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Fall Festivals and Halloween Haunts in Maryland

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Fall is an exciting time, no matter where you live or how old you are. But the fall season in Maryland is especially exciting — for people of all ages – since we have so many festivals, haunts and events to get us in the harvest and Halloween spirit!

From a family-friendly hayride to an adults-only super-scary haunted house, Maryland offers something for everyone this fall. Here is an extensive guide, from Chesapeake Family Magazine, to everything harvest- and Halloween-related so you won’t miss a thing:

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival & Corn Maze
Sept. 19-Nov. 1., Saturdays & Sundays. Hayrides, corn maze, jumping pillow, underground slide, corn boxes, shortie maze, cow train and more. 10:30am-last tickets sold at 4pm. $12.50 admission for all activities. Kids 30-inches and shorter are free. Lothian. greenstreetgardens.com.

Horsmon Farm
Sept. 19-Oct. 31, weekends and school holidays. Hay rides, petting zoo, corn box, straw maze, sorghum maze and special events each weekend including scarecrow making, kayaking for kids, tractor weekend and more. Sat. and Sun., 11am-5pm. Admission free, $7 for activities and includes a pumpkin. 1865 Horsmon Farm Lane, St. Leonard. 443-532-5761. horsmonfarm.com

Homestead Gardens Fall Fest 
Sept. 26-Oct 25, Saturdays and Sundays. Also Oct. 16. Barnyard, corn maze, pumpkin patches and entertainment. Free entry, fee for some activities. Sat. 11am-6pm; Sun. 11am-4pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville

Butler’s Pumpkin Festival
Sept 26-27, Weekends in October. 10am-5pm. Corn maze, pumpkin cannon, food and farm market. $11. Children 2 and under free. Butler’s Orchard, Germantown. butlersorchard.com

West Annapolis Oktoberfest
Sept. 27. 10am-5pm. Kids’ zone, music, food and more. Free. Annapolis Street, Annapolis. westannapolisbusiness.org

Special Historic Hauntings
Oct. 2-31, Fridays and Saturdays. Tour the inside the haunted James Brice House at night. $14-22. 7:30pm. Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, Annapolis. annapolistours.com/our-tours/historic-ghost-walk

Hammond-Harwood House St. Anne’s Cemetery Tour
Oct. 3. Hour-long tour through St. Anne’s Cemetery. Learn about the lives of Hammond-Harwood House former occupants. Enjoy a free appetizer from Crush Kitchen and Winehouse before or after the tour. $10-15. 4pm. St. Anne’s Cemetery, Annapolis. hammondharwoodhouse.org

Frederick County Farm Museum Fall Festival
Oct. 3-4. Free, some activities cost more. Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Rose Hill Manor, Frederick. frederickcountyfarmmuseum.org

Frederick’s Oktoberfest
Oct. 3-4. Bratwurst, Oktoberfest bier, German wines, dancing, music, children’s events and much more. $5-$10. Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. frederickoktoberfest.com

9th Annual Agriculture Day
Oct. 4. Scarecrow making, pony rides, corn maze and more. Free to enter, some activities may require a fee. 10am-6pm. Y Worry Farm, Davidsonville. aaedc.org

Fall Festival and Craft Day, Pasadena
Oct. 4. Bob for apples, build a scarecrow, and more. Hancock’s Resolution, Pasadena. historichancocksresolution.org

Great Pumpkin Adventure
Oct. 10-11. Paint your own pumpkin or ghost, then spend an hour and a half on the Terrapin Explorer course. For ages 5-10, minimum weight of 35 pounds. Reservations required. $35. 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Terrapin Adventures, Savage. terrapinadventures.com

Fall Harvest Festival at Kinder Farm Park
Oct. 10. 10am-4pm. Farm animals, hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Free. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. kinderfarmpark.org

PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center
Oct. 10. 11am-7pm. Includes hayrides, alpacas, jugglers, face painting and more! $15, free for kids under 2. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. explorenature.org

