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Date: Oct 2018

By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Communications Specialist, Department of Public Works

Americans will spend about $9 billion this Halloween on costumes, decorations and candy. Most of this merchandise is single use and comes in packaging that can’t be recycled. In fact, the amount of Halloween waste we generate each year is downright terrifying. But fear not! There are lots of creative ways to green your Halloween and save money while having a ghastly good time.

Buy pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks from local farms, nurseries or farmers markets. Have a green goblin thumb? Grow your own next year. And don’t waste those pumpkin guts – use the flesh in recipes and roast the seeds for a healthy snack.

Swap, buy used or upcycle

Swap, buy used or create upcycled decorations. You’d be surprised by how easy it can be. It took me less than 30 minutes to transform a selection of sweet-faced knick-knacks into a motley crew of creepy décor using a little paint.

You also can swap, buy used or make upcycled costumes. Use ingredients you have at home to make face paint. Next September, host a Halloween costume swap party.

Use up arts and crafts supplies by upcycling buckets, pillowcases, cans, t-shirts, gift bags or reusable totes for trick-or-treating. Trick or treat in places you can reach on foot or by public transit.

Keep treats in the bag

Please don’t litter! Parents – bring a bag and gloves or grabber tool to pick up litter along your trick-or-treating route. Your little ghosts and ghouls shouldn’t be leaving a trail of candy wrappers in their wake. Want to help keep ours a clean green county year round? Clean streams and public lands with your local watershed association, do a Clean Green 15 pickup in your community, or get your group to participate in the Adopt-A-Road program.

Having a party?

Send invitations electronically. Serve locally-sourced food and drink. Buy fair-trade chocolate. Use reusable linens and kitchenware. If you must purchase new items for your Halloween celebrations, look for products and packaging made with recycled content. Serve witches’ brew or Frankenpunch in drink dispensers instead of beverages in bottles and cans. Use a meal planning tool to determine how much food to prepare. Store leftovers in reusable containers and (actually) eat them. Put out a recycling bin and ask your guests to use it. Visit the County’s website to find out what is and is not accepted for curbside recycling collection.

Use leftover candy in baked goods, ice cream sundaes, snack mixes, cereal bars and more. Use your imagination, or try one of many recipes found on Pinterest.

Be safe and have fun! 

Have a Green-o-ween idea you’d like to share? Send it to cleangreen@baltimorecountymd.gov. Follow Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook for news and information to help you live more sustainably.


Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in Baltimore County may vote before election day at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Baltimore County.

Early Voting

Early voting centers will be open for voting from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from Thursday, October 25 through and including Thursday, November 1. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are located at:

  • Arbutus Recreation Center – 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
  • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park – 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills – 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • Honeygo Run Community Center – 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
  • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park – 3605 B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, MD 21131
  • Randallstown Community Center – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center – 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
  • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center – 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
  • Towson University Administrative Building – 7720 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
  • Woodlawn Community Center – 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
  • Victory Villa Community Center – 404 E Compass Road, Middle River, MD 21220

Baltimore County voters may vote at any one of the designated early voting centers.  A list of early voting locations can be found at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/documents/2018_Early_Voting_Centers_web.pdf

Election Day Voting

Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Where Do I Vote?

During early voting, Baltimore County voters should vote at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County. Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

On election day, Baltimore County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned precinct by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Baltimore County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find Your Polling Place link at elections.maryland.gov. Voters who have moved but have not updated their address with the Baltimore County Board of Elections should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections. It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address, because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.

How Do I Vote?

Maryland elections are conducted with a paper-based voting system. Voters will cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use a pen to mark a paper ballot by hand and voters unable to mark a ballot by hand will use a ballot marking device. All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot.

For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically print their own paper ballot to mark by hand. Voters fill in the oval next to each candidate and ballot question response they select. An online ballot marking tool is also available. Using the tool, voters mark their ballot using their computer, then print their paper ballot and return it by mail. At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, absentee ballots are fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.

All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.

How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?

Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax. Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, November 2, 2018. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template.

If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8:00 pm on election day.  Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html for more information.

Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8:00 pm on election day, November 6, 2018, or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, November 16, 2018.

All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.

What is a Provisional Ballot?

A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.

All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. Additional information about provisional voting is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html

Voters can visit elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/index.html for more 2018 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).


Free Event Open to the Public 

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler invites the public to a celebration to kick off the County’s participation in the “United We Fight. United We Win” campaign of the United Way of Central Maryland.

FallFest 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse gardens along Washington Avenue in downtown Towson. The event will feature scarecrow-making, games and contests, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction, kittens available for adoption, music and more. The event is being held rain or shine.

Keywords: fallfest, united way

 
 
Revised September 11, 2017