Spirited Baltimore

Baltimore is a waterfront city filled with 200 years of history, tradition and legends. Investigate the myths by taking a ghost tour, exploring a haunted site, or treating yourself to a Halloween tradition. Venture to another realm to experience spirited Baltimore!

Ghost Tours in Baltimore

The Original Fell’s Point Ghostwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
March-November: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.
Picture Fell's Point as it was, a rowdy seaport town, the birthplace of the sleek and dangerous Baltimore Schooner ship. Its streets full of sailors from foreign lands spilling off ships, immigrants anxious to start a new life, ladies of the night looking to make ends meet and all the characters looking to make a living in the maritime industry. Given this colorful combination, is it any wonder that many spirits remain behind? Explore the many haunted pubs, shops and residences on this tour.

The Fell's Point Haunted Pubwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
July-November: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.
Step through the doors of some of Fell's Point's most haunted pubs for this fascinating tour of the historic maritime neighborhood. If your arms break out into goosebumps and the hair on your neck stands up, it may be because ghost sightings have happened right where you are sitting. Participants can choose to buy a drink, relax and hear tales of that haunted tavern and ghost stories from nearby sites. Must be at least 21 years old.

The Mount Vernon Ghostwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
Saturdays in October, 7 p.m.; groups of five or more, any time, year round
Mount Vernon, Baltimore's cultural center may be more "spirited" than you think. Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood that was home to many of Baltimore's leading citizens. Hear about those who have never checked out of the Belvedere, a séance gone wrong and more than one grand dame who still oversees the activities of her home. Pull back the curtain and peer into the other side.

Haunted Hotspots

Westminster Hall Burying Ground
519 W. Fayette Street
Year round; click here for specific hours of operation
Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established. The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe and General James McHenry.

Green Mount Cemetery
1501 Greenmount Avenue
Year round; click here for specific hours of operation
Green Mount Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 65,000 individuals. Many have had a profound influence on our nation's history, such as Enoch Pratt, Johns Hopkins and John Wilkes Booth. Within the walls of the cemetery you will find statesmen, captains of industry, philanthropists, artists, authors and military leaders. 90-minute guided walking tours are offered year-round.

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
203 North Amity Street
Weekends, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. through December 27
The refurbished National Historic Landmark, where Poe lived from 1833 to 1835, is open to visitors on a seasonal schedule or by appointment. Visitors can walk on the same floors and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Poe once did, as well as see some of his original possessions like his writing desk and chair.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E. Fort Avenue
Year-round; 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
With more than 200 years of history, Fort McHenry has its share of legends, such as secret tunnels, ghostly apparitions and strange noises. Explore the ramparts and learn the history of the fort through these exciting stories that blend history, folklore, the humorous and the unexplainable.

Fell Family Crypt
1600 Shakespeare Street
Visit the final resting place of Fell’s Point founders, the Fell family. Learn about the beginnings of Fell’s Point and find out which member from the Fell family can be seen walking along Shakespeare Street toward the family’s grave site.

Halloween Events

Rocky Horror Picture Show! Interactive Movie Night
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 13-15, 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., Saturday
Back by popular demand! The nuttiest, musical cult film of all time rockets back from 1975. The Creative Alliance screens the film, sings the songs and shows off some favorite raunchy Rocky Horror Picture Show performers. Tighten up your garters, come up to the lab and see what's on the slab! The evening is hosted by Betty O'Hellno. Tickets are $15 in advance, $12 for members; $18 at the door, $15 for members.

Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Road, Owings Mills
October 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
PumpkinFest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun. Event highlights include:

    • Wagon hay rides
    • Live music
    • A magic show by the Amazing Cantori
    • Jugglers
    • Pumpkin painting
    • Face painting
    • Cooking demonstrations
    • Pumpkin bowling and sack races
    • Delicious food
    • Haybale slides and much more!
    • The admission fee is $15 per child. All activities are included. Free for adults and children under 2 years old.

