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
July-November: Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 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 off the maritime industry. Given this explosive combination, is it any wonder that many spirits remained behind? Join us under the cover of night to explore the many haunted pubs, shops and residences. But don't stray too far from the group because you never know when you'll find yourself face to face with the unknown.

The Fell's Point Haunted Pubwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
July-November: Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 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. Even when it's freezing outside you'll stay toasty and warm on this haunted pubwalk! And 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. 7:00 p.m.

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. 

Walking Ghost Tour of Fell’s Point

By: Tours & Crawls Baltimore
All Year Long: Monday – Thursday 8:00 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.

Tired of made up stories and dubious history? Then take a 90-minute nighttime Walking Ghost Tour of Baltimore with us through the historic waterfront district on a spine-tingling journey into Fells Point's dark and troubled history, while meeting some of our more spirited residents and visiting our most horrific haunted sites! Our tours will have you sleeping with one eye open!

From haunted taverns to restless spirits, we'll share the tales of these local ghosts:

  • Edgar Allen Poe - Where and how did Poe really die...and is he still there?
  • The Night Nurse - Still checking on her patients in their beds...their hotel beds!
  • The Boot Maker - Stomping around Fells Point's oldest Saloon after 200 years in the grave!
  • The "Working Girls" - Spent a life luring men into bed...and the afterlife as well!

Come find the answers to these and many more mysteries! So join us...if you DARE!

Haunted Pub Crawl of Fell’s Point
By: Tours & Crawls Baltimore
All Year Long: Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m.

Want to go out drinking with a long dead boot maker who stomps around one of Fells Point's most infamous saloons? Want to find out what happened to one of America's most famous writers of the macabre...and how he also enjoyed crawling from bar to bar in Fells Point? Join us and hear tales so spooky, "they'll scare ya sober!”

Where better to find spirits of other worlds than among the liquid spirits of this one? We take you from pub to tavern to bar in historic Fell’s Point, where you will hear our great ghost stories. At each bar you visit, your guide will give you plenty of time to purchase a soda, beer, or cocktail and then tell you the haunted tales of that location and those nearby. Must be at least 21 years old.

Private Group Haunted Pub Crawls and Ghost Tours
By: Tours & Crawls Baltimore
Private Haunted Group Tours & Crawls are an excellent way to bring your group together for a unique, customized and spirited Baltimore destination experience. Thrill your Corporate Group, Bachelorette Party, School Function or Family Reunion with a Walking Ghost Tour or Haunted Pub Crawl in Fell’s Point, MD. Each group tour & crawl will be customized to fit your needs and interests and include a private tour guide.

Baltimore Wicked History Tours
By: Wicked History Baltimore
March-November: Saturdays 5:00 p.m.

Baltimore Wicked History Tours plumbs the depths of Baltimore’s underbelly. While we crawl through some of the pubs and taverns in town, you’ll hear about times past when some struggled to survive and others thumbed their noses at authority. From speakeasies to underhanded villains to celebrated personalities who passed through these Baltimore streets. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other. Some might call it wicked. Come down to Fells Point and hear tantalizing tales of the neighborhood's scandalous past.


Haunted Hotspots

Westminster Hall Burying Ground
519 W. Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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 Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202
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 also offered on a year-round basis.

Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum
203 North Amity Street, Baltimore, MD
Weekends, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. through December 28th, 2014

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, stairs and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Edgar lived with. 

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E. Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
Year round. 8:00 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 St., Baltimore, MD 21224

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.

Special Events/Exhibitions

Poe House & Museum Benefit Ghost Tour
Fell’s Point
Tuesday, October 7 7:00 p.m.

Baltimore Ghost Tours is hosting a special ghost tour on Poe's death date with all proceeds going to benefit Baltimore's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. Guides will regale the group with tales of Poe's time in Fell's Point, including a bad romance, where he liked to drink, and the local pub with a mischievous ghost nicknamed Edgar.

Dangerous Minds: A Brief History of Psychopaths & Serial Killers with Susan Lowe
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
October 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! John Wayne Gacy. Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. Artist, actress, art historian and veteran John Waters starlet Sue Lowe shares the director’s fascination with all things deranged, including some of history’s most notorious murderers. Grab a glass of wine and listen up. In a series of informal discussions, Lowe explores how and why a few bad people do very bad things.

