Friday, October 28, 2011
The Harford Park Community Association meeting hall on Linwood Avenue has been transformed into a very scary place.
If you're looking for a thrill this weekend, you won't need to travel far — the Harford Park Community Association building on Linwood Road has been transformed into a Hall of Horrors. Community Association vice-president Mike Kaspar, a New Jersey native, has helped make the hall a haunted house for the past three years. This year promises to be better than ever. Low-ceilings, black tarps and narrow hallways set the scene for horror movie favorites like Jason (of Friday the 13th fame) and Freddy Kruger (of Nightmare on Elm Street), to frighten visitors. Patch did a walk-through on Thursday night and even without actors, a soundtrack or the screams of the terrified people ahead of you, the scenery was pretty creepy. Best of all, the Hall of…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Here's some advice from a GBMC pediatrician, Baltimore County police and the State Highway Administration to help your family stay safe on Monday night.
Halloween means costumes, trick-or-treaters and lots of candy. But for Dr. Gwyneth Susil, a pediatrician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center's emergency department, it also means plenty of potential patients. We asked her for some tips on how you can keep your kids safe on Halloween. In a press release, the Baltimore County Police Department gave some more tips to keep your kids safe while trick-or-treating. The State Highway Administration will be lending protective vests to parents. You can get yours at the nearest SHA maintenance facility (306 Mount Carmel Road in Hereford or 8375 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale). Additionally, they offered some tips for pedestrians and drivers to stay safe on the roads: Drivers Pedestrians Patch wishes you…
Heidi Klum will choose the Grand Prize winner from our favorite photos of your creative kids' costumes
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a three-day, two-night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1,031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Full contest rules are here. We have stopped accepting entries for the contest, but we'd love for you to continue sharing your Halloween photos on Patch! Simply click the green Submit Your Photos button (above or below), and …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Share your pumpkin carving ideas with Parkville-Overlea Patch!
Have a cool pumpkin patch story to share? How about your go-to jack-o'-lantern design? We want to see your pumpkins—carved, painted or however you decorate them for Halloween. Add your photos to ours!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Buy flame-resistant costumes and decorations, and be cautious before opening your front door.
During trick-or-treating it might be convenient to keep only your storm door locked during trick-or-treating, but it's not safe, Baltimore County police say. That's because main doors—but not storm or screen doors doors—hinder thieves and robbers who might take advantage of well-meaning, treat-offering neighbors, according to a news release on Halloween safety. Halloween and trick-or-treating can be dangerous in other ways. For example, flames in carved pumpkins and outdoor lighting could ignite some costumes, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Read labels before you buy costumes, wigs and decorations to be sure that they are flame resistant or flame retardant, the release states. And keep visitors …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A photo gallery of the artwork of Cat and Rich Holt of Claymonster.
Check out these photos from the basement studio of the local couple who head up Claymonster Pottery. Check out a story on Parkville-Overlea Patch about Claymonster Pottery.
Cat and Rich Holt build monsters in the basement of their East Rosemont home.
In a basement not far from Belair Road, a local couple is creating monsters. It's not a scary story, though — Cat and Rich Holt don't stitch together zombies or reanimate bodies with electricity like Dr. Frankenstein. Instead, this couple's process starts with a potter's wheel. Like this story? Check out a photo gallery of Claymonster pieces and be sure to "like" Parkville-Overlea Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Cat, who started working with clay in 1985, and Rich, a ceramics professor at Towson University, make cookie jars with faces, soapdishes that look like fish, and little monsters who will hold your toothbrush. The company is called Claymonster and, according to Cat, business is booming. She estimates that 1,500 pounds of…