October 16, 2021

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Reisterstown Branch


Join us on October 16, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery. A Toast Among Ghosts returns to the newly renovated Reisterstown Branch. (Learn more about the branch renovations here.)

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 by local bands Night Watch Paradox and Eli August, local food vendors including Crossroads Bistro, The Queen's Food Truck (voted Baltimore's Best Food Truck), Just Like Home Indian Cuisine, and The Reister's Daughter, beer from RavenBeer, wine, 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).

And new for 2021, enter the costume contest and win! The theme is Ghosts in the Graveyard.

Some chairs are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own camp or folding chairs or a blanket to sit on.

This is an outdoor event and is held rain or shine. This is a 21+ event. No outside food or drink permitted. Masks are encouraged when not eating or drinking and are required inside the branch, per county mandate.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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          Anne and Chris West

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Tales of the Dead Short Story Contest

The Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest is back! In conjunction with A Toast Among Ghosts on October 16, Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library once again challenges you to write your own original short horror story. There are two categories: Over 21 and Under 21. The theme this year is "Ghosts in the Graveyard." All entries should feature a ghost and a graveyard/cemetery/burial ground.

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

The Over 21 winners and one guest each receive VIP tickets to A Toast Among Ghosts on Saturday, October 16, where the winners will be invited to read their stories around the ghost story fire pit. Winners will also receive a 2021 A Toast Among Ghosts T-shirt. The winning stories will be published on the Foundation website.

While A Toast Among Ghosts is 21+ only, writers under 21 can enter too! The Under 21 winners are invited to read their stories at a special reception at the Reisterstown Branch with a tour of the historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery on the evening of October 7 at 6 p.m. In addition, the will receive a prize package including a 2021 A Toast Among Ghosts T-shirt and a gift card.

The contest runs August 1 through September 17. Winners will be announced on October 1. See contest rules for entry.


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