Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz will be part of the spooky festivities at the Baltimore County Public Library’s “A Toast Among Ghosts” event on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.

As another spooky season creeps up, Baltimore County Public Library will host its annual “A Toast Among Ghosts” event honoring the life and legacy of poet Edgar Allan Poe. 

Patrons can gather at the Reisterstown branch on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7-10 p.m. for a night of ghostly fun and cemetery entertainment. 

Library officials said the Reisterstown branch has a special significance in the event because in 1831, when the location was the Franklin Academy, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. 

Among the festivities, guests will be able to enjoy food from Just Like Home Indian Cuisine, Flash Crabcake Company, and The Reister’s Daughter; beer from RavenBeer; and live music by local bands Edgar Allan & the Poe Boys and Porch Setters Union. 

Patrons will also be able to listen to ghost stories around a fire pit, take guided night tours through historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery, and visit with from Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz.  

This year’s theme, “MoonLit Masquerade,” encourages attendees to wear a masquerade-style mask or costume and enter the contests. Extra points will be awarded for literary-inspired masks and costumes.

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now. VIP tickets include a commemorative pint glass, a Poe Toasting print, two drink tickets, and more. 

But BCPL is also giving patrons an opportunity to win tickets and be a special guest in the event. 

Photo courtesy of Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.

Patrons are tasked with writing an original horror story and entering it in the “Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest.”

Participants who are age 21 or older will have a chance to win VIP tickets to the “A Toast Among Ghosts” event, where winners will have the opportunity to read their story around the Ghost Story Fire Pit. 

Writers under the age of 21 are encouraged to enter as well. Those winners will be invited to read at a special reception at the Reisterstown branch and will receive a prize package, including one “A Toast Among Ghosts” T-shirt and a gift card. 

Stories must continue with the theme “MoonLit Masquerade,” be original, and have a fear factor. 

The contest will run through Sept. 18 and winners will be announced Oct. 3. 

For more information visit https://www.foundationforbcpl.org/

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