In the month of October, when darkness comes early and a chill fills the air, the time is right to celebrate fall with hayrides, pumpkins and perhaps a ghost or two. There are numerous events, both festive and spooky, throughout Howard County this month to enjoy. So grab a sweater or don a costume and go!
Take a guided tour of the 181-year-old ruins, enjoy s’mores around a campfire, and listen to the stories and legends surrounding the ruins before exploring them yourself using professional ghost hunters’ equipment to gather evidence of paranormal activity. Tours are at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 18. Cost is $25.
Presented by Maryland History Tours, Becca with Inner Nature and Old Mill Café, the Haunted Tea and Tarot includes a tarot reading and the sharing of ghost tales and legends. Tea and pastries available. It will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
The horror movie “A Quiet Place” will be shown at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Free to attend.
History of Witches by Candlelight tours will begin at the Wine Bin on Oct. 17 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. Maryland History Tours will share the history of the 12 people accused of felony witchcraft in Maryland. Cost is $15.
Halloween Tricks, Treats and Trees is a self-guided tour with various stations offering “tricks.” Inside, participants can make potions, hear Halloween music, see puppet shows, make crafts, enjoy treats and more. The tour is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20. Cost is $5-$10.
Harvest at the Hill Festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Beer will be provided by Manor Hill Brewing, along with live music, farm tours, educational activities, food truck rally, yard games and more. Cost is $15-$30.
On Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., enjoy Tea with the Dearly Departed. Wear a costume and the tea room will be decorated in eerie decor. A prix fixe menu of finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones and tea will be offered. Cost is $30.
An Edgar Allan Poe Literary Dinner will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The event will include readings from Poe’s stories and poetry in between a six-course dinner and wine pairing. The courses will be created around the six cities where Poe lived. Cost is $85.
Check out Haunted Hallow’ Eve from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Activities include a haunted house, crafts, games and a magic show, along with trick-or-treating at River Hill Village Shopping Center shops.
A trunk or treat will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Dress in a costume and trick-or-treat at all of the vehicles. Live music, hayrides, face painting, children’s activities, giveaways, food trucks will be offered. Cost is $2.
Halloween Happenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 will include magic shows and trick-or-treating at the Village Center merchants. A haunted house will be sponsored by the Hammond High School music department.
Monster Mash Murders will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Presented by Ovation Dinner Theatre, the production is an interactive comedy-mystery whodunit that includes cocktail hour and a three-course meal prepared by Zeffert & Gold Catering. Cost is $85.
Hayrides to a pumpkin patch or through the woods decorated for Halloween are offered on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The farm also hosts evening hayrides that end with a campfire. A fee is charged for all hayrides and reservations are required for some. For more information, call 410-489-7034.
Larriland also has a straw maze built with 1,000 bales of straw and a Boo Barn for ages 4 to 6, featuring animated, not-too-scary ghosts and goblins.
Apple fritters and food trucks are available on weekends.
Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost tours