Perryville gears up for possibly last Halloween party at Rodgers Tavern
— Come Friday night, residents here will descend on the historic Rodgers Tavern for this town’s annual Halloween party — maybe for the last time at that location.
Next year, according to economic development coordinator Amanda Hickman, the town has plans to move the seasonal celebration across the street to Lower Ferry Park, which is currently under construction.
“We had intended to make the event much larger this year, [moving it to the park]” Hickman wrote in an email, “however construction of the park itself had been delayed making
the area unsuitable for such an event.”
Work on Lower Ferry Park began earlier this year, namely with a bandshell and music stage installed in May for live performances. Hickman wrote that construction had an expected completion date of late November or early December.
Perryville’s mayor and commissioners have hosted the Halloween party since at least 1999, Hickman stated, though the exact starting
year is unknown. Next year, the additional space at Lower Ferry Park will free up more activities for a larger party, and Hickman encouraged those looking to plan future events to join the community activities committee, which handles the town’s events.
Friday’s festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and go until 7. The publicity flyer for the free event lists a costume contest, pumpkin patch, straw maze, moon bounce, kids games, vendors and light refreshments.
More information can be found at perryvillemd.org or on Perryville’s Facebook page.
Rodgers Tavern pictured here in summer 2015. The town of Perryville will host its final Halloween party here tonight (Oct. 14). Officials had intended to move the event to Lower Ferry Park, but construction on the park made that area unsuitable. The event will be held there next year.