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Lo! 't is a gala night!

Join us for A Toast Among Ghosts on Saturday, October 15, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 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 Just Like Home Indian Cuisine, Flash Crabcake Company 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 (see short story contest info below) and guided tours through the moonlit historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

The theme this year is "MoonLit Masquerade." Wear a mask and/or costume to enter our MoonLit Masquerade contest, bonus points if your mask is literary-inspired.


Red Masque Market

Want to be a vendor in our Red Masque Market? Download our vendor form or fill out the online vendor form to apply. Spaces are limited. Deadline for applications is September 15 or when the market is at capacity. One 6-foot tables is provided per application. You may provide one additional table (up to 6 feet), but please let us know. Vendors must provide their own battery-powered lighting.

(The market is for non food vendors only. If you're interested in being a food vendor, email Julie Saxenmeyer for more information.)

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We challenge you to write an original short horror story for our annual Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest! There are two categories: Over 21 and Under 21. The theme is "MoonLit Masquerade," and stories must include a mask and/or the moon.

First, second and third place winners for each category are selected by a panel of judges that includes a published author, librarians and community leaders. Criteria for judging includes originality, fear factor and quality of writing.

The adult winners and one guest each receive VIP tickets to A Toast Among Ghosts, Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library's annual Poe-themed festival held on October 15 at the Reisterstown Branch, where the winners will be invited to read their stories around the Ghost Story Fire Pit. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., September 18. The winning stories will be published on the Foundation website (foundationforbcpl.org). Winners are announced on October 3.

While A Toast Among Ghosts is 21+ only, writers under 21 can enter too! The winners are invited to read at a special reception at the Reisterstown Branch on Friday, October 7, 6 p.m., and receive a prize package including one (1) A Toast Among Ghosts T-shirt and a gift card. 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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