both canines and their human companions.
Registration for the dog costume contest runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contest runs from 11:30 to 12 p.m.
A costume parade and contest for all ages will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Categories include birth to age 4, 5 to 10 years, 11 to 15 years and 16 and over. Registration for the various age groups will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
From 12:30 to 2 p.m., kids will also get the chance to enjoy trickor-treating at local businesses in the shopping center as they complete their age groups’ costume contest.
The event will also include scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, a book mobile, photo booth, games, music and much more.
The Fall Fest will also include a variety of vendors offering handmade items and other goodies for attendees of all ages to enjoy.
Food vendors include Chickfil-A Eastpoint, Flat Chance Food Truck, WOLO Mobile Food Truck and Pablo’s Toc O’s Food Truck.
Several community groups and businesses will also have tables at the event, including Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Police Precinct 12, Adventure Dental, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Fairlawn Apartments and New Light Lutheran Church.
Those hoping to do a little early holiday shopping will be able to browse a variety of vendors, including Usborn Books & More, PLJ Handcrafted, No Shave Aid, Mockingbird Lane, Finneran Jewelry, Usborne Books, Red Leaf Art, Mesh-eny Wreaths, Usborne Books & More, MESH-eny Wreaths & More, Power Home Remodeling, Beaches, Perfeery Posh Jewels by Paparazzi, Scentsy, Dundalk Dan’s Beef Jerky and 1113 Creations.
The event is presented by the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC).
As DRC community engagement coordinator Chris Pineda noted, the aim is to offer a fun way to unite the community while bringing exposure to the shopping center (i.e. “Main Street”).
“The purpose of the event is to bring the community together to enjoy a variety of activities with their children, as well as visit our Main Street and the businesses,” Pineda told the Eagle last year. “One of DRC’s tasks is to celebrate community, and the Family Fall Festival is one way that it exemplifies that mission.”
Saturday promises to be a busy day in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center as, on the other side of Veterans Park, the Dundalk Farmers Market wraps up its season with one last chance at farm-fresh local produce from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, at 4 Center Place across from the Dundalk Post Office, will also be getting into the spirit, decorating the inside of the museum with a “bootiful” Halloween display sure to delight visitors of all ages. The museum will be open on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the fall festival.
Beyond Halloween, the DRC is already planning its next big event, the annual Holiday Holiday Hoopla.
Set for Saturday, Dec. 1, that event will include a cookie tour and street fair, mounted in conjunction with the Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation Council’s long-running Christmas Parade and Santa in the Park event.
For now, though, the DRC is focusing on providing a memorable Family Fall Festival for all to enjoy.
For more information, contact the DRC at 410-282-0261 or visit dundalkusa.org.
Tyson, owned by Debbie Prevatt of Dundalk, is a boxer in more ways than one. The pugilistic pup won first place in the pet costume contest at the 2015 Fall Fest.
The Power Rangers delighted young attendees at the Dundalk Fall Fest
Vendors offer a variety of goods to Fall Fest attendees.