Halloween activities and alternative events offered on and off post.
The installation's Combined Federal Campaign will sponsor a pumpkin carving contest on Oct. 31 to help Fort Meade reach its $500,000 goal.
Cost to enter is $20 per pumpkin.
Entries should be dropped off outside the commissary between 8 and 9 a.m. on Halloween.
Commissary patrons will vote on the entries in four categories: scariest, funniest, most creative and unit pride.
Winners will be announced that day at 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Seymore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-677-6672; or Chief Warrant Officer Branch Staton at email@example.com or 301-677-6667.
USO-Metro will host a harvest festival on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave.
The free event for active-duty service members and their families will feature a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, costume contest, magician, crafts, games and bike giveaways.
For more information, call Queen Waddell, USO-Metro Fort Meade Center coordinator, at 410-305-0660.
Halloween Decorating Contest
Picerne Military Housing invites all residents living in family housing to participate in a Halloween Decorating Contest.
Winners in each neighborhood will receive a gift card.
Judging will take place next week, beginning Monday, after dark.
Winners will be selected based on the creativity and overall impression of their yard.
For more information, call your neighborhood center.
ESC 'Spooktacular' Quarter Auction
The Enlisted Spouses Club will host a 'Spooktacular' Quarter Auction on Friday at Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road, Jessup.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Game play begins at 7 p.m.
The event will feature 10 vendors auctioning off items of their own company. Prizes range from one-quarter bids up to four-quarter bids.
Food and raffles will be available. A raffle will be held for all registrants in costume.
Register online for an extra paddle or choice of raffle ticket to be added to the "magic paddle" drawing.
Purchase tickets online at ftmeadeesc.org. Registration will be open at the door.
Celebrate Halloween with a costume party on Friday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the 11th Frame Lounge and deck at the Lanes.
Admission is free.
The event will feature a DJ, prizes, food and specials.
For more information, call 301-677-5541.
Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk
The installation's annual Run Series continues with the Ghost, Ghoul and Goblin 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Pavilion.
The pre-registration cost for individuals is $15. Cost on the day of the run is $25.
The pre-registration cost for groups of seven to 10 is $85.
The pre-registration cost is $40 for a family of three to six people. On the day of the event, the cost is $60 per family.
For more information, call 301-677-7916.
The Fort Meade Religious Support Office will sponsor its annual Hallelujah Festival for children ages 3 to 12 on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pavilion.
The event will feature food, games, a moon bounce, crafts, prizes and grab bags.
For more information, call Marcia Eastland at 301-677-0386.
Halloween Happenings Around Town
VFW Post 160 party
A Halloween party will be held Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at VFW Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.
The event will feature a DJ, costume contest, Jell-O shooters, 50/50 and laydowns.
Cost is $15 and includes snacks, draft beer, water and soda. A cash bar with "happy hour" prices will be available. No BYOB.
All proceeds benefit the annual Christmas baskets.
Down on the farm
The apple trees and pumpkin patches at Larriland Farm, 2415 Woodbine Road in Woodbine, are ready for autumn harvesting.
The barn is filled with items for sale. The property is decorated with witches, scarecrows and monsters.
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can pick apples and pumpkins, enjoy fresh-pressed cider and take a hayride that includes a stop at the pumpkin field where everyone selects their favorite pumpkin.
Wagons run continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Young children will enjoy making their way through the straw-bale maze and visiting the not-too-scary Boo Barn.
For more information, call 301-854-6110, visit pickyourown.com or call the Hayride Hotline at 410-489-7034.
The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum at 12985 Frederick Road in West Friendship is offering three-mile haunted hay rides on Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
The rides leave the museum, located across from the Howard County Fairgrounds, through three miles of dark woods, with costumed actors doing "doing their very best to make you scream!"
Cost is $15 per person. A concession stand with light refreshments such as hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.
Rides will be canceled for storms or steady rain.
For more information, call 410-489-2345 or visit farmheritage.org.
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