Once upon an evening eerie...

Thank you for joining us for the 2018 A Toast Among Ghosts at Reisterstown Branch on Saturday, October 6, a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery.

The Reisterstown Branch was formerly the Franklin Academy, where in 1831, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. He wasn't selected, but maybe it's time Poe returned to one of his old haunts. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849. To honor his life and legacy, we're remembering the anniversary of his death in a macabre way he'd truly appreciate...in a graveyard!

There was live music by local bands Rock Creek Revival, Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings and Edgar Allan and the Poe Boys, local food vendors, beer and wine, famed Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz (found, appropriately enough, in the graveyard), a Reisterstown founder John Reister impersonator, ghost stories around a fire pit and guided tours through the moonlit historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

See you next year!


Q: Where should I park?
A: Free parking is available at the Reisterstown United Methodist Church (246 Main Street) with overflow parking at the Franklin Middle and Elementary Schools (10 Cockeys Mill Road and 33 Cockeys Mill Road). (See map below.) There will be parking attendants at the church parking lot to guide you to the check-in tables and the bridge that connects to the Reisterstown Branch parking lot. There is a limited amount of accessible parking reserved on the far side of the branch. Call or see a parking lot attendant for more details.

Q: If I purchase my tickets in advance, how do I get in?
A: There are no physical tickets. Your name will be on a list at the check-in will-call tables. Please check in upon arrival to get your hand stamped. You must have your hand stamped to purchase alcohol and take the cemetery tour. There will be no admittance without a stamp so remember to check in! This is a 21+ event so don't forget your photo ID.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the door ($30 each) if available, cash and credit is accepted.

Q: Will I need cash?
Probably. Most vendors take credit cards, but some may be cash only. And cash is definitely faster, which means shorter lines! Plus, we always have a great raffle basket!

Q: Is there seating?
Seating is extremely limited. There will be a few high-top tables and a few chairs around the fire pit, but feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Q: How do the cemetery tours work?
The tours of the historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery are led by cemetery volunteers and are on a first come, first served basis. Tours will start approximately every five minutes with groups of 10 or so. Queue up at the cemetery booth to catch the ghostly tour.

Q: What's the restroom situation?
We've added portable restrooms this year on the far side of the Reisterstown Branch building. Additional restrooms, including an accessible restroom, are located inside the branch, along with a local history display, an information table where you can sign up for a library card and merchandise sales. Staff will be located inside to guide you if you are unfamiliar with the branch. Be sure to get your official A Toast Among Ghosts T-shirt and commemorative pint glass!

Our 2018 Sponsors:

The Raven Level

Annabel Lee Level


Tell-Tale Heart Level

Black Cat Level

Baltimore T-Shirt Company

James Cooke

Glyndon Gardens

Chip and Cathy Hiebler

Media Sponsor

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Adult First Place Winner: "In Proximity of Murder" by Ethan Bean

Adult Second Place Winner: "The Shadow Hand" by Hilary Hargis

Adult Third Place Winner: "Funny" by Nell Quinn-Gibney

Under 21 Winner: "In Deo Speramus" by Jacob Thompson


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