Halloween Events in Baltimore

Celebrate Halloween in Baltimore with these spook-tacular events and tours.

Charm City’s nearly 300 years of history, tradition and legends makes it the perfect location to celebrate the most eerie of holidays. 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!

Family Fun for Ghouls and Boos

2019 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards
The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, 203 N. Amity St.
October 5 & 6, 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 170th anniversary of Poe’s death in Baltimore and the macabre poet’s life and legacy with Poe performances, music, art, poetry, vendors and family-friendly activities. Plus, learn more about the literary icon from representatives of some of the United States’ preeminent Poe Places. Admission to the festival is free, but tickets can be purchased to tour Poe’s home or ride along on a two-hour VIP Death Weekend Bus Tour of Poe’s Baltimore.

Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival
Rash Field, 201 Key Highway
October 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The event, which is free to attend, will feature an urban pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze and live entertainment. The Harbor Harvest All-Inclusive Kids Pass includes one pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, one train ride, and one pony ride.

Toddler Time Halloween and Costume Parade
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
October 24, 10:30 a.m.
Bring your little one dressed for the costume parade. Children will first listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft and parade around the museum to collect special treats – all included with paid admission.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place
October 25 &27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Parents and kids of all ages: Get your costume ready and join the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for free tick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, and more. ZooBooo! Is free with zoo admission, but some games may require additional fees.

KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden Street
October 26, 8 a.m.
Race in costume and benefit the KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland. The race begins and ends at Camden Yards with a scenic route along the harbor. Costumes are encouraged, and pre- and post-race parties will include costume contests, face painting, food and more.

The 20th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue
October 26, 3:30 p.m. (Rain Date October 27th)
This festival in Patterson Park begins with live music, lantern building, hayrides and a kids’ costume contest. As the day goes on, get something to eat from the local food trucks or head over to the beer garden and enjoy the afternoon. Once the sun sets everyone is welcome to take a lantern and join the thousands of others marching along the parade route.

Green Mount Cemetery Tour
Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Avenue
October 26, 10 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 Baltimore's most historic cemetery.

Witches & Wizards Weekend
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
October 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and October 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Young witches and wizards are invited to the B&O wizarding school for a day full of fun. Go to potions class for lessons on simple science, grow a plant in herbology class, explore a display of “magical objects” to learn more about railroad history, and run through the magical maze to enter a raffle drawing.

AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway
October 30, 4 -7 p.m.
Enjoy free admission to the museum and stop by the Jim Rouse Visionary Center to create your own paper monster. All ages welcome, all supplies provided, plus, get your face painted too.

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street
November 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by making your own art piece and watching traditional dance performances at one of the region’s largest celebrations of the holiday. Contribute to the family altar, enjoy special food and drink, or take a tour of the museum in English or Spanish.

Adults Only Spooks

IMAX Throwback: Ghostbusters
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street
October 4, 7-10:30 p.m.
Who you gonna call? This spooky favorite brings a blast from the past and lights up the Science Center’s IMAX screen. Before the movie, enjoy a themed cocktail hour, play ghastly good games, and test spooky science experiments.

Black Cat Ball
Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette Street
October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the spooky season with the master of the macabre at the official party of the Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards. Come ready to dance at the masquerade, delight in the fine food offerings, partake in a graveside toast to Poe and, of course, hear readings of Poe’s poetry and prose.

Hitchcock Film Fest
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street
October 11 & 12, 6 - 10:30 p.m.
The master of suspense at a size you’ve never seen. Experience some of Hitchcock’s most beloved classics on the biggest indoor screen in Maryland. Watch Rear Window and The Birds on Friday and North by Northwest and Psycho on Saturday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show! Interactive Movie Night
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 17 & 19; times vary
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!

Halloween Rally: Glow Edition
Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place
October 24, 10:00 p.m. - October 25, 1 a.m.
On stage entertainment, confetti cannons, glow sticks, inflatables, a photo booth and more. The 7th annual Halloween Rally is an event that promises to be raucous and spirited. Ticket includes cover and five drink tickets at the nine participating bars.

Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 25, 8 p.m.
Don’t miss Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spectacular, a sizzling burlesque revue direct from NYC that celebrates the season of scare with a titillating stage show complete with thrills, chills, laughs, daring disguises, glamorous gasps and more. Plus come in costume and you could win a gift bag worth over $500 in prizes.

Casey Cares 17th Annual Rock 'N' Roll Halloween Bash
Rams Head Live!, 20 Market Place
October 26, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Come dressed in costume or your best rocker garb and prepare to the rock the night away, all to benefit the Casey Cares Foundation who provide ongoing, uplifting programs for critically ill children and their families. Enjoy the bash’s first Battle of the Bands, dancing, food, auctions, raffles, an open bar and live music from the nation’s top AC/DC tribute band, High Voltage, and the Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman.

Halloween 2019
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street
October 26, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
This team-up of the Maryland Science Center and Believe in Music is back for its eighth year of exciting entertainment. The exhibits are taken over as two dozen bands take to stages throughout the building. Performances will be held underneath the T-Rex, in the planetarium, on the rooftop and on the main stage. Artists include rock band J. Roddy Walston and The Business, rapper DDm, Psycho Killers - the Talking Heads tribute band, and many more.

Halloween Moonlight BOO Cruise
Spirit Baltimore, 561 Light Street
October 26-27, 11:30 p.m. -2 a.m.
Cruise out onto the moonlit harbor for a night you won’t soon forget. Partake in the costume contest, dance to the DJs spooky tunes, and delight in the city views highlighted against the darkness. A special menu and cash bar are available. The cruise boards at 11:30 p.m. and departs at midnight.

Federal Hill-O-Ween Bar Crawl
Federal Hill
October 27, 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.
It’s the 11th annual Federal Hill-O-Ween. This blood-pumping, spooktacular bar crawl is coming for you! This eerie eve of Halloween galore will feature costume contests and food and drink specials at 14 of Federal Hill’s finest haunts. Registration/check-in is from 5-10 p.m. at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille or Blue Agave.

World Oddities Expo
Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore Street
November 1-3, 3 p.m.
Explore the exceptionally peculiar just one day after Halloween. The halls will be packed with artisans and evidence of the most extraordinary curiosities. Listen in on a class, take part in a workshop, enjoy the live entertainment, or just revel in all that is odd.

Ghost Tours

The Original Fell’s Point Ghostwalk
Baltimore Ghost Tours
July-November, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 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
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 in 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
Baltimore Ghost Tours
Saturdays in October, 8 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.

The Nevermore Haunt
450 Mott Street
Oct. 4- Nov. 2, Thurs.-Sun., hours vary
This haunted house opened in 2016 and quickly established itself as one of the scariest in Maryland, located in East Baltimore. The Nevermore Haunt offers bizarre and over-the-top sideshow performances nightly, an on-site bar serving local craft beers, gourmet food trucks, and a haunted house inspired by Baltimore's macabre past.

Find out more about Baltimore’s most haunted places here.