 10 and younger.

A costume parade and other Halloween activities will be featured. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $1 per child. Information: 410-795-3332.

Cranberry Mall in Westminster will offer Halloween story telling at 6: 30 p.m. and trick-or-treating around the mall from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 30. After listening to a Halloween story, children can get treats from participating stores (those with a pumpkin in the window).

Information: 410-876-8870.

Carrolltowne Center in Eldersburg will have "No Tricks, Just Treats," mall-wide trick-or-treating for children from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30. Information: 410-781-7070.

Westminster Church of God will hold its annual Harvest Hoedown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 on Lucabaugh Mill Road just off Route 27. The theme is "Mayberry R.F.D. Country Fair" and will feature horseshoes, pumpkin decorating, a best pie contest, games and give-aways.

The first 100 children age 12 and younger will receive free T-shirts. A hayride and bonfire will be featured. Fill your car trunk with goodies for the "trunk-n-treat" for children. Information: 410-876-9192.

Bear Branch Nature Center will offer a "Creepy Creature Day" for children ages 4 to 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at 300 John Owings Road. Join a naturalist for games, crafts, animal encounters, stories about the lives of creepy creatures.

Wear your costume for a parade. Cost is $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Information: 410-848-2517.

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