Ugly Pumpkin Halloween Fest Oct. 29

On Saturday October 29 from 1-3 pm, everyone—especially kids from 1 to 92—is invited to the Ugly Pumpkin Halloween Fest, organized by MRIA’s Social Task Force (SATF), in collaboration with several area organizations. Service fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi has generously offered to host the event at their Youth and Community Center, 1207 Eutaw Place.

There will be face painting & tattoos, a costume swap & parade, music, CANDY, and of course, pumpkin decorating. Best of all, everything is free, including the pumpkins!

Why an Ugly Pumpkin party? Because local pumpkin farms are donating the ones that they weren’t able to sell elsewhere to the party for beautification.

Give a little love to an ugly pumpkin.

This afternoon “kids'” party is the first half of SATF’s fall Party with a Purpose program. In the evening, adults are invited to attend Memorial Episcopal’s Gala 2016 (see details here), which is sure to be the most hideous event of the fall season.

And, as these are Parties with a Purpose, the SATF selected several non-profit youth groups that serve the 21217 area as beneficiaries for the day. All four organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds from these Halloween festivities as a donation. Everybody wins.

For these events, the SATF selected Jubilee Arts, Wide Angle Youth Media, Child First, and the Kappa League Guide Right Program. Representatives from these groups will be on hand to talk with you about their programs. The party provides a great way to find out about their work and how you can support it.

Donations are needed to make the events successful. If you’d like to help out, bring your supplies to the SATF booth at the Festival on the Hill. They’ll be approximately in front of 1331 Bolton St., next to the MRIA booth.

Donations can also be dropped off in the vestibule of 1309 Bolton Street, both before and after the Festival. Of course you are also welcome to bring donations to the event itself, especially money to share with our non-profit partners.

They can use all of the following:

  • gently-used Halloween costumes
  • old sheets or clothes that can be used to make costumes
  • pumpkin-decorating supplies, such as stickers, markers, pipe cleaners, and glue (no knives or cutting will be involved)
  • decorations
  • and money for all the things that aren’t donated.

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please email the SATF at