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Have a Howling Good Time and Go Batty!

Have a Howling Good Time and Go Batty!

Treat your family to a few tricks this Halloween by celebrating the season at one of Maryland's State Parks and Forests, local farms, and haunted houses. From haunted hayrides through freaky forests to snake-ing along serpentine trails, supervised, hair-raising activities are planned in each region of the state for "boos and goyles" of all ages.
State parks throughout Maryland have planned many haunting activities that will entertain, while educating the public about the beauty and importance of natural resources and surroundings. Parents are encouraged to stake out their local state park in advance to determine appropriate age requirements.
"Halloween is a favorite holiday for many children and for DNR employees. Enjoy a day at the park with your family--it's a frightfully beautiful time of the year to be outdoors," said State Forests and Parks Service Superintendent Col. Rick Barton.
Each year, Maryland State Parks host more than 10 million visitors. They offer families affordable ways to increase awareness of our natural resources, promote healthy lifestyles and spend quiet relaxing days in beautiful serene settings. Most Maryland families are within a 40-minute drive of a State park. Many Halloween activities are free or low-cost, but may require advance registration. Here's a few Halloween-themed events going on in our area:
Ever wondered who haunts the Jonathan Hager House? Well now's the time to get your answer. The Jonathan Hager House at 110 Key Street in the City Park, Hagerstown is hosting a Haunted Hager House tour on October 28, 29, and 31 at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. Hear true stories of unexplained phenomena in the original home of the founder of Hagerstown. Do you think he's still there? Come and see! Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per person over the age of 6. Call 301-739-8393 to book your spot!
Just for Kids, the Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown is having a "Trick or Treat Halloween Bash" for kids prior to the Mummers Parade on October 28. There will be lots of candy, games, and fun. Call 301-791-6266 for more information.
Every year like clockwork, participants in the Alsatia Mummers Parade walk downtown Hagerstown from north end to south end. This year at 7pm marks the 82nd year. The Alsatia Mummers Parade is the largest nighttime parade on East Coast--with over 10,000 participants including school marching bands, a costume contest, area kids' clubs, food and souvenir vendors, and more. Call 301-739-2944 for more information.
What better way to celebrate the Halloween season than with your four-legged friend? On October 28 stop by Longmeadow Shopping Center, north end Hagerstown for their Howl-O-Ween 2006 Pet Parade. Bring your friend in his or her Halloween costume and let them strut their stuff. Registration is at 1pm; Grand Costume Pet Parade begins at 2pm. All the proceeds will go to the Washington County Humane Society in Hagerstown.
If you're more into history and Civil War medicine during the Halloween season, then you'd enjoy the National Museum of Civil War Medicine's "The Battlefield Embalmer: Preserving the Civil War Dead." During this event, Historian James W. Lowry discusses the practice of mortuary science and the art of embalming during the war. Nineteenth century coffins will be on display during the presentation. Lowry's discussion is from 11am-3pm on October 28 at 48 E. Patrick Street in Frederick.
The Frederick Jaycees, in partnership with Crumland Farms, invites you to have a spooky-good time at their annual Halloween event--a Haunted Hayride. The Haunted Hayride will be held at Crumland Farms, which is located at 7612 Willow Road in Frederick. The event will take place now 'til October 29 from 7-10pm.
Rated PG-13 (Left to parents' discretion for blood, body parts, monsters, and loud noises.), this event is sure to be a scream! The ride typically takes 15-20 minutes with up to 20 people on each wagon. No reservations are required.
No matter what you do this Halloween season...get out there and have a Howling Good Time!

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