Haunting on the Lake
The sun has gone down and the creatures and beasts of the mysterious Goodwin Lake Trail have awoken for a night of fright. Join a Twin Lakes State Park trail guide as their dim lanterns give you passage and help you to face your fears. Stare down several different phobias as you make your way through this heart pounding trail. This is sure to be a scream. The trail is not recommended for those under the age of 13. $5/person. Oct. 20-21, 6pm-10pm; Green Bay. More frightening details.
Ghost Trails Hayrides
Take a spooky hayride thru the woods of the York River State Park to discover some of its haunted past through storytelling. Don't worry, you can pretend that you are not scared but who are you really fooling? Open to all ages. Reservations are required. Cost: $4/person, $25/group. Oct. 21, 6:30pm-10pm; Williamsburg. More information.
Night of the Living Museum
Kids of all ages, come in costume as your favorite character or wild animal. Trick-or-treat throughout the museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and themed decorations! Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. Discover pumpkin carving secrets. Learn the ways of spiders large and small as well as other creepy crawlies in the lab. Visit the tooth fairyland, magical cave and pirate cove. Take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk and see the new Dinosaur Discovery Trail by night! Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. Oct. 20-21, 5:30pm-8:30pm. More information and tickets.
Halloween Party and Haunted Nature Center!
Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington is putting on a grand Halloween Party, with snacks, arts and crafts, storytelling, and guided hikes through the woods. People of all ages are welcome! Cost is $15 per participant for the party, $20 per participant includes the Haunted Nature Center experience. Children 3 and under are free. Oct. 28, 6:30pm-9pm. Advanced reservations and payment required.
Fall Festival and Haunted History Hike
Where else can you find cemetery hayrides, apple launching, pumpkin painting, bonfire and a haunted hike all in one place in Northern Virginia but Leesylvania State Park! Don't forget to take your camera - there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Oct. 21, 4pm-9pm; Woodbridge. More details.
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Join Henricus Historical Park by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Register early by calling (804) 748-1611. Oct. 27-28, 7pm-8:30pm; Chester. More information.
Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo features more than 40 treat stations and after-hours access to exhibits, including the Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Great Cats. Kids will love grooving to the music on the entertainment stage, featuring kids scary-oke. And don't miss the extreme pumpkin-carving demonstrations! By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs. Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings. Book soon, Saturday already sold out. Oct. 20-22, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets and more information.
Historic St. Mary's Haunted Ship
Don a costume and visit the Maryland Dove, transformed into a not-so-scary haunted ship. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and games. Donations appreciated. Oct. 21, 5:30pm-8:30pm; St. Mary’s City. More information.
London Town Sins and Secrets
Explore the dark underbelly of London’s history. Walk the streets of the long dead seaport, discovering its more salacious stories. Learn about the pirates who prowled the South River, an eighteenth-century bar fight, a spy who dined with the rich of our town, and a runaway sailor with ribald tattoos! Bring back alive the tavern atmosphere with alcoholic drinks and refreshments, included in the price of $25 for nonmembers. Food provided by Whole Foods of Annapolis. Oct. 20 and 27, 6pm-8pm; Edgewater. More details.
Haunted History Hike
A Soldier’s Delight guide will lead you by lantern light through the park after dark! Hear ghostly tales of local lore. See some of the night hunters that travel by wing that may have been the inspiration for some of the world's ghosts. You'll hear tales of gruesome crime and punishment and visit the site of Maryland's first public execution for murder. Recommended for adults and families with children 8 and up, $5/person. Reservations are highly encouraged. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, 7pm-9pm; Owings Mills. More information.
Come to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center hungry and ready to try your luck at Bingo! This is an adult event (21+) Homemade soups and bread will be for sale. Snacks and drinks free! There will be beer, a special witch’s brew, soft drinks, chips, desserts, and a 12′ candy bar. Pre-registration for $30 includes pack of 20 (“9on”) bingo papers and door prize tickets. $35 at the door. Wear a costume to win extra prizes! Oct. 27, 5:30pm-9:30pm, Grasonville. Registration is highly recommended.
U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary's County
View exciting shucking competitions, try some tasty oyster recipes, and celebrate St. Mary's County's Chesapeake Bay heritage at this authentic oysterfest. Shuckers come from all over the country to compete and Cook-Off competitors compete in three categories: hors d’oeuvres, soups/stews, and main dishes. There will be lots of food vendors, musical acts on three stages, arts & crafts vendors, children's entertainment and much more. $10; kids under 12 are free. Oct. 21, 10am-6pm and Oct. 22, 11am-6pm; Leonardtown. More information.
B&O Railroad Museum Wizards and Witches Weekend
Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Hop on the Wizards Express, watch a Sword Demonstration by Medieval Times knights, take an Herbology Class and learn all the magical properties of plants. Take part in hands-on STEAM educational experiments, an Edible Potions Class, Wand Making, and more! Tickets and more information. Oct. 28, 10am-3:30pm and Oct. 29 11am-3:30pm; Baltimore.
Jefferson Patterson Halloween Festival
There's so much more to Halloween than just trick-or-treating! Make Halloween special for your family this year by attending the free Halloween Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Enjoy games, arts & crafts, face painting, a haunted wagon ride, fortune teller, camp fire stories, free candy and if you're really brave take a walk through the haunted barn. Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume. Costume contest open to children 10 years-old or younger. This event is free and open to the public. Oct. 27, 6pm-9pm; St. Leonard. More info and costume Contest Online Registration.