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13 things to do on Halloween that are guaranteed to scare you

1. Go see "The Others" alone and when you get home, close all your curtains, cover all the furniture, light some candles and lock every door. Then, let your imagination run wild.

2. Head to Cape May to solve a Murder Mystery Dinner a la Agatha Christie.

3. Go have a drink at the Judge's Bench in Ellicott City and keep your eyes peeled for resident spirits.

4. Drive to the nearest cemetery and have a picnic while reading Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" with a flashlight.

5. Go to the bookstore and get Stephen King and Peter Straub's "Black House" and Anne Rice's "Blood and Gold" and see which is easier to get through without getting goosebumps. Or, find a Clive Barker book on tape and get into bed, close your eyes and see where the voices take you.

6. Go to www.baltimoresun.com/Business to see how your stocks are doing.

7. Grab a map, a compass and a video camera and head for an overnighter at Seneca Creek State Park or Patapsco State Park to hunt for the Blair Witch.

8. Head to the CD store and pick up copies of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," place pillar candles all over the house, draw a warm bath and blast the spine-tingling tunes as loud as you can bear.

9. Go to the grocery store and buy five bags of your favorite (and marked down) candy and go home and binge. When you're through, one glance at the empty wrappers will be truly terrifying. Plus, the sugar high will probably give you some intense nightmares.

10. Have a movie fest with "The Shining," "Candyman," "Children of the Corn" and "The Entity." When they're all over, go into the bathroom, turn off the lights and say "Candyman" five times in front of the medicine cabinet.

11. Carry out your Mischief Night shenanigans at the homes of the Baltimore Ravens defense ... and stick around to see what happens when they catch you.

12. Head to Nightmare Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion for an encounter with clowns, freaks and other questionable types.

13. Drive to Philly (yikes) and visit the historic Eastern State Penitentiary's asylum, cellblocks and tunnel escape. Just see if they let you leave.
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