Halloween is coming to the historic district in a big way this year. Festivities start this weekend, and it seems like the whole town is prepared to be scared.

They are busing people in for the start of the "HallowRead" book convention on Friday, Oct. 25. This event is for authors and fans of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, SteamPunk and Horror genres.

Activities will be going on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. These include book signings and meet and greets at Tourism, Tea on the Tiber, the Trolley Stop, Cacao Lane, the Diamondback Tavern and the Historical Society Museum.

Dracula will be served up two ways on Saturday evening. The Wine Bin is showing the original 1931 movie at 7 p.m. and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is offering an interactive performance of "Dracula" at the Patapsco Female Institute.

For more information about the convention, call 443-807-2646. Of course Tourism continues to offer the ever-popular ghost tours on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. For reservations call 410-313-1900.

On Oct. 31, Halloween, Main Street will welcome trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. Wear your best costume, and bring your costumed dog! Merchants up and down the street will be offering candy to well-behaved children.

Down at the plaza in front of the B&O Railroad Station Museum, you can meet their mascot, Choo Choo Blue, enjoy a photo op and take home a treat. That evening Tea on the Tiber is offering a Halloween themed "Fright Tea" at 7 p.m. at a cost of $45. For reservations call 410-480-8000.

Across the street from the B&O, Classic Plastic Bricks in the Antique Depot on Maryland Avenue is featuring a Halloween landscape display made out of thousands of Legos.

Dinner, Drinks and Music

On Oct. 25, Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant is offering a late harvest wine dinner featuring four courses and four wines. The cost is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-465-4004.

On Oct. 29, the Wine Bin is hosting a bourbon and whiskey tasting at Fireside Stone and Patio, 76 Frederick Road, across from the mill, for $30. Call 410-465-7802 for reservations.

The Music at the Museum series continues at the Historical Society Museum. On Nov. 2, it is presenting the acoustic guitar and warm tenor vocals of Bob Sima. The cost is $20, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Society. Reservations can be made by calling 410-480-3250.

All Things Oella

Charles Wagandt has been described as the "maverick visionary" who led the renaissance of Oella. It's hard to remember the town as it was in the early 1970s, after the mill closed and what was left was seriously damaged by Tropical Storm Agnes.

Charles had a vision, and it included retaining the historic nature of the village while bringing it into the 21st century. Charles will discuss this journey at the Miller Library on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. It promises to be a fascinating presentation.

Lots of things are going on at Banneker Park in Oella as well. On Oct. 26, it's an in-depth workshop on moss from 10 a.m. to noon. Teens and adults are welcome and the workshop is free.

That evening, at 6:30 p.m., it's a ghost hike and campfire, with stories of the ghosts of Oella and Ellicott City. It's open to adults and kids over the age of 8, at a cost of $5. On Nov. 2, it's "Whoo's up for Owls?" at 1 p.m. for adults and kids over age 4. The cost is $3.

To sign up for any of these events, call 410-887-1081.

Show House

This is your last chance to see the Historic Ellicott City Inc. Decorator Show House, Mt. Ida. The event ends this Sunday, Oct. 27. This beautiful house is located in the historic district across from the courthouse. A dozen decorators have worked their magic under the supervision of design chair Carroll Frey, and the results are spectacular. Don't miss it. The Show House is a fundraiser for the nonprofit, whose mission is preservation, restoration and education, particularly in the historic district.