Ghoulies and ghosties, even long-leggedy beasties will be turning out for (cool) Baltimore family fun this weekend. 

We’ve rounded up the pick of the patch in Halloween themed events and everyday thrills for you this week. Come join us for a real treat, an all things (cool), Halloween family play date. Light up the dark corners of the night at the lantern festival or let the skeletons out of the closet at a Día de los Muertos drop-in art session.   

Not up for things that go bump in the night? Take a school tour, checkout real-life dino-sortas, or head for where the wild things are – the zoo.  Treat yourself to some fun!  

baltimore family fun this weekend

Halloween Family Fest – a (cool) progeny Play Date! 
October 29| 3 PM – 5 PM

Calling all mummies, daddies, boos and ghouls to come join St. James Academy and (cool) progeny for a BOOtastic afternoon! Crafts, music, face painting, trick-or-treating, snacks, and MORE! Come in costume and have a kid-friendly ghoulishly good time! $10 for the whole family to attend (all snacks and activities are included in the pass!) MORE

October 28 & 29| 10 AM – 4 PM

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. Don’t miss their kid-friendly entertainment: sing, dance, be amazed by Silly Goose and Val and the Juggle Show with Scott Cavanaugh. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring goodie bags and wear costumes! MORE

Halloween @ Hunt Valley Towne Centre
October 28 | 4 PM – 4 PM

Visit Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Trick-or-Treating* through the Centre beginning at 4pm on Friday, October 28. PLUS– enjoy a free MAGIC SHOW near the fireplace from 5pm-6pm! Children are encouraged to dress up for a scary-good time! MORE

Harry Potter Marathon @ The Senator
October 28 – 29 | Times Vary

Now that you’ve been sorted into your houses it’s time to finish up the Harry Potter movie marathon at The Senator. What better weekend than Halloween to head back to Hogwarts? This weekend’s showings include;

Friday, Oct 28 at 8pm & Saturday, Oct 29 at 10am

Saturday, Oct 29 & Sunday, Oct 30 at 1pm

Saturday, Oct 29 & Sunday, Oct 30 at 4:30pm

Saturday, Oct 29 & Sunday, Oct 30 at 8pm

Each movie features an exclusive (and each one unique) introduction by one of the cast members of the upcoming film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” MORE

Fall-O-Ween Fair
October 29 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Are you looking for a family-friendly, not-so-scary event to kick off the fall season?  Put on your favorite costume and join Port Discovery for their annual Falloween Country Fair and enjoy pumpkin tic-tac-toe, hay bowl, candy corn relay,  fall harvest photo booth, tutu factory, Robinson Nature Center, diffusion bats & pumpkins, McCormick’s cinnamon bats, and MORE.

Discover Gilman
October 29 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Prospective middle and upper school boys and their families are invited to join us for an active morning exploring the exciting learning opportunities available at our school. Campus tours, classroom visits, and the chance to speak with students and faculty follow a brief welcome presentation. Stay after for the best of Gilman wrapped into an afternoon! Experience school spirit and see student activities in action when the Traveling Men sing the National Anthem, the Barbecue Club serves you lunch and MORE.

Halloween Spooktacular @ The Shops at Kenilworth
October 29 | 11 AM – 4 PM

A day of family fun for everyone! Today’s 101.9 and Mix 106.5 will be broadcasting live from 11 AM – 4 PM. Halloween photos, face painting, caricatures, art projects and lots of prizes! Costume parade at 3 PM for kids 12 and under. MORE

KERPLUNK! Family Drop-In Art
October 29 | 12 PM – 3 PM

Kids can engage in arts and crafts activities with teaching artists Terry Barnes and Alexandra Gonzalez on Saturday at the Creative Alliance! Families and children of all ages can also tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and create unique art projects that are linked to our exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for an entire afternoon to explore art materials and make new friends. MORE

Spooky Science @ The Maryland Science Center 
October 29 | 12 PM – 4 PM

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at our eighth annual Spooky Science, where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Spend the afternoon with us and make gooey, glowing slime, decorate pumpkins, explore spooky sensory bins and even watch us launch pumpkins off of the roof! All activities are free with paid admission and completely free for members. MORE

Raptors Reign @ The National Wildlife Visitor Center 
October 29 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Is your kiddo into dinosaurs? If they do they’ve likely told you that raptors are still around today! Join special guest and licensed falconer, Rodney Stotts, as he shares the power of nature through discussions and up close encounters with birds of prey – the modern day dino. MORE

