Haunted Houses and Trails

THE CELLAR SHAFT . . . TOMB OF LOST SOULS -- Thursdays-Saturdays and Oct. 30- 31. The PG-13 rated haunted house scares for a 19th year. Gates open at 6 p.m.; tours 6:30-11 p.m. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Hwy., Bowie. $12. 301-805-6000.

HAUNTED WOODLANDS -- 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Ghoul-led stroll along nature trail featuring spiders, snakes, cockroaches and the Woodlands Witch. Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $5, nonresidents $6. Reservations, 301-297-4575.

FIELD OF SCREAMS -- 7-11 p.m. Friday. Walk the ghost trail. Montpelier Mansion grounds, 9401 Montpelier Dr., Laurel. $5, nonresidents $6. 301-953-7882.

FRIGHT FEST -- 5-10 p.m. Fridays, noon-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 30. A house of horrors, haunted train and magic tricks at this "thrills by day, chills by night" event. Only children 54 inches and under will be allowed to wear costumes or face paint. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. $28.99-$39.99, parking $10. 301-249-1500.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and Oct. 31. Not recommended for children younger than 11. Goody bags will be provided. Allentown Fitness & Splash Park, 7210 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. $4, nonresident $5. 301-449-5567.

HOUSE IN MOURNING -- 7-9 p.m. Oct. 28. For people 21 and older, an interactive re-creation of a 19th-century funeral using period text and costumes, plus a funeral meal served after the burial. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. $20. Reservations, 301-864-0420.

SCARED IN THE BAYOU -- 7-10 p.m. Oct. 29. For people 8 and older. A tour of a haunted house to search for the Goat Man and other eerie creatures. Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. $3, or $5 to walk through twice; nonresidents $4, $6 to walk through twice. 301-937-6613.

Hayrides, Mazes,

Pumpkin Carving

NON-HAUNTED HAYRIDE -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Games, snacks and a hayride. Morningside Town Hall, 6901 Ames St., Morningside. $2. 301-736-2301.

CORN MAZE -- Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. Visitors try to find their way through the maze; other activities include picking out a pumpkin. Refreshments will be sold. Billingsley House Museum. $5. Kids 4 and younger, free. Call for directions, 301-627-0730.

HALLOWEEN HARVEST -- 1-4 p.m. Saturday. For kids ages 2-12. Puppet shows, crafts, animals and hayrides. Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $3; To register, call 301-218-6702.

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST -- Noon-4 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 30. Public entries will be on display in this first annual event. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-868-1121.

Theater, Music,

Story-Telling, Campfires

MAYHEM IN MARLBORO GHOST WALK -- 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reenactors portray Colonial spirits who once worked in county seats. Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $6, children $4. 301-952-8010.

"DRACULA" -- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Prince George's Little Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel. Prince George's Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $15. Seniors and students, $10. 301-277-1710.

GLENN DALE CAMPFIRE -- 7 p.m. Saturday. Story-telling, marshmallow roasting, cookies, apple cider and popcorn. Bring a flashlight for a scavenger hunt. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. $3. 301-464-5291.

TALES OF THE SPIRITS -- 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Entertainer Matthew Dodd performs "Songs and Stories of Halloween." Includes museum twilight tours. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. $3, seniors $2, children 5-18 years old $1, 4 and younger free. 301-868-1121.

SPECIAL STORY TIME -- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. For kids ages 8-12. Stories told from horror books. Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

SCARY STORIES -- 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday. For kids ages 6-12. Hear stories and learn about the history of Halloween. Glenarden Branch Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Free. 301-772-5477.

PUPPET SHOW -- 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday. For kids ages 6-12. Blue Sky Puppet Theater performs. Hyattsville Branch Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.

HORRORS FOR ADULTS -- 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Share ghost stories through oral tradition or with a favorite book. Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Free. 301-630-4900.

MUSIC RECITAL -- 10 a.m. Oct. 29. Costumed students play piano, flute and harp selections and sing in a series of one-hour recitals. Presented by the Music Teachers Association of Bowie. Unity Center of Light, 3501 Moyland Dr., Bowie. Free. 410-721-7797. ROAST AND CAMPFIRE -- 2-4 p.m. Oct. 29. For kids ages 3-7, a non-scary campfire, with live animals and stories. Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton. $2; nonresidents $3. Reservations, 301-297-4575.

FLIGHT NIGHT -- 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29. Arts and crafts, haunted hayrides and costume contests. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. $4. 301-864-6029.

Parties

HALLOWEEN HOWLS -- 7-9 p.m. Friday. Scary costume and limbo contests and a magic act. All ages. Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Free. 301-277-2124.

PRE-HALLOWEEN SWIM -- 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29. Includes a movie screening. No masks needed. Glenarden/Theresa Banks Complex, 8615-A McLain Ave., Glenarden. $6, residents $5. 301-772-5515.

HAND DANCE COSTUME PARTY -- 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29. Dancers ages 13-17 can dance up until 10 p.m., when adults take over the floor. There will be a movie screening for the younger dancers after 10 p.m. A prize will be awarded for best costume. Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington. $5 per person, $10 per family. 301-248-4404.

CREEPY CRITTERS -- 1-4 p.m. Oct. 30. Meet and learn about snakes, spiders and other wildlife, with exhibits, crafts and games. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road (between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197), Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887. COSTUME PARTY -- 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31. For kids ages 5-12, contests, games and treats. Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Langley Park. $3; nonresidents $4. Reservations by Oct. 28, 301-445-4508.

CLINTON MAGIC SHOW -- 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31. For kids ages 4-12. Tricks by Turley the Magician, games, crafts, goody bags and treats. Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. $3; nonresidents $4. 301-297-4648.

COSTUMES ON ICE -- 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Costume contest, parade on ice, disc jockey, goody bags and giveaways. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. $4; free admission for those in costume. Does not include skate rental. 301-277-3717.

-- Compiled by

YAWANDALE BIRCHETT-THOMPSON

and LISA MARTIN

Rudy Angus, 25, above, a county employee, helps Ramel Washington, left, and his brother Ramsey, 8, build a scarecrow Sunday at Deerfield Community Center in Laurel. At left, Curtis Johnson, 7, and his father and namesake put the finishing touches on theirs.The Halloween Harvest Festival at Cherry Hill Farm in Clinton goes through October with, clockwise from top, hayrides, costumed characters with familiar faces and scarecrows in not-so-familiar forms, including one that particularly interested Chase Ingram, 3, at left.