COMMUNITY • BY MADDY RASKULINECZ
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.
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 (http://www.facebook.com/ 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.