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A HOWLING GOOD TIME ON OCT. 31

Parties, Parades Part Of Halloween Fun
by Robert Pozarycki

All Hallows Eve promises to be a day and night of scary fun for trick-or-treaters of all ages taking part in a number of Halloween parties and parades scheduled to take place locally this Friday, Oct. 31.

Various civic associations and social groups in Glendale, Long Island City, Maspeth and Astoria will be holding events featuring free food, entertainment and costume contests for all in attendance to enjoy.

A list of some of the activities scheduled for Friday night include the following:

Glendale Ghosts and goblins will take to the streets of Glendale tomorrow night for the neighborhood's annual Halloween parade, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale.

As announced, the event will kick off at 7 p.m. sharp at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street. Led by a color guard and several antique cars, the marchers will head west along Myrtle Avenue to the Stop and Shop supermarket parking lot at Cypress Hills Street.

Escorting the marchers along the way will be officers from the 104th Precinct as well as volunteers from the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Upon arriving at the Stop and Shop parking lot, it was noted, a costume contest will be held in which the top entrants will receive special prizes. Gift bags will also be provided to all in attendance.

Atlas Park

Retailers at The Shops at Atlas Park will be opening their doors to costumed children for the Glendale shopping center's third annual "Safe Trick or Treat" tomorrow afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.

As announced, boys and girls up to 12 years of age, along with their parents, will be invited to visit more than 15 participating locations at the center located at Cooper Avenue and 80th Street in search of candy and other holiday goodies.

Those looking for chills and thrills can also visit ArtWorld, a home furnishings store which has been transformed into a showcase for Halloween decorations. Some of the window displays and props pay tribute to numerous classic horror films including The Exorcist and Psycho.

The exhibit will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Forest Hills

Young and old spectators will be marching along Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills on Friday afternoon for the neighborhood's annual Halloween walk.

Sponsored by the Metro-Forest Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Hills Community and Civic Association, the event will get underway at 3:30 p.m., with all participants assembling in front of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at 101-09 Metropolitan Ave.

All children and parents will be walking along the shopping strip east to Metropolitan Avenue before turning west along 69th Avenue. Along the way, trick-or-treaters will have the chance to visit local merchants in search of holiday sweets.

Officers from the 112th Precinct will be on hand to escort trick-ortreaters during their walk.

After reaching 69th Avenue, the marchers will turn back east and return to the Maspeth Savings Bank parking lot, where a prize raffle will be held.

Maspeth

Costumed spectators are encouraged to take part in the annual Maspeth Ragamuffin Parade along Grand Avenue sponsored by the Maspeth Lions Club this Friday night.

Children of all ages and their friends and families will gather at the Maspeth Federal Savings bank parking lot on 69th Street near Grand Avenue and will step off at around 7 p.m.

From the bank, marchers will head west along Grand Avenue to St. Stanislaus Parish Hall near 61st Street. Once they have arrived at their final destination, all children will be treated to a complimentary goodie bag. A prize raffle and a costume contest will also be held at the parish hall.

For more information, call Joseph Papavero of the Maspeth Lions Club at 1-917-559-0707.

Long Island City

Chills and thrills are sure to be in store for those who take part in "A Halloween Haunting" at the ARROW Community Center in Long Island City this Friday.

Sponsored by the New York City Parks Department and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, the event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the facility located at 35-30 35th St. between 35th and 36th avenues.

Youths in attendance will have the opportunity to try their hand at a number of carnival games as well as arts and crafts workshops. Those looking something a bit more scary can also check out a haunted house.

Face painting, contests and live music will also be part of the fun. For more information, call 1-718- 349-3408.

Astoria

Ghouls will run wild in Astoria on Oct. 31 as costumed children will be treated to a Halloween party sponsored by the United Community Civic Association tomorrow afternoon.

As announced, the event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Central Restaurant Lounge at 20-30 Steinway St. The party is limited to children younger than 12 years of age who are accompanied by an adult. All attending the Astoria gathering are asked to be in costume.

Guests will be treated to free hot dogs, soda and candy as well as games, music and favors. A costume contest will also be held with prizes awarded to all the winners.

Floral Park

Trick-or-treaters looking for a scary time will be able to find it tomorrow afternoon at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park by visiting a farmhouse that has been transformed into a haunted mansion.

The exhibit will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. at the museum located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. Admission is $4 per person.

The haunted house is located inside the Adriance Farmhouse, an 18th-century structure that has been redecorated and transformed into a spooky setting. Visitors can expect to find "haunters" as well as several surprising twists and turns.

Additionally, visitors will have the chance to purchase various Halloween treats as well as mulled cider, pumpkins and apples. Hayrides will also be available for $2.

For more information, visit the museum's website at www.queensfarm.org.