Haunts, treats offered for Halloween; Events: From ghost tours, parades and hayrides to trick-or-treating at stores, there's plenty to do.


Here is a list of Halloween events in the coming week:

Western Maryland College is holding a campus tour Thursday that will highlight campus ghost haunts. The Ghost Walk, sponsored by the College Activities Planning Board, begins at 8: 30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The walking tour begins at Ensor Lounge in Decker Center and includes stops at several campus buildings where apparitions have reportedly been heard or seen by faculty, staff and students.

Students from Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater arts honor society, have been recruited to help re-create some of the sightings. Phi Mu sorority is also helping with the tours.

A Civil War-era captain is rumored to continue his search for a lost love, roaming the top floors of Carroll Hall and staring down from a window. And "Betsy" is said to be the spirit of a long-ago student.

Groups will leave Ensor Lounge about every 10 minutes and also will stop at Alumni Hall, the college's theater, which is supposedly be haunted by three ghosts.

Information: 410-857-2765.

The Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department continues its annual Bedlam in the Boro haunted hayride Thursday through Saturday from the firehouse on Main Street.

Hours are 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.

A costume parade for children will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.

In 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 Wednesday through Oct. 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. Group rates available for 15 or more people.

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

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

The Westminster branch library, 50 E. Main St., will hold its Ghost Walk tomorrow, Wednesday 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.

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. Tuesday and for ages 7 to 9 at 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday. 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. Friday at Westminster United Methodist Church social hall, 165 E. Main St.

Costumes are optional. Tickets are $5 at the door. 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 Friday. 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 at 1 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday. After listening to a Halloween story, children can get treats from participating stores (those with a pumpkin in the window).

Information: 410-876-8870.

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

Westminster Church of God will hold its annual Harvest Hoedown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday 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.

Metzler's Garden Center and Florist invites children and their pets to a Halloween Costume Parade at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Winfield store, 935 Liberty Road. Information: 410-549-5200.

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, $3 for nonmembers.

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

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