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Join us for A Toast Among Ghosts on Saturday, October 14 and enjoy a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery at the Reisterstown Branch.

The historic Reisterstown Branch was formerly the Franklin Academy, where in 1831, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. He wasn't selected, but every year, Poe returns to one of his old haunts.

Enjoy live music from local bands Edgar Allan & the Poe Boys and Porch Setters Union, food from Bully Boss Burgers, Flash Crabcake Company, Just Like Home Indian Cuisine and The Reister's Daughter, beer from RavenBeer, wine, local authors and vendors, famed Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz (found, appropriately enough, in the graveyard), portrayals of historic Reisterstown residents, ghost stories around a fire pit and guided tours through the moonlit historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

Enter the costume contest! The theme this year is "Petrifying Poe." Wear your best Edgar Allan Poe-inspired costume and enter to win a gift card. Be creative! First, second and third place winners selected by a panel of esteemed judges.

General admission tickets are $50 each. VIP tickets are $75 and include VIP entry and a swag bag containing two drink tickets good for beer or wine, a 16 oz. glow-in-the-dark Toast23 cup and an Edgar Allan Poe print.

This is a 21+ event and it is held rain or shine. (No refunds.)

Have more questions about the event? Check out our FAQ.

Red Masque Market 2023

Become a Vendor

Interested in being a vendor for our night market at A Toast Among Ghost? Download, complete and email a vendor form to be considered. A submitted application does not indicate acceptance for the market. Do not pay the vendor fee until you have been approved. You will receive an email upon approval.

Market spaces are approximately 10'x10'. One (1) 6-foot table and one (1) folding chair are provided with your vendor space. If you don't need the table and chair, please respond to this email to let me know. Vendors may also supply one (1) additional table and an additional chair/seating, as well as a pop-up canopy (no larger than 10’x10’). Vendors can bring one (1) assistant if you are not sharing a table. Only two (2) people total allowed at each vendor space.   

There are a limited number of vendor spots available. Deadline for application is September 15 or when all available spaces are filled.

Download a form.

Thank you to our co-hosts!

Tell-Tale Heart Level

Black Cat Level

Reisterstown Community Cemetery

Susan Waxter

Lenore Level

Bransfield Motors
Point Breeze Credit Union
Janet Sanford

Media Sponsors


Baltimore County Public Library and the Foundation challenge you to write your own original horror story. The seventh annual Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest runs August 1 through September 22. Winners are announced on October 2. The theme this year is "Petrifying Poe." Each story should contain an element, appearance or mention of Edgar Allan Poe. Be creative!

There are two categories: Over 21, which includes ages 21 and up, and Under 21. First, second and third place winners in each category are selected by a panel of judges, including librarians, published authors and community leaders. Criteria for judging includes originality, fear factor and quality of writing.  

Winners age 21 and over receive two (2) VIP tickets to A Toast Among Ghosts, Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library's annual Poe-themed festival held on October 14 at the Reisterstown Branch, where the winners are invited to read their stories around the Ghost Story Fire Pit. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., September 22. Winners are notified on October 2. The winning stories are published on the Foundation website after October 16.  

While A Toast Among Ghosts is 21+ only, writers under 21 can enter too! The Under 21 winners are invited to read at a special reception with cemetery tour at the Reisterstown Branch on Friday, October 6, 6 p.m., and receive a gift card and certificate. Criteria for judging is the same as for adults.  

The Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest started in 2016, inspired by the 1816 ghost story challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein's monster and the first modern vampire story. The contest is held in conjunction with A Toast Among Ghosts.  

Full contest entry rules


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