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  • Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
    Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
  • Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
    Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival on October 14.
  • The Friends of Kinder Farm Park expect to have 100 zombies and 250 runners participating in the third annual Zombie 5K Fun Run on October 28.
    The Friends of Kinder Farm Park expect to have 100 zombies and 250 runners participating in the third annual Zombie 5K Fun Run on October 28.

Fall Festivals And Frightening Affairs

Zach Sparks
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Upcoming Events That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

Whether your idea of fun is smearing paint over a plaid shirt before hobbling after strangers or bobbing for apples, plenty of fall festivals and haunted attractions will soon take over the slate of seasonal events, offering something for everyone.

Fall Festivals

Lake Shore Baptist Church’s free “festi-fall” invites families to bring their own pumpkins to carve, and enjoy crafts, games, face painting, hayrides, s’mores and a chili cook-off. Join the church for the festivities on Friday, September 29, at 6:00pm at 4613 Mountain Road.

“Our festi-fall has become a beloved event here at LSBC specifically because of the appeal to families, especially families with small children,” said Rev. Jon Brewer. “There’s nothing like the things that are ‘quintessentially fall’ to kick the season off right.”

Crafts, food and vendors will highlight the annual Kinder Farm Park Fall Harvest Festival from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 14. Funds will be used to support Kinder Farm Park’s educational programs, family activities, events and special projects.

Families can make scarecrows, bob for apples and enjoy an old-fashioned farm dinner during Historic Hancock Resolution’s Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Day on Sunday, October 15, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission is $5 per car or $2 per walk-in. Dinner is $12 per adult and $5 for children 10 and under. For more information, call 410-255-4048.

Kids are encouraged to don their best costumes for the trunk-or-treat and costume parade at Community United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 23, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a canned item to donate to the food pantry. Guests can look forward to crafts, games, free dessert and coffee, hot dogs and sodas for sale. Community United Methodist is located at 8680 Fort Smallwood Road. Have questions? Call the church office at 410-255-1506.

A ferret dressed in Barbie clothes, a sheep dressed like a wizard and a horse that was Potato Head – these are just some of the past entries in Hancock’s Resolution’s annual pet parade, which returns this year on Sunday, October 29, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission is free and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed pets.

Homestead Gardens holds the largest fall festival in the area, and it’s worth the drive to Davidsonville to enjoy it. Every Saturday (11:00am-6:00pm) and Sunday (11:00am-5:00pm) from September 23 through October 29, Homestead will host fun for the whole family — hay rides, pony rides, a corn maze, jumping pillow races, a pipe slide, a pumpkin express and much more. A $12 wristband (kids 3 and under are free) covers all activities; food and drink is available at an additional cost. For more information, visit www.homesteadgardens.com/fall-fest-2017.

Haunted Happenings

An epidemic is coming to Kinder Farm Park and there is just one way to survive: reach the drop-dead zone. The Friends of Kinder Farm Park expect to have 100 zombies and 250 runners participating in the third annual Zombie 5K Fun Run on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00am. The registration fee for zombies is $20. For runners, the cost is $30 until September 30, $40 until October 23 and $50 from October 24 through race day until the event is sold out. Runners will receive a limited-edition T-shirt, survivor medal and racing bib. For more information about fees, discounts and rules, visit www.ultrasignup.com and search for “Zombie 5-K Fun Run.”

The Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control are hosting a rain-or-shine Halloween pet adoption event on October 28 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The schedule will include a “candy with a cop” trunk-or-treat, children’s costume parade, educational demonstrations, a raffle to benefit the animals, and live music by Big Band Theory. Animal Control is located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road in Millersville.

Instead of the haunted trail it featured last year, Pasadena Paintball Park is organizing a zombie shoot this October. Every Friday and Saturday throughout October, weather permitting, P3 Paintball will invite guests to its grounds for some Halloween fun from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

“They will be towed on a tractor with a trailer, and they will be able to shoot at targets and zombies,” said owner Jeff Foy. “The paintballs will glow in the park.”

Admission is $20. Stay tuned to the “P3 Paintball” Facebook page for updates.

Organized by Bayside Beach neighbors, the Burgess Road Cemetery Walk will return this year on Saturday, October 28, and on Halloween. All proceeds will go to the Semper Fi Foundation.

“We’re going to have a haunted maze, and we’re going to have a lot more scares than we had last year,” said Bob Lyons, who hosts the event in his yard at 7822 Burgess Road.

The event will kick off from 5:00pm to 6:30pm with a less spooky walk for kids. “After that, anything goes,” Lyons teased.


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