2nd Annual VolleyBoo Tournament
Rash Field, Inner Harbor
Saturday, October 11 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Drop in coed 4’s and 6’s Beach Volleyball Halloween Tournament. Costumes are mandatory.

The Lantini Party
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Friday, October 17 8:00 p.m.

Grab your neighbors, a Lantini cocktail, and let’s light up Highlandtown! This lantern making party is for the grown-ups with a DJ, great drinks, and lots of creativity! Don’t miss our NEW designs for The Great Halloween Lantern Parade! Materials included.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217
Saturday, October 18 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get out your lederhosen, polish up your Polka steps for OktoBEARfest, a Fall beer festival held in conjunction with Baltimore Beer Week. The event is held in the Zoo’s Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area and features a host of seasonal ales, Oktoberfest inspired foods and live music.

Birds n BUS Neighborhood Block Party!
East Ave lot, across from The Patterson
Saturday, October 18 | FREE!
5:30 p.m. Block Party Start, 6:00 p.m. Dance Performance, 7:30 p.m. Movie

Hang with friends and neighbors in the lot on East Ave, outside across from The Patterson as we screen Hitchcock’s scary thriller with a buffed out, new projection system. Yummy Birds inspired food and brews from the Marquee Lounge will be available. Expect lots of fun neighborhood activities as we prep for The Great Halloween Lantern Parade! Don’t forget your lawn chair & blanket! Acclaimed Baltimore dance company The Collective turns our high-design new bus stop – the 20 foot tall BUS sculpture/bench – into a three-dimensional, street located public stage as they move over its curvilinear surfaces.

Glow-In-The-Dark Hula Hoop Making & Lantern Parade
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
October 18, noon-2:00 p.m. and October 25, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Get ready for Creative Alliance’s Great Halloween Lantern Parade with renowned hoop and circus performer Spinnabel Lee! Learn how to make the perfect hula hoop for your body type, and decorate it with glowing tape and other treasures. The first day includes making a hula hoop and a lesson on basic hoop tricks. Then join Spinnabel on the day of the parade for a beginners-friendly choreographed hoop dance piece to show off as a special hoop squad in the Great Halloween Lantern Parade later in the night! No experience necessary. All materials included. All ages welcome – especially grown-ups! 

7th Annual Harbor Harvest
West Shore Park, Inner Harbor
Sunday, October 19 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The event, which is FREE to attend, will feature the IKEA urban pumpkin patch, the BGE petting zoo, hay maze, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, live music, food trucks and more!

Heavy Seas Haunted Pubcrawl
Fell’s Point
Sunday, October 19

Meet at Alexander’s Tavern at 6:00 p.m. for a Heavy Seas pint and appetizers. The crawl stars at 7:00 p.m., making pub stops at Bertha’s, The Wharf Rat, and The Cat’s Eye Pub- there are discounted prices on Heavy Seas beers at all stops! Step through the doors of some of Fell's Point's most haunted pubs on this fascinating tour of the historic maritime neighborhood.

Lantern Making for Families
Sunday, October 12 and Sunday, October 19, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 North Lakewood Avenue (Saturday, October 12); Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue (Sundays)
Families, friends, and neighbors: come out for free lantern-making workshops and gear up to participate in the Halloween Lantern Parade! Free! $5 suggested donation. Advance registration strongly suggested.

The Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore MD
October 23 – November 2, Various times

Cabaret Macabre is a series of dark, comic vignettes, songs and physical comedy inspired by Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, gothic romance, afternoon tea and perils of the deep. It features music played live with deadly flare and Happenstance Theater’s witty, visual theatrical collage. This year’s show will be performed in the hometown of Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore at the Baltimore Theatre Project.

Night of the Living Dead
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Thursday, October 23 7:30 p.m.

Baltimore's own Chris LaMartina (recently voted Best Filmmaker by Baltimore City Paper) hosts a special screening of the horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" along with monster trivia, raffle, giveaways, and costume contest!

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave. Baltimore, MD 21209
Friday, October 24 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a trick or treat nature trail, take a carriage ride, enter a pumpkin carving contest at the first annual ArBOOretum! Kids can also enter a costume contest, explore a spooky garden and tour a decorated historic mansion.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217
October 24-26 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Maryland Zoo! Get your costume ready and join us for FREE trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, yummy food and more! It’s bound to be a frightfully fun & wild time

2014 Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival: Kaleidoscope
Patterson Park
Eastern & S. Linwood Avenues, Baltimore, MD 21224
Saturday, October 25 3:30 p.m. festival, 7:00 p.m. parade.

