Free Family Halloween Events in Calvert County

We’ve compiled a list of 21 Free Fall Festivals, Halloween Parties, Costume Contests, and Trunk or Treats to take your Ghosts, Goblins, Superheroes and Princesses to in Calvert County.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fall Extravaganza   10:30 a.m. to noon (Hallowing Point Park, 4755 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick) Join the Calvert Parks & Rec for a Fall Extravaganza.  Bring a picnic lunch and join us for hayrides, making scarecrows, a petting zoo, face painting and entertainment. To make a scarecrow, bring old pantyhose, one-piece pajamas or pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

Friday, October 18, 2019 

Halloween Extravaganza 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) Come dressed in your scariest, cutest, funniest or most original costume for our costume judging contest. Check-in 11:00-11:30 a.m., all ages, infant-adult. Prizes for the winners in each category. There will also be a craft area for pumpkin painting and decorating, however, you must bring your own pumpkin! A moon bounce and games will be available for the kids to enjoy as well. Eric Energy will perform his Halloween Spark Attack at 12:30 p.m. All ages.

Saturday, October 19, 2019   

Harvest Party & Trunk or Treat    3:00 – 5:00 pm (Full Gospel Assembly of God @ 870 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick) Join us for an afternoon of fun for the kids and entire family! This is a free event for everyone. Food, games, moon-bounce, bake sale, trunk or treat, hayrides, crafts and door prizes. The little ones are encouraged to dress up and the big ones too! Grab a friend and come on out.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Trunk or Treat & Community Info Night  5:00 – 8:00 pm (Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Office Facility,  1650 Calvert Cliffs Parkway, Lusby) Plant employees will explain plant operations in the control room simulator, highlight safe maintenance practices through hands-on demonstrations, highlight environmental stewardship with the help of the Department of Natural Resources Scales and Tails program, discuss radiological safety, emergency preparedness and much more! Don’t forget to join us in the office facility parking lot for Trunk-or-Treat and listen to a live broadcast with Heather from Star 98.3 and enjoy Hardesty Haven Catering throughout the event! We are asking for donations of non-perishable food items for End Hunger Calvert County or a cash donation to United Way of Calvert County. Registration for the event is required for admittance!

Admission: EventBrite Ticket and at least one non-perishable food item per family to benefit End Hunger Calvert County and/or a cash donation to benefit United Way of Calvert County.  Must Have FREE EventBrite Ticket (printed or digital) for Entry.  Click here to reserve a ticket.

Trunk or Treat & Haunted Showroom  5:00 – 8:00 pm (Prince Frederick Chrysler Jeep, 265 Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick) Join us on Friday, October 25 from 5-8 PM to Trunk or Treat! Visit our Haunted Showroom and grab an autograph from Tom Morga (Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers) from 6-8PM.  Bring the kids for safe trick-or-treating and a costume contest! Above Average Graphing will be hosting a silent auction and T-Bone and Intern John from Star 98.3 FM will be broadcasting live from our event!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Costume & Candy Crawl    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (The Shoppes at Apple Greene, MD Rt 4 & Ward Road, Dunkirk) The Shoppes at Apple Greene’s Halloween Costume & Candy Crawl is back!Dress in your Halloween best and Trick-or-Treat at The Shoppes at Apple Greene! We’ll have a costume contest, face painters, and balloon artists. We will also provide trick-or-treat bags to take along the route by Five Guys, or you may bring your own.  This is a FREE event. Open to kids 12 and under, with adult supervision. We are excited to see you there!

Annual Halloween in the Garden  10:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Annmarie Garden, 13470 Dowell Road) NEW EVENT LAYOUT!  Booths will be spread out around the Parking Circle and down the Wooded Path allowing guests to roam at their own pace – free range trick-or-treating!  PLUS, we’ve got Halloween-inspired music and dancing with our guest DJ!   More than 70 community organizations and businesses will decorate booths, don costumes, and hand out candy and treats to all the children. Some free activities will be provided and devilishly delicious food vendors will be present. Admission of $2.00 per person will benefit local charities including the Holiday Food Basket Program and the Annmarie Scholarship Fund. Parking is free and will be located in the field adjacent to the garden—follow signs. Dress the whole family and enjoy a day of trick-or-treating, art activities, lunch and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera— there are always unique photo opportunities with the boo-tiful decorations!  FREE trick or treat bags handed out to every guest!  Smoke-free for the kids!

