Fall in Baltimore is filled with haunted ghostwalks and history tours. Although great for teens and adults, little ones might find these activities too frightening. Instead, enjoy costume parades, trick-or-treating and Halloween-inspired arts and crafts with your kids. Check out one of these eight family-friendly Halloween happenings that are taking place this October.
Glow-In-The-Dark Hula Hoop Making & Lantern Parade
Saturday, Oct. 18, at noon and Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m.
Kids can make a one-of-a-kind Hula Hoop on Saturday, Oct. 18, complete with glow-in-the-dark tape and decorations at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Return with little ones on Saturday, Oct. 25, for the Great Halloween Lantern Parade, where they can show off their Hula Hoops in a special choreographed dance before the parade begins. Admission is $70 per person and all materials are included. Admission is valid for both days. All ages welcome.
7th Annual Harbor Festival
Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free, family-friendly Harbor Festival is back again and guests can enjoy a pumpkin patch, a hay maze, live music, food and beverages, and more. Kids will love getting their faces painted, petting the zoo animals and riding a real pony. The festival will be held at the West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free.
Friday, Oct. 24 to Sunday Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is hosting its 30th annual ZooBOOO! and families can enjoy free trick-or-treating, carnival games, food and drinks, live entertainment, and more. Kids should wear costumes for the contest, too! Admission to ZooBOOO! is free with zoo admission ($18 for adults and kids 12 and older; $13 for children 2 to 11; members and children under 2 free).
Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Visit the Cylburn Arboretum for trick-or-treating on the nature trail, carriage rides, costume contests, pumpkin carving contests and more. Kids will love exploring the spooky garden and touring the historic mansion. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Falloween Family Festival
Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Port Discovery Children’s Museum encourages families and kids to dress up in their costumes for this year’s Falloween Family Festival. Make your own mummy, hear live music from Here Comes Trouble and join in on a drum jam session. Plus, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum has so much more to do! Falloween Family Festival activities are included with admission to the museum ($14.50 for guests 2 and older; infants under 2 free).
Saturday, Oct. 25, noon to 4 p.m.
The Maryland Science Museum’s third annual Spooky Science event includes hands-on activities like chemistry experiments and spooky crafts. Make slime, decorate pumpkins, and trick or treat. Be sure to wear your costume. Activities are free with museum admission ($19 for adults and kids 13 and older; $16 for children 3 to 12; kids under 3 free).
Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The National Aquarium’s annual Hallowmarine will offer families arts and crafts, costume parades, animal encounters and more this year. Wear costumes and learn how to make yours more environmentally friendly. Activities are free with admission to the aquarium ($35 for adults and kids 12 and older; $22 for children 3 to 11; kids under 3 free).
Toddler Time Halloween Celebration & Costume Parade
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m.
Join Choo Choo Blue, the mascot of the B&O Railroad Museum, in his home for a morning of Halloween fun specifically for little ones. Recommended for children ages 2 to 5, activities include a costume parade, kiddie train rides and story time. Toddler Time Halloween Celebration and Costume Parade will take place at the B&O Railroad Museum and all activities are included in museum admission ($16 for adults and kids 13 and older; $10 for children 2 to 12; free for infants under 2).
– Hilarey Wojtowicz