25 Free Things To Do With The Family In October!

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It’s no trick! We’ve got 25 treats for your family in October in the form of FREE fun events! 

Monday, October 1

Crafternoon for a Cause: Dog Tug Toys
Learn how to make dog tug toys. No experience necessary. All products made will be donated to our local animal shelter. 3 – 4 pm. Broadneck Community Library. aacpl.net

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Harry Potter Festival
Oct. 5–6. This townwide festival features Harry Potter magic, trivia, quidditch games, panel discussions, a scavenger hunt, costume contest and more. Free; some activities require a fee. Chestertown. chestertownhpfest.org

Saturday, October 6

Bowie International Festival
Travel around the world in a day. Enjoy international foods, music, dance performers, international bands and more. 11 am to 5 pm. 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie. cityofbowie.org/index.aspx?NID=1016

Could Our Library Be Haunted?
Delve into the paranormal with the Maryland Ghost Trackers. Hear stories of their investigations and learn about the equipment that they use. 2 pm. Maryland City at Russett Community Library, Laurel. aacpl.net

Darlington Apple Festival
All-day entertainment, crafts, fall produce, games and more. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 1024 Main St, Darlington. darlingtonapplefestival.org

PRAD: Patuxent River Appreciation Days
Oct. 6–7. Boatbuilding, live music, canoe rides and demonstrations, free harbor cruises, arts and crafts, food, wine tasting and a parade (Sunday, 2 p.m.) Free. Museum entry is additional. Adults $9; children $4. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com

PoeEdgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards
Oct. 6–7. Poe-themed vendors, books, music, performances and art. Plus the Poe Places death weekend bus tour, and the Black Cat Ball aboard the steamship yacht Raven at the Inner Harbor. Festival is free, tickets required for tour and Black Cat Ball. Festival Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Poe House, Baltimore. poefestinternational.com

Sunday, October 7

First Sunday Arts Festival
The Arts Festival is held the first Sunday of every month from May 6th to November 4th from 11 am to 5 pm on West Street in Downtown Annapolis. Shop from 130 local and regional artisans and enjoy outdoor cafes and more than seven live bands each day. You can even explore galleries, take a game room challenge and even create your own artwork at shops on West Street. annapolis.com

Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie
Six kids with OCD share how they learned to face their fears, stop their rituals and regain control of their lives in this documentary. Dr. Magda Rodriguez and Dr. Theresa Shank, from the board of the local chapter of the IOCDF will lead a discussion on resources and answer questions after the viewing. 2 pm. Severn Community Library, Severn. aacpl.net

Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire
This family-friendly showcase of invention brings together engineers, artists, and scientists as these makers to show hobbies, experiments and projects. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The Chrysalis in Symphony Woods. downtowncolumbia.makerfaire.com

Tuesday, October 9

Stories and a Snack
Young children enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. Afterward, special guests will provide samples and coupons from mall restauarants. Free. 6:30 p.m. Discoveries: Library at the Mall, Annapolis. aacpl.net

Saturday, October 13

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
13–14. 190 Master artisans with original artwork at every price point will showcase at Bethesda Row. Plus live musical entertainment and performance art.
Free. Fri. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Bethesda. bethesdarowarts.org

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Harbor Harvest
Urban Pumpkin Patch, petting zoo, face painting, hay maze, costume parade, pony rides, a trackless train, and more. Free; additional cost for some activities. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Rash Field, Baltimore. waterfrontpartnership.org

Horse Show and Family Fun Day
Celebrate the achievements of Maryland Therapeutic Riding participants with family, friends, and the community! Held on our on their beautiful, 25 acre farm located in Crownsville, Maryland, this event is free to participants and spectators. In addition to the horse show, there will be an area dedicated to family fun activities including games, crafts, pumpkin painting, pony bounces, face painting and more! Food will be available for purchase from a local food truck, and e Kona Ice, a make your own snowball truck. 10 am to 2 pm. Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Crownsville. horsesthatheal.org

Thursday, October 18

Homeschool Workshop: Ancient Art
Examine artifacts from Africa, Asia, and Europe that reflect the role of storytelling. For homeschoolers. Registration required. Free. 1:30–3:30 p.m. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. thewalters.org

Friday, October 19

Family fun, 2 bands, 3 breweries, face painting, pumpkin painting, German food, par-3 Golf Tournament, and more. Free. 5–10 p.m. Renditions Golf Course, Davidsonville. renditionsgolf.com

Saturday, October 20

American Indian Festival
Celebrate the cultures of Native Americans with live performances of traditional music, dancing, drumming, singing, and storytelling. Free. 10 a.m.–
4 p.m. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/709/American-Indian-Festival

Trick-or-Treat on the Square
Trick-or-treat at local businesses, plus face painting, a pet costume contest and more. Free. 3 p.m. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown.

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Visit the Maryland Dove, transformed into a not-so-scary haunted ship. Trick-or-treating, face painting and games. Free; donations welcome. 4:30–8 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC), St. Mary’s City. visitstmarysmd.com/events/haunted-ship

Great Jack-O’-Lantern Campfire
Hand-carved pumpkins, a glowing jack-o’-lantern hunt, hot cider, haunted Halloween tales and more. Free. 7–8:30 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. history.pgparks.com

Saturday, October 27

Boo Bash
Costume contest, parade, trick or treat and more. Free. 3–5 p.m., register for kids costume parade 2:15 p.m. North Beach Business Loop, North Beach. northbeachmd.org

Spooktacular STEM
Come dressed in your spookiest costume as we explore simple preschool Halloween-based science challenges. For preschoolers. 10 am. Deale Community Library. aacpl.net.

HowlOWeen Pawty
This annual bash features Candy with a Cop, a safe trick-or-treating trail, adoptable animals, games, a children’s costume parade and more. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Millersville. aacounty.org

Sunday, October 28

Trick or Treat Fall Festival
Trick or Treating, costume contest, food, vendors, kids’ games, and a moon bounce. Supporting “Stand Up & Speak Out,” a domestic violence support group. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Long Point Hall, Pasadena. facebook.com/events/1675303049213050/

Wednesday, October 31

Halloween Storytime
Not-so-scary stories, songs, activities and more. Wear your costume and join the parade. Free. 10:30 a.m. Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, Annapolis. aacpl.net

For more family fun visit our Calendar of Events!