After a one-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic, Halloween returned to South Baltimore this past weekend with a vengeance. Before the sidewalks and stoops filled on Sunday with ghouls and givers of treats, a monstrous number of celebrations took place across the peninsula.
Below, the Peninsula Post presents views from a sampling of these fun community events. (Our apologies to the organizers of events not included here: there were just too many for us to cover!) – Steve Cole, Editor-in-Chief
On Saturday, Oct. 30, the ninth SoBo Halloween Bash filled much of Riverside Park around the gazebo. Hundreds turned out for the annual event that included games, pumpkins, a costume contest, music, and food trucks. The event was hosted by Riverside Neighborhood Association with support from the Locust Point Civic Association.
Also on Saturday, Federal Hill Main Street hosted a Halloween Tricks and Treats event on the temporarily closed section of E. Cross St. along the north side of Cross Street Market. The event started with pumpkin decorating followed by a costume contest and trick-or-treating at several shops in the business district.
On Sunday, Oct. 31, Cub Scout Pack 577 hosted a Halloween Haunted Parking Lot & Fair at the Church of the Redemption, corner of Towson and E. Clement streets. The event featured games, a costume contest, snacks, and trick-or-treating from the trunks of decorated cars in the lot.
Another car “trunk-or-treating” event on Sunday was hosted by GraceCity Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Industry parking lot on Key Hwy. At the third annual Car Caravan, costumed kids and families toured a dozen decorated car trunks and picked up a bag of treats.
Halloween afternoon, volunteers from the Locust Point Civic Association walked the neighborhood for the second annual Halloween Decoration Contest. The judges were looking for the best house decoration and the best decorated block. From the many decorations we saw while taking photos, the judges had a tough task. (No news about the winners as of posting time for this blog.)