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, 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
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, 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.

Haunted Hotspots

Westminster Hall Burying Ground
519 W. Fayette Street
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
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
Thursday - Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
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 of the Fell family can be seen walking along Shakespeare Street toward the family’s gravesite.

Halloween Events

Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Road, Owings Mills
October 12, 12 -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, pumpkin painting, face painting, food and so much more.


10th Annual Harbor Harvest
Rash Field, 201 Key Highway
October 15, 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.

Family & Friends Pumpkin Carving Night
Das Bier Haus, 1542 Light Street
October 18, 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 second 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, pumpkin contest and much more. Please RSVP!

MICA Haunted House: Time Stream
1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue
October 19-21, 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday and 7-11 p.m. Saturday, October 27, Friday 8 - 11 p.m., Saturday 3 - 6 p.m.
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.

Rocky Horror Picture Show! Interactive Movie Night
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 19-21, 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.

The Stoop in the Dark
The Senator Theatre
October 26, 7 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.

Toddler Time Halloween and 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 trainload 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 26, 5-7 p.m.
At this free event, you can explore the American Visionary Art Museum’s latest exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, and create an eerie lantern. Bring your own glass jar; all other materials will be provided.

5th Annual Black Cat Ball
Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Boulevard
October 26, 7 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 5th annual Black Cat Ball at Mobtown Ballroom, benefiting Poe Baltimore and the Edgar Allan Poe House. 

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
October 27-29, 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.

The 18th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue
October 28, 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 28, 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.

Great Halloween Lantern Parade Workshops
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 28, 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.

Witches & Wizards Weekend
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
October 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and October 29, 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. Enter into the B&O's Magical World of Magic through the enchanted walkway.

Burlesque-A-Pades Spooktacular
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 28, 8:30 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!

Halloween 2017: Strangest Things!
Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place
October 28, 8 p.m.
Power Plant Live! Will turn into the upside down for this Halloween party. Tickets include access to every bar in the complex, a costume contest and live music.

The Glow Ball! With Underground System – Dance Party and Costume Contest
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue
October 28, 9:30 p.m.
TOur over the top Halloween ball dance floor lights up with the afrobeat sounds of Underground System. Come in costume and COME TO DANCE.

KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden Street
October 29, 8 a.m.
This race begins and ends at Oriole PArk at Camden Yards, and all proceeds benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland. Costumes are encouraged, and pre - and post-race parties will include costume contests, face painting, food and more.

Annual Halloween Spooktacular! Pumpkin Patch
Mount Vernon Place (East Square), 699 Washington Place
October 28, 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.

BOOseum Bash!
Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place
October 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boogie to hair-raising tunes, have a boo-tiful design painted on your face, or learn about creepy, crawly and cool bugs. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Green Mount Cemetery Tour with Mark Letzer, MdHS President &CEO
Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Avenue
 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.

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.

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. Create Muertos altar you can take home with you or, learn how to make paper.