COMMUNITY: Haunted happenings



Calling all monsters, misfits, magical creatures, and regular human Halloween enthusiasts: it’s the most spooktacular time of the year. Here are a few local events for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Halloween falls on Wednesday this year, so organizers in Takoma Park and Silver Spring are mainly offering activities this Saturday.

In Takoma Park:

The Takoma Park Recreation Department is hosting an evening of spooky family activities on Saturday, October 27.

The evening starts with a costume contest, with categories for all ages (including adults) and prizes for funniest, scariest, and most original costume. The freakshow begins at 5:00 pm at the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Laurel Avenue, in Old Town.

After the contest, ghouls and goblins can take to the streets for a Halloween parade led by the Takoma Park Fire Department fire truck. The parade will start at about 5:45 pm in Old Town, and end up at Piney Branch Elementary School at 6:15 pm.

In Piney Branch Elementary’s multi-purpose room, the festivities come to a close with refreshments and a musical performance.

For more info, visit the Recreation Department’s website or the Takoma Park Library calendar.

In Silver Spring:

On October 27, Fenton Street Market will host spooky storytime for kids starting at 11:00 am, along with reflective necklace-making to get safely geared up for the big night of mischief. The vendors in the market will also have treats to give out to daytime trick-or-treaters.

For more info, visit the event’s Facebook page ( events/294069937361046/).

Logistical issues conspired against the annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk this year, but the organizers have teamed up with local businesses to create Zombie Night, a celebration the undead around downtown Silver Spring on the evening of October 27.

Piratz Tavern will have nefarious concoctions for child and adult zombies alike.

Jackie’s will have a Halloween menu (5:30-8:00 pm), and a costume contest for all ages at Sidebar (8:00-9:00 pm). At Backroom, the undead are encouraged to bust a move at the zombie prom and dance-off while local DJs spin the most unearthly hits of the 80s and 90s (9:00 pm-12:00 am; 21+).

The AFI Silver will have showings of the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez double feature “Grindhouse” (9:45 pm; rated R) and new cult classic “Shaun of the Dead” (11:45 pm; rated R).

For more info, visit the Silver Spring Zombie Walk website.