Trunk or Treat   2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 10210 HG Trueman RD Lusby) All are invited to this festive and fun event for kids and adults alike. Take a Selfie with your kids in front of “Haunted House” Photo Back Drop. Outdoor activities for kids. Look for the teal pumpkins, which are available for kids with food allergies. Wear your costumes and visit decorated vehicles of parishioners in the Parish Hall parking lot. If you are interested in hosting a trunk, decorating it and providing candy for Trunk-or-Treaters, email Karen for information communications@middlehamandstpeters.org.  Also you can call the office for more information, 410-326-4948. All participants need to setup between 1:00 and 1:30 PM to decorate your car. This is a safety issue, in case children show up early, so cars aren’t driving through.

10th Annual Boo Bash  3:00 The North Beach Business Loop and the Town of North Beach present the Annual Halloween Boo Bash on the Boardwalk! Children of all ages parade through and are judged on their Halloween costumes. After prizes are awarded, we invite you to parade through town to Trick or Treat at the local businesses.  Please arrive by 2:15 to register.

Family Fall (for Jesus) Festival   4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Union Church, 8912 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) Fun & games for everyone including Costume Contest, DJ/Dance Floor, games, and Treats! The Church is located next to the North Beach Town Hall at 8912 Chesapeake Avenue. This free event is offered with the compliments of the Congregation.

Fall Festival   3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd, Dunkirk) Family Fellowship, Food, Games, Candy, Hay Rides and More.  Rain or Shine

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Children’s Halloween Costume Parade & Party  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Main Building of the Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick) The Optimist Club of Calvert (Prince Frederick) is hosting their annual Halloween Party and Parade for children ages 1-13. Join us for an afternoon of fun and games, crafts, treats and a special Halloween Parade! Goody bags and medals plus trophies awarded for first, second and third place costume winners in five age categories. The parade will begin at 2:00 p.m.; please register onsite by 1:45 p.m. to participate in the costume parade.

Children’s Halloween Party  1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Cheseapeake Beach Road, Ches. Beach) American Legion Post 206 is holding their annual free children’s costume Halloween party in the upper level hall.  All are welcome.  For information call 410-257-9878.  . www.MD-post206.org

Halloween Spooktaclar Extravaganza  12:00 – 3:00 pm (Hallowing Point Park , 4755 Hallowing Point Road, Prince Frederick) Join us at Hallowing Point Park for a great afternoon of fall fun and excitement. The day starts off at noon with a Pet Costume Fun Walk around the park. Dress your pet up for the occasion and we’ll award prizes for the Spookiest, Funniest, and Most Original costumes. From 1pm to 3pm, we’ll have games, face painting, and inflatables for the whole family to enjoy. We’ll also have a hay ride for the family to go visit our “Pumpkin Patch.” The entire event is FREE. For more information, contact us at 410-535-1600, x8202.

Trunk or Treat  2:00 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady Star of the Sea School  90 Alexander Lane, Solomons) Join the Our Lady Star of the Sea School Home and School Association in this FREE family event to trunk or treat.

Ruddy Duck’s 9th Annual Kid’s Halloween Party  2:00 4:00 pm (Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill   13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) Kids will receive one free craft to take to their dining table to complete. We have crafts for all ages. Costume Contest at 3pm.  All kids and costumes are welcome!   Everyone gets a goodie to take home (candy or candy-free, your choice Mom!!)

Halloween Family Fun Night   2:00 – 4:00 pm (Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave., Chesapeake Beach) An event for the whole family featuring popcorn, face painting, a photo booth, inflatables, pumpkin patch and a trick or treat trail sponsored by many local businesses. Be sure to wear your favorite costume and enjoy all of the free fun!   

