With Halloween only days away, the usual trappings of fall are coming into focus: Crisp, colder weather, an array of colorful leaves, jack o’lanterns and, to go with that, pumpkin pie.
This Thursday, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore invites the city come eat as much pie as they want for free at the second annual Downtown Baltimore Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. The partnership is having 30 pies delivered to Center Plaza at 100 N. Charles Street, where contestants will face off and scarf down as much of the dessert as they can muster.
The reward for the winner? More pie. The one who eats the most will get a $50 gift card to Dangerously Delicious Pies.
Like last year, there are 25 slots for the competition. Some of them are still open, according Anna Pemberton, events coordinator for the Downtown Partnership. The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and last about an hour, she said. If you feel ready to compete, sign up here.
The Thursday contest is only the first of several nights of fun programming for Halloween Weekend from the Downtown Partnership. Some of them are returning thanks to a high turnout from residents last year, says Megan Isennock, communications director for the Downtown Partnership.
“These events keep coming back because we keep seeing families and the millennial group moving in coming out to these events,” she said.
Here’s the rest of the schedule:
- Haunted Happy Hour, Friday, Oct. 28: Adults are invited to dress up and bring their dogs to Center Plaza from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will be a DJ, lawn games, a cornhole tournament and free beer and wine while supplies last, as well as drinks for sale when they run out. The partnership will also host a dog costume contest, so if your four-legged friend is willing, dress him up and bring him along.
- Screening of “Monsters University,” Saturday, Oct. 29: The final installment of the Downtown Partnership’s “Pics in the Park” series presents the 2013 sequel to Monsters, Inc. The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs down to Center Plaza to watch, starting at 6:30 p.m.
- Pumpkins in the Park, Sunday, Oct. 30: Families can enjoy a fun afternoon complete with a petting zoo, face painting, a pumpkin patch, a maze and a moon bounce. Kids can also make their own scarecrows and enjoy a performance from the children’s music ensemble The Billies.
Ethan McLeod is an associate editor for Baltimore Fishbowl.