FEAR not. Halloween is here, in all its ghoulish, haunting glory. Creepy, crafty, fun and wacky events are mysteriously cropping up all over. Below, you'll find everything from spooky-music concerts and eerie hayrides to pumpkin-decorating events and canine costume contests. Some events are geared more to older children and adults, so call ahead if you're unsure an event will be appropriate for the little ones.
Anne Arundel County
"Halloween Happening." Tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Route 178, Crownsville. Haunted barn and hayride. $8; free for ages 6 and under. Call 410-923-3400.
Haunted trail. Tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Hike through a haunted forest. Not recommended for young children. $7. Call 410-437-8257.
"Legend of Creepy Hollow." Tomorrow and Saturday, 8 p.m. Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Do or Die Productions presents the interactive mystery. $10-$15. Call 410-636-6597.
"Supernatural Saturday Walking Tour." Saturday, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Tour of the Barracks, Old Treasury Building, Paca House and more. $5-$7.50. Call 410-267-7619.
Costume party. Wednesday, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Elderslie-St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 5601 Pimlico Road. Costume party for all ages. Free. Call 410-664-3392.
"Fells Point Ghost Walk." Today, tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 p.m. Fells Point Visitor Center, 808 S. Ann St. Ghost lore and tour in search of ghosts. $10. Call 410-675-6750 for reservations.
"The Great Halloween Lantern Pa-rade." Saturday, 7 p.m. Pulaski Monument, Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. Participants will parade candle-lighted lanterns through the park. Free. Call 410-342-0600.
"Halloween at the Poe House." Sunday and Nov. 3-4, 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, 203 N. Amity St. Theatrical presentations of The Tell Tale Heart. $2-$5. Call 410-396-7932.
"Halloween Happening." Saturday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. Creepy tour, living-history characters, scary Poe stories, more. $3-$5. Call 410-837-1793.
Halloween tour. Wednesday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs, Fayette and Greene streets. Theatrical reading of Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," classical guitar performances, tour of Westminster Hall with eerie music, visit to Poe's grave and tour of Westminster Catacombs, more. $3-$5. Call 410-706-7228.
Haunted concert. Sunday, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, Fayette and Greene streets. Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" with Faure's Requiem by the Bach Society of Baltimore, followed by guided tours of the underground crypts and cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe is buried. $15. Call 410-521-0209.
"Haunted Hike." Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Gwynns Falls Trail. Hike begins at the Winans Meadow trail, Franklintown Road. For ages 8 and up. $3-$4. Call 410-396-0808.
"Haunted Theatre." Sunday, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Spooky theater tour and show. Early shows are less scary. $10. Call 410-752-1225.
"Howl-O-Ween Fancy Dressed Dog Competition." Sunday, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Register at 2:30 p.m. The Can Company, 2400 Boston St. Dog costume contest: scariest, funniest, most Baltimorean, matching dog and human, and original. $5. Call 410-342-0900.
"Ode to Halloween." Today, noon. Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. "Lunch Under the Pipes" concert, tour of Westminster Catacombs, cookies, cider and prize drawings for a Halloween tour. Free. Call 410-706-2072.
"Patterson Park's Lights and Frights." Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; Sunday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. The Pagoda, Patterson Park, Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street. Watch a theatrical production, "Nessie on Wheels," performed on roller skates. $5. Call 410-342-0600.
"Pumpkin Pastimes: An Old-Fashioned Harvest Festival." Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Colonial harvest fair, 20th-century trick-or-treating, ghost stories, creepy crafts, scarecrow-making contest, masquerade parade, square dancing, doughnut-decorating, more. Come in costume. $4-$5. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.
"Rattle Your Bones Shindig." Tomorrow, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. Costume contest, parade, pumpkin-decorating, spooky surprises, refreshments, more. $5-$8; free for ages under 3. Call 410-864-2669 for reservations.
"The Spooks of Broadway." Saturday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Joseph SeniorLife Center, 430 S. Broadway, Fells Point. Haunted house. 50 cents. All proceeds donated to the American Red Cross. Call 410-732-5000.
"Tales of the Sea." Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. USS Constellation, Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St. Haunting stories and scary tales of the sea. $3.50-$6.50; free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-539-1797.
"Zoo BOOO!" Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park. Trick-or-treating, live entertainment, games, crafts, costume contest, haunted barn, more. $6-$10. Call 410-366-LION.
"Haunted Dungeons at Fort Howard Park." Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. At the end of Route 20 in Fort Howard. Haunted walking tours. Presented by the Edgemere Sparrows Point Recreation Council. $6-$8. Call 410-887-7529.
