Socially-Distanced Halloween Fun for Kids in Baltimore


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Are the little ghouls in your life looking for some Halloween fun? Here’s a round-up of kid-friendly (and socially-distanced) events happening around Baltimore.

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Socially-Distanced Halloween Fun for Kids in Baltimore

Pumpkin Patch Express at B&O Railroad Museum
October 23 – November 1, Dates and Times Vary
B&O Railroad Museum

The spooky season is upon us, and to celebrate at the B&O, the Mile One Express becomes the Pumpkin Patch Express! Take a Halloween-decorated train ride out to the B&O’s pumpkin patch, located at the site of the First Mile Stable. After choosing their child-size pumpkin, kids will take the train back to the B&O, where they can decorate their pumpkins, play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy a fall snack, and receive tokens to use on our children’s rides! MORE INFO

Boo Thru at Honeygo Park
October 23, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Honeygo Regional Park

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is celebrating Halloween, drive-thru style! Prepackaged, grab & go goodie bags will be handed out by local organizations to kids from the safety of family vehicles. MORE INFO

Boo at the Zoo
October 24, 10 AM – 6 PM
Plumpton Park Zoo

Go trick or treating at the Plumpton Park Zoo! Come dressed and bring a bag. This fun is for the 2yr-12yr old age group. Have the whole family dress up! Free with Zoo Admission. MORE INFO

Trick or Treat (Pick-Up) At The Square
October 24, 12 PM – 3 PM
Belvedere Square

Head to Belvedere Square on Saturday, October 24th from 12-3 pm for Halloween, COVID-style… Trick or Treat (Pick Up) at the Square will feature a pumpkin and goody-bag pick-up area, which will be located in the ChoiceOne Urgent Care parking lot at 600 E. Belvedere Ave. They sure hope we see you, in costume and mask, at the Square that day to retrieve your treats and celebrate the socially distanced ~spooky~ season. MORE INFO

Howllaween Spooktakular Drive-By
October 24, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
EcoAdventures

Don’t be “spooked” by the pandemic and miss out in Halloween festivities this year! Experience the Halloween fun and “Trick or Treat” in a safe and responsible manner from the comfort of your car! Here is how it works: Load up your car with all your loved ones and drive through EcoAdventures collection of creepy critters, scary beasts, and more ghosts and skeletons, than you can probably handle!!! All along their drive-by course will be games of skill, live animal encounters, candy/treat giveaways, carved pumpkins, spooky characters, magic, fortune telling, the unexplained, and plenty of old fashioned Halloween fun — all from the safety of your own vehicle. So go ahead- don’t be afraid to get into the Halloween spirit! It’s SPOOKTACULAR FUN for the entire family while still maintaining social distancing and safe practices! MORE INFO

Park’d N’ Pumpkin
October 24, 6 PM – 8 PM
Druid Hill Park

A twist on BCRP’s Annual Park N’ Pumpkin, BCRP introduces Park’d N’ Pumpkin. On Sat., Oct. 24, Druid Hill Park will get spooky with trick or treat and other fun fall activities. As you drive through the park, you will encounter spooks and treats along your route. Grab a mini pumpkin, candy,  activity kits and more!   Make a night of it and stay for a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 8 PM. MORE INFO

Halloween Crafternoon
October 25, 3 PM – 5 PM
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Enjoy making Halloween crafts at Holt Park! Activities take place outdoors at the picnic tables, weather permitting. Craft supplies will be prepackaged for ease of use and sanitization. People of all ages are welcome. Donations are appreciated. Please wear a mask and allow for social distancing! Attendees must pre-register for events by emailing RMWeber@baltimorecountymd.gov at least 24 hours before the event. Include the names of all people attending the program and a contact phone number. MORE INFO

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! 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

MacKid’s Spooktacular Trick or Treat at Gaver Farm
October 31, 10 AM – 2 PM
Gaver Farm

Join Macaroni Kid at Gaver Farm for our 3rd annual “Spooktacular Trick or Treat,” presented by Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates. There will be vendors offering goodies to all the trick or treaters and they’ll have a Costume Contest with an unbeatable grand prize! This is all in addition to the great fun offered at Gaver Farm everyday during their Fall Festival. Admission to Gaver Farm is required and MUST be purchased online in advance! This is a new rule, and part of Gaver Farm’s COVID-19 policy. READ MORE

Halloween Truck or Treat
October 31, 2 PM – 6 PM
Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company

On Saturday, October 31st the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company will host a “Halloween Truck or Treat” from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. There will be various food trucks, trick or treating for the kids and fire prevention tables with giveaways. Live music will be provided by The Irish Rasta featuring Danny McDermott from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. They’ll also have a special appearance from Aladdin the Camel from 2:00 – 4:00 PM! MORE INFO

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
October 31, 2 PM – 4 PM
Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company

Experience the sights and sounds of all things Halloween as you drive over to The Jachman Army Reserve Base and enjoy a fun and safe way to Trick-or-Treat in your car while maintaining physical distancing. Car trunks will be decorated for your viewing pleasure in various Halloween themes at the Army Base Parking Lot located next to the fire station. Children will enjoy a pumpkin patch, take-home craft activity kits, swag items, music/entertainment, prizes, candy and more. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite costumes and show that Halloween spirit by decorating the exterior of your car. MORE INFO

VIRTUAL | Halloween Play Date: Rattle Your Bones!
October 31, 5 PM – 6 PM and 7 PM -8 PM
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

 

Editor’s Note: Image provided by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

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.

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