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2017 Halloween events in Baltimore: Family fun, bar crawls and more

In a city as proudly off-kilter as ours, Halloween makes for one fun weekend in Baltimore.

Whether it's a parade, a bar crawl, a metal concert, a bike ride or simply people-watching in Fells Point, the options are plentiful and wide-ranging. Those feeling extra ambitious (or aiming to show off that perfect costume) can zig-zag their way through multiple events, too. Consider the following events our suggestions for when it's time to choose your own spooky adventure.


Ghost tours

Did you feel that? What was that noise? Hit the streets to learn the histories behind the haunted hangouts in Baltimore and Maryland. In the city, there's the original Fells Point Ghost Walk Tour, starting 8 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday ($13;; tours depart from 731 S. Broadway). Those curious about any spookiness related to the state's capital should try Annapolis' ghost tours, including the Sands House, one of the oldest homes in the town's history, at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($14-$22, kids under 2 are free;; tours depart from 99 Main St.).



The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's biggest event of the year returns to Patterson Park, South Patterson Park Avenue and East Baltimore Street, with enough activities to tire your pup out by lunchtime. It starts off with the Ready, Set … Sniff! 5K run and one-mile walk, followed by Downward Dog with Your Dog yoga and a Howl-o-Ween pet costume contest, because let's face it — our pets look better in costume than we do. A beer garden with local food trucks will be open until 3 p.m., when the events end. Registration and check-in for the race, which starts at Pavilion 1, begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. $40-$45.

Valley of the Haunted

Now in its third year, this haunted, creepy carnival-themed trail at Harford County's Camp Hidden Valley offers a scary 1.2-mile walk through the woods, where ghosts and zombies await. Little Haunts, for kids ages 12 and under, should be a less frightening scene, with a hay maze, costume contests and more. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; $12-$20. (2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday for Little Haunts; $5.) 4722 Mellow Road, White Hall.

Westminster Hall Halloween tour

For more than three decades, Westminster Hall hosts a special Halloween tour of its church, catacombs and burying grounds. The emphasis on Edgar Allan Poe — including this year's presentation of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Masque of the Red Death" — is fitting, since the poet was buried here. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday. $3-$5. 519 W. Fayette St., downtown.

Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

Forget the ghouls. The theme for the 18th annual lantern parade and festival, organized by Creative Alliance, is "Rise," "a celebration of nature and community — both thrive, grow stronger and rise when they're treasured." The usual fun will still be on display, too, at the free festival at Patterson Park's Pulaski Monument, with live music, an arts and crafts market, local food trucks and a beer garden. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume and march in the rain-or-shine parade. Festival begins at 3:30 p.m., with the parade at 7 p.m. The party continues at Creative Alliance with the Glow Ball, featuring the Brooklyn, N.Y., Afrobeat group Underground System (9:30 p.m., $10-$16). 3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown.


Spooky Science

Though the Maryland Science Center's Halloween party is sold out, those feeling festive can still stop by during the day for this family-friendly event. Attendees can make glowing slime, participate in demonstrations with "mad scientists" and watch pumpkins get tossed off the building's roof. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free with museum admission ($18.95-$28.95). 601 Light St., Inner Harbor.


The always family-friendly Maryland Zoo hosts its annual Halloween party on its Waterfowl Lake with multiple costume contests, live entertainment from acts like Silly Goose & Val and Mark Lohr, bounce houses and an elephant pumpkin smash — which looks just as it sounds. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free with admission ($15-$19). 1 Safari Place, Druid Hill Park.

Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular

Hosted by Albert Cadabra, this energy-filled burlesque performance at Creative Alliance features two winners from the Miss Exotic World Pageant, Angie Pontani and Mr. Gorgeous, among others. Dressed-up attendees could win a costume contest with prizes like jewelry, hair products and more. 8 p.m. Friday. $22-$28.


Baltimore Bike Party's Halloween Ride

The popular monthly ride throughout the city's streets fully embraces the holiday with riders sporting eye-popping costumes as they pedal and socialize. As usual, the group meets at St. Mary's Park (600 N. Paca St., Seton Hill) at 6:30 p.m. Friday and ends with the Halloween After Party at Monument City Brewing Company (1 North Haven St., Highlandtown). Free.

Federal Hill-O-Ween

It's not a holiday in Baltimore without a bar crawl in one of the city's most popular nightlife neighborhoods. This year's version features 14 bars (including Ropewalk Tavern, Crossbar der Biergarten and more), with all offering specials like $3 Miller Lite, $4 Blue Moon, costume contests, food specials and more. 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday. $22.

Days of Darkness Festival

Metal and Halloween go hand-in-hand, so it's only right Maryland Deathfest hosts a weekend filled with face-melting bands at Rams Head Live. Friday's pre-fest show ($22; 7:30 p.m. doors) headlined by Slough Feg kicks things off before bands like Neurosis, Om, Manilla Road and more take the stage throughout Saturday and Sunday (1 p.m. doors). 20 Market Place, downtown. $52 for daily pass; $102 for two-day pass.


Halloween at Power Plant Live

Downtown's nightlife complex starts the ghoulish party on Thursday at 10 p.m. with Halloween Rally: The Glow Edition ($35-$50), a bar crawl that includes DJs and costume contests with $1,500 worth of cash and prizes. Those waiting for the weekend can get tickets for the Devil's Crawl ($4.95-$9.95) on Saturday, another night of costume contests and bar-hopping locations like Angels Rock Bar, Howl at the Moon and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 34 Market Place, downtown.;

Halloween in Fells Point

For many, Halloween weekend means one thing in Baltimore: descending upon Fells Point. Whether you're decked out in a show-stopping costume or in plainclothes to simply watch the scene, there's never a lack of entertainment in the popular neighborhood. Expect the largest crowd for this informal tradition on Saturday after the sun goes down.

KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot

Want to get your heart rate up before diving headfirst into partying? The Orioles, along with manager Buck Showalter and his wife, Angela, will host a 5K and one-mile walk that begins and ends at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. At the post-race party, kids can meet the Oriole Bird, get their faces painted and participate in a costume contest. Proceeds benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland. 8 a.m. Saturday. $35 (ages 5 and older). 333 W. Camden St..


Halloween Comicfest

Geppi's Entertainment Museum's annual celebration takes on a "Stranger Things" theme, featuring games with the local entertainment group Charm City Ghostbusters, crafts and prizes. Readers can expect free comics and specials in the shop. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. $7-$10 (half-off for those in costume). 301 W. Camden St., Stadium Area.

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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society hosts a night of science-fiction-inspired Halloween fun at the Ottobar with live performances from local bands the Lushpockets, Manners Manners, Well Paid Scientist and DJ Pancakes. Doors open at 8 p.m. 2549 N. Howard St., Remington. $15.



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