It’s all about the ghouls and goblins as Charm City starts the Halloween festivities! {There are some fun arts and STEM things for kids, too!  Here are best bets for local fam-friendly fun this weekend.

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Fells Point Fun Festival
A tradition since 1967. An outdoor street festival with over 200 merchandise vendors, over 40 food vendors in 4 food courts and over 200 arts and crafts exhibitors selling their creations. Five music stages representing all types of music along with a children’s activity area. Fri. 5:30pm-9pm, Sat-Sun. 11am-7pm. MORE

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Maryland Zoo! Get your costume ready and join us for free trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, yummy food and more! It’s bound to be a frightfully fun & wild time. *Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring goodie bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. Some games may require additional fees.  Friday – Sunday. MORE

Head to Cylburn Arboretum on Friday evening for some BOO-tastic fun! Carved Pumpkin Contest, Carriage Rides, Trick-or -Treat Nature Trail, Kid’s Costume Contest, Spooky game room, Fortune Telling, Crafts, Decorated Historic Mansion, and MORE! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children MORE

Fall Family Fun Day
Join Play Cafe Baltimore on Saturday, October 24 for a Halloween inspired Fall Family Fun Day. All day activities include: Stuffing scarecrows, Pumpkin decorating, leaf rubbing, and more! At 5p they will show “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on the big screen in the play area. Full menu and fall inspired treat available all day. 10 AM – 7 PM. MORE

Free Admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry
In cooperation with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, the BMI is pleased to offer free admission all day long on Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Visitors of all ages are invited to play, create, and invent with Fab Lab, a digital fabrication lab that brings the fun with electrifying interactive activities. MORE

Witches and Wizards Day at the B&O Railroad Museum
Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Train Ride on the Wizards Express! Hop on board Platform 2 3/4 to the Wizard & Witches Express for a magical adventure. Train departs promptly at 11:30 am & 2 pm Enter into the B&O’s Magical World of Magic through our enchanted walkway. Take a journey through our Magical Object Tour….you won’t believe your eyes! Herbology Class, potions class, Quiddich, and more! Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE

Go, Dog, Go!
This classic children’s book comes to life on stage with Pumpkin Theatre! Watch this group of highly motivated dogs as they drive their cars to various locations in their pursuit of work and play! They snorkle. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees! This rollicking free-for-all of a musical is sure to entertain kids of all ages. Shows at 1 PM and 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. MORE

16th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Produced by Creative Alliance and Friends of Patterson Park in partnership with Baltimore City Dept of Recreation & Parks and Presenting Sponsor OneMain Financial. The Festival at Pulaski Monument starts at 3 PM. Enjoy lantern workshops, hayrides, crafts vendors, pumpkin patch, food trucks, beer, hot chocolate, cider, bands, & more! Once it gets dark, The ELECTRIC Great Halloween Lantern Parade electrifies Patterson Park with new monumental lanterns by Baltimore artists and MORE! Saturday. MORE

Lantern Night at the Fire Museum of Maryland
Family Friendly Halloween! See fire trucks in a new light and learn about the early Lantern Days. Etched glass signal lamps. Reenactors in period attire. Wear costume and get in half price. MORE

Imagining Home Opening Celebration
Celebrate the inaugural exhibition for the BMA’s new Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center! Join us for a free and festive day-long event with activities for all ages. Enjoy creative art-making activities, fascinating demonstrations, lively performances, and intriguing in-gallery conversations that engage with the deep, varied, and complex connections we all have to home. MORE

STEM Workshop: Light Painting Lab at aMuse Toys
Use LED’s, batteries and conductive materials to construct glowing “brushes” – and take slow speed photos of to produce amazing glowing results! Your light brush goes home, and photos are posted online after the workshop for download and sharing. Presented in partnership with FutureMakers. Sunday, 1 PM, $35 Register in advance. MORE

The Manor Tavern Presents Maryland Festival
The Maryland Festival will have entertainment for the whole family featuring live music, face painting, cocktails, food, kids activities, local vendors and more! There is no admission for this outdoor event! Just come enjoy a great time! Sunday, 1 PM – 6 PM at The Manor Tavern. MORE

Trick or Treat at the Square
Belvedere Square’s Fourth Annual “Trick or Treat at the Square” on Sunday, October 25 offers a fun-filled Halloween celebration for the young and young at heart. Among the treats for families: music by DJ – The Show, a Thriller dance lesson and performance, surprises from Square merchants, complimentary caricatures, food and drink specials, a costume contest (18 and under), pumpkin decorating (while supply lasts), and more. Even pets are treated by Square neighbor Belvedere Veterinary Center. Ghosts and goblins welcome! The event is open to the public and all activities are free, with the exception of the costume contest, which has a $5 entry fee. 100 per cent of the proceeds from the contest will benefit the Govans branch of the Enoch Pratt Public Library. 1 PM – 4 PM. MORE

The Cashore Marionettes in “Simple Gifts”
Internationally acclaimed Puppeteer Joseph Cashore masterfully manipulates hand-crafted marionettes into vignettes that delight children and adults by exploring our lives through theatrical illusion, music, and with humor, sensitivity and grace. Unmatched in artistry, agility, and refinement of movement, Cashore, who performs across North America, Europe, and Asia, is a recipient of a Citation of Excellence from Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA-USA), the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive. Sunday at Gordon Center for the Arts. 3 PM. Recommended for Ages 8+ MORE


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