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Spookiest Parties, Concerts, Runs, and Events for Halloween 2017

Throw on a costume and enjoy the haunted holiday all month long.

By Lauren Cohen | October 3, 2017, 8:00 am

-Courtesy of Plaubel Makina via Flickr Creative Commons
On The Town

Spookiest Parties, Concerts, Runs, and Events for Halloween 2017

Throw on a costume and enjoy the haunted holiday all month long.

By Lauren Cohen | October 3, 2017, 8:00 am

-Courtesy of Plaubel Makina via Flickr Creative Commons

Whether you’re dressing up in costumes, taking the kids trick-or-treating, or carving pumpkins for your front porch, you’re never too old for Halloween. In Baltimore, there’s something for everyone during this spooky season, so make the most of October with theater performances, fitness events, live music, and kids’ activities. 


10/26: WTMD’s Halloween Spooktacular
In partnership with local horror film extraordinaire Chris LaMartina, WTMD presents this Halloween bash complete with costumes, poetry, a séance, and, of course, local music. The live broadcast will feature area artists covering familiar Halloween jams, including The Lexington Arrows performing “She’s Fallen in Love with a Monster Man,” The Lushpockets reinterpreting “I Put a Spell on You,” Eze Jackson taking on “Haunted House of Rock,” and more. 1 Olympic Place, 8-11 p.m., $15-17

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10/28: Believe in Music & Maryland Science Center’s Halloween
Come dressed to impress for lots of live music, local beer, and scientific fun on the harbor. This year’s lineup includes local acts Black Sage and Bond St. District, as well as Weezer, Allman Brothers, and Old Crow Medicine Show tribute bands. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. 8 p.m. $35-70

10/28: Glowball
After the kids are tucked in, head to the Creative Alliance to hit the dance floor with afrobeat headliners Underground System at this annual party following the Lantern Parade. Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., 9:30 p.m., $10-13

10/28: Star Wars Cosmic Cantina Party
This Halloweekend, don your best Darth Vader or Princess Leia getup and head to Showroom—the new cafe and bar inside Motor House in Station North—to dance the night away at an all-out cosmic celebration. The galactic-themed party will feature beats by DJs Isabejja and and Alexander Jarman, as well as a special performance by local R&B queen Cas Mackenzie. 120 W. North Ave., 6 p.m.- 1 a.m., Free, 410-637-8300

10/28-10/30: Rocky Horror at Blue Pit BBQ
Get out of your seat to do the time warp at this spirited drag performance in Hampden. The weekend-long fundraiser for local organization Youth Empowered Society also features a nightly costume contest at midnight. Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar, 1601 Union Ave., 443-948-5590

10/28: The Hallowiener Doomtacular: Evil Science Summit
Party all night with The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), which is taking over the Ottobar yet again for this science fiction-inspired soiree featuring live tunes by The Lushpockets, Manners Manners, Well Pain Scientist, and DJ Pancakes. Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., 8 p.m., $15, 410-662-0069

10/28: Federal Hill-O-Ween
Shake your bones at multiple Federal Hill bars (think Mother’s, Wayward, MaGerk’s, and the like) at this annual pub crawl. Boo-zy drink specials will include $3 Miller Lites, $4 Blue Moons, and $4 Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch cans. Multiple locations including 1113 S. Charles St., 5 p.m.-12 a.m., $10


10/13-11/5: The Woman in Black
This Gothic thriller, set in the English countryside, comes to life in Fells Point. Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Times & prices vary.

10/21: The Addams Family Burlesque and Variety
Head to the Ottobar for this sexy show featuring Fester, Morticia, Gomez, and other creepy and kooky characters. Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., 8 p.m.,410-662-0069, $15

10/26: The Stoop in the Dark
Stoop Storytelling presents tales of the unseen, unknown, and untold in a completely dark theater. The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Rd. 8 p.m. $2.

10/27: Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular
This NYC burlesque troupe celebrates the scary season with a show full of thrills and chills. Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 8 p.m. $22-25

10/27-11/25: Little Shop of Horrors
Pet plants turn deadly in this comedic, science-fiction horror story. Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. Times & prices vary.


10/14: Zombie Zoom
For five bucks, wrap yourself in toilet paper (or whatever costume you crave) and run to support Baltimore City Recreation & Parks in this scenic 5K. Gwynns Falls Trail, 4921 Windsor Mill Rd., Gwynn Oak. 8 a.m. $5

10/28: KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot
Join the Baltimore Orioles for this dress-up 5K run or 1-mile walk to support kids in foster care. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St. 8 a.m. $35-40.