Great Halloween Lantern Parade Workshops
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 16 & 23, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Make a hand-drum lantern! This year's new lanterns are designed by Yesenia Mejia, one of the Creative Alliance's Artesanas Mexicanas! Stop by one of the Sunday sessions to make your personal lantern to carry in The Great Halloween Lantern Parade! The lantern designs are inspired by the traditions of Día De Los Muertos.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged and materials are provided. There is a $5 suggested donation per participant. Groups can sign up to 8 people for a session. If you’d like a brighter lantern, bring your flashlight or purchase extra lights at $2 each.

Family & Friends Pumpkin Carving Night
Das Bier Haus, 1542 Light Street
October 19-20, 4 p.m.
Halloween is just around the corner, and we know that most Witches and Warlocks are pretty busy this time of year! Put aside the worry of grabbing quality pumpkins and supplies for your little gnomes, kick back with a stein of ale and let the team at Das Bier Haus do the work for you! On October 19th, Das Bier Haus will be hosting its first annual Family & Friends Pumpkin Carving Night! For $15, kids will receive any meal from our children's menu, along with a complimentary pumpkin and first hand lessons from one of our pumpkin carving certified staff members. Kids carving will take place from 4-7 p.m. All area families are encouraged to join in neighborly fun! Along with pumpkin carving, Das Bier Haus will feature bobbing for apples, a candy apple fondue bar, a candy corn-hole/bean bag toss and more. Adult pumpkin carving will begin at 8 p.m. Feel free to join us at any time throughout the night to get started on your pumpkin! There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pumpkins at the end of the night! You will have the option of taking your pumpkin home or having it put on display at the restaurant for the remainder of the holiday. In addition to adult pumpkin carving, there will be a meal/drink option which includes your choice of entrée/sandwich, bottomless hot toddy’s, booze bobbing for apples and drink specials. Please RSVP!

Second Stoop: Fright Night
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Stoop presents an open mic night of true, personal tales on the theme "Fright Night: Stories about nightmares, phobias and good ole-fashioned anxiety." Put your name in the hat to tell a three-minute, true, personal tale on the theme – or just come to listen. During intermission, sign up for karaoke on the big stage. Once the stories stop, the singing begins! Tickets are $12, $10 for members and an extra $3 at the door.

MICA Haunted House: Time Stream
1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue
October 20-22, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday and 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday
MICA’s Haunted House is a student-run production that runs annually in October, known for its large-scale, intricately detailed, immersive and horrifying haunted house. Each year features a unique theme that is guaranteed to scare you half to death! This year, experience a trip back into history that highlights the horrors of our world’s time stream.

9th Annual Harbor Harvest
West Shore Park, 401 Light Street
October 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The event, which is free to attend, will feature the IKEA pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment! The Harbor Harvest Kids Pass includes one pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, a fall craft and Harbor Harvest tote bag. The Harbor Harvest Kids Pass is $5 in advance (and can be purchased online) and $7 at the door.

Witches & Wizards Weekend
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
October 22, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & October 23, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Hop on board Platform 2 3/4 to the Wizard & Witches Express for a magical adventure. The train departs promptly at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Enter into the B&O's Magical World of Magic through the enchanted walkway. There will be a sword demonstration by Medieval Times knights on Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other highlights include:

    • Take a journey through the Magical Object won't believe your eyes!
    • An herbology class that allows young wizards and witches to learn all about the care of plants and all about their magical properties
    • The Young Wizards Academy, where wizards and witches participate in hands-on STEAM educational experiments and learn about engineering
    • An edible potions class, where wizards and witches and craft some edible potions in the Potions Classroom
    • A game of Quiddich
    • Craft stations that include wand making, wizard hat making and "dragon hatching"
    • The Wizard Show – two, 15-minute stage performances per hour in the Roundhouse, new this year!
    • Make your way through the magical maze to pick your pumpkin at the Pratt Street Pumpkin Patch, located at the B&O Pavilion; $5 per pumpkin while supplies last

Toddler Time Halloween & Costume Parade with Choo Choo Blue
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
October 26, 10:30 a.m.
Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot, will lead the parade. Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy a train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville and parade in costume around the Museum to collect special treats – all included with paid admission. It’s a spooktacular event and a train load of fun you don’t want to miss! This program starts promptly at 10:30 a.m.

AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway
October 27, 5-7 p.m.
Join AVAM for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration! At 5:30 p.m., join AVAM and Race Pace Bicycles for the first ever “Ride of Frankenstein.” Meet at Race Pace Bicycles (1410 Key Highway), then pedal through the historic neighborhoods and parks of Federal Hill. End at AVAM around 6:30 p.m., just in time to visit the museum and catch the free Flick from the Hill screening of “Young Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. Bring your own bike, or rent one from Race Pace Federal Hill (please call ahead at 410-986-0001 to reserve, as supplies are limited). Helmets, locks and lights are strongly suggested, and costumes are encouraged!

Also enjoy the free "Lumin-Eeries" lantern-making workshop! Monsters and their mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern; BYO glass jar (any size w/ label removed); all materials, including glue, paper, googly eyes and bling is provided.

Throughout the event, enjoy free museum admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition and tour the rest of the museum’s wonderland campus.

Horseshoe’s Halloween Bash and $5,000 Costume Contest
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell Street
October 28
Calling all ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other spooky creatures! Something is brewing at Horseshoe Baltimore. It’s the place to be this Halloween; enjoy a live performance from Go Go Gadjet, Kristen & the Noise and a $5,000 Costume Contest!

Baltimore Bike Party: Halloween Ride
St. Mary’s Park, 600 N. Paca Street
October 28, 7 p.m.
This month, Baltimore Bike Party is throwing the biggest, scariest, monsteriest bike party of the year! Formally the Halloween Brew Ha Ha, the event is shifting gears a little since the end location is The Baltimore Whiskey Company (but beer lovers, don’t worry, there will still be plenty of brews from Heavy Seas Beer). The theme is simple: Halloween. The party goes until midnight this year, so make sure your costume can go the distance. Be cute, be scary, be funny, but above all, be costumed.

The Haunting of Poe: A Burlesque Masquerade
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 28, 8:30 p.m.
Denizens of Baltimore, don your finest masquerade attire and join the mischief makers and voyeurs! Gilded Lily Burlesque and Deanna Danger Productions return after their sold out show in 2015 to take you on an immersive journey into the fated life of Edgar Allan Poe! Be among the observers in Prince Prospero's laboratory as he and his guests resurrect our melancholic Poe-t for a science-fiction spin on Poe’s literary work through burlesque, sideshow and more! Witness the reanimation of Poe’s pages and become part of this unique experience…for you too shall be safe from our scientist’s homicidal experiments. Watch as the boundaries of human knowledge are pushed, and horror intersects with science and art. Plus, dance your fears away at the After Party with DJFell! Admission to the after party is included in the ticket price.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive
October 28-October 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Maryland Zoo! Get your costume ready and enjoy free trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, yummy food and more! It’s bound to be a frightfully fun and wild time. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring goodie bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. Some games may require additional fees. ZooBooo! is free with Zoo admission, and is rain or shine.

KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden Street
October 29, 8 a.m.
The Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH are once again joining manager Buck Showalter, his wife, Angela, and KidsPeace to host a Halloween-themed race to benefit children in foster care. The seventh annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk will start and end at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Halloween costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the first three male and female finishers, the first masters’ finishers and age group winners. There will also be prizes for the best child costume, best adult costume, best family costume, best group costume, and most creative child and adult Orioles costumes. Race participants will enjoy a pre- and post-race party with face painting, a moon bounce, food and more Halloween fun with Buck and Angela Showalter, as well as the Oriole Bird. Interested runners and walkers can register at The first 900 registered runners/walkers will receive a race t-shirt (sizes are first come, first serve)

BMI Farmers Market Fall Harvest Fun Family Day
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway
October 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate autumn with pumpkin decorating and sack races. Bring your own kid-size clothes and make a scarecrow.

