Dun­dalk res­i­dents, groups do Hal­loween right

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NICOLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Ladies and gen­tle­man, boys and girls — it’s al­most here.

The spook­i­est, scari­est, most candy-filled hol­i­day of them all is just days away.

I am, of course, talk­ing about Hal­loween.

And, after ex­ten­sive re­search (yes, I count eat­ing candy as re­search), I can defini­tively say that Dun­dalk does Hal­loween right.

First, look at the events that have al­ready passed.

Sev­eral fall fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing events at St. Matthew United Methodist Church and Grange Ele­men­tary School on Oct. 8 and Ch­e­sa­peake Ter­race Ele­men­tary School on Oct. 15, have en­ter­tained crowds of all ages.

Not to men­tion Hal­loween par­ties at the Odd Fel­lows hall in Fort Howard on Oct. 22 and Edge­mere Se­nior Cen­ter on Oct. 24.

And that’s just for starters. Look at all the haunted hap­pen­ings set for the week ahead.

On Fri­day, Oct. 28, the lo­cal Santa’s Helpers char­ity will host a Hal­loween-themed fundraiser at the UAW hall on Old­ham Street from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Satur­day, Oct. 29, the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion will mount its an­nual Fam­ily Fall Fest, in­clud­ing treats, cos­tume con­tests, ven­dors and more, at Vet­er­ans Park in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shopping Cen­ter. The fam­ily fun will be fol­lowed by an adult Hal­loween bash, the Ghost Roast, at Jimmy’s Fa­mous Seafood, that evening. (See Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar for more).

And if you haven’t had the chance to check out the Edge­mere-Spar­rows Point Rec Coun­cil’s Fort Howard Haunted Dun­geons, there is still time. The pop­u­lar at­trac­tion runs through Satur­day, Oct. 29.

For the small­est rev­el­ers, there are plenty of Trunk or Treat events to keep kids busy through Hal­loween night.

On Mon­day, Oct. 31, New Light Lutheran Church will host a Trunk of Treat at the church, 2120 Dun­dalk Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dun­dalk United Methodist Church, 6903 Morn­ing­ton Road, will host its own Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ev­ery­one seems to be get­ting into the Hal­loween spirit, as the wide va­ri­ety of spooky Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions adorn­ing lo­cal homes can at­test.

All around town, res­i­dents have been hard at work put­ting out their best witches, skele­tons, spi­ders and tomb­stones just in time for the haunted hol­i­day.

Day or night, the dis­plays demon­strate the cre­ative, fes­tive spirit per­me­at­ing the town.

(And if you think those dec­o­ra­tions are good, just wait un­til Christ­mas!)

So, go ahead, dive right in and en­joy Hal­loween Dun­dalk-style.

Grab the kids, don a cos­tume, grab some candy and join the fun.

And re­mem­ber, Christ­mas is less than two months away!

Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opin­ion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

PHOTO BY NICOLE RODMAN

Even the pups are get­ting in on the act! Tyson, owned by Deb­bie Pre­vatt of Dun­dalk, was a boxer in more ways than one as he took first place in the pet cos­tume con­test at last year’s Fall Fest in Vet­er­ans Park.

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