Maryland Pumpkin Festival, Frederick
Oct. 10-11. 10am-5pm. Pumpkin donuts, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin pie eating contests, face painting and more. $6.95-$11.95. Summers Farm, Frederick. summersfarm.com

The Great Pumpkin Patch, Mt. Airy
Oct. 10-11. Moon bounces, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, and more. $5, Children under 2 free. Old National Pike District Park, Mt. Airy. recreater.com/215/The-Great-Pumpkin-Patch

Halloween Party
Oct. 11. Dress for Halloween and enjoy crafts, games and costume prizes. Ages 6-10. 2-3pm. Bayside History Museum, North Beach. baysidehistorymuseum.org

Haunted History Hike
Oct. 16. Ghost tales and guided hike by lantern light. Registration required. $5. 7-10pm. Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Owings Mills. 410-922-3044, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/soldiersdelight.aspx

Valley of the Haunted
Haunted trail: Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, weekends. Little Haunts: Oct. 18 and 25. One-mile trail through the woods. Flesh-hungry zombies, maniacal clowns and more. Little Haunts activities for children 10 and under include trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting and hay maze. Haunted trail hours: Fri. and Sat., 6:30-10:30pm, Sun. 6:30-9:30pm. Little Haunts hours: 2-6pm. Camp Hidden Valley, White Hall. ValleyoftheHaunted.com

Halloween Happening
Weekends starting Oct. 16. Haunted barn and hayride. $13. Children under 6 are free. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10pm; Sundays 7-9pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. halloweenhappening.com

OktoBEARfest, Baltimore
Oct. 17. Noon-4pm. Seasonal beers, live music, and Oktoberfest-style food and fare, and all day admission to zoo. $40-$50. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. marylandzoo.org

Pumpkin Trolleyfest, Colesville
Oct. 17-18 and 24-25. Rides, pumpkin decorating and more. $5-$7. Pumpkin decorating is extra. National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville. dctrolley.org

St. Andrew’s UMC Fall Festival, Edgewater
Oct. 17, 9am-3pm. Food, entertainment, pony rides, hay rides, moonbounce, and more. Free. St. Andrew’s UMC, Edgewater. standrewsum.weebly.com/fall-festival.html

Pumpkin Trolleyfest, Colesville
Oct. 17-18 and 24-25. Trips to Pinson’s Pumpkin Market. $5-$7. Departures from 12:30-3:50pm. National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville. dctrolley.org

Murder Mystery
Oct. 17. Zip, swing and climb to solve a murder mystery. Reservations required. $65. 6:30pm. Terrapin Adventures, Savage. terrapinadventures.com

Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival
Oct. 18. Ikea Urban Pumpkin Patch, petting zoo, face painting and more. Free, additional costs are required for some activities. 10am-2pm. West Shore Park, Baltimore. waterfrontpartnership.org

Halloween Family Fun Night
Oct. 18. Trick-or-treating at Chesapeake Beach Water Park. Costumes encouraged. Free. 6:30-8pm. Chesapeake Beach Water Park, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411

Halloween on the Farm
Oct. 18. 4-7pm. Costume contest, hayrides, games and more. $4. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Old_Maryland_Farm.htm

Community Fall Festival, Davidsonville
Oct. 19. Grace Presbyterian Church, Davidsonville. 410-798-5300. graceep.org

The Y in Central Maryland’s Happy Healthy Halloween
Oct. 23. Games, healthy snacks, costume contests and more. $5-10. 5:30-7:30pm. Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, Arnold. 410-544-2525

Haunted Village
Oct. 23-24. Take a ride through spooky woods to tour our little town of terrors. Super slide, inflatable twister, hayrides and more. $4-6, family pricing available. 6:30-10pm. Camp Wright, Stevensville. 443-496-0929,CarolineAland@gmail.com

Boo at the Zoo, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 23-25. Treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats and more. 5:30-8:30pm each night. $20-$30. National Zoo, Washington D.C. nationalzoo.si.edu

