Dundalk’s Fall Fest set to bring autumn thrills, chills to all ages
Seasonal celebration set for this Saturday
Quick — grab your costume and trick or treat bag! The 9th annual Dundalk Family Fall Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Park at the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
As in years past, the event will feature a wide variety of seasonal activities, including costume contests for individuals and dogs, trick or treating in the shopping center, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making and more.
The annual tradition will also include music, scary stories, arts and crafts, face painting, a book mobile and a variety of vendors.
The event is sponsored by the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) in conjunction with the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.
According to DRC community engagement coordinator Nathan Cabrera, the event will include more vendors than in years past, including craft vendors from this year’s Makers Markets and businesses from the neighboring shopping center.
A variety of local businesses from across Dundalk will be in attendance, including Dunkin’ Donuts — which will offer free coffee — and Sweet Frog frozen yogurt.
Many community organizations will also be on hand to provide treats, games and information on their activities across the area.
There will be a little something for everyone at the event, Cabrera noted, explaining that the variety of vendors will appeal to all ages.
“I’m always trying to think about everybody,” he said.
“There is something to do for everyone — old, young, coming alone or coming with a group,” he added.
The adjacent Dundalk Farmers Market will also be in full swing from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., though lovers of fresh produce should hurry — Oct. 29 is the market’s last day of the season.
For Cabrera, the event serves an important purpose.
“It’s another way to bring positivity to the community,” he said.
He added, “It brings a lot of the community together — schools, businesses and associations.”
Visitors, he noted, will get the chance to have a good time while learning more about what is going on in their community.
Later that very busy day, adults can kick up their heels at the DRC’s Halloween fundraiser, dubbed the Ghost Roast. The event will be held at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, 6526 Holabird Ave., from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and proceeds benefit the DRC.
Beyond Halloween, the DRC is already hard at work planning the next big event, the annual Holiday Hoopla.
Set for Saturday, Dec. 3, the holiday tradition, mounted in cooperation with the Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation Council, will include a council-sponsored Christmas parade and Santa in the Park and the DRC-run cookie tour and street fair.
The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society will also open its Christmas train garden for public viewing on that day.
For now, though, the DRC is focused on putting on the biggest Family Fall Festival Dundalk has ever seen.
Registration for the dog costume contest will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.; the contest is set for 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Registration for the costume parade and contest for babies to adults will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The contest will be held from noon to 1 p.m., followed by trick or treating in the shopping center.
For more information, contact the DRC at 410-282-0261 or visit dundalkusa.org. Follow me on Twitter @NRodman_Eagle.