Halloween in Fells Point? Been there, done that.
This year, a quick trip can get you to a haunted bus tour, a frightful forest excursion or a late-night soiree with Hollywood elite.
If you head to Atlantic City, N.J., you'll have a chance to party with "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz and "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello while vying for $20,000 in prizes.
On Saturday, Lutz will host "Dance in the Twilight" at MIXX and mur.mur nightclubs in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Lutz won't be the only celeb on site. Music will be provided by Samantha Ronson at mur.mur and DJ Ruckus and Rev Run at MIXX. On Halloween night, Manganiello will host "True Blood on the Dance Floor" at MIXX nightclub. Music will be provided by Roonie G.
"The cornerstone of our nightlife experiences, like our brand of entertainment, is great music," said Dave Coskey, Borgata's vice president of marketing. "This is especially true on a holiday like Halloween, when a wide array of partygoers are coming out to let loose and have fun with their friends. Inviting celebrities like Kellan Lutz and Joe Manganiello to enjoy the festivities further establishes MIXX and mur.mur as the parties to see and be seen over the holiday weekend."
On Saturday and Sunday, actor David Keltz will re-create Edgar Allan Poe's visit to Virginia in 1849, at the Lyceum, Alexandria's history museum. Keltz will perform a number of stories and poems by Poe. Although the event is open to all, it is geared toward ages 12 and older because of some of the material. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 703-746-4994 or go to visitalexandriava.com for more information.
The "Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour" will depart every 15 minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Burke & Herbert Bank at the corner of King and South Fairfax streets in Alexandria. Organizers promise to take you through "eerie streets" to a cemetery and to one of the "most haunted" buildings in Old Town. Participants will hear bone-chilling tales. Admission is $15 for those older than 18, $7 for ages 7-17 and free for 6 and younger. Call 703-519-1749 or go to visitalexandriava.com for more information.
Want to try your hand at being a real Ghostbuster and get a gourmet meal in the bargain? Head to the Accomac Inn in York, Pa., to get your hands on ghost-hunting equipment while searching for the spirits of a woman murdered 1882 and her killer, a crazed admirer. The inn is just 50 feet from the grave of the killer and is said to be the site of paranormal activity. The $65 ghost hunt and dinner takes place Friday night. Call 717-252-1521 or go to accomacinn.com for more information.
On Halloween night, head to P. Joseph Raab Park in Seven Valleys, Pa., and go for a ghost walk along the site of the York Iron Co. The walk is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-register for this free event by calling York County Parks at 717-428-1961. Or go to yorkcountyparks.org for more information.
There are also a couple of in-state options that will get you in the Halloween spirit.
Marion Station has a ghost tour of the Upper Shore. The four-hour tour focuses on eastern Dorchester County and includes visits to a house and tavern where bodies were buried by the murderer in Reliance; an Indian burial ground in Vienna; and Elliott's Island and Greenbriar swamp. Mindie Burgoyne, author of the book "Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake," will lead the tour. The cost of the tour is $29 per person. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Marci Leach at 410-827-5833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try Markoff's Haunted Forest in Dickerson for another in-state frightfest. In addition to the two haunted-trail options, there are haunted hayrides, a haunted bus, fortunetellers, zip lines and concession stands. Warm up by the gigantic bonfire. Call ahead to get passes to move ahead of the masses of waiting patrons. For more information, call 301-216-1248 or go to markoffshauntedforest.com.