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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.­­
  • 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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October 4, 2017

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

Macaroni Kid Pasadena-Severna Park, along with Annapolis and Bowie, will hold a fall festival on October 7 at the Severna Park Community Center from 9:00am to noon. Sponsored by four groups – the community center, Severna Park Gymnastics, Coder Kids Club and St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School – the event will feature owl handprint painting, snowman building, obstacles, swag bags for the first 50 families, and more than 40 vendors.
Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring baby essentials, which Walk the Walk Foundation will deliver to families devastated by hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Walk the Walk is asking for used items (strollers, bouncers, Pack ‘n Plays) and new items (cribs, blankets, towels, baby food, spoons and pacifiers, formula, diapers and wipes). To learn more, find the “Macaroni Kid Pasadena MD” Facebook page.

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.

In nearby Pasadena, 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.

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.


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