Not Just for Kids

Vol. 8, No. 43
Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2000
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Doggie Tricks or Doggie Treats:

The award for most original costume goes to...a dog!

Get your costumes ready, but don’t forget your dog ’cause people aren’t the only ones that can dress up for Halloween. Each year, Dusty and Coco, mild mannered pets of the O’Dowd family of St Leornard, become Dusty the Wizard and Coco the Princess.

Three years ago, while expecting her first child, Kitty O’Dowd spotted costume patterns for dogs. Thinking she’d get some practice for when her own child was born, she decided to make costumes for her lovable pets.

Now, she dresses them up every year. “They don’t seem to mind the costumes, but they get tired of wearing the hats,” says Kitty.

Three and a half-year-old Kyle leads the way trick or treating, and the three O’Dowds collect many a treat, doggie treats included, as they go door to door. “People just love it when they see them,” says Kitty. “They pet them and give them treats.”

Kitty says they have never met any other costumed canines.

Is she missing something? Send us pictures of your pets dressed for Halloween:
Bay Weekly Kids’ Pets
PO Box 358
Deale, MD 20751.

Corny Halloween Treats

Shape caramel-coated popcorn into softball-sized balls for this Halloween favorite.


  • 10C popped popcorn
  • 14-oz. package of caramels
  • 1&Mac218;4C light corn syrup
  • 2T water
  • cellophane and ribbon

Keep popcorn warm in oven (300 degrees) while making syrup. Melt caramels in double boiler over water. Add corn syrup and water. Pour syrup over popcorn in a bowl, stirring to coat.

Butter hands before shaping popcorn into softball size clumps. Cool and wrap in colored cellophane and secure with a bright colored ribbon. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Candle Holders

Light your way through the graveyard at midnight …

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • glue
  • 1 candle
  • small knife

Cut a small hole the size of the candle in the stem end of your pumpkin.
Put glue around the end of the candle and place into the hole, let dry.Light the candle, and you’re ready to go.

The Witch of St. Mary’s County

In front of the old jail in Leonardtown Maryland, is a rock: Moll Dyer’s rock. More than 300 years ago, a woman named Moll Dyer lived alone in a cabin along a creek near what is now Leonardtown.

The townsfolk were sure Moll was a witch because she seemed different from them. No one was sure where she came from, and she was often seen walking through fields gathering plants and flowers.

The winter of 1697 was harsh. Food was scarce and many people died. Believing Moll Dyer had cursed the town, some of the townspeople burned her cabin and forced her and her dog out into the freezing cold.

She was found frozen to death clinging to a large rock. Legend has it that her hand had to be pried from the rock leaving behind a handprint.

If you visit the old jail today, you can feel the handprint on the rock that lies there. And if you walk by Molls Creek on a cold February night you may just see a woman with long white hair in a white dress walking through the fields with her white dog.

Especially on Halloween!

Kids' Calendar

Fri. Oct. 27 (10:30am)-Ghouls and goblins, it’s time for a party. Put on your Halloween costume and get ready for some fun. Enjoy crafts, games and ghoulish treats. Ages 3+. Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. $3; rsvp: 410/257-2554.

Stickly Prickly, Roly Poly
Nov. 2 & 4 (10-10:30am) Learn from friendly puppets about seeds and how they travel. Make some special treats for the birds and glue some to a picture to take home. Ages
2-3. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Lusby. $3 w/discounts. rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Disney on Ice
Sat. Nov. 4 (9-4)-Watch your favorite Disney character perform ice skating tricks and join them for a day of fun and excitement on a trip with Calvert County Parks and Rec. $30. rsvp: 410/257-2554

Fantasy Fun
Sun. Nov. 5(2 & 5pm)-Chesapeake Youth players present an original fantasy play about a dark lord who takes over a magical kingdom. See how the people of goodness find help in a peasant girl. Windy Hill Middle School, Owings. $3 students; adults $5:

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