Mummies, pirates, lanterns, and pumpkins, OH MY! 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!

And don’t forget to join us for our Halloween Family Fest on October 28th at St. James Academy! We’ll have spooky science,  trick-or-treating, face painting, and MORE! The $10/family fee covers ice cream and activities for everyone in your family.

Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations in Baltimore

Baltimore City

ArBOOretum at Cylburn Arboretum
October 26 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM

ArBOOretum Halloween event is back again! Come in Costume! Kids can explore the spooky mansion, trick or treat around the gardens, have their faces painted, listen to creepy music and more! Learn about Bats, Owls, Spiders & other Nocturnal Wildlife with DNR Naturalists. Live raptors and reptiles from Carrie Murray Nature Center! Grab a bite from El Gringo and Wilde Thyme Food Trucks with seasonal items, hot soups, apple rings, pumpkin beignets as well as hot cider and hot cocoa! $15/child (suggested age 3 – 12). Adults free if accompanying a child, family members included. MORE

AVAM’s Freaky Fall Halloween Celebration
October 30 | 4 PM – 7 PM

Join the American Visionary Art Museum for a freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration! Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to create their own paper monster! All templates, markers and sparkly bits provided. Tour the museum, make a paper monster, and get a spooky face painting! All ages, free to attend. No tickets are required but RSVP online. Last workshop entry at 6:30pm. MORE

BOO-Seum Bash: Celebrating Frankenstein
October 27 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Have a shockingly good Halloween at Baltimore’s ultimate Halloween party for kids and families at Port Discovery! Put your imagination to work as you dress as your favorite character – and join in on interactive and mischievous fun celebrating Frankenstein through science activities that will put a spark in your Halloween! Create a battery with two different types of metal (and your body) at the Spark of Life activity station! Can you create a creature using conductive dough, electricity, and your imagination? I dough-no but you will after visiting the Dough Creatures activity station. Unleash your creativity and invent a totally new creation by mixing and matching different parts of toys at Port Discovery Children’s Museum Frankentoy activity station. Make art using a robot at the Scribble Bot activity station! Plus much more! MORE

Family Fun Day at Power Plant Live: Halloween Edition
October 27 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Join Power Plant Live! for a spooktacular Family Fun Day! There will be Halloween-inspired fun for the whole family including face painting, themed crafts, trick or treating, and a costume swap for the kids. Entry is free, with a $5 donation encouraged per child. All proceeds will be donated to the Maryland SPCA—who will be bringing along adoptable pets to join in the spooky fun. Bring your gently-used Halloween costumes to trade with other Baltimore families, and don’t forget a bucket to collect candy! Food and Drink specials offered at participating restaurants. Charm City, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, and MEX Restaurant will be offering free kid’s meal per adult entree. MORE

Fells Point Trick-or-Treat
Halloween, October 31 | 4 PM – 6 PM

All ghouls and goblins are welcome in Fells Point! Stroll the spooky streets to find tricks and treats! Your friendly Fells Point Businesses will be handing out candy and treats for trick-or-treaters from 4 – 6 pm on Halloween night. Allergy-friendly, too! MORE

Hampden Halloween Fest
Halloween, October 31 | 5 PM – 6 PM 

Don’t miss the Annual Hampden HalloweenFest taking place from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, October 31 on “The Avenue” (36th Street). The event, sponsored by the merchants of historic Hampden, was created to encourage handmade artistry and creativity in Halloween costume design across all ages. Costumed children and adults are encouraged to go shop-to-shop for Trick-or-Treating from 5-6 p.m. with participating merchants along 36th Street, northward up Falls Road, and southward down Chestnut Avenue. MORE

Houdini’s Magical Halloween
October 28 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Join Jewish Museum of Maryland for a special Halloween weekend inspired by their current exhibit Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini. Learn a little magic, conjure up some delicious treats and enjoy some marvelous crafts. The highlight of the day will be two performances by Harry Houdini himself (well actually, magician David London playing Ehrich Weiss/ Harry Houdini). “Harry” will have a few tricks up his sleeve as he brings to life the story of the Hungarian Jewish immigrant who transformed himself into an international superstar. No ghosts or goblins but plenty of chains and lots of spirit. All activities included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. MORE

Miss Shirley’s Cafe and (cool) progeny’s Halloween Spooktacular Pajama Brunch
October 20 | 7:30 AM – 9 AM

It’s going to be a SPOOKtacular morning! Put on your favorite Halloween PJs (or hey, roll out of bed!) and join us for a “Boo”licious two-course breakfast with other families at Miss Shirley’s Cafe in Roland Park. Tickets include two courses, juice, coffee, tea, tax, and gratuity — plus crafts and all of our (cool) Halloween surprises! Professor Mike will be performing a Spooky Science and Magic Show at 8:30 AM as a special treat for our guests. MORE

monSTAR Bash
October 27 | 12 PM – 4 PM 

Get the kids in their favorite costumes and head to the Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore for an afternoon of games, treats, and costume contests! DJ Koyote will get you in a spooky mood with some Halloween hits and make your skeletons rattle! Parents are encouraged to dress up as well! For ages 10 and under. MORE

Pumpkin Carving Open House
October 28 | 2 PM – 5 PM

You bring the pumpkins and Holt Park will provide the music, the tools, and the expertise. For the very young, they will also have tools for making colorful pumpkins. All ages, please pre-register. MORE

The Great Lantern Parade and Festival
October 27 | 3:30 PM – 9 PM

The community that creates together is GREAT together! With nearly 20 years of lantern making and spectacle-creating under their belts, the diverse communities of Baltimore come together each year to create The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival in Patterson Park. Each year on the last Saturday of October, the day begins with a family Halloween festival, featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, hayrides, yoga, live music, an arts & crafts market, and more. Local food trucks and a beer garden provide a place for families and friends spread a picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon.

Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Everyone is welcome to grab a lantern and march with thousands of neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. Many more line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade wind through the night!! (Rain Date October 28th). MORE

Trick or Treat at Cross Keys
October 27 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Celebrate Halloween with trick or treating at the Village of Cross Keys. Furry friends welcome too! MORE

Trick or Treat On the Square
October 28 | 1 PM – 4 PM 

Belvedere Square’s seventh annual Trick or Treat at the Square, Presented by ChoiceOne, offers a fun-filled Halloween celebration for the whole family!  Among the treats for families: music by Hughes Entertainment, a Monster Mash 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), spooky demonstrations for decorating with florals run by Dutch Floral Garden, new trunk-or-treating from community members, including Waldorf School of Baltimore, Govans Elementary School and more! MORE

Trick or Treat on Highlandtown Main Street
Halloween, October 31 | 3 PM – 6 PM

Celebrate Halloween! Trick or treat in costume at local businesses along Eastern Avenue. There will be free fun at Conkling & Eastern — including music, photos, games, prizes, and $1 pizza slices! Trick or treat in the 400 & 500 Blocks of S. Conkling St & S. Highland Ave. MORE

Spooky Science at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
October 28 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Explore spooky science! Learn about real-world monsters and make creepy concoctions. Be ready to get messy! Ages 5 to 10 with an adult. MORE

Witches and Wizards Weekend
October 27 & 28 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Young “Wizards & Witches” will love to explore the magic of railroading at the B&O Railroad Museum! Take a train ride aboard the Wizards Express. Learn about the science of wizardry through the creation of edible “potions”, wizard wands and hats, and much more! Grow your own plant buddy in herbology class plus run through the magical maze to enter a raffle to win a railroading storybook and a free cone card from The Charmery! All of this and more awaits you at Witches & Wizards weekend! Train Rides: Saturday at 11:30am, 12:30pm & 2pm & Sunday at 12pm & 2:30pm. MORE

ZooBoo! at The Maryland Zoo
October 26 – 28 | 10 AM – 4 PM 

Celebrate Halloween and the fall season with the Zoo’s 35th annual ZooBOOO! festival. There will be games, prizes, contests, live entertainment and FREE trick-or-treating! Plus, you won’t want to miss the “not-so-spooky” hay maze, super fun inflatables, free crafts, and fun animal enrichment. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring trick-or-treat bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. This event is rain or shine. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. MORE

Baltimore County

Halloween Family Fest: A (cool) progeny play date
October 27 | 3 PM – 5 PM

Join St. James Academy and (cool) progeny for a BOOtastic afternoon! Crafts, music, face painting, trick-or-treating, ice cream, pumpkin decorating, 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

Halloween on the Farm
October 27 | 6 PM – 9 PM

Join the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council for a spooky night on the farm! Wear your best Halloween costume for this one-night event that will include a haunted maze, music, bonfire, “trunk-or-treating”, dog costume contests (the best-dressed pup will win a prize!) and more! They will also be hosting pumpkin painting/carving, and serving locally grown and made apple cider. Tickets are only $10 per child ($7 for the second)! Tickets will increase in price at the door so please book online. MORE

Halloween Kids Yoga

Join Angel Park for a Drop-In Kids Yoga at the Park with a fun, Halloween theme! All ages welcome. Parents must stay. Water and towel/mat suggested.  Weather permitting. Donations welcome with a portion of the proceeds going to the support of Angel Park. MORE

Garden Glow at Ladew
October 20 | 5 PM – 9 PM

Join Ladew Gardens for this unique celebration of fall featuring illuminated sculptures, hundreds of glowing jack o’ lanterns, live music, and food & spirits. Garden Glow also features educational programs including animal presentations with bats, spiders, and other “creatures of the night.” (Raindate: Sunday, October 21). MORE

Malloween at Towson Towne Center
October 23 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Free, safe indoor trick or treating. Get another use from those costumes. Come dressed up (or not). All vendors will be handing out treats for the kids. Many will have treats for the adults, too. First 500 adults get a Tots2Tweens bag. MORE

Tricks and Treats on the Ridge
October 27 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM 

Dress up in your best costume and stroll through the woods and meadow at Oregon Ridge to learn about the tricks plants and animals have up their “leaves”. Participants will get a treat at each stop so bring a bag. Hike is approximately ½ mile. Advance registration is required, groups will leave from the Nature Center in 10 minute intervals, you will be assigned a leave time at registration. If all slots are filled, walk-in guests can not be accommodated. All Ages. $5 per child. Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or [email protected] MORE

Trick or Treat at Marshy Point Nature Center
October 27 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Search for treats and find tricks along the trails at Marshy Point Nature Center. Dress up and enter the costume contest. MORE

Trick or Treating on the Towne
October 26 | 5 PM – 7 PM 

Visit Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Trick-or-Treating* through the Centre beginning at 5pm on Friday, October 26. Dance to music from a live DJ while visiting participating stores for free treats. PLUS– enjoy a free MAGIC SHOW near the fireplace from 6pm-7pm!  MORE

Trick or Treating at The Shops at Kenilworth
October 30 | 5 PM – 7 PM

Bring your child dressed up for Trick-or-Treating* at The Shops at Kenilworth! Stop by for candy, face painting, and a special visit from the Baltimore Cheerleaders & Poe on Tuesday, October 30th at 5pm. (*While supplies last) MORE