Halloween events in Harford County include costume parades in Havre de Grace on Friday and at Festival at Bel Air shopping center Saturday morning; Pets dress up at Saturday morning’s Farmers Market in downtown Bel Air

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Halloween is just days away and Harford County is gearing up to celebrate.

Trick or Treat
If you’re planning to trick or treat in your neighborhood, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday is the recommended time Bel Air Police Department Deputy Chief Armand Dupre told the Weekender newspaper. To be safe, Dupre recommends trick or treaters wear reflective clothing and carry flashlights. He says parents should accompany younger children and give a curfew to older children trick or treating without supervision. He also warns that children should never enter a home or car in order to get candy and they should not approach homes without lit porch lights.

Main Street Trick or Treat
Downtown Bel Air merchants are hosting a trick or treat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Participating stores and restaurants will display orange and black balloons. 

Pets Dress Up at Saturday’s Farmers Market
And there’s even an event for pets. The Farmer’s Market in the Mary Risteau Courthouse Parking lot is hosting a Doggie Dress Up day during its hours from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Don’t spread trick or treat germs
Also, to avoid all the illness going around these days, a story in today’s Baltimore Sun suggests children wash their hands after unwrapping candy and before they put it in their mouths. I’ve already discussed this with my kids, who aren’t keen on this idea. I’m going to be have to be a quick draw with the hand sanitizer Saturday. (Oops. I mean soap. Someone just commented below that washing with soap is much more effective than hand sanitizer. Thank you!) I’m thinking gloves might be a good idea, particularly if they’re part of the costume.

Parades
Two Halloween parades are scheduled, one at the Festival at Bel Air shopping center and another in Havre de Grace. The Festival’s costume parade starts 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot in front of Chuck E. Cheese. After the parade, there will be trick or treating at Festival stores displaying a 2009 Halloween poster.

Havre de Grace’s 25th annual Halloween Costume Parade starts 6:30 p.m. (registration is 6:15 p.m.) Friday, day, Oct. 30 at the corner of Washington Street and Congress Avenue. The parade route continues to the corner of Pennington Avenue and Washington Street. All children who come in costume get a special gift and the 15 best costumes will additional prizes. A local drama troupe is to perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”


Other Halloween events

Friday, Oct. 30

Happy Healthy Halloween at the Y of Maryland in Abingdon from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring a costume parade and contest, games, snacks and crafts. (Admission: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers.)

Young Teen Halloween for kids ages 13 to 15 at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 410-612-1688 to reserve a spot.

Preschool Halloween Party at Eden Mill Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Wear costumes and enjoy snacks, stories, crafts and critters. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

If you want to get spooked, you might try Legends of the Fog in Aberdeen. Click here for info on their Haunted Hayride, Sinister Circus and Maze of Darkness: http://www.legendsofthefog.com/

If you know of any other Halloween activities, please leave a comment below! Thanks!