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Trick-or-treating is the tried and true tradition for toddlers, teens and tweens, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Here are some other Halloween happenings you might want to check out if you’re looking to scare up a good time.

Baltimore Halloween Events for Kids and