Kid-Friendly Halloween in Baltimore

Mummies, pirates, lanterns, and pumpkins. There are all sorts of kid-friendly Halloween events in Baltimore (from spooky to ghoulishly friendly for the tiny pint-sizers). Here are our picks for family friendly Halloween fun — including where your kids can get their trick or treat on!

THIS WEEKEND

ZooBOO! at the Maryland Zoo
Calling all ghouls & boys! Join us at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for a frightfully fun family tradition & wildly spooktacular celebration 30 decades in the making.Come to the Zoo dressed to impress and enjoy FREE trick-or-treating, costumes contest, fun carnival games, crafts, activities, a haymaze, live entertainment, delicious food and MORE! Silly Goose and Val and Shazam Magic will be performing daily. ZooBOOO! is FREE with Zoo Admission. 10 AM – 4 PM, Friday – Sunday. MORE INFO

Fall Harvest Fun at the Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmer’s Market
Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry for family-friendly, seasonal activities at our last market of the year! Bring a set of kid-size clothes (including hat) and make a scarecrow; make seed and bean collages for holiday decorations; earn prizes from our “Needle in a Haystack” treasure hunt; and more! Free event at the BMI Farmers’ Market (donations to the scarecrow activity gratefully accepted). Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM. MORE INFO

Ice Cream for Breakfast
The Charmery is inviting everyone to have ice cream for breakfast! They’re opening early for special breakfast themed ice cream flavors (including Blueberry Pancakes, Cornflakes and Milk, and 2 Coffee by Spro flavors) on Saturday at 10 AM. Free samples of their new winter menu items. Hot coffee by Spro Coffee Hampden. Awesome prizes for best pajamas. Your kids would flip for this, right? Ok, so maybe it’s not exactly Halloween but it is all about fall flavors!MORE INFO

Fall-O-Ween
Dress up in your favorite costume and head to Port Discovery for their annual Fall-O-Ween Family Festival! Enjoy not-so-scary, family friendly programs and performances including: Family Activities with Robinson Nature Center, Fall Craft Activities, Cook and Tell with McCormick, WildLife Adventures-Creepy Crawly Friends, Spooky Science, Fun House Noises and performances by CoMMotion Dance and Here Comes Trouble! 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. MORE INFO

FREE Egyptian Family Festival
Sail up the Nile River to the mysterious land of the Faiyum at The Walters Art Museum! Hop along the backs of crocodiles as we come together to explore the marvels of ancient Egypt! Tell tales of gods and goddesses, help build a palace and learn traditional dances together. Search for crocodile hatchling eggs throughout the museum and chant with their friendly Egyptian lion cub, Waltee. Discover a new alphabet and write secret messages on pretty papyrus paper! Make artwork deserving of the pharaohs and enjoy exciting performances all day! Visit the special exhibition, Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum, for FREE! Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Hallowmarine
It’s no trick! The Aquarium is hosting its annual Hallowmarine celebration. Join us Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, from 10 am to 3 pm for Halloween-themed crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, a scare-venger hunt, a costume parade, and more! Help judge a pumpkin-carving contest, and learn how you can green your Halloween! Special guests Tyrone, Uniqua and Pablo of The Backyardigans will be attending. Costumes are encouraged! Activities are free with admission. MORE INFO

Ghost Stories and Tours of the B&O Railroad Museum
Join the B&O Railroad Museum for a special weekend of ghost tours at the museum. Hear about spooky tales and happenings that occurred inside historic B&O buildings and along railroad tracks. No reservations required. Tours are at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

Keiki “Hulaween” Party
With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than by joining us for Roy’s Keiki Hulaween Bash? Bring your keiki (Hawaiian for “kids”) to Roy’s for a delicious buffet style lunch and then stay for games, pumpkin and trick or treat bag decorating, a costume contest and more! Saturday from 11 AM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

Spooky Science at the Maryland Science Center
Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the Maryland Science Center’s fifth annual Spooky Science, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. There will be hair-raising activities, creepy crafts, and fangtastic demonstrations. Visitors can look forward to making gooey, glowing slime, decorating pumpkins and trick or treat bags, playing mummy bowling, and exploring mystery boxes filled with eerie items. Saturday from 12 PM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

4th Annual Hike & Seek
Part hike, part scavenger hunt, Hike & Seek is a 1-2 mile hike with activity stations along the way to help your kids explore everything that is fun about nature. Organized by the National Wildlife Federation. New to Hike & Seek is Baltimore’s very own Druid Hill Park. Saturday beginning at 12 PM. MORE INFO

2013 Lantern Parade and Festival
he 2013 Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival: COSMIC PARK celebrates the universe, including the heavens, the stars, and all celestial bodies in our very own Patterson Park. The day kicks off with a free festival, hay rides, lantern workshops, costume contest, The Gathering food trucks and more! Artist Director Laure Drogoul directs our shimmering spectacle! Floating Floats glow on the park’s Boat Lake; video projections light up the DiPietro Ice Rink, the pavilion and behind Pulaski Monument in the park; artist installations and performances throughout the Parade Route. The Parade will keep you moving! Families, friends, and neighbors are welcome to dress in costume, make lanterns from repurposed plastic bottles, and carry them in the Parade. Or… watch from anywhere along the route! Saturday from 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. MORE INFO