ZooBOOO, Baltimore
Oct. 23-25. 10am-4pm. Free trick or treating, costume contests, carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, food, and more. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. marylandzoo.org

Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown, Chestertown
Oct. 23-24 and 30-31. Costumed guides tell tales of ghosts, murder and mayhem during one-hour candlelit tour. Reservations required. $5-12. 6pm. Bordley Building, Chestertown. kentcountyhistory.org/ghost_walks.php

Haunted Halloween Hike
Oct. 24. Encounter witches, owls and snakes on this somewhat scary Halloween mystery event. Costumes are welcome. Ages 5-12. $5-7. 6:30-8:30pm. Lake Roland Nature and Environmental Education Center, Baltimore. lakeroland.org

Trick-or-Treat on the Square, Leonardtown
Oct. 24. Trick-or-treating, pet costume contest, pumpkin painting. 1-3pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. leonardtown.somd.com

Spooky Sounds, Haunted Harmonies
Oct. 24. Londontowne Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween concert. Haunting music, costume contest for children and adults. $15-20, free for students. 7pm. South River High School, Edgewater. lso-music.org

Adventure Park USA “Not-So-Scary” Halloween Party
Oct. 24. Inside and outside attractions, happy haunts and more. 10am-9:30pm. Adventure Park USA, Monrovia. adventureparkusa.com

Great Jack O’ Lantern Campfire
Oct. 24. Display of hand-carved pumpkins, hunt for glowing Jack O’ Lanterns, haunted Halloween tales and more. Free. 7-8:30pm. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. history.pgparks.com

Halloween in the Garden
Oct. 26. A day time trick-or-treating parade, free ooky, spooky art activities, food and more. $1. 11am-4pm. Annmarie Garden, Dowell. annmariegarden.org

Nature Connections: Halloween’s Creepy Crawly Critters
Oct. 25. Children can dress up as their favorite element of nature. Learn about creepy crawly critters with hands-on displays, interactive games and crafts. Free. 1-4pm. Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore. 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org/nature-connections

NSO Family Concert: A “Sleepy Hollow”-een
Oct. 25. Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads all the ghoulishly attired orchestra members in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” $15-18. 2 and 4pm. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. kennedy-center.org

Halloween in the Garden, Dowell
Oct. 24. 11am-4pm. A day time trick-or-treating parade, free ooky, spooky art activities, food and more. $1. Annmarie Garden, Dowell. annmariegarden.org

The Great Jack O’Lantern Campfire, Upper Marlboro
Oct. 24. 7-8:30pm. Hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns, a fall campfire, marshmallow roasting, haunted Halloween tales. $4. Children under 4 free. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com

Halloween Storytime
Oct. 27. Celebrate Halloween with a special spooky storytime filled with stories, songs, and a craft. Costumes encouraged. Five and under. 6pm. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Halloween Hoopla
Oct. 28. Stories, songs and music. Dress in costume for a parade around the library. Five and under. 10am. Annapolis Regional Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/annapolis

Halloween Toddler Time and Costume Parade
Oct. 28. Toddlers can listen to a railroad story, create a craft and follow Choo Choo Blue for Halloween costume parade. $12-18. 10:30am. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 410-752-2490, borail.org

Pumpkin Patch Crafts Event with Disney on Ice
Oct. 28. Event features Disney characters, mini pumpkin decorating, trick or treating and more. Costumes encouraged. $14.95. 10:30-11:30am. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. 410-727-8120, portdiscovery.org

Spooooky Halloween
Oct. 29. Spooky (but not too spooky) story time includes a parade through the library. Costumes and cameras encouraged. Free. 10:30-11:30am. Glen Burnie Regional Library, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6270, aacpl.net/location/glenburnie

Halloween Stories and Fun
Oct. 29. Stories, songs, and a Halloween craft. Wear your costumes for a parade around the library. Free. Severn Community Library, Severn. 410-222-6280, aacpl.net

