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Day trip: Reel in a scream-filled weekend

St. Mary's City, Md.

Grave Matters

If you're tired of haunted houses and looking for unconventional Halloween fun, head down to historic St. Mary's City for Grave Matters. Get into colonial character as you watch Maryland's colonists act out a typical day and experience their perspective on topics such as witchcraft, evil eyes and disease. Take a night walk on historical paths, or sit back in a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Brick Chapel to see where Maryland's founders are buried and hear from expert archaeologists.

Grave Matters is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tours run every 15 minutes. Advance ticket purchase is required: Tickets are $20 for visitors and $15 for Friends of Historic St. Mary's City. Admission for children under 5 is free. Call at 1-800-762-1634 or 240-895-4990 or e-mail

Spring Mount, Pa.

Chairlift Ride/Trail

For a screaming good time, head up to the Haunted Chairlift at Scream Mountain this weekend. Hope you like heights — this chairlift takes you up the dark side of the mountain and travels down a foggy trail, where it's unclear what lies ahead. Once you come down from the mountain, a Haunted Hay Ride awaits to continue the haunted journey.

The Haunted Chairlift Ride and Trail runs 6:30-10:30 p.m. this weekend at Spring Mountain, 757 Spring Mountain Road. Ticket prices are $20-$25. Call 610-287-7900 or go to

Hollywood, Md.

Monster Rockfish Festival and Tournament

This weekend, taste the bounties of the Monster Rockfish Festival and Tournament, held on Saturday in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. After the fishermen have brought in their catch, local restaurants will compete in the Rockfish cook-off. Come and taste the fresh rockfish, beer, wine and seasonal foods. Other activities include live music, tours of historic Rosedale Manor and horseback riding.

The Rockfish Tournament is Saturday, followed by the Monster Rockfish Festival from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Greenwell State Park, 25450 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. Admission is free. Call 301-373-2320 or go to

Rehoboth Beach, De.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival

Looking for a Halloween one-stop-shop? If so, check out the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival for an entire weekend of spooky family fun. The festival boasts a range of activities, including a Pirate Treasure Challenge, wagon rides, magic shows and live entertainment. Kids can check out the array of old fashioned beach games, a Sea Witch hunt and the Choo Choo Train Ride. Break out your best costume for the costume parade on Saturday, or dress up your dog for the Best Costumed Dog Contest on Sunday. And for all your fiddlers out there, this is Delaware's Official State Fiddler's Festival — where fiddlers and banjo players join together for an entire day of musical entertainment.

The festival will run Friday through Sunday at various locations in Rehoboth. For more information, go to

Chesapeake, Va.

Ride the Ghost Train

If you're a fan of the outdoors and Halloween, head down to Chesapeake, Va., and ride the Ghost Train at Northwest River Park. It's a kind of moving haunted house, which takes you through the haunted woods where you'll no doubt encounter some seriously spooky creatures. You're guaranteed to be entertained — and spooked.

The Ghost train runs Friday and Saturday by reservation at Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Road in Chesapeake. Tickets are $9.50 per person and are available at all Chesapeake Community Centers and Northwest River Park. Go to

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