Trinity’s Annual Fall Fest  3:00 – 5:00 pm (Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick) Untamed Family Fun! Join Trinity families as they celebrate on the front lawn featuring: the Blessing of the Pets, Zoofari -Where God is Wild About You (follow-up to VBS Roar), Corn Hole Tournament, Touch Football, Cake Walk, Bon Fire and, of course, our annual Trunk or Treat.  Please bring your lawn chairs or blanket. This event is open to the whole community.  BLESSING OF THE PETS – Celebrate the pets that make our lives special. If you can’t bring your pet, feel free to bring a picture of your pet or a stuffed animal to be blessed.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

GREAT PUMPKIN RUN  10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Southern Community Center, 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby) Dress in costume for some exercise, a short run and fun in the outdoors! Prizes will be awarded for the run. Don’t forget to wear your costume! Pre-registration is a must!  (410-586-1101)  Ages 2.5-5

Trunk or Treat, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (Southern Calvert Baptist Church, 12140 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby) FREE Event! How it works: Bring your kids in a non-scary costume (please, no blood, guts, gore, violent, scary or evil costumes). Register when you get here to receive a bag to collect treats and enroll in our prize drawings. Take your child from trunk to trunk, check out the cool decorations, get some goodies, and play a few games. We will have hot dogs, chili, popcorn, hot chocolate, apple cider, music, & much more! Click on “Find Tickets” to pre-register (FREE).   https://www.facebook.com/events/2538529372836299/   *PARENTS: Please make sure that you include yourselves in the preregistration. This helps us track numbers for the evening.

Trunk or Treat  6:00 pm (Huntingtown VFD  4030 Old Town Road, Huntingtown) Join the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department at their first Trunk or Treat featuring candy, games, a hay ride and pumpkin painting.

**Events compiled by Children’s Aid, Inc. from online calendars and Facebook posts.**

What do Middle Schoolers Worry About?

What do Middle Schoolers Worry About? What do Their Parents Worry About?

According to Dr. Devin Leman in his book Planet Middle School, here’s what middle-schoolers say they worry about:

“Embarrassing myself at school because I do something dumb.”

“If the group I hang out with would still like me if they knew the real me.”

“That my teacher will post by bad grade in front of everybody.”

“Getting teased at school because I’m different.”

“Being singled out and having kids share at me.”

“My parents embarrassing me in front of my friends.”

Notice that each statement has to do with how they appear in front of a peer. 

Here’s what parents of middle-schoolers say they worry about:

“That I caught him lying about where he was after school, and I don’t know how to confront him without him blowing a fuse.”

“That he’ll get into drugs or drinking.”

That she’ll get talked into having sex or get pregnant.

That he’ll be influenced by the wrong group.

That my child might get mad at me and run away.

That he’s a loner and can’t seem to make friends.

That she gets teased about her weight.

That he’s not safe on the way to school, at school, and after school (so many school shootings these days).

That she doesn’t get that how she dresses attracts the wrong kind of boys.

That he acts depressed, and I don’t know what to do about it.

Dr. Devin Leman is an internationally renowned psychologist and New York Times Bestselling Author of more than 30 books.

Summer Meal Program Available for Calvert Kids

Calvert County Family Network Pilots Mobile Summer Meals Program – Summer meals being offered at the Chesapeake Ranch Estates Clubhouse. You do not have to live in the Ranch Club for your kids to be able to participate.

Calvert County Family Network Pilots Mobile Summer Meals Program

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The Calvert County Family Network (CCFN) will pilot the county’s first mobile summer meals program in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates (CRE) with support from a $6,500 No Kid Hungry Maryland grant and approximately $7,500 in Children’s Cabinet Funds from the Governor’s Office for Children. The program is an effort to provide nutritious lunches to youth during the summer months when they no longer have access to school meals.

The program will operate Monday through Thursday from June 24 through Aug. 1, with lunches prepared, delivered and served by Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) staff at the CRE clubhouse from noon to 1 p.m. No ID or proof of residency is required to participate. No registration is required and participation is first-come, first-served. The program is open to all family members but individuals must be present to receive a lunch.

For families that need transportation, LifeStyles of Maryland will transport participants within CRE to and from the clubhouse. The service requires a waiver and a participation slip signed by parents or caregivers. Passengers must be 5  years or older to ride alone; younger passengers must be accompanied by someone 13 years or older. 

Members of the Calvert County Interagency Council will provide enrichment activities during meal times. 

Every Thursday, program participants will receive backpacks containing supplemental food for Friday through Sunday, provided by Heart F.E.L.T. of Southern Maryland. 

