Four people — including a 13-year-old boy — were killed, and three others injured on a violent Halloween in Baltimore, police said, bringing to a close the second-most violent month of 2018, which saw more than a killing a day.
A man was shot to death in Southwest Baltimore on Wednesday, and a separate shooting in Hollins Market caused James McHenry Elementary/Middle School students to be kept in the building after dismissal on Halloween as a safety precaution, officials said.
“The Christmas Creep” is a term that is used in the retail industry to describe how holiday merchandise continues to be introduced earlier and earlier each year. This year, Times Editor Wayne Carter has noticed, it's completely overtaken his favorite holiday, Halloween, in many stores by mid-Oct.
More than 2,000 children from five schools and 10 daycares in West Baltimore were expected at the annual Sandtown Halloween Festival, which allows students in a often crime-ridden neighborhood to have a safe Halloween experience.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice more likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Studies show that, developmentally, children cannot judge speed and distance of approaching vehicles until age 10.
The Lansdowne Middle School PTA gave out bags to trick-or-treaters at a school event containing samples of homeopathic children's cough syrup, prompting a warning to parents to take the packets out of the reach of their children.
Baltimore private schools, parents, students — a group of which I am a part: We have an endemic toxic in our midst. Don’t litigate, parse and warp the facts. Like Barry Levinson’s character, be blunt and perhaps we will stop the madness.
For the trick-or-treaters who happened upon the McDaniel College Campus Safety Office at 152 Pennsylvania Avenue, an outdoor table was stocked with tiny animal skeletons, a dolphin skull, 3-D printed bones, boxes full of flesh eating, dermestid beetles.
Helped by a warm, breezy and sunny Saturday, the 29th Annual Festival at Bel Air Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treat event Saturday at the shopping center in south Bel Air “was a great success,” according to its organizers.
Halloween in early 19th century America was a night for pranks, tricks, illusions, and anarchy. Jack o' lanterns dangled from sticks, and teens jumped out from behind walls to terrorize smaller kids. Like the pumpkin patches kids love today, it was good fun — until it wasn't.
Less than a week before children and adults all over the country will be donning costumes meant to transform them into someone (or something) else, the debate over what constitutes an offensive Halloween costume, and how much people should care, rages on.