Fall-O-Ween Country Fair
Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place
October 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Are you looking for a family-friendly, not-so-scary event to kick off the fall season? Put on your favorite costume and experience the museum’s annual Falloween Country Fair! Enjoy a variety of fun activities throughout the day, including pumpkin tic-tac-toe, a candy corn relay, harvest bean bag toss, rubber ducky pond, music and entertainment, wildlife adventures, face painting and much more.

Green Mount Cemetery Tour with Mark Letzer, MdHS President & CEO
Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Avenue
October 29, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland history on this special Halloween tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. Join Mark Letzer, MdHS President & CEO, on a tour of the museum’s galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, visitors will motorcade to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries. Tickets are $35 for MdHS members and $45 for nonmembers. Boxed lunches will be served.

Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Goblins
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street
October 29, 11 a.m.
Celebrate a very spooky Halloween with ghosts, goblins, magic and the BSO! Sparks will fly in Mussorgsky’s spellbinding Night on Bald Mountain and John Williams’ whimsical music from Harry Potter. Prior to the concert, join the BSO in the lobby starting at 9:45 a.m. for a range of exciting, interactive and educational musical adventures. Activities include an instrument petting zoo, exciting arts and crafts, interactive workshops, performances by BSYO and OrchKids, face painting and more! Immediately following each family concert is a buffet lunch in the Second Space; tickets must be purchased separately.

Spooky Science
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street
October 29, 12-4 p.m.
Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the 8th annual Spooky Science, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Spend the afternoon making gooey, glowing slime, decorating pumpkins, exploring spooky sensory bins and even watch the Science Center launch pumpkins off of the roof! All activities are free with paid admission and free for members.

Annual Halloween Spooktacular! Pumpkin Patch
Mount Vernon Place (East Square), 699 Washington Place
October 29, 2-4 p.m.
Come by between 2 and 4 p.m. to decorate your own pumpkin and enjoy yummy Halloween munchies. Mount Vernon Place will be decorated for Halloween! Following the pumpkin patch, there will be a children’s party at 3 p.m. at Davis Hall at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and a trick-or-treating parade leaving from the church at 5:15 p.m. All ages are welcome. Costumes are encouraged, but not required! The inclement weather date is Sunday, October 30 at the same time.

The 17th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue
October 29, 3:30 p.m.
The community that creates together is great together! This year’s parade and festival theme is “Día de los Muertos .” During the day, a family festival in Patterson Park includes lantern building, kids’ costume contests, sugar skull making, live music and performers, craft vendors, hayrides, family activities and more! Everyone is welcome to dress in costume and carry a lantern in the parade! The parade theme is organized under the direction of Artesanas Mexicanas who have provided the inspiration for new floats, marching bands, stilt-walkers, dancers and more than 1,500 community-made lanterns!

Federal Hill-O-Ween Bar Crawl
Federal Hill
October 29, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lindy Promotions, Miller Lite and the Federal Hill Hospitality Association present the 8th annual Federal HillOween. This blood-pumping, spooktacular bar crawl is coming for you! This eerie eve of Halloween galore will feature costume contests, food specials and more. Baltimore's 8th annual Federal Hill-O-Ween will be a bone-chilling bash of unbeatable good times! The pub crawl features 14+ Federal Hill establishments; drink, food and shooter specials; and more. Registration/check-in is from 5-10 p.m. in the Mother’s Federal Hill Grille parking lot.

4th Annual Black Cat Ball
Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Boulevard
October 29, 8 p.m.
What could be more Halloween than black cats and Edgar Allan Poe? Nothing, that’s what! Heads up: mark your calendars and start crafting your costumes for the 4th annual Black Cat Ball at Mobtown Ballroom, benefiting Poe Baltimore and the Edgar Allan Poe House. This year, the party will feature the award-winning, roof-raising sounds of The Grandsons, known as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” Be sure your costume allows for crazy dance moves to an eclectic whirlpool of New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two-steps. All this for just $15 – don’t dare miss this killer party!

