Ghosts, witches, and zombies – oh my! It’s that time of year again, and Baltimore is gearing up to host another thrilling, bone-chilling Halloween. The city offers countless ways to celebrate this ghoulish holiday … there are so many options it’s scary!
Step into a real-life ghost story and learn about Baltimore’s eerie past as you visit local haunted restaurants, shops, and residences with The Original Fells Point GhostWalk. Tours are offered every weekend in October and November – I suggest you buy your tickets in advance online because spots fill up quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on these ghostly good times! The company also offers tours of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, so be sure to check those out too. Even if you’re not signed up for an official tour – Fells Point is always a happenin’ place on Halloween, so throw on a costume and head down to join the party!
The Maryland Institute College of Art (aka MICA) boasts “one of the most horrifying haunted houses in the Baltimore area.” Personally, I’m too much of a baby to do my own research in this particular field, but for all those true thrill-seekers out there that are ready to have the living daylights scared out of them – this is the place to be! This year, the MICA Haunted House will be a creepy fairy tale themed show that is sure to make even the most experienced haunted house aficionados sleep with their night-lights on. General admission tickets are available online for $8, or at the door the day of the event for $10; MICA students can purchase tickets at the door for $4. Mark your calendars – this gruesome gala is taking place on Thursday October 24th (10:00pm – 12:30am), Friday the 25th (8:30pm-12:30am) and Saturday the 26th (3:00pm-5:00pm).
Looking for some thrills by day, and frights by night? Then head out to Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro for the park’s annual Fright Fest! This event is sure to excite adrenaline junkies and scare seekers alike. This terrifying attraction is designed to provide guests with a variety of bloodcurdling options – the park is divided into multiple “scare zones” including:Carn-Evil, Zombieville, Ghost Town, Terror Twist, and more! Or, if you’re searching for some on-stage excitement Six Flags also offers several forms of ‘Monstertainment’ that are sure to both entertain and horrify! The performances offered are Stage Fright: Featuring the Magic of Joe Romano, Dead Man’s Party, and Midnight Shift: A Stunt Terror.
If staying on campus and relaxing is more your style here is a list of some great Halloween movies you can kick back and enjoy (some terrifying for all you gung-ho Halloween lovers out there, and others more lighthearted for “scaredy-cats” like me):
- Friday the 13th
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- The Hills Have Eyes
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Stephen King’s IT
- The Silence of the Lambs
- Saw (take your pick, 1-5)
- Young Frankenstein
- Corpse Bride
- Hocus Pocus
- Casper the Friendly Ghost
— Personally, I’d pick one of the last five … but that’s just me.
So grab some candy corn, plop down on the coach, and pop in one of these Halloween classics! And for all my 21 and over friends I might also suggest a lovely limited edition pumpkin flavored beer as a nice little addition to your movie night – ‘tis the season!
Madison Boris, intern