Farming 4 Hunger donated tower gardens – a low-maintenance vertical growing system – to the meal preparation site at Mill Creek Middle School, giving CCPS food service workers access to fresh produce. Farming 4 Hunger will also coordinate a food drop with the Maryland Food Bank, providing fresh produce from the farm to program participants. Food drops will occur every Wednesday from July 3 through July 31.

For many kids, summer is the hungriest time of year. Only about 22% of Maryland children who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches are also getting free meals through summer programs. Summer hunger can have a long-term impact on a child’s health, ability to learn and general well-being.

No Kid Hungry Maryland has awarded more than $75,000 in grants to allow free summer meal sites across the state to expand and improve programs to reach more youth during summer months. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org.

Operating under the Calvert County Department of Community Resources, the Calvert County Family Network partners with county leadership, public and private agencies and businesses to build a community where children and families thrive. For more information, call 410-414-5997.

Free Summer Movies

The free summer movie series offered by local movie theaters start next week. Free movies at the Flagship Cinemas in Prince Frederick are offered Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9:30 am and you can catch free movies at the R/C Lexington Exchange Movies 12 on Wednesdays and Thursdays also at 10 a.m.

Scholarship Awarded

George & Mary Lou Brezina

This year we were very excited to add a Memorial Scholarship Program. The George & Mary Lou Brezina Scholarship was open to Calvert County graduating seniors who would be pursuing a degree in Education. Our first winner of the $1,000 memorial scholarship is Huntingtown High School senior Alexis Hill.

Congratulations Alexis! We wish you the best as you attend Towson University to pursue a degree in Integrated Early Childhood and Special Education.

Holiday Happenings in Calvert County

We’ve compiled a list of Fun Holiday Happenings in Calvert County.  Have Breakfast (or several Breakfasts) with Santa, watch a parade or two, go to a Children’s Christmas Party, listen to a dramatic reading of Polar Express, visit with the Grinch and more!

November 30 – January 1, 2019

 Annmarie Garden In Lights, 6:00-9:00pm nightly (CLOSED Dec. 3, 4, 24, 25):  Join us for Annmarie Garden In Lights, a magical holiday light experience that takes visitors on a beautiful walk through the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be surrounded by spectacular light art and “light sculptures” depicting sea creatures, wintry wonderlands, enchanted gardens, wild animals, princesses, superheroes, and much more. Don’t forget to ask for a “Holiday I Spy” program. After your walk, warm up in the Arts Building where you will find nightly entertainment, beautiful exhibits, great shopping, and a holiday cafe!  No smoking. No vaping. No pets except on Pet Night (Jan. 1). Admission (ages 3 & up): $7.00 Children 2 & under: FREE

December 1, 2018

 Singperation of Christmas Carols  7:00 – 8:30 pm

Union Church in North Beach 8912 Chesapeake Av, North Beach 20714:  Do you like to sing? Do you like to listen? Here’s your chance to do both. The Union Church in North Beach will host the annual Singperation featuring local choirs and talent and you and me.. All are welcome. The Church is located next to the Town Hall at 8912 Chesapeake Avenue. Questions may be directed to (410)257-3555

Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade, 12:00 pm

Bay Avenue, North Beach:  This festive parade draws spectators from afar! The boardwalk is lined with hundreds of people viewing the parade. The best part is when the jolly-old-fat man arrives by fire truck!

Santa & Christmas on the Beach, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

North Beach:  Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and give them a special treat. Tell the kids to bring their wish list to share with Santa! Warm up around the campfire as you roast marshmallows!

December 2, 2018

Holiday Parade, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick:  Join the Optimist Club of Calvert County and the Calvert County Fair Board as they herald in the holiday season with the 27th annual Prince Frederick Holiday Parade. Parade participants include school marching bands, ROTC groups, scouts, soccer and baseball teams, 4-H clubs, fire engines and, of course, the main attraction – Santa Claus.

December 4, 2018

Gingerbread Decorating,  10:00 – 10:45 am

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick:  Come join us as we decorate several types of gingerbread items. We’ll have lots of different decorations for you to create the perfect holiday delight!  $3

December 7, 2018

Solomons Christmas Walk/First FREE Friday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm:  Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, Santa, holiday crafts, and shopping in the museum store on both nights. Santa’s Coffee House will be open on Saturday with complimentary hot tea, coffee, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. The museum is open free from 6 – 9 p.m. Museum members will save 20% off in the Museum Store all weekend!

December 9, 2018

Breakfast with Santa, 9 am – Noon

Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department, 13150 HG Trueman Road:  Annual Breakfast with Santa.  Entry donation accepted at the door: $7 adults, $4 Children

December 13, 2018

Breakfast with Santa, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Mt. Hope Community Center:   Enjoy pancakes, bacon, fruit and more highlighted by a special visit from Santa Claus! Don’t forget your camera! All participants who intend on eating breakfast must register for this event.  $5

 December 15, 2018 

Breakfast with Santa, 8 am – 12 pm or while supplies last, 755 Solomons Island Road, S :  The Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad is back at home in our new building and we want to invite you and your family to enjoy a home cooked breakfast.  We are serving bacon, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, hash browns, juices, milk, and coffee. Bring your camera or phone and get a picture with Santa!  Admission by donation.

December 16, 2018

An Old Fashioned Christmas at the One-Room Schoolhouse, 11:00 am – 1:30 p.m.

One-Room Schoolhouse, 3080 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD:  Come and celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas in the original Port Republic One-Room Schoolhouse, which will be decorated for the holidays. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Make popcorn/cranberry strings and Christmas stars, and help to decorate a Christmas Tree. Play some old-time games and practice writing on a slate with a slate pencil. Enjoy Christmas music and a guest flutist.

 Afternoon with the Grinch, 2:00 4:00 p.m

Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, 13200 Dowell Road, Dowell:  Join us on Sunday, December 16th for our 8th Annual Afternoon with the Grinch! Holiday Crafts in our Private Dining room available from 2-4pm. Photos with the Grinch from 2:30 to 3:45pm! Photos graciously provided by Southern Maryland Entertainment. Southern Maryland Entertainment provides an “out of the box” photo booth experience! Book them for your special event or view your photos on their website: http://www.somdentertainment.com Pictures will take place in the bar area with a blue screen. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with the Grinch and will also receive a digital copy of the photo (free of charge) on the spot from Mike with Southern Maryland Entertainment! The photos from SOMD Entertainment will have a beautiful holiday background imposed to complete this holiday photo shoot! Additional photo prints will be available for purchase on their website.

Free Children’s Christmas Party, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach:   Annual free Children’s Christmas party hosted by the American Legion Auxillary in the upper level Party Hall of the Stallings-Williams Post 206.  All are Welcome. Santa may drop by to see who’s been good. For information call (410) 257-9878.

December 20, 2018

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Harriet E. Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick:  We’re welcoming Santa Claus to town. We will enjoy Christmas music and have cookies and ice cream for all who attend. The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of Santa. He will be available for visits and pictures for all who attend. Don’t miss visiting with Santa and letting him know of any last-minute gifts you would like for Christmas!

 December 21, 2018

Dramatic Polar Express Reading, 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm

Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum, 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach:  Families are invited to attend the reading of the Polar Express inside the museum. Carols and holiday crafts with sing-alongs will also be part of the night’s activities. This event is free and open to the public.  There will be two readings on December 21, 2018: 5:30pm and 7pm.

December 22, 2018

Chronicles of Christmas Bus Tour, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum, 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach:   Get in the holiday spirit with a ride around Chesapeake Beach to see the light displays while historians entertain with tales of holiday traditions through the years since Chesapeake Beach was founded over 100 years ago! This is a free, family-friendly event.  Bus Tours are 45 minutes long. There are FOUR separate tours on December 22, 2018, at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm

SoMD CAN: A Resource for Parents of High School Students

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We are lucky to have an awesome organization here in our area: Southern Maryland College Access Network or SoMD CAN.  Their mission is to increase the college-going rate among the region’s high school students with a specific focus on those students who are first generation college-bound, underserved populations and who are academically talented. Their goals are to offer opportunities through our curriculum-based program to build awareness of and preparedness for the college admissions and financial aid process.

Need more information about Financial Aid for your 11th and 12th grader? SoMD CAN is partnering with CCPS to facilitate Financial Aid Night at local high schools.

Session times are 6:30-8:30pm :
October 24th- Huntingtown High School
November 9th- Patuxent High School

Additionally, SoMD CAN’s website offers

College 101: Part I: Best Fit  and College 101: Part II: How Much Am I Responsible For?

Check them out!  http://somdcan.org/