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Halloween is the best time of the year. Think about it: What other holiday gives you the chance to dress outrageously, hit up strangers for candy, and scare the bejesus out of little kids? The best part of All Hallows Eve, however, is preparing for it: carving pumpkins into gap-toothed jack-o’-lanterns, baking ghost- and witch-shaped cookies, buying (and sampling) bags and bags of candy corn, making your own scarecrows…That’s right, Martha wannabemaking your own straw person. Learn how at today’s Scarecrow Making Workshop. Whether you want one for decorative purposes or to actually frighten birds away, scarecrows are great for spreading Halloween spirit, and they’re inexpensive and easy to make. Learn the do’s and don’ts of their creation today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at historic Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. $5. (703) 759-2771. (Natalie Davis)