All things ooo-eee-ooo on tap for Halloween [Ellicott City]

Rumored to be one of the most haunted towns in the United States, historic Ellicott City is the site for the 2014 HallowRead — a book festival and mini-convention for authors and fans of paranormal, urban fantasy, steam punk and horror — on Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The HallowRead festival includes author panels, writing workshops, ghost tours at the Patapsco Female Institute, a steampunk author tea, book signings, paranormal investigations at Mt. Ida and the Historical Society Museum, and palm and tarot card readings.


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To coincide with the HallowRead weekend, historic Ellicott City's The Wine Bin will host a series of free Halloween outdoor movies open to the public. Friday, Oct. 24, is family movie night at 7 p.m. with "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" (G) and "Hocus Pocus" (PG). Following is "The Shining" (R) on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.

Movies are held in The Wine Bin parking lot, which closes one hour prior to showtime. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair and blanket. Enjoy a homemade picnic dinner or visit one of the many main street restaurants. For more information, go to then click the "Events" tab.

Have you ever met a ghost? Here's your chance — "Dead of Night at the Museum" is a 12-hour paranormal investigation at the Howard County Historical Society Museum on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

As part of the HallowRead convention, the Howard County Historical Society Museum has partnered with Dead of Night Paranormal Investigation to conduct the paranormal probe in the museum, a nearly 200-building that once housed a Presbyterian church, and is reported to be the most actively haunted building in the historic area.

Investigators will explore reports by staff members of a young girl spirit in the collection area and a spirit in the basement of the old church. Witnesses have seen a clipboard being moved off of a desk and footsteps, strange smells, and unusual sounds at the location.

The paranormal investigation includes a lecture, a Q&A session about the paranormal, palm readings, and a full investigation of the building. Team merchandise and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the night. The Howard County Historical Society Museum is at 8328 Court Ave. To purchase online tickets ($35 pp), go to www. and click the "Events" tab.

Celebrate Halloween night with a Halloween Fright Tea  at the Tea on the Tiber Victorian Tea Room on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. Dress up in your favorite Victorian Costume and enjoy a multi-course dinner ($35 per person). Seating is limited and advance reservations are required by calling 410-480-8000. For more information, go to then click the teacup icon "Special Event Teas".

Barnes & Noble in the Long Gate Shopping Center is hosting a children's Halloween story time featuring the book "Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat" by Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. The free event includes giveaways and fun children's activities. For more information, contact B&N at 410-203-900.

St. John's Parish Day School hosts its sixth annual Fall Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the school grounds. Sponsored by the SJPDS Parents' Association, this event is designed for kids to have old fashioned fun. Activities include a sack race, a three-legged race, costume relay, dancing with DJ Sam, make-your-own caramel apple or pretzel and the Trunk or Treat lot.  Admission is $6 per child. Bring your own refillable water bottle and get a prize and water refills. For more information, contact SJPDS at 410-465-7644.

Join the Y of Central Maryland's Happy Healthy Halloween at the Dancel Family Center Y in Ellicott City on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free to the public, the Halloween event includes a Family Fear Factor activity (think finding gummy worms in a pie contest), moon bounce, life size Candyland game, pumpkin painting, candy corn bowling game and witches cove. For more information, contact William Banks at  or 410-465-4334 ext. 237.