While the Halloween celebrations got underway in full force over the weekend, there’s still plenty of celebrating to be done as the actual holiday approaches.
Consider this your guide to all things spooky, sweet and pumpkin-filled, from last-minute costume ideas to Halloween-themed recipes.
For haunted houses: Plenty of haunted attractions in the area are still open, some even through next weekend. Find a rundown and map here.
For trick-or-treating: Kids (and their candy-loving parents) are in luck. According to real estate listing site Zillow, Baltimore is the sixth-best city in the country from trick-or-treating. The top neighborhoods? Patterson Park, Patterson Place, Upper Fells Point, Highlandtown and Butcher’s Hill.
For costumes: In a bind and looking for a last-minute costume idea? Turn to Charm City itself for some inspiration. Scroll through the gallery below (or click here) for some Baltimore-themed costumes.
The Ravens have also been known to come up with some creative costumes over the years.
For eating: Sure, there will be plenty of candy to go around, but if you’re looking to get creative in the kitchen, why not try making your own caramel and candy apples. If savory is more your style, check out these jack-o’-lantern stuffed peppers (or watch the video below).
There are plenty more how-to cooking videos where that came from. Try:
And if you don’t feel like cooking, many Baltimore-area restaurants and bars are hosting parties and offering deals for Halloween. (Alert: $2 Ekiben steamed bun sandwiches.)
For decorations: When it comes to decking out your house in all things spooky, you can’t beat Glen Burnie couple Marcy and Mike Zeller. For 30 years they’ve been going all-out at their Manor Road home, but the tradition is coming to an end, as they plan to retire to South Carolina next year. Take a look at their house.
For pets: Let’s face it: our pets look way better in any costume than we do. Scroll through the gallery below (or click here) for some hilarious costume ideas for your furry friends. And if you want more, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Halloween pet photo shoot for the cover of The Baltimore Sun’s WKND section.