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.**

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.

Free Halloween Parties, Costume Contests and Trunk or Treats in Calvert County

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Free Halloween Parties, Costume Contests, and Trunk or Treats to take your Ghosts, Goblins, Superheroes and Princesses to in Calvert County

Sunday, October 23

Halloween Family Fun Night, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m
North East Community Center  & Chesapeake Beach Water Park, Chesapeake Beach
Sunday, October 23 the Town of Chesapeake Beach will co-sponsor, along with Calvert County Parks & Recs, this very exciting night at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. The County will have all of their fun activities such as face painting, inflatables, and other games begin at 5:00pm at the North East Community Center located next door to the Water Park. The Trick or Treat Trail will take place at the Water Park from 6:30pm to 8:30pm where many of the Town’s local businesses will be giving out candy and treats. New this year we will feature Keith Hicks as DJ, and two magic shows by D’s Magician Dave Thomen. The theme this year is “Star Wars” where we will transform our cave into a Star Wars galactic zone with many of your favorite characters. We will again take the scary out of Halloween! No witches and no ghouls, only enjoyable and family-friendly characters, games, and fun for all. Bring your children dressed in their favorite costumes, and celebrate with us. Admittance is free to the community, and it offers an opportunity for a safe and happy Halloween celebration. If the weather is inclement, the entire event will be moved indoors at the Community Center. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Friday, October 28     

Trunk or Treat, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church @ 9463 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby
Come on out for a night of free Halloween fun for the entire family. Once again Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is holding its popular Trunk or Treat. This year it’ll be Friday, October 28, 6:30-8 p.m. on the parking lot of the church at 9463 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby. The lot will be lined with cars and trucks with their open trunks filled with Halloween treats. Come in costume for sweets, treats and games! For more information, call 410-231-2075, go to our website http://www.shepherdofthebay.com or find us on Facebook.

Saturday, October 29 

17th Annual Halloween in the Garden,  11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell  $1 Per Person
Looking for something SPOOKtackular to do for Halloween? Annmarie Garden will host the 17th Annual Halloween in the Garden on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 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 $1.00 per person will benefit local charities including the Holiday Food Basket Program, the Annmarie Program Fund, and other others. 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!

7th Annual Boo Bash,  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
North Beach Boardwalk
Children’s Costume Contest – Registration from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. on the pavilion.  Two age groups: Infant – five and six to young teen.  Parade and judging to follow.  Trick or treat at local businesses after judging.  Rain date:  October 30, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Trunk or Treat, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick
Join us for an exciting FREE afternoon of games, a cake walk, food and of course CANDY!  It’s sure to be a HOOOT!

Trunk or Treat,  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad, 755 Solomons Island Road S.
Come and go trunk or treating, then visit us inside for refreshments, then go inside our spooky haunted house!

Sunday, October 30

Halloween Party and Costume Parade, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  (Ages 1-13)
Calvert County Fairgrounds (Main Building), 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick
The Optimist Club of Calvert is hosting our annual Halloween Party and Parade for children ages 1-13 on Sunday, October 30th.  Join us for an afternoon of fun and games, crafts, treats and a special Halloween Parade! Goody bags and medals for all 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. This free event will be held from 1:00—3:00 pm in the Main Building of the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick.

Children’s Costume Halloween Party, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m
American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, 3330 Ches. Beach Road in Chesapeake Beach.
Free children’s costume Halloween Party from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the upper level hall of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Hosted by the Auxiliary. All are Welcome. First Annual Poppy Poster Contest will be introduced. For information call (301)855-6466.

2nd Annual Communiy Kids Trick or Treating Night of Fun, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Chesapeake Beach Resort, 4165 Mears Ave. Chesapeake Beach
Wear your costumes and enjoy music, fun, free pizza and snacks!

Monday October 31   

Trunk or Treat, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cove Point Park  – Field #2, , 750 Cove Point Road, Lusby
Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Solomons Boys and Girls Club featuring a DJ, Photo Booth, popcorn, hotdogs, hot chocolate and more.

Pumpkin Patch Party, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Church, 6201 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown
This community event is designed to offer a positive, upbeat, family-friendly, spook-free MEGA BLOCK PARTY venue where we turn the trunks of cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles into the largest Trunk N’ Treat candy maze in the county! Everything is absolutely FREE.  This is our gift to the Community!

The BIGGEST Trunk N’ Treat Maze in Southern Maryland

  • FREE Kettle Corn, Hot Chocolate & Coffee
  • Great DJ with great music
  • Moon Bounces, Face Painting & Corn Hole
  • Dance Party
  • Red Carpet Costume Runway
  • 6:00 PM Party Begins & Amusements Open
  • 6:30 PM Trunk N’ Treat Begins
  • 7:15 PM Red Carpet Costume Parade
  • 8:00 PM Party Ends

Fun Ways to Create Lasting Family Traditions

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(ARA) – Whether you’re a family of two or 10, there is no time like the present to create lasting family traditions. Like families, traditions come in many forms — from cooking to storytelling — and making new memories is easy and fun. Here is a variety of creative ways to get started.

