It’s going to be a busy day for kids and parents, and even busier for police in Southern Maryland as added patrols and free candy screenings are planned by the sheriff’s offices in St. Mary’s and Charles counties.

Parents can have their children’s candy x-rayed at the Circuit Courthouse in Leonardtown, from 5 to 9 p.m.; and at the Charles County Courthouse in La Plata from 6 to 8 p.m., and Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

For a surely safe good time, the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department is holding it’s annual “Boo-Thru” haunted firehouse event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.