"Haunted Graveyard of Charlesmont." Through Nov. 1, dusk to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Sunday-Wednesday; dusk to midnight Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. At 3413 Wallford Drive, Dundalk. Haunted graveyard with creepy ghouls. Free. Call 410-282-3635.
"Haunted Halloween Fright Week." Today, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., and tomorrow, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Crosby Crossing Swim Club, Crosby and Chesworth roads, Catonsville. Tour the haunted grounds. $5. Call 410-788-3723.
"The Haunted Ridge." Tomorrow, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Spooky stories around the campfire. $3. Call 410-887-1815 for reservations.
"House of the Living Dead XII." Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. At 2001 Leland Ave., Middle River. Presented by the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company. Walk through a haunted house. $5-$9. Call 410-687-5399.
"Howl-O-Ween Fun Day." Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, Memorial Hall, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson. Greyhound costume contest, photo-taking, baked goods, more. Come in costume yourself. Presented by the Greyhound Pets of America/Maryland. Free. Call 800-600-8607.
"Nightmares From Elmridge." Today through Wednesday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. weeknights and 7 p.m.-11 p.m. over the weekend. At 5400 East Drive, Arbutus. Haunted house. $4.50-$6.50. Call 410-247-0046.
"Trail of Terror." Today through Sunday. Ticket sales begin at 7 p.m. Event begins at dusk. Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Road, Cockeysville. Spooky hayrides and walks in the woods. $7-$9. Portion of proceeds benefits the American Red Cross. Call 410-252-2046.
"Bedlam in the Boro." Today, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; tomorrow and Saturday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, 4224 Main St. Haunted hayride and carnival. $4-$8. Call 410-239-4467.
"Haunted Hayride." Tomorrow and Saturday, 6 p.m.-close. Brave Venture Farm, 1925 Strawberry Drive, Finksburg. Ride on a hay wagon and enjoy theatrics. $3-$7. Call 410-795-0695.
"Harriet's Happiest Halloween." Today, 7:30 p.m.; tomorrow, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Chesapeake Theater, Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Presented by Harford Dance Theatre. Theatrical performance. Wear your Halloween costume. $5-$7. Call 410-836-4211.
"Haunted Golf." Saturday, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Churchville Golf Course, 3040 Churchville Road, Churchville. Halloween-themed golf, trick-or-treating, costume parade, refreshments. $7. Call 410-836-5075.
"Ghosts of the Patapsco Female Insti- tute." Tomorrow and Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City. Haunted walk through the park. Wear a costume and walking shoes and bring a flashlight. $4. Call 410-465-8500.
Halloween at Cider Mill Farm. Saturday and Sunday, noon. Cider Mill Farm, 5012 Landing Road, Elkridge. Halloween costume contests at 12:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Petting farm, pumpkin patch, scarecrow-making, pony rides, hayrides, more. Free admission. 410-788-9595.
Halloween carnival. Tomorrow, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Route 216 and Murphy Road, Fulton. Costume contest, haunted house, refreshments, more. Bring a canned good for charity. Call 301-725-0241.
"Haunted Halloween." Tomorrow, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Rockburn Branch Park, Montgomery Road, Elkridge. Haunted house and hayride for ages 7 and up. $7. Sunday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun hay ride (not scary) for ages 2-7. $3. Call 410-313-4625.
"Nightmare Woods." Through Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. nightly. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Haunted farmhouse, hayride, freak-show stage, 3-D clown asylum, midway, more. $14.95. Not recommended for those under 13. Call 410-730-2424 or 410-481-SEAT.
"Scary (?) Scenes." Tomorrow, 6:30 p.m. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. The Howard County Ballet in a dance performance as ghosts and goblins. Wear a scary costume. $7; $1 for additional family members. Call 410-465-8233.
"Wilde Halloween Party." Monday, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. Stories, pumpkin-decorating, cookie-decorating, trick-or-treating for costumed children, more. $3. Call 410-730-3987.
Prince George's County
"Fright Fest." Tomorrow, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. Haunted train, haunted house, hayride, Halloween shows, nightly costume contests, costumed characters, Looney Tunes Spooky Town, more. $17.99-$35.99; free for ages 3 and under. Additional charge for Brutal Planet. Call 301-249-1500.
"Halloween Happening." Tuesday, 4 p.m. Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie. Costume parade, hayride, crafts and games for ages 5-10. $8. Call 301-809-3089.