Halloween & the Best of November in Downtown Towson

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It’s a gorgeous – and fun – time of year in downtown Towson. From the changing leaves on the trees and spooky decorations on the buildings to the terrific new mural being painted on the outside of the library, the town is bustling with energy and good cheer.

There are lots of things for Hampton Plaza Apartments residents to do over the next few weeks, from kiddie crafts to adult trick or treating. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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Get to the Farmers’ Market while You Still Can!

November is your last chance to grab local produce, drinks, prepared foods, arts, crafts and other goodies from Towson Farmers’ Market vendors. The market pops up on Allegheny Ave. from 10: 45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. The last day is November 19. 

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Trivia Tuesdays

Trivia lovers have a few choices around town these days – especially on Tuesdays.

On Tuesday evenings, both World of Beer and C&R Pub host trivia nights. Lots of opportunities to test your knowledge (and enjoy specials while you’re doing it)!

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Puppy Party

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Barley’s Backyard Uptown will host a dog-friendly Halloween party on The Rooftop. There will be treats for the pups and a doggie costume contest!

Kid Fun

On Thursday, Oct. 29, The Point hosts a kid-friendly pumpkin painting night. Each ticket includes a seat, a kid’s meal, a pumpkin to paint and other crafts. Plus, there will be food and drink specials for the parents during the event. Fun for the whole family!

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Adult Trick or Treat

The same evening, Barley’s will host a trick-or-treat night just for adults, including a costume contest (with prizes) and surprise drink specials. 

Halloween Day & Night

Nacho Mama’s welcomes families on Halloween and kids (10 and under) in costume eat free between noon and 7p.m. Plus, there will be candy for the kids – and maybe something for the parents, too. 

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Café Troia

Instead of a traditional Halloween party, Café Troia is offering a one-night-only special prix fixe menu, including dishes like Kraken Kalamari (fried calamari in squid ink batter) and RIP Risotto (acorn squash risotto).

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The Point

At The Point, the party starts at 5 p.m. with drink specials and games. From 9 p.m. until close, DJ Al will be spinning. 

Planning for November

The fun in Towson doesn’t stop on Halloween. There are plenty of great events coming up in November, too:

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown hosts a Day of the Dead party on Nov. 1, featuring $10 Epsilon margs and $20 buckets of Corona. 

Towson Town Center

Towson Town Center’s Christmas Market takes place Friday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 15. The event, featuring artisans and crafters, takes place on the third level in the center rotunda and the Macy’s courtyard. 

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Nov. 17, CVP hosts a DIY sign party. The Pennsylvania Ave. restaurant is partnering with Crafty Momma on the event.

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The Point

On Nov. 19, The Point partners with Carb Candle Co. to offer a DIY candle-making class. 

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Flower Box Fun

Keep an eye out for vibrant flower boxes, painted by six female artists and funded by a Community Legacy Grant given to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the colorful boxes, check out this article in Towson University’s paper The Towerlight: https://thetowerlight.com/more-than-flower-boxes/

 

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New Café

Keep an eye on the space at 215 Washington Ave. A new café – Hannah’s – is just about to open. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and will serve breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, bagels, sandwiches and salads. 

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Farmers Market Winds Down

This month is your last chance to hit the Towson Farmers’ Market until next year. The market, which takes place on Allegheny Avenue every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., lasts through November 18 – the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It typically returns in early June.

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Library Story Time

The Towson branch of the Baltimore Public Library has a strong story time schedule this month, including a special surprise: a Pizza and Taco story time on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event starts at 10:30 and is geared towards preschoolers.

Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 this year – is always one of the biggest and best in Towson. Local spots have plans in the works to make it extra fun this year.

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Barley’s Backyard Uptown

At Barley’s Backyard Uptown, the heaters will be on upstairs on the deck and happy hour will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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C&R Pub

At C&R Pub, Sophomore will perform at 9 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving.

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CVP’s crowd will be entertained by Sydney Smith and Nate Finn starting at 6 p.m. 

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The Point

The Point is throwing a Throwback Thanksgiving Eve party with food and drink specials and ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s tunes from DJ Al.

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The Recher

If a live music show is more your speed, The Recher has you covered with a 20th year anniversary show from Baltimore’s own The Bridge. 

Thanksgiving Day

Barley’s and CVP both open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, welcoming all Turkey Bowl-goers for pregame festivities.

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Barley’s

Speaking of Barley’s and Thanksgiving, the restaurant is also bringing back last year’s take home or delivered Thanksgiving feast options, including baked turkey or ham, sausage lasagna, and family-sized side dishes.

Weekend Plans

The weekend starting Friday Nov. 19 is shaping up to be a great one around Towson, with music from iconic bands and a big brunch party.

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The Recher

It starts Friday night, when ‘90s stars The Samples perform at The Recher.

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The Point

Saturday morning, The Point is hosting a “Basic B**** Brunch” starting at 10 a.m. That means pumpkin spice cocktails, “basic” brunch bites, bottomless brunch cocktails and more. 

New social recommendations and restrictions put in place to minimize the impact of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” of the disease have changed life as we know it – both inside the walls of Hampton Plaza and all over the world. We’re all taking life one day at a time right now – and we’re all in this together. 

Social distancing is strange but it’s also an opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies. Whether you’re a parent with an apartment full of young, active children, a retiree living on your own, or anyone in between, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during this time. In addition to the usual suspects – watching movies, reading books, cleaning out your pantry, trying to teach your child 4th grade math – we’ve compiled some fun ways to pass the time while you are home:

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C&R Pub

Later in the day, local fave Chris Diller will take over the mic at C&R Pub

Black Friday Brunch

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The Point

Instead of braving the stores on Black Friday, head to The Point for a fun day-after-Thanksgiving brunch. The event starts at 11 a.m. and includes bottomless drink specials and more. 

Santa!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and Towson Town Center is ready for it.

Santa makes his debut on November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving – and will be available for pictures through Christmas Eve. The mall is also hosting special pet nights with Santa, Monday evenings from November 29 through December 20.

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendar now for December holiday events, including the Baltimore County Christmas tree lighting – with special appearances from Santa, the Grinch and Olaf. The lighting takes place in Olympic Park, on Alleghany Ave., on Friday, Dec. 3. 

Several local spots already have Breakfast with Santa plans in the works, as well – so now is the time to buy tickets and make reservations. CVP’s breakfast is on Dec. 4 and Barley’s Backyard Uptown’s breakfast is Dec. 12.

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