Saying goodbye to Maryland is never easy, sometimes even for the dead. From the alleyways of old Annapolis to the frontier graves of Frederick and the battlefields of Antietam and Monocracy to the bones of Edgar Allan Poe, The Old Line State has spent nearly 400 years collecting her ghosts. Those restless spirits and their stories are out there, waiting to be uncovered.
For those who prefer less creepy fun, check out these vibrant festivals that celebrate autumn.
1 Baltimore Ghost Tour - The Original Fells Point Ghost Walk
Picture Fells Point, in Baltimore, as it was long a go ... a rowdy seaport town, birthplace of the sleek and dangerous clipper ship, its streets full of sailors from foreign lands spilling off vessels, immigrants anxious to start life anew , ladies of the night looking to make ends meet. This explosive combination led to many ghost hauntings. This walking tour explores haunted pubs, shops, and residences of Fells Point.
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History & Heritage
731 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
2 Annapolis Ghost Tours and Haunted Pub Crawl
Annapolis is rightfully famed for its waterfront pubs and legendary watering holes, but while the music may be live, some of the company may be dead! A haunted pub crawl is the perfect excuse to mix and mingle with guys, gals and groovy ghosts. More info...
3 Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick
Hunt for the mysterious man in black, a spectre who has haunted the town since his execution in 1781, and meet the patriotic spirit of Frederick’s famed Barbara Fritchie who still stands guard against the Confederate Army more than 150 years later. Maryland's oldest operating ghost tour. More info...
4 Annapolis Ghost Tours by Watermark
Through September 29; October 5-27, 2018
The narrow streets of old Annapolis are famed for their charm and beauty, but the Annapolis Ghost Tours offers a window into the sinister side of this waterfront hamlet. Streets once trod by George Washington may still hold reflections of those bygone days. See for yourself on an Annapolis Ghost Tour by Watermark.
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1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
5 Baltimore Wicked History Tours
Through - December 22, 2018
Explore the very streets that inspired Edgar Allan Poe to pen some of his most twisted tails while learning the true tails of The Monumental City’s most notorious ghosts, ghouls and villains. Wicked History Pub Crawls are great for mixing spirits and spirits, or you may choose to take the more civilized family-friendly tour. More info...
6 Spirits of Ellicott City Pub Crawl
You may want to consider a drink (not included in the tour price) as you explore inside select restaurants to witness favorite haunts of Ellicott City’s ghosts and hear their stories. To sign up for this extended tour, you must be 21 or older.
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8390 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
7 Murder & Mayhem Walking Tours of Frederick
While Frederick looks like Mayberry in Maryland, it has an lesser known dark side. Explore the "other side" of Frederick's history, including some of the most scandalous, nefarious, and horrific moments in the city's past. Stories include bootlegging, bank robberies and other unpleasantries such as the case of Granville Smeltzer & Mary Nussbaum.
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Frederick, MD 21701
8 Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour
April - November, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm.
Walk the streets and learn about past inhabitants of this historic milltown — one of the oldest, most haunted locales in America. A Civil War soldier; lady in white; and firefighter are among spirits described. More info...
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8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
9 Chesapeake Ghost Walks
Ghost Walks from Easton to Ocean City are sure to tingle the spine of the most brazen ghost hunter. Explore the quiet corners of the Eastern Shore and come face to spectral face with the ghosts that still walk the streets of colonial towns where little has changed since their demise centuries ago. More info...
10 Historic Savage Mill Ghost Tours
August 31- November 24, 2018
This hip enclave for artists and crafts people is also home to a different sort of resident that continues to haunt the resident artists in present day. Explore this unique destination's storied past and ghostly present. More info...
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8600 Foundry St
Savage, MD 20763
11 Fright Night with the Spirits of Patapsco
September 20, 2018
Kick off the fall season with this spooky presentation courtesy of Maryland History Tours. Grab a bite and enjoy Happy Hour drink specials at Ellicott Mills Brewing Company while listening to stories of ghostly happenings from Ellicott City through the river valley to Catonsville!
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8308 Main St
Ellicott City, MD 21043
12 Bennett's Curse - Ultimate Fear Experience
September 21-December 8, 2018 (see website for specific dates)
The legendary Bennett's Curse is back in Baltimore with their most terrifying show to date -- Bennett's Curse Ultimate Fear Experience! From asylum patients to classic monsters, the Ultimate Fear Experience offers everything one would expect from Maryland/DC's #1 Halloween Attraction. Bennett's Curse is unleashing pure terror on all those brave enough to visit. More info..
13 Fright Fest at Six Flags
September 22- October 28, 2018 - select days
It's a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals.
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13710 Central Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
14 Field of Screams, Olney
September 22 - November 4, 2018, Friday and Saturday and most Thursdays and Sundays
This expansive venue in Montgomery County packs a lot into one space, with two haunted trails, a house and a hayride. For Halloween enthusiasts who have already been in past years, the designers have reworked the trails and hayride to give it new horror. More info...
15 Haunted Dungeons at Fort Howard Park
September 28-29, 2018 and Friday and Saturday in October.
The Haunted Dungeons are open Fridays and Saturdays at Fort Howard Park, off of I-995 just past Sparrows Point and Edgemere. The area’s recreation council has been operating the dungeons for more than three decades. The Haunted Dungeons features a walk through the terrifying woods of the Fort Howard county park, and the infamous fort dungeons, haunted since the historic battle of 1812, where the likes of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Hannibal Lector await. Hope you like clowns... More info..
16 Laurel's House of Horror
September 28 - November 3, 2018
A short trip down I-95 can bring scare-seekers to this two-roomed venue based in an old movie theater. It features escape-style rooms. Participants will be tasked with collaboarting to get out of the rooms where they face challenges posed by iconic scenes from horror movies. Reservation-only, More info...
17 Screamland Farms, Frederick
September 28 - November 3, 2018
Three screamtastic haunted attractions: Barn of Bedlam, Corrupted Corn, and Hayride of Horrors. Campfire and other scary fun like Zombie Paintball and the Escape Room experience. Super scary - so not recommended for children under 13.
18 Legends of the Fog
September 28-November 3, 2018 -Weekends
Located in Harford County, the drive is always well worth it! "Legends of the Fog" has been in operation for more than a decade and sits on one hundred acres that include a corn maze, haunted house, hayride, and even a circus. More info...
19 Havre de Haunts
Friday & Saturdays in October (beginning Oct. 6)
Explore the streets of historic Havre de Grace with seasoned guides who know every chilling tail of this waterfront village, but are also active paranormal investigators. Havre de Haunts offers a glimpse into the world of real life ghost hunters! More info..
20 Bedlam in the Boro
October 2018 - Friday and Saturday
Celebrating two decades of thrills and chills - the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department’s takes Halloween to another level. Dare to ride the terrifying Haunted Hayride and venture into the House of Terror, or choose to ride the family-friendly and not-so-scary hayride for kids of all ages. Enjoy food, games and Halloween fun!
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Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department
Manchester, MD 21088
21 The Nevermore Haunt, Baltimore
October 6- November 3, 2018 (see website for specific dates)
This haunted house based in Baltimore occupies a historic four-story building that once housed a department store. It’s located in the historic Oldtown neighborhood right off of E. Monument Street several blocks east of I-83. Conveniently enough, the proprietors are offering guests a private Haunt Shuttle that will pick-up and drop-off at Bond and Aliceanna Streets in Fells Point. More info...
22 Ghosts of Sotterley
October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2018
Take a journey through some of the darkest moments of Sotterley's history. Take a spooky tour through Sotterley's forest, but be prepared for encounters with inhabitants both earthly and…. other.
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44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636
23 London Town Sins and Secrets, Edgewater
October 5, 19, & 26, 2018
Explore the dark underbelly of London’s history. Walk the streets of the long dead seaport, discovering its more salacious stories. Learn about the pirates who prowled the South River, an eighteenth-century bar fight, a spy who dined with the rich of our town, and a runaway sailor with ribald tattoos! Bring back alive the tavern atmosphere with alcoholic drinks and refreshments, included in the price.
24 Haunted History Hike, Baltimore County
October 18-20, 2018 7-9 pm
A Soldier’s Delight guide will lead you by lantern light through the park after dark! Hear ghostly tales of local lore. See some of the night hunters that travel by wing that may have been the inspiration for some of the world's ghosts. You'll hear tales of gruesome crime and punishment and visit the site of Maryland's first public execution for murder. Recommended for adults and families with children 8+, $5/person. Reservations are highly encouraged.
25 Historic St. Mary's Haunted Ship
October 20, 2018 4:30-8:30 pm
Don a costume and visit the Maryland Dove, transformed into a not-so-scary haunted ship. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and games. Donations appreciated.
26 A Ghost Tour of Historic Cumberland
October 20, 2018 7-8:30 pm
Become acquainted with some of Cumberland's past residents who have taken permanent dwelling among current residents. According to tour guides Keith and Anne Potts, "The inability to 'move on' is often attributed to a tragic circumstances."
27 Haunted Bingo, Graysonville
October 26, 2018 5:30-9:30 pm
Come to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center hungry and ready to try your luck at Bingo! This is an adult event (21+) Homemade soups and bread will be for sale. Snacks and drinks free! There will be beer, a special witch’s brew, soft drinks, chips, desserts, and a 12′ candy bar. Pre-registration for $30 includes pack of 20 (“9on”) bingo papers and door prize tickets. $35 at the door. Wear a costume to win extra prizes.
28 Jefferson Patterson Halloween Festival, St. Leonard
October 26, 2018 6-9 pm
Make Halloween special for your family this year by attending the free Halloween Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Enjoy games, arts & crafts, face painting, a haunted wagon ride, fortune teller, camp fire stories, free candy and if you're really brave take a walk through the haunted barn. Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume. Costume contest open to children 10 or younger.
29 B&O Railroad Museum Wizards and Witches Weekend
October 27 & 28, 2018
Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Hop on the Wizards Express, watch a Sword Demonstration by Medieval Times knights, take an Herbology Class and learn all the magical properties of plants. Take part in hands-on STEAM educational experiments, an Edible Potions Class, Wand Making, and more. More info...