Halloween 2016: Dead or Alive!
Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place
October 29, 8 p.m.
There's no place to hide when the dead are alive! Come on down to Baltimore's BIGGEST Halloween party at Power Plant Live! The event features access to every bar in Power Plant Live!, a huge costume contest, more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, DJ Sal Flip and DJ Janko on the Live! stage, the tombstone graveyard dance floor and more. This event is 21+. Purchase your entry fee in advance and get preferred entry at the front gate.

Hallow’s Eve
Maryland Science Center
October 29, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
In its fifth year, this Halloween extravaganza has experienced a meteoric rise into Baltimore’s ultimate holiday spectacular. Halloween 2016 is going to be legendary, with incredible music across six unique areas, a costume contest and all of the science exhibits open. Advanced VIP tickets are $65 and advanced general admission is $35.

The Glow Ball! With Las Cafeteras – Dance Party and Costume Contest
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 29, 9:30 p.m.
The wild parade after-party! Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuses traditional Afro-Mexican music with a politically charged modern urban sound that can only come from the Chicano culture of East L.A. The group’s sound is rooted in the son jarocho of the state of Veracruz, Mexico. A regional folk style that evolved on the West Coast of Mexico, it’s a sound that represents a fusion between Spanish, African and indigenous musical elements. While the root of Las Cafeteras’ sound is essentially deep folk music, their take on it is distinctly urban and American, with a showmanship and lyrical bent that is all their own. Noted for their infectious live performances, they’ve crossed many genre and musical borders, playing with bands such as Mexican icons Caifanes, Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Angeles legends Ozomatli, folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and most recently, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are $13 or $10 for members and $3 extra at the door.

Canton Halloween Party Sinners & Saints Block Party
October 29, 10 p.m-12 a.m.
Dress up in your scary, sexy or funny costumes at Baltimore’s Halloween event, Sinners & Saints Block Party in Canton. Join Lindy Promotions and hundreds of costumed partiers for a great night of bar crawling, partying and meeting new friends! The party features drink specials at many well-known Canton establishments, food specials and no cover at participating bars. All attendees must have a ticket/wristband; check=in is at El Bufalo between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Movie and Music: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street
October 29, 8 p.m. and October 30, 3 p.m.
What's this, what's this?! – the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton's macabre classic. Danny Elfman's rambunctious, colorful score will roar into life in the hands of the BSO as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King's quest to seize Christmas.

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street
October 30, 12-3 p.m.
The museum’s community ofrenda, or altar, will be on display for the two weeks leading up to the museum’s Día de los Muertos celebration on October 30. Artist Edgar Reyes has created this year’s altar and is inviting all members of the public to bring items to place on the altar in honor of loved ones who have passed away. Event highlights include:

  • Art activities: create a small Día de los Muertos altar you can take home with you or, learn how to make paper marigolds, or cempasúchil. The flower plays an important role in the rituals of Día de los Muertos, as their bright color and unique scent attract the spirits of the dead back to collect the offering made in their honor
  • Dance performance: a traditional Mexican folk dance performance by local dance troupe Bailes de Mi Tierra
  • Pixilated Photo Booth: commemorate your Día de los Muertos experience with a free photo


Downtown Baltimore Pumpkins in the Park
Center Plaza, 100 N. Charles Street
October 30, 12-4 p.m.
The Downtown Partnership's annual fall festival includes tons of free activities for kids of all ages. Brick N Fire Pizza will be there selling their delicious brick oven pizza, and beer and cider will be available for purchase as well. So bring a picnic or grab lunch on site while you enjoy the following festivities:

  • Free face painting
  • Moonbounce
  • Performances from The Billies
  • Petting zoo
  • Pumpkin picking in the Center Plaza Pumpkin Patch!