15 Things To Do With Kids This Weekend in Baltimore, October 30-November 1

Dia de Los Muertos - The Walters Art Museum

The Great Halloween Lantern Car Parade, Día de los Muertos celebrations, pumpkin smashing, and more! Check out our favorite things to do with kids this weekend in Baltimore! While we have a few Halloween events on this list, you’ll find even more on our round-up of socially-distanced Halloween events. Looking for more things to do? Check out our Community Calendar.

Don’t forget to register for our FREE Friendsgiving Tot Time on November 4th with Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Order your craft kit (if you’d like!) by Friday so that it arrives in time for Wednesday’s event.

15 Things To Do With Kids This Weekend, October 30-November 1

VIRTUAL | Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
October 29 – November 1
Hosted by The Walters Art Museum

Enjoy conversations with Baltimore’s Latinx community and the work of local artisans and performers including Las Hermanas Gonzalez, Danza de Guadalupana, and Bailes de Mi Tierra. Visitors can contribute to a digital community altar, take part in virtual programs, and participate in art-making activities online para todos. READ MORE

Zoo Booooo!
October 30 and 31, 10 AM – 4 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Celebrate Halloween & the fall season with the Zoo’s 37th annual ZooBOOO! Due to restrictions implemented in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year’s event will be limited to trick-or-treating. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun! Wear your favorite costume, visit some of your favorite animals, and collect candy at their many trick-or-treat stations. Saturday event is sold out. MORE INFO

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat at Harford Community College
October 30, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Harford Community College

Join the fun! Harford Community College will host a socially distant, child-friendly Drive Thru Trick or Treat on campus on Friday, October 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants will remain in their cars and candy will be distributed during this free event for the community. WHFC Radio (91.1 FM) will play kid-friendly Halloween music throughout event to help set the mood. Those participating can get in the spirit by dressing in costume and decorating their vehicle. The event will begin at Entrance 6 (Rt.22 near the Wawa). A candy distribution route map and scavenger hunt information will be provided upon arrival. A Food Drive to support HCC’s Food Pantry will be facilitated during event, and attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the HCC Food Pantry. MORE INFO

Drive-Thru Haunted House
October 30, 6 PM – 9 PM
Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department

 The Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company is having their first ever drive thru haunted house this Friday, October 30. From 6 to 9P.M. you are invited to cruise through the villain themed experience. Guests will receive candy and goody bags at character themed stations. Admission is $20 per car.  All proceeds will benefit the fire house.  MORE INFO

Halloween Campfire
October 30, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lake Roland

Join a park ranger for a chilling night around the campfire for scary stories. We will take a short walk around to explore what is crawling at night. Costumes welcome! Bring your flashlight. Ages 5 and up. Due to COVID-19 Registration is limited and required for all programs. Masks are required for program participation Please email us at LakeRol-RP@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov to register. Registration is suggested at least one week before the program. MORE INFO

Market Mask & Pumpkin Contest!
October 31, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
32nd Street Farmer’s Market

What better way to Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, & a Full Moon, 2020 style than with a Most Creative Mask and a Great Pumpkin Weight Contest!? You can find our Market Gal and the gravitationally challenged pumpkin in the Market Center from 7:30 to 11:30 am. For the Market Mask Contest, bring out your best, fill out a quick form and pose for a photo with it so they know who to call when you win! (Winner selected by Wednesday.) Prize is a basket of Market Goodies and other treats! For the pumpkin, give it your best guess! Drawing at Market Close; winners notified by phone. $50 in Market Tokens First Prize! As always, Social Distancing, Common Sense, and Masks Matter! MORE INFO

Spooky Science at The Playroom
October 31, 10 AM – 11 AM
The Playroom Harford

Join The Playroom’s Mad Scientist Chemist as he casts spells and mixes potions. Try a sample of his concoctions if you dare! Wear your costume to this Family Friendly Event. MORE INFO

VIRTUAL | Parent & Me: Halloween Treats Online Class
October 31, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Baltimore Chef Shop

Make your Halloween favorites in this hands-on Parent and Me class with homemade Peanut Butter Cups and Candy Corn that taste like the real thing. A fun activity for the whole family! Classes are 2.5 hours long and feature guided instruction from a professional chef. READ MORE

VIRTUAL | Día De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead Virtual Celebration!
October 31, 11 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by Artesanas Mexicanas, Creative Alliance and The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

Join the Artesanas of Creative Alliance to learn about the history and traditions of Día de Los Muertos via Facebook Live! Watch beautiful performances, see glowing altars, explore the differences between Halloween and the Day of the Dead, and much more! Hosted by Artesanas Mexicanas, Creative Alliance and The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival. READ MORE

Pumpkin Fest at Hunt Valley Towne Center
October 31, 11 AM – 4 PM
Hunt Valley Towne Center

Join Hunt Valley Towne Center for a socially distant day of pumpkin decorating on Saturday, October 31 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Registration is required; limited spots are available. Register for your 30 minute decorating time slot above. Pumpkins are for children ages 12 & under. Register 1 ticket per family; maximum of 5 children per family. More details will be sent via email to all those who register. MORE INFO

VIRTUAL | Halloween Play Date: Rattle Your Bones!
October 31, 5 PM – 6 PM and 7 PM -8 PM
Hosted by Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Not quite sure how to spend Halloween evening at home with your little ones? Join Port Discovery during our Virtual Halloween Play Date – Rattle Your Bones! Featuring a dance party hosted by DJ Princess C, an interactive virtual treasure hunt through Port Discovery, potion learning with a friendly Witch & more – grab your costumes and join us for an evening full of fun!  FREE for members. $10/family. Preregistration required. MORE INFO

Halloween Drive-In Movie: The Addams Family
October 31, 6 PM – 9 PM
The Village of Cross Keys

SparTea in conjunction with A.R.T. Entertainment presents a Halloween Drive-In Movie Night for Families at the Village of Cross Keys! Grab the kids, dress-up and go watch The Addams Family. Doors open at 6 PM, movie starts at 7 PM. Goodie bags will be provided. $25/car and $30/van. Register in advance by calling SpaTea at 410.583.1083. MORE INFO

Great Halloween Lantern & Día de Los Muertos Car Parade
October 31,6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Southeast Baltimore/Patterson Park

This year The Creative Alliance bringing the infamous Halloween Lantern parade into the neighborhoods of Southeast Baltimore! Decorate your stoop, create lanterns at home, cheer on the parade! The car parade will wind its way through Southeast Baltimore, with music, massive glowing lanterns, bubbles, decorated vehicles, Día de Los Muertos inspired floats and sculptures, flowers, lights, and special pop-up Sidewalk Serenade performances located along the parade route to keep the energy moving. Put on a costume, tighten up your mask, and enjoy the festivities! MORE INFO

Pumpkin Smash at the Maryland Science Center
November 1, 10 AM 12 PM
The Maryland Science Center

When the Halloween festivities come to an end, bring your jack-o’-lantern to the Maryland Science Center for a memorable send-off. Their pumpkin launch tube is ready to propel your gourd down four stories from MSC’s roof to the patio below! It’s bound to be a smashing good time! READ MORE

Animal Antics: Disguises and Tricks
November 1, 1 PM – 2 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

Join a Naturalist from Cromwell Valley Nature Center to find out what predators do to trick their prey and what prey do to trick their predators. Register in advance. READ MORE


DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers… even before the times of COVID). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates, COVID policies, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.


Editor’s Note: Image courtesy of The Walters Art Museum website.

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