This year’s 15th Annual Parade is ALL NEW! Creative Alliance teachers have designed a new lantern and it’s FULL of brilliant hues. The parade route will start at the Boat Lake and cross over to the high ridge in the Annex Park so the Parade can be seen on high. The marching bands have returned, as well as The Gathering’s Food Trucks, and more than a dozen artists will create specially commissioned floats and performances.

The Glow Ball! Dance Party & Costume Contest
Saturday, October 25 doors open at 8:30 p.m., party starts at 9:30 p.m.
The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue

After the kids are in bed, head back to The Patterson for Glow Ball, the Halloween Parade after party!

The National Aquarium, 501 East Pratt Street
Saturday, October 25 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s no trick! The Aquarium is hosting its annual Hallowmarine celebration. Join us Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, a costume parade, and more! Learn from our experts about how you can green your Halloween! Costumes are encouraged!

Falloween Family Festival
Port Discovery Children's Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Saturday, October 25 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy fun and engaging activities and performances, including Halloween drum jam, make your own mummy, a performance by Here Comes Trouble and more at Port Discovery Children's Museum!

Spooky Science
Maryland Science Center
601 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
Saturday, October 25 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the third annual Spooky Science, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Mad scientists will be roaming through the building with hair-raising experiments and fang-tastic demonstrations at the Maryland Science Center.

Halloween ComicFest
Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Saturday, October 25 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at your local comic shop the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, you can walk into any participating comic shop and get a FREE Halloween ComicFest comic! Cosplay contest, candy, games, artists, signings and more. 

Toddler Time Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade with Choo Choo Blue presented by Capital One Bank
The B&O Railroad Museum
Wednesday, October 29 10:30 a.m.

Join us for the year’s last Toddler Time, featuring a classic railroad story and Halloween celebration.Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot will lead the costume parade of children around the Museum campus to collect special treats. Kiddie train ride too through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville! All included with paid admission. Recommended for children between the ages of 2-5. Please note that this event promptly begins on time. 

Power Plant Live’s Halloween Rally 2014
Thursday, October 30 10:00 p.m. - close
Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place

Costume contests at every venue with over $2,000 in cash prizes!
$20 all inclusive bar package & all access pass. To purchase tickets visit

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Thursday, October 30, 9:00 p.m.

The nuttiest, musical cult film of all time rockets back from 1975. We screen the film, sing the songs, and show off our favorite raunchy Rocky Horror Picture Show performers. Tighten up your garters, come up to the lab and see what's on the slab! 

AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Thursday, October 30
Begins at 4:00 p.m.

American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway
It's AVAM's freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration! 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Free "Lumin-Eeries" Lantern-Making Workshop in the Barn, Monsters and their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, just BYO glass jar all others materials like glue, paper, googly eyes & bling are provided. Enjoy Free Museum Admission from 4:00-7:00 p.m., then stick around for a Free screening of Ghostbusters at 7:00 p.m. on Federal Hill!

Halloween Special Cruise
Friday, October 31 begins at 4:00 p.m.
Urban Pirates, 913 S. Ann St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Special family cruises at 4:00 p.m. followed by an adult B.Y.O.G cruise at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Create a spooktacular Halloween with the crew of the Urban Pirates.

Westminster Hall Burying Ground & Catacombs Halloween Tours
519 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Friday, October 31 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The annual Halloween Tour features continuous tours of the hall, catacombs, and Burying Ground with no reservations required.

KidsPeace 5th Annual Trick-or-Trot 5k/1-Mile Walk presented by One Main Financial
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Saturday, November 1 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

KidsPeace in partnership with the Baltimore Orioles and Angela and Buck Showalter invite you to run or walk for kids in foster care. Enjoy a great course and finish at home plate at Camden Yards with the Oriole Bird! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume (or as your favorite Oriole) and enjoy a fun post-race party. Under Armour T-Shirts for the first 700 registered runners and walkers. Fantastic gift certificates will be presented for top runners and age group winners. All proceeds benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington D.C.