Main Street businesses will welcome trick-or-treaters [Ellicott City]

Calling all little ghosts and goblins! The Historic Ellicott City store owners welcome costumed kids and their families to a free evening of trick-or-treating on Main Street. Visit participating shops on Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. for candy and fun.

There's plenty to do in the Historic District on Halloween night for adults too.

The Tea on the Tiber Victorian Tea Room is offering a Fright Tea, a special Halloween-themed evening tea, on Thursday, at 7 p.m. Limited seating is available. Call for reservation at 410-480-8000 or go to

The popular Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghosts Tours will be held on Halloween night beginning at 8 or 8:30 p.m. at the Howard County Welcome Center. Costumed guides will recount stories of local history and paranormal activity as you walk through the dark streets of the Historic District.

For ticket information and sales, go to and click the "Ghost Tours" tab or call 410-313-1900. Advanced reservations are suggested as the tours regularly sell out this time of year. If you miss the Halloween night tour, check out one of the weekend tours on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 or 8:30 p.m.

Continue the Halloween spirit with pumpkin chucking at Clark's Elioak Farm on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission is 4 p.m.). Buy a pumpkin at Clark's Elioak or bring your own and launch it across the farm with a special catapult.

Farm admission is $5 per person for adults and kids 1 and older (babies are free) and includes the pumpkin chucking and many more farm activities. For more information, go to Clark's Elioak Farm website at or call 410-730-4049.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Iota Lambda Omega Chapter and Pearl Foundation Inc. recently hosted a Celebrate Timeless Service to Howard County jazz brunch recently that honored Del. Liz Bobo, Victor Broccolino, Howard County General Hospital CEO, and Roslyn Brock, NAACP National board of directors chairman.

According to Andrea Moore Evans, Pearl Foundation Fundraiser Coordinator, three additional awards were given to local organizations for their service work in the community — Mediation Conflict Resolution Center of Maryland, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Howard County chapter and the Community Action Council of Howard County.

Ellicott City residents Ava Baker and Lenora Booth serve as the Pearl Foundation president and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Iota Lambda Omega Chapter president, respectively.

Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest African-American female Greek letter organization in the country. Its mission is to support broad educational, charitable and community service programs. For more about the organizations, go to or


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