As the air grows crisp, a host of Hal­loween events across the area

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

We’re def­i­nitely get­ting into the busy sea­son around Dun­dalk, as my filled-to-ca­pac­ity cal­en­dar and com­plete lack of time can at­test.

As the air grows crisp and the month winds down, com­mu­nity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions are host­ing a va­ri­ety of events for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.

We are ap­proach­ing Hal­loween, which means the 10th annual Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val in Vet­er­ans Park is just around the cor­ner. This year’s event, com­plete with cos­tume con­tests (for kids and pets!), trick-or­treat­ing, scare­crow mak­ing and more, will be held on Satur­day, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Vet­er­ans Park in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter. For more de­tails, call 410-282-0261 or email chris@dun­dalkusa.org.

Todd’s In­her­i­tance is also cel­e­brat­ing the spook­i­est hol­i­day of the year with Hal­loween week­end tours the the his­toric house, at 9000 North Point Road, on Satur­day and Sun­day, Oct. 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. In­cludes tours and treats for the lit­tle ones.

There are also enough trick-or-treat­ing (or trunk-or-treat­ing) events across the com­mu­nity to sat­isfy any sweet tooth. The In­de­pen­dent Or­der of Odd Fel­lows Grand Lodge, at 7721 Old Bat­tle Grove Road, will host a trick-or-treat event for kids on Sun­day, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more events, check out our front page story on the Dun­dalk High feeder schools trunk-or-treat and visit Church News on page 12.

And that’s just a sam­pling of the many events hap­pen­ing across the area this month. For much more, check out Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar and else­where in this week’s is­sue.

I would also like to use this space to con­grat­u­late Jean Walker, pres­i­dent of the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, on her re­cent, well-de­served, honor as one of the first Bal­ti­more County Neigh­bor­hood He­roes (see front for story). For 25 years — 16 of them as pres­i­dent — Walker has ded­i­cated much of her time to pre­serv­ing and shar­ing Dun­dalk’s fas­ci­nat­ing and im­por­tant his­tory.

If you haven’t been to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, or just haven’t been lately, I en­cour­age you to make it a point to visit. While their up­com­ing Christ­mas Train Gar­den is a must-see in its own right, through­out the year the So­ci­ety hosts a va­ri­ety of pro­grams and dis­plays that will in­form and en­ter­tain the young and the young-at­heart.

As a kid (it must not have been too long af­ter they moved into their cur­rent build­ing), I re­call at­tend­ing a ju­nior His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pro­gram. I still vividly re­mem­ber my keen in­ter­est as I, and sev­eral other kids nerdy enough to spend their Satur­day in the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety base­ment, learned about the Na­tive Amer­i­cans that once in­hab­ited the area that we call home.

The Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety hosts a num­ber of events through­out the year for res­i­dents of all ages to en­joy. The So­ci­ety boasts an in­cred­i­bly ded­i­cated and knowl­edge­able group of tire­less vol­un­teers who keep the mu­seum open and run­ning al­most ev­ery day of the week.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, call 410-284-2331 or visit dun­dalkhis­tory.org.

Fi­nally, I of­fer one last call to send in pic­tures of your spook­i­est, creepi­est, most down­right ter­ri­fy­ing Hal­loween houses.

We are ac­cept­ing pho­tos of lo­cal homes and busi­nesses dec­o­rated for Hal­loween through Mon­day, Oct. 23. Pho­tos will ap­pear in the Thurs­day, Oct. 26 is­sue of the Dun­dalk Ea­gle and on­line at www.dun­dalkea­gle.com.

Pho­tos can be sub­mit­ted to nrod­man@ches­pub.com or via Face­book at www.face­book.com/dun­dalkea­gle.

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

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE RODMAN

A haunted Hal­loween dis­play last year on Sear­les Road.

His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Rose Ben­ton (fore­ground) re­acted as she and pres­i­dent Jean Walker opened a 50-year-old time cap­sule at the Spar­rows Point Coun­try Club in June.

A mini In­di­ana Jones stole the judges’ hearts dur­ing the Dun­dalk Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val cos­tume con­test last year.

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