The COVID-19 pandemic can’t dampen the fall and Halloween spirit of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Harbor Harvest festival. Taking place from Oct. 19 to 31 online, Harbor Harvest features costume contests for people and pets, an interactive Mr. Trash Wheel’s DIY pumpkin craft and a visit to Mary’s Go Round Petting Zoo in Waldorf. All activities will be available to families free of charge.
“The petting zoo has always been a popular and favored activity, along with the pony rides,” explains Kaylee Zielinski, event manager for the Waterfront Partnership. “This year we took a small staff field trip to the farm that we hire every year to do the petting zoo and had the opportunity to visit all the animals.”
Mr. Trash Wheel’s DIY pumpkin craft scavenger hunt and pumpkin craft encourages families to craft their own spooky jack-o’-lantern using recycled household objects. Plus, the virtual costume contest gives everyone—even the pets—an opportunity to compete for a $25 gift card and a Mr. Trash Wheel T-shirt.
For many years, the Waterfront Partnership has made the effort to draw attention to Baltimore’s waterfront by planning and hosting events that encourage community members to become more active in appreciating and maintaining its natural beauty. The organization’s annual Harbor Harvest event has built up a connected community over the years.
Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership, was determined to offer an opportunity this fall for families to take part in and engage with its mission. “Although it looks different this year, we still wanted to provide ways for families across Baltimore to experience fall fun and share in the Halloween spirit from home,” Schwartz says.
Zielinski anticipates that by offering a variety of activities virtually throughout the next two weeks, families will be able to join in on the fun on a day that works best for them. All of the events will be pre-recorded, and videos will be posted on Facebook to watch live at 1 p.m. each day or view at a later time.
For event participation details, more information about the costume contest and materials needed for each activity, visit the Waterfront Partnership’s website.