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Halloween Happenings

Ghost walks, campfires and the Great Halloween Lantern Parade’s 20th anniversary all happen this month. Mark your calendar — it’s time to get spooked!

Annual Halloween Tour of Westminster Burying Grounds and Catacombs
Continuous tours of the Hall, Catacombs and the notable Burying Grounds of Edgar Allen Poe. Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. at Fayette & Greene streets. $5 for adults, $3 for kids.

Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival
This event marks its 20th anniversary. The festival begins with hayrides, lantern-building workshops and great food, all at Patterson Park, and ends with a large light-filled parade through the park, complete with floats and handmade lanterns. Oct. 26, 3:30 p.m. Free.

Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival
Enjoy this free kids’ festival with activities such as hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, fall crafts, food trucks and live entertainment. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. Free.

Mount Vernon Ghost Walk
Admire the architecture while costumed tour guides regale you with the haunted lore of this historic neighborhood. Fridays and Saturdays through October, 8 p.m. Meet at the Belvedere Hotel. $13 in advance, $15 at the door.

More than 50 seasonal beers are here for the sipping, along with live music and local food offerings. Oct. 19, noon-5 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo. Sampling tickets start at $39; Supper Sipper tickets, $65; non-sampling tickets, $29.

Trick-or-treating, costume contests, carnival games, crafts, music and food. Oct. 25-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo. Free with admission.

Bennett’s Curse Haunted House
Yikes! You might need to sleep with the lights on after touring this haunted house. Weekends, some Thursdays and, of course, Halloween, through Nov. 2 at Bennett’s Curse, in the Eastpoint Mall Tickets start at $35.

Haunted House at Valley View Farms
Take a spooky walk through the free haunted house, then visit the Halloween Village display and check out the Halloween Shop. Daily through October at Valley View Farms in Cockeysville.

Spooky Stories, a Campfire and S’mores
Swap terrifying tales around a campfire and then enjoy a sweet treat. For ages 8 and older. Oct. 25, 7:30-9 p.m. at Willow Grove Nature Center in Cromwell Valley Park. $3 members, $5 nonmembers.

Tricks and Treats on the Ridge
Come in costume and hike through the woods for tricks, sweet treats and animal encounters. The hike is one-half mile, and registration is required. Oct. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Nature Center. $5.

Historic Ghost Walk
Explore some of Annapolis’ most well-known haunts, including a rare opportunity to tour the spooky William Paca House at night. Saturdays and Sundays at dusk. $10 for kids, $20 for adults.

Halloween Hike & Campfire
Hike through the woods to discover the creatures of Halloween and then enjoy music and roasted marshmallows by a campfire. Oct. 19, 6-9:30 p.m. at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. $7.

Halloween Dinner Cruise Pontoon
Cruise around Bush River and watch the sunset with dinner. Oct. 25, 5-6:30 p.m. at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. $15.

Legends of the Fog
Maryland’s legendary haunted house is back in business for this ghoulish month. There are four scary attractions to frighten families. Fridays and weekends through October in Aberdeen. $30 for general admission; for information on special offers throughout the season, visit

Halloween Kiddie Hayride
Enjoy a family-friendly daytime hayride and walk through the woods and fields, passing characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales in child-friendly costumes who will hand out candy and treats. For children 12 and under. Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m. at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum. $5.

This book festival and mini-con is perfect for authors and fans of paranormal, urban fantasy, steampunk and horror, featuring ghost tours, readings, performances, haunted ruins and an outdoor movie screening. Oct. 25-26 at the Roger Carter Center in Ellicott City. A one-day pass is $25.

Historic Savage Mill Ghost Tours
A costumed guide leads you through Savage Mills’ historic past and paranormal present (not recommended for children under 8). Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 30, 8-9:30 p.m. $15, reservations required.

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