Trick or Treat at the Market
October 29th | 2 PM – 4 PM

Join Lexington Market and Local Merchants for their 2nd annual Trick or Treat in the Market. The nearly century old tradition of Trick or Treating will be brought inside the Arcade and East Market from 2 to 4 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016. There will be festive activities such as Pumpkin Decorating (while supplies last) and interactive cooking demos with Baltimore’s own Chef Egg who will be serving up some spooky and delicious treats. Also, enjoy live music from Orlando Phillips and his Steel Drum Band. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and gather treats from participating Market Businesses. This event is free and open to all. MORE

17th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
October 29 | 3:30 PM – 8 PM

Head to Patterson Park for a celebration of life and new beginnings led by Creative Alliance’s Artesanas Mexicanas! Learn the traditions of Día de los Muertos, create NEW hand drum lanterns, and march in the parade with your community! MORE

Lantern Night @ The Fire Museum of Maryland
October 29 | 6 PM – 8 PM

A family-friendy Halloween. See fire apparatus in a new light: etched glass signal lamps and kerosene lanterns; also visit with reenactors in period attire. Wear your Halloween costume and get in for 1/2 price! MORE

Halloween Dress Up & Doodle @ Yankee Doodle Art Studio
October 29 | 6 PM – 8 PM

Join Yankee Doodle Art Studio for a spooky-fun Dress-Up & Doodle Event!  Children ages 6 and up will dance and craft the night away! Saturday October 29 from 6-9 pm. Pizza & snacks will be served. Pre-registration is required, sign up today! MORE

HORIZONWalks @ Camden Yards
October 30 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

HorizonWALKS is a community walk and fall festival supporting Horizon Day Camp- a free camp for children with cancer and their siblings!
Featuring a costume contest, free breakfast, games, a DJ, mascots and princesses, a silent auction, prizes, trick or treating and much more!!!
All guests/teams are encouraged to wear costumes! Check out why we love this event. MORE

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street Downhill Derby
October 30 | 9:00 AM – 2 PM

Head to Harford Road for another community event, starting with HL Sprouts Halloween Parade at 9:00!  Bring the little ones dressed in costume for a parade on the raceway and into the neighborhood.  Downhill Derby race begins at 9:30.  Bring your family, neighbors and friends to this fun event! MORE

Bryn Mawr Fall Visiting Day
October 30 | 11 AM – 1 PM

Bryn Mawr’s Fall Visiting Days are a great opportunity for you to see Bryn Mawr during a real school day and to meet and speak with the director of the academic division to which your daughter will apply. Enjoy a campus tour, classroom visits, hearing from our students, and seeing firsthand the value and power of a girls’ education. MORE

Día de los Muertos @ The Walters
October 30 | 12 PM – 3 PM

Join  The Walters Art Museum for their community celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The museum will be observing this cultural and religious holiday with traditional folk dance performances by Bailes de Mi Tierra, art-making activities, and a community altar created by local artist Edgar Reyes. MORE

5th Annual Trick or Treat on The Square
October 30 | 1 PM – 4 PM

Belvedere Square’s Fifth Annual “Trick or Treat at the Square” on Sunday, October 30th offers a fun-filled Halloween celebration for the young and young at heart. Among the treats for families: music by DJ Chris, a Thriller dance lesson and performance by The White Marsh Ballet Academy, surprises from Square merchants, food and drink specials, a costume contest (18 and under), pumpkin decorating (free while supply lasts), a new scary walk through, and MORE!

Tricks & Treats @ Oregon Ridge 
October 30 | 1 PM – 2 PM

Dress up in your best costume and stroll through the woods and meadow to learn the tricks plants and animals have up their “leaves”. Participants will get a treat at each stop so bring a bag. Hike approx. 1/2 mile. MORE

Halloween Story Time @ Play Cafe
October 31 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Play Cafe on Halloween morning for songs and games with Aunt Whiz. Aunt Whiz was a kindergarten teacher for 35 years and knows how to make Halloween fun for the little ones! Please do dress up. MORE

Hampden Halloween Fest   
October 31 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Dress up in your favorite DIY scary, funny or crazy costume and head on over to the Annual Hampden HalloweenFest taking place from 5-8 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016 on “The Avenue” (W. 36th Street). The event, sponsored by the merchants of historic Hampden, was created to encourage handmade artistry and creativity in Halloween costume design for all ages. MORE


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