Lots of interesting spins on Halloween festivities! From a Haunted Escape Room and Haunted Harmonies with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra to Witch and Wizard Weekend at the B&O Train Museum, there is fun for kids of all ages! Here are our top picks for family fun October 25-28!
Thursday, October 25
Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade
Railroad story and Halloween celebration with Choo Choo Blue featuring activities and trick-or-treating. $12–$18. 10:30 a.m. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org
Teen Game Day: Haunted House Escape Room
Test your wits and see if you and your friends can escape from the haunted mansion. 3 p.m. Mountain Road Community Library, Pasadena. aacpl.net
MTPA Porch Stories: Stories That Scare Us!
An Evening of Thrilling and Frightening Tales from the Past! This open Mic event gives anyone the opportunity to share a 5 minute true and personal story centered on a theme. Have you ever been stuck upside down on a roller coaster? Was lost in the middle of nowhere? Had an encounter with a UFO? We want to hear your most thrilling and frightening tale. Wear a costume that relates to your story and you will be entered to win a secret prize! Please email HERE if you are interested in telling your story or attending. Maryland Theater for the Performing Arts, Annapolis. mtpa-annapolis.org
Friday, October 26
Oct. 26–28. Free trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival games and more. $13–$18. 10 a.m–4 p.m. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Baltimore. marylandzoo.org
Celebrate the season with games and a costume parade around the Hammond Harwood House. Kids will enjoy several fun activities and will learn about the architecture of the house. Witch telling stories, face painting, pumpkin toss, witch hat ring toss, pop corn and more. Cash bar available. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. $10.00 to $15.00 —$15 per family/$10 Member’s family. Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis. hammondharwoodhouse.org/october/
Enchanted Forest and Creepy Creek
Enchanted Forest is Halloween fun and games for the younger crowd, wear your costume and get your face painted! 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. $10.00 —Parents are free with child, Children under 2 are free. Includes a hay* ride, popcorn, water, candy, & a mini-pumpkin for each child. From 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. there is Creepy Creek – a haunted trail for those who dare to enter! (For older children, requires separate ticket from Enchanted Forest). Tickets are $10. Indian Creek Upper School, Crownsville. indiancreekschool.org/page/event-detail?pk=8483476&fromId=226180
Halloween Haunted Trail
Sandy Point State Park Haunted Trail run by park staff and volunteers. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 per vehicle. The haunted trail may not be suitable for young children or those afraid of ghost, goblins and other creatures of that nature. The trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Wear appropriate clothing/footwear for the trails, consider cooler weather. The end of the trail entails climbing into a wagon for a hayride back to the beginning. Event will be cancelled if its raining, with no rain date. Reservations only, groups of approximately 20 people every 30 minutes will be led through the trail, starting at 6pm. Families with younger children may want to consider coming while there is still daylight. Sandy Point State Park. go.activecalendar.com/doit-md/event/halloween-haunted-trail/
Saturday, October 27
Live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and more. $6–$18. 10 a.m–4 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. cbmm.org
Trick or Treat Trail
Head to Downs Park for a stroll around the trail and kid-friendly trick-or-treating. Online registration is encouraged. Ages 12 and under; $5 per child. Downs Park, Pasadena. friendsofdownspk.org
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
Halloween in the Garden
Dress up as a family and enjoy art activities, trick-or-treating, a parade and more. $2. 10 a.m–4 p.m. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. annmariegarden.org
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
Spooky Sounds, Haunted Harmonies
The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra performs its annual Halloween concert. Costume contest to follow. $20; students free. 7–8:30 p.m. Riva Trace Baptist Church. lso-music.org
Oct. 27–28. Book festival with author-led workshops and panels, including how to launch your book, young adult, graphic novels and more. Wine/dine, literary pub crawls, paranormal and horror topics. $15–$65; book signings are free. Roger Carter Center, Ellicott City. hallowread.com
Witches & Wizards Weekend
Oct. 27–28. Explore the magic of railroading by learning about the science of wizardry. Create edible “potions,” wizard wands and hats, and more. $12–$18. Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.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/
Letts Scream Halloween
This family-friendly Halloween celebration is perfect for all ages. There will be trick-or-treating, hayrides, a haunted trail walk, s’mores, hot dogs, hot cider and hot chocolate. Wear your best Halloween costume, decorate your pumpkin, and enjoy some treats! $5–$7. 2–5 p.m. Camp Letts, Edgewater. campletts.org
Over 50 small businesses, food trucks, a costume contest, live music, activities for the whole family, safe trick-or-treating at each vendor booth, face painting and raffles. $5; kids are free. 1–7 p.m. 5200 Southwestern Blvd, Arbutus. eventbrite.com
I Hate Shakespeare!
We hate Shakespeare! At least that’s what the audience thinks until they get a rip-roaring rundown of Shakespeare’s classics. With zombies, talking cows, and an appearance by “Jerry Springer,” “I Hate Shakespeare!” is a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist. 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 27, 28, November 3, 4. Sensory Friendly Performance Nov 3, 4:30 p.m. Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, Baltimore. cpmarts.org.
For more weekend fun and also the weekday fun, be sure to visit our full Calendar of Events!