Gather for a family baking day
Help ensure your tried and true family recipes continue on for generations with a family baking day. Have everyone meet in a central location and bring their favorite recipe and the ingredients to make it. Everyone will have the chance to learn about cherished recipes and leave with a goodie bag of treats.

Plan a family reunion
annually, or every few years, gather relatives far and wide for an enjoyable time to reminisce, share photos, cook and eat together. Use the time to share favorite family stories and swap recipes. Make sure to take a group photo and share it with the participants and those who couldn’t be there.

Get tech-savvy
Get everyone involved in building and contributing to a family Web page or blog that highlights recent get-togethers, news, photos and favorite recipes. Online sites provide a great way to connect and keep long-distance relatives up-to-date and involved year round.

Host international family dinners
Pick one night a week to take the family on a culinary journey to another part of the world. From France to Italy to Greece to Thailand, there are countless meal options waiting to be explored. Experience more of the culture by learning some phrases associated with the meal, play authentic music and include some decorations. Bon appetit.

Make movie magic
Host monthly movie nights as a way for the family to catch up and experience old classics and the latest blockbusters together. Include an ice cream sundae bar and movie snacks and schedule intermissions to talk about the movie and characters.

The J.M. Smucker Company believes in bringing families together to share memorable meals and moments and often sponsors recipe contests.  Last year’s winning recipe in the “Spreading Smucker’s Traditions” contest is Nana’s Apple Butter Cake, a recipe that has been passed down for three generations.

Nana’s Apple Butter Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup Smucker’s Apple Butter
2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into about 16 wedges
1 teaspoon cinnamon combined with 1/4 cup sugar

Streusel topping:
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup baking mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cake mix, water, eggs, oil and apple butter. Beat at low speed for one minute, to blend ingredients, and two minutes at high speed. Pour mix into greased/floured 9- by 13-inch pan.

Slice apples into a bowl and add cinnamon/sugar mixture, mixing until apples are well coated. Place apple slices (round side out/core side in) in the batter until just the top shows, in two rows of eight, the length of the pan.

Make streusel topping by combining brown sugar, baking mix, cinnamon, and butter. Cut butter into mixture with pastry blender until crumbly.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle streusel topping over cake and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cake cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

For more recipes, visit http://www.Smuckers.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Would You Rather Communicate Only With an Etch-a-Sketch or a Lite Brite?

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Busy schedules of both parents and children make it harder to have “family dinners.” But families may not be aware of the benefits that come with regularly eating together at the table.

Research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

Conversation

Eating dinner together as a family provides the opportunity for conversation. This lets parents teach healthy communication without distractions from smart phones, television, computers, and mobile devices.

By engaging your children in conversation, you teach them how to listen and provide them with a chance to express their own opinions. This allows your children to have an active voice within the family.

Conversations at the dinner table expand the vocabulary and reading ability of children, regardless of socioeconomic status. Family dinners allow every family member to discuss his or her day and share any exciting news.

Use these tips to encourage conversation:

  • Let all family members talk. Be an active listener and be sure your child learns to listen as well.
  • Encourage your child to participate. Do not underestimate your child’s ability to hold a conversation.
  • Discuss the child’s day. Express an interest in your child’s daily life.
  • Discuss current events. Bring up news that’s appropriate for your child’s age.
  • Conversation starter questions:
      • What was the best part of your day?
      • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
      • If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?
      • If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
      • If you had one wish (and you can’t wish for more wishes), what would you wish for and why?
      • 50 Family Dinner Conversation Starters
  • Kids love a round or two of “Would You Rather.”
      • Would you rather drive a beautiful, sleek sports car that was unreliable OR an ugly, dented, rust-covered beater that never broke down?
      • Would you rather never eat your favorite five foods again or ONLY eat your favorite five foods for the rest of your life?
      • Would you rather communicate only with an Etch-a-Sketch or a Lite Brite?
      • 100 Would You Rather Questions for Kids

Rediscover the Joy of Reading-Aloud

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A regular read aloud time can become one of the most cherished experiences of childhood – taking our imaginations to new heights, while also revealing more about our own hearts and minds.  During read-aloud time, some children are content to sit and listen; many aren’t.  So, if your children aren’t the type who easily sit and listen, try these basic rules:

  • While listening, you can pursue any other activity (drawing, playing with a toy, building something, etc.) as long as it’s quiet and not distracting.
  • Only the reader speaks; save your questions and comments for afterward.

Classic read-aloud chapter book suggestions:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Little House series
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Stuart Little
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • The Wind in the Willows

Reading Aloud as Your Kids Grow Older

As your children move into their later elementary school years and middle school years, the following favorite classics can help hold their attention in read-aloud time:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Little Prince
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Kidnapped
  • Treasure Island

I’d love to know what your family’s favorite read-aloud books are!

 

 

 

Today’s blog post was inspired by Mack Thomas.