Fall Activities, Halloween and Thanksgiving Events in Maryland

Maryland Turkey Trots and Holiday Fun Runs

Even with chilly weather approaching, there's no need to stay cooped up inside. Sign up for a turkey trot or holiday fun run (or walk) in Maryland. Bond with your kids, other family and friends while burning off a few calories from Halloween candy and holiday family dinners.

Following is a compilation of some of the many 5K races, fun runs and 1-mile walks happening during the 2016 fall and early winter holiday season.

Maryland Thanksgiving Events

Looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving season? Check out the many Thanksgiving events that are taking place in Maryland throughout the month of November. From Turkey Trots to Thanksgiving crafts and story times, you're sure to find a few fun family activities for kids of all ages.

Updated 2016

Halloween thrills at area amusement parks

Bush Gardens HolloweenWNothing gets the adrenaline pumping more than an amusement park — except maybe an amusement park at Halloween.

Several area theme parks offer special activities in October. If your family is looking for a thrill this fall, check out the events at some of the parks in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Make sure to note which are geared toward younger kids and which are not for the faint of heart.

Winning fall photos

Kids love fall with the pumpkin patches to explore, leaves to jump in and especially the costumes to dress up in. We asked our readers to send us photos of their kids enjoying fall for the 2016 Chesapeake Family Fall Photo Contest and we had so many adorable entries.

Aliya and Arielle Thompson, ages 3 and 5, from Odenton got the most votes in the 2016 photo contest. Brayden Rednagle, 5, from Sunderland, was chosen for the October cover. The rest below were just too cute not to show off. Thanks to all those who entered. And special thank you to our photo contest sponsor, Philbin & Reinheimer Orthodontics. Click here to see the gallery with all the entries.

Maryland Haunted Houses

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Maryland has some creepy Haunted Halloween Houses. Some are suitable for little kids and others are for preteens and above. We've added a scary ranking of 1-10, with 10 being scariest and 1 being the most kid-friendly. However, you can also call before you head out, just to be sure. Updated for 2016.

For a listing of Maryland pumpkin patches and corn mazes click here.

Maryland fall festivals and Halloween events are listed here. We also have lists of places to go apple picking and even more fall festivals.

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Arts & Storytime, Annapolis
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Harbor Queen Cruises, Annapolis
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Family Fridays at the Farm, Gambrills
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