Spook-tacular!
Oct. 29. Dress up in costume and celebrate with Halloween stories, songs and a parade around the library. 5 and under. Free. 6:30pm. Broadneck Community Library, Broadneck. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

Halloween Story time: Little Goblin Spooktacular
Oct. 30. Spooky ( but not too spooky) stories, dancing and fun. Trick or Treat in the Library. Costumes welcomed. Five and under. Free. 10am. Riviera Beach Community Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6285, aacpl.net/location/rivierabeach

AuduBoo!
Oct. 30. Family-friendly, nature-themed Halloween event. Costumes encouraged. $5-15. 6-9pm. Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase. anshome.org/auduboo

Spooky Splash
Oct. 30. Halloween swim. Includes special session for children under 5. $12.50. 6-8pm. Severna Park Community Center Pool, Severna Park. spcc-aquatics.org

Haunted House
Oct. 31. Descend into the depths and meet the nameless horrors that lurk beneath the Library. Children. Free. 1-4pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

Bowie Town Center Trick-or-Treating
Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating. Look for stores with pumpkin stickers in the window. Free. 5-7pm. Bowie Town Center, Bowie. bowietowncenter.com

Zombie 5K Fun Run
Oct. 31. Runners must try to make it through the zombie infested trail. Ages 9 and up. Parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children on the course. $30-50. 10am-noon. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. kinderfarmpark.org

USNA Halloween/All Saint’s Day Concert, Annapolis
Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Music, light, drama, and dance. $7-29. 8-10pm. USNA Main Chapel, Annapolis. usna.edu/Music

EcoAdventures Family Halloween Event
Oct. 31. Games, creepy crafts, moon bounce and more. $8. 10am-noon. EcoAdventures, Millersville. ecoadventures.org

Fall-O-Ween
Oct. 31. Music show, crafts, activities and more. Children under 12 get half-off general admission. $14.95. 10am-5pm. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. 410-727-8120, portdiscovery.org

Halloween Costume Parade and Party
Oct. 31. Parade, refreshments and more. Free, donations welcome. 3:30-5pm. Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, Centreville. queenannescountyarts.com

Halloween ComicFest
Oct. 31. Free comics, activities, and more. Various locations. halloweencomicfest.com

Halloween Party and Brunch
Oct. 31. Photo booth, costume contest, treats and more. Reservations required. $12-25. 10am-1pm. Ladybug’s Kids Glam Spa, Crofton. 443-292-4132

Halloween Costume Party with Sam Grow
Oct. 31. Halloween Costume Party featuring musician Sam Grow with The Robbie Boothe Band as an opening act. 21 and up. $15-20. 9pm-1am. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. cbresortspa.ticketleap.com/halloween-party-with-sam-grow

Centreville Day
Oct. 31. Kids zone, pumpkin painting, moon bounce, story time and more. Free. 11am-3pm. Downtown Centreville.mainstreet@townofcentreville.org

Halloween Costume Parade and Party
Oct. 31. Parade, refreshments and more. Free, donations welcome. 3:30-5pm. Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, Centreville. queenannescountyarts.com

Halloween 2-Mile Fun Run
Oct. 31. Run in costume. $5-15, family pricing available. 9-11am. Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis.

Running Hare Vineyard Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Oct. 31. DJ, prizes and more. Reservations required. $8. 8pm-midnight. Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick. 410-414-8486, runningharevineyard.com

B.E.P. Fall Festival
Oct. 31. Laser tag, costume contest, live music and more. Free. 4-9pm. Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Arnold. BroadneckEP.org

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Training
Nov. 7. Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse at Terrapin Adventure. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Reservations required. $75. 10am-5pm. Terrapin Adventures, Savage. terrapinadventures.com

Halloween Paw-ty
Children’s costume parade, games, face painting and more. Pets available from the shelter and rescue group partners. Free. 10am. Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Millersville. aacounty.org/AnimalControl