Riverdale Elementary students dress up as their favorite book characters for a costume parade on Wednesday.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
We're searching for the best Halloween Costume in America. Enter yourself or your kids for a chance to win $5,000.
It doesn’t matter if you’re Lady Gaga or Lady Liberty for Halloween—if you have an awesome Halloween costume, showcase your creation in our Best Halloween Costume in America Contest. Last year, the headless boy from Wyckoff, NJ, won. This year, it could be you. Enter our contest for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize! Adults and children are eligible to enter. Parents can post costume photos of themselves and their families from this Halloween or from years past. Due to Hurricane Sandy, this year's contest deadline has been extended until Monday. Here’s how to enter: Simply click the green "Upload Your Photos and Videos" button above and upload your image (but first make sure you’re a registered Patch user). Then add a caption with …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Get your discounted tickets for the Oct. 12 Patch Night at Doomsday Asylum Haunted House in Bowie.
Tulip Gulch Production's Doomsday Asylum Haunted House will be happening weekends through October and Halloween week, but tonight, Thursday, at midnight is your last chance to purchase advance tickets for Patch night on Oct. 12 and save $5 off admission. That’s right, if you buy your ticket online in advance and use the discount code “PATCH” (all caps) you can save $5 off the $15 advance price. Click here to buy your Patch Night Doomsday Asylum Haunted House tickets for Oct. 12. Bowie’s longest running, locally produced haunted house is celebrating its 26th year and producers Mark Torsani and Gary Fischer promise lots of new surprises and spooky features to scare the socks off of visitors. And, as if getting your scare on wasn’t enough, …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Some local farms featuring pumpkin patches, hayrides and all manner of fall fun.
Crisp, cool mornings and falling leaves mean the season for pumpkin patches and hayrides has officially arrived. Want to keep your fall festivities local? Check out Prince George's County farms for seasonal family fun. Know of any local farms or pumpkin patches in Prince George’s County that we missed? Leave the names and addresses in the comments.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Mark Torsani and his business partner Gary Fischer have been putting on a haunted house in Bowie for more than 25 years.
In what they call "a hobby gone haywire" Bowie residents Mark Torsani and Gary Fischer have been scaring the socks off their neighbors and haunted house enthusiasts for more than 25 years. It all started out on Torsani's front porch, and has now evolved to 11 nights of terror hosted in Prince George's Stadium. Tulip Gulch Production's Doomsday Asylum Haunted House is a huge production, involving dozens and dozens of volunteers, eight trailers full of props and many weeks of set up and preparation. Each year, a portion of proceeds go to support local charities. Watch Torsani talk about how it all began, and how he and Fischer have kept the event local for all these years. The event will run weekends in October and Oct. 29-31. Tickets can …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Dark Knight rises and PSY is surging, but classic costumes remain the most popular.
Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and other traditional outfits. The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of kids plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch. Batman is the second most popular costume for kids, while the character—along with other characters from The Dark Knight—is fourth for adults. Some people plan take their outfit cues from current events, whether it’s an athlete, political figure, or something else entirely. “With nearly one in ten celebrants taking their costume cues from current events, we’ll see plenty of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Tulip Gulch Haunted House will be hosted in the Bowie Baysox Prince George's Stadium for the 11th year.
Looking for a good scare? Tulip Gulch Production's Doomsday Asylum Haunted House opens at Prince George's Stadium this Friday, Oct. 5 and will run weekends in October and Oct. 29-31. The longest running, locally produced, all volunteer haunted attraction is in its 26th year, and this is the 11th year the event has been hosted at Prince George's Stadium, according to Tulip Gulch Production co-owners Mark Torsani and Gary Fischer. Each year, a portion of proceeds go to support local charities. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 on the Baysox website or for $17 at the door. Friday, Oct. 12 is Patch Night, and all Patch readers will be eligible for a $5 discount. Order using this link, and the discount code PATCH (all caps) for …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Six Flags America's spooky attraction will run through Oct. 28.
Boo! The spookiest season of the year begins this Saturday with the opening of the Six Flags America Fright Fest in Upper Marlboro. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights through Oct. 28, the park turns dark, scary dark, according to park officials. This year’s Fright by Night, Beware of the Awakening, turns the park into a terrifying hunting ground for the undead. There will be more than a dozen spooky attractions at this year’s event, including Blood Factory, Toxic Fallout, Road Rage Cage, Stage Fright and more. Those looking for a more family friendly fall celebration won’t want to miss Thrills by Day, which will feature friendly ghosts and goblins, and kid attractions including the Monster Mash Bash, a Halloween Dance Party…