Hauntingdon Festival
Celebrate Halloween with the friendly folks of the Remington neighborhood with the Annual Hauntingdon Festival. This year’s event will include a “haunted house” tent, face painting, recording booth to tell ghost stories, a parade of giant puppets, a costume contest and performances by local musicians. The spooky-festive-festival will feature artwork and decorations created by Remington youth during weekly Porch Art workshops. Saturday from 5 PM – 8 PM. MORE INFO

Lantern Night: A Free Family Halloween Party
Come see the Fire Museum of Maryland in a whole new light. Spend a family-friendly Halloween at the Fire Museum of Maryland. Lanterns are lit on the 40 antique fire engines for this unique Halloween Party. In the warm lantern light, re-enactors in period costumes tell their unique stories. Saturday from 6 PM – 8 PM. MORE INFO

Haunted Halloween Hike
Bring your flashlight and treat bag to search for treats, discover wildlife, and meet some Halloween characters along the way. Costumes are welcome! At Robert E. Lee Park. 6:30pm: ages 4-7, 7:30pm: ages 8 – 12. MORE INFO

Fells Point Halloween Bash & Boo Crawl
A neighborhood Halloween celebration! From 11:00 am-1:00 pm on October 27th in Thames Street Park, there will be crafts and activities by: Baltimore Threadquarters, aMuse Toys, & Port Discovery Children’s Museum SPACE GARDEN artist, Jenna Boyles. Trick or Treating at participating businesses starts at 1:00pm. This is an aMuse Toys sponsored event. MORE INFO

The 6th Annual Biggest Little Tailgate Party
Party on the Club Level and Play like a Raven! On the field, children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in fun football clinics as well as the “Little Combine,” run by Under Armour. In the afternoon, there will be a flag-football game. Proceeds go towards Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upper Chesapeake. BLTP is a multi-faceted experience, engaging families, supporters and corporate sponsors while highlighting our mentors and mentees and educating the public on the impact of mentoring.MORE INFO

Weaving Webs
Spiders make spectacular webs to help them catch their prey. You can weave your own web with these Native American dream catcher inspired creations at Irvine Nature Center. All ages. Sunday from 1 PM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

Trick or Treat on the Square
Belvedere Square’s Second Annual Halloween Celebration offers Thrills, Chills, and Treats For a howling good time! This year they are partnering with Belvedere Veterinary Center to create a spooktacular Halloween event for the “entire” family. Dress-up in your favorite costume and head to Belvedere Square on Sunday, October 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. Families can enjoy live music by Nelly’s Echo, visit stores to receive sweet treats from costumed merchants, and join White Marsh Ballet Academy in a group dance to “Thriller”, the Square’s version of the “Thrill the World” tribute to this popular song. Trick-or-treaters can take home a souvenir of the event – a complimentary pumpkin that they can paint themselves at the Square. The event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. Belvedere Square merchants greet children with Halloween treats! MORE INFO

Preparatory Young People’s String Program Halloween Concert

The Young People’s String Program of the Peabody Preparatory will perform its annual Halloween Concert in costume with popular short works that creatively blend traditional string music with the festive holiday spirit. This melodic entertainment is both a fun and unique option for celebrating Halloween that is perfect for ages 5 and older. Janet Melnicoff-Brown and Andréa Picard Boecker, Directors. Sunday from 2 PM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

LATER THIS HALLOWEEN WEEK:

Toddler Time Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade
Join the B&O Railroad Museum for the year’s last Toddler Time, featuring a classic railroad story and Halloween celebration.Choo Choo Blue, the museum’s mascot will lead the costume parade of children around the Museum campus to collect special treats. Kiddie train ride too through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville! All included with paid admission. Recommended for children between the ages of 2-5. Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM. MORE INFO

Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM
Join the American Visionary Art Museum on Wednesday, October 30 for a special Free Fall Halloween celebration as AVAM kicks off its “Gratefully Dead” Legacy Campaign. Goblins and ghouls of all ages are invited to punk out your pumpkin or glam up your gourd in AVAM’s Tall Sculpture Barn from 4-6pm—FREE, but please bring your own pumpkin or gourd, all others materials (paint, bling, etc.) will be provided. The museum will also feature FREE admission from 4pm-7pm, and then stick around for a free screening of Beetlejuice (1988) on Federal Hill. Bring a blanket and get cozy, as our always popular “Flicks From The Hill” outdoor movie series makes a special, one-night only Fall appearance! AVAM will have seasonal treats for sale to benefit the museum, like popcorn, hot cider, and more. Don’t miss this spooktacular night @ AVAM in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore. MORE INFO

Animal Tricksters
Visit the Exhibit Hall at Irvine Nature Center where one of their naturalists will introduce you to our education animals that have special adaptations and disguises. These tricks keep them from becoming a treat! All ages. October 31st from 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. MORE INFO

Hampden HalloweenFest
Dress up in your favorite scary, funny or crazy costume and head on over to the Annual Hampden HalloweenFest on October 31, 2013. The event will feature trick or treating from 5-6 and a contest from 6:30-8 p.m. MORE INFO

 

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