10/26: Toddler Time Halloween
Dress up your tykes for this B&O Railroad Museum bash, offering kid-friendly crafts, treats, train rides, and a costume parade around the museum. 901 W. Pratt St., 10:30 a.m., 410-752-2490, $12-18

10/27-29: ZOOBOOO!
The local zoo transforms into a frightfully fun affair with costume contests, trick-or-treating, bounce houses, carnival games, and more. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Pl. Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$19.

10/28: Spooky Science
Spend your afternoon with scary experiments, slime-making workshops, and a pumpkin roof-drop. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. 12-4 p.m. Free-$28.95.

10/28: BOOseum Bash
The kids’ museum hosts an afternoon of creepy-crawly creatures, Halloween music, and a costume parade. Port Discovery, 35 Market Pl. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$15.95.

10/28-29: Witches & Wizards Weekend
Learn about the magic of railroads with train rides, edible potions, and quidditch games for the kids. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Times vary. Free-$18.

10/28: Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Bring the entire family to enjoy lantern-making, live music, crafts, hayrides, and food truck fare before the 18th annual procession steps off from Patterson Park after sunset. Patterson Park Pulaski Monument, 3:30-8 p.m., Free.

10/28: SoBo Halloween Bash
Head to Riverside Park to celebrate the haunted holiday with friends and neighbors at this annual event featuring live music, crafts, beer and wine, and its own book nook. Riverside Park, 1800 Covington St., 1-5 p.m., Free

10/28: Trick or Treat at the Market
Bring the kiddos to collect treats from participating merchants at Lexington Market's annual event, which will also feature live music, pumpkin decorating, and live cooking demos from Chef Egg. Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., 2-4 p.m., 410-685-6169, Free

10/29: Trick or Treat for Tots
Come in costume for this self-guided adventure around the Robinson Nature Center, highlighting music, crafts, live animals, and healthy treats from MOM’s Organic and David’s Natural Market. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 410-313-0400, $5-10

10/29: Trick or Treat at the Square
Dress up your little monsters for this fan-favorite Halloween soiree at Belvedere Square, which features pumpkin decorating, trunk-or-treating, goodies from the market's merchants, a "Thriller" dance lesson, and, of course, the annual costume contest. 529 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-464-9773, 1-4 p.m., $5 entry for costume contest. 

10/29: Trick or Tape
Nineties nostalgics will get a kick out of this fun screening that features special Halloween VHS tapings of Doug, The Simpsons, and Garfield with vintage commercials intact. The evening's quadruple-feature lineup will also highlight It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and Disney's 1986 made-for-television movie Mr. Boogedy—which starred Charm City's own John Astin. New America, 429 N. Eutaw St., 4:30-7:30 p.m., Free, 443-388-8576.

10/30: Sugar Skull-Making with Artesanas Mexicanas
Bring your little monsters to make sugar skulls with the Creative Alliance for Día de los Muertos. Enoch Pratt Free Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave. 3:30 p.m. Free.


10/6-11/4: The Nevermore Haunt
This Charm City-inspired haunted house tells the story of mangled factory workers and vengeful sailors. The downtown attraction offers free shuttle service from the corner of Thames and Ann streets, so be sure to swing by one of the Fells Point bars beforehand for a little liquid courage to calm your nerves. 450 Mott St., 410-696-3313, $25

10/6-10/28: Watermark’s Historic Ghost Walk
Tiptoe across the creaking floors of the historic Sands House—one of the Annapolis’ oldest homes—on this creepy ghost tour, where costumed guides lead you around the capital’s most haunted sites. Tour departs from Historic Annapolis Museum, 99 Main St., Annapolis, 410-268-7600, $14-22

10/7: A Toast Among Ghosts
Honor the life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in this former cemetery where the iconic poet once applied to be headmaster. With the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library, enjoy live music, local beer, food trucks, and ghost story readings for a good cause. Baltimore County Public Library, Reisterstown Branch, 21 Cockeys Mill Rd., Reisterstown, 7-10 p.m., $20-40

-Photography by Sabrina Raymond

10/13-11/5: CarnEVIL
Witness Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods transform into the ultimate Halloween carnival, complete with escaped circus animals and creepy clowns running around the menacing midway. There will also be plenty of fair foods, local Jailbreak brews, and spine-chilling cocktails to go around. Merriweather Park, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, 6-11 p.m., $21-63

Meet The Author

Lauren Cohen is the digital senior editor at Baltimore, where she covers food, events, lifestyle, and community news.

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