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Enjoy the fall and Halloween at one of these fall festivals in Maryland. The following fall festivals and Halloween celebrations for 2016 include crafts, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple and harvest festivals, and more.

Looking for other fall fun? Check out these other fall events and things to do:

- Maryland Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze

- Maryland Apple Picking and Apple Orchards

- Maryland Haunted Houses

- Even More Fall Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals!

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Horsmon Farm - 2016
Sept. 3-Oct. 31, weekends and school holidays. Hay rides, petting zoo, corn box, straw maze, sorghum maze and special events each weekend including scarecrow making, kayaking for kids, tractor weekend and more. Sat. and Sun., 11am-5pm. Admission free, $7 for activities and includes a pumpkin. 1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard. 443-532-5761.

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival & Corn Maze - 2016
Sept. 17-Oct. 30, Saturdays & Sundays. Hayrides, corn maze, jumping pillow, underground slide, corn boxes and more. 10:30am-last tickets sold at 4pm. $13; $10 for ages 65 and older and active or retired military with ID; free for ages 2 and younger. Discounted coupon for Chesapeake Family Weekend Sept. 24-25 to be available soon. Lothian.

Homestead Gardens Fall Fest - 2016
Sept. 24-Oct 30, Saturdays and Sundays. Also Oct. 16. Barnyard, corn maze, pumpkin patches and entertainment. Free entry, fee for some activities. Sat. 11am-6pm; Sun. 11am-4pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-798-5000,

Special Historic Hauntings - 2016
Sept. 30-Oct. 29, Fridays and Saturdays. Tour the inside the haunted James Brice House at night. $10-18. 7:30pm. Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, Annapolis.

Butler's Pumpkin Festival - 2016
Weekends in October. 10am-5pm. Corn maze, pumpkin cannon, food and farm market. $11. Children 2 and under free. Butler's Orchard, Germantown.

Frederick County Farm Museum Fall Festival - 2016
Oct. 1-2. Free, some activities have a small fee. 10am-4pm. Rose Hill Manor, Frederick.

Frederick's Oktoberfest - 2016
Oct. 1-2. Bratwurst, Oktoberfest bier, German wines, dancing, music, children's events and much more. $5-$17. Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick.

Check out our listing of haunted houses in Maryland

Fall Harvest Festival at Kinder Farm Park - 2016
Oct. 8. 10am-4pm. Farm animals, hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Free. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville.

Maryland Pumpkin Festival - 2016
Oct. 8-9. 10am-5pm. Pumpkin donuts, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin pie eating contests, face painting and more. $6.95-$11.95. Summers Farm, Frederick.

The Great Pumpkin Patch - 2016
Oct. 8-9. Noon-5pm. Moon bounces, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, and more. $5, Children under 2 free. Old National Pike District Park, Mt. Airy.

Fall Festival and Craft Day - 2016
Oct. 9. Bob for apples, build a scarecrow, and more. Hancock's Resolution, Pasadena.

Spooky SPY Family Night - 2016
Oct. 14. Participate in top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists. Challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, explore all forms of spy trade craft, and enjoy SPY snacks. Come in disguise as your favorite spy. Ages 5 and older. $12, members; $14, non-members. 6-9pm. The International Spy Museum, Washington D.C. 202-393-7798,

Valley of the Haunted - 2016
Haunted trail: Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, weekends. Little Haunts: Oct. 16, 23 and 30. One-mile trail through the woods. Flesh-hungry zombies, maniacal clowns and more. Little Haunts activities for children 10 and under include trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting and hay maze. Haunted trail hours: Fri. and Sat., 6:30-10:30pm, Sun. 6:30-9:30pm. Little Haunts hours: 2-6pm. Camp Hidden Valley, White Hall.

PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center - 2016
Oct. 15. 11am-7pm. Includes hayrides, alpacas, jugglers, face painting and more! $15, free for kids under 2. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills.

Pumpkin Trolleyfest - 2016
Oct. 15-16 and 22-23. Rides, pumpkin decorating and more. $5-$7. Pumpkin decorating is extra. National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville.

Pumpkin Walk - 2016
Oct. 21. Games, costume parade, superstitious tours and more. Wine and beer are available for purchase. $15; parents, free. 4-6pm. Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis. 410-263-4683,

Haunted Village - 2016
Oct. 21-22. Take a ride through spooky woods to tour our little town of terrors. Super slide, inflatable twister, hayrides and more. $4-6, family pricing available. 6:30-10pm. Camp Wright, Stevensville. 443-496-0929,

Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown - 2016
Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Costumed guides tell tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem during one-hour candlelit tour. Reservations required. $5-12. 6:30pm. Bordley Building, Chestertown.

Boo at the Zoo - 2016
Oct. 21-23. Treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats and more. 5:30-8:30pm each night. $20-$30. National Zoo, Washington D.C.

Harbor Harvest Children's Festival - 2016
Oct. 22. Ikea Urban Pumpkin Patch, petting zoo, face painting and more. Free, additional costs are required for some activities. 10am-2pm. West Shore Park, Baltimore.

OktoBEARfest - 2016
Oct. 22. Noon-4pm. Seasonal beers, live music, and Oktoberfest-style food and fare, and all day admission to zoo. $40-$50. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Great Jack O' Lantern Campfire - 2016
Oct. 22. Display of hand-carved pumpkins, hunt for glowing Jack O' Lanterns, haunted Halloween tales and more. Free. 7-8:30pm. Darnall's Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro.

Celebrate Halloween - 2016
Oct. 23. Trick-or-Treating from noon-2pm, special activities area and “Hocus Pocus” will be playing starting at 12:30pm. The Annual National Harbor Chef Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held at 2pm. Free. Noon. National Harbor.

Halloween on the Farm - 2016
Oct. 23. 4-7pm. Costume contest, hayrides, games and more. $4. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro.

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