Halloween events bring our community together [Old Town Laurel]

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Few communities celebrate Halloween with the same enthusiasm as Old Town, and it is one of the many reasons our neighborhood is a great place to raise a family. So pull out your calendar now to note all the chances to dress up, have some fun and satisfy your sweet tooth.

American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St., will host a Children's Halloween Party open to the public on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The afternoon includes a costume contest, refreshments, arts, crafts, games and fun for the entire family. For more information, call 301-725-2302.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street, sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade, is always a popular family event. This year, you can mosey down Main Street in search of sweets on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult and no pets are allowed.

Towne Center at Laurel promises a "spooktacular" time at its Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. Trick-or-treating will be available throughout the center while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early with your little ghost or goblin.

The main event – city of Laurel Trick-or-Treating – runs on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Leave your porch light on if you plan to receive trick-or-treaters, and be aware of kiddos-in-costumes while driving.

If you don't have plans for Oct. 13, consider joining the Laurel Historical Society for its presentation "The Lodge and Laurel" at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Pool Room at the corner of Ninth and Main streets. Laurel Wreath Lodge 149 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was chartered in 1869, a year before Laurel was incorporated as a city. Robert Hughes, the Laurel Wreath Lodge 149 historian, past master and secretary, will join LHS historians to discuss the Lodge's place in Laurel's history from mill days through World War I and beyond. The suggested donation is $3 for LHS members and $5 for nonmembers.

The deadline to register to vote in next month's presidential general election is Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. Go to or call the Prince George's County Board of Elections at 301-341-7300 to learn how to register or to update your information.

Did you know that you can fund raise for our neighborhood schools with your weekly grocery trip? Link your Giant A+ Rewards card or your Harris Teeter VIC card to our schools and each grocery store chain will donate a portion of your purchase to the designated schools.

Laurel Elementary, Scotchtown Hills Elementary, St. Mary of the Mills School and St. Vincent Pallotti High School participate in the Giant A+ School Rewards program, which allows each card to link to two schools. Link your card online at giantfood.com/aplus/register-card or call 1-877-275-2758.

Laurel Elementary, Scotchtown Hills Elementary and St. Vincent Pallotti High School also participate in the Harris Teeter Together in Education program, which allows as many as five schools to be linked to your VIC card. You must re-link your card every school year. Link your card online at harristeeter.com/together-in-education or visit Harris Teeter in person.

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