Towson Gets Spooky this Halloween Season

The scary season is upon us, which means it’s time to make plans to celebrate Halloween. For residents of Hampton Plaza Apartments, getting spooky is simple; tons of businesses within walking distance of the apments have fun events planned.

Whether you’re a parent with kids hoping to dress up and have some fun, an adult in search of a costume party, or you just need to track down a great spot to buy candy (no matter what your age), there’s something for you in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at a few of the local events and activities that are sure to be a good time:

Sweets & Treats
Halloween season is the time for candy – there’s no doubt about it. If you’re in the market for treats, either to give away to trick-or-treaters or to keep for yourself, local businesses have a few fun options.

Sweet TreatsIf you’re looking for unusual candies to share (or not share) this season, The Fresh Market has you covered, with great trick-or-treat options, like Jelly Belly “kids mix” packs and individually packaged SmashMallow marshmallows.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Godiva Chocolatier in Towson Town Center will celebrate Pumpkin Day with a special offer: if you buy one Pumpkin Spice Chocolixir – a frothy, sweet drink – you’ll receive a second for half off.

Speaking of pumpkin, you only have from now through Halloween to enjoy the pumpkin bagels at THB Bagels & Deli. Get there while they’re hot!

CeleBOOrate at Build-A-Bear Workshop


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On Saturday, Oct. 26, Towson Town Center’s Build-A-Bear Workshop will host lots of fun Halloween-oriented events, including a themed scavenger hunt bingo game and Halloween sticker giveaways. The shop will also have fun Halloween costume options for both the bears and their kid owners, so if you’re still on the hunt for the perfect pint-sized costume, they’ve got you covered.

Halloween Parties around Town
Halloween falls on a Thursday this year which means the celebrations start early.

Cafe Troia LogoOn Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 5 p.m., the sophisticated Italian spot Café Troia gets spooky with a fun party (costumes encouraged but not required) featuring “scary-delicious cocktails” plus complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There will be a prize for most creative costume.

https://i0.wp.com/www.thepointtowson.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/cropped-logo-3-1.png?zoom=3&fit=80%2C92&ssl=1The same night, starting at 9 p.m., The Point will host a Halloween party with drink specials, live music from Robyn Bingham Band and a midnight costume contest with prizes for the top three costumes.

Cunninghams LogoOn Sunday, Oct. 27, Cunningham’s partners with Whodunnit for Hire for a Clue-themed Murder Mystery Dinner. Though the event, which happens about once a month, isn’t strictly Halloween-themed, getting into character and participating in the murderous mystery fun is definitely in the spirit of the season.

Magical Halloween Morning


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On Halloween itself, families are invited to head to the Grand Court on Level 1 of Towson Town Center for a very special Family Fun Day activity. Kids can come in costume and there will be giveaways – plus, “Turner” Dean of Magic will show off some amazing magic skills that are sure to wow guests.

The show begins at 10 a.m. It is geared towards pre-school aged kids but attendees of all ages are welcome to join.

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Farmers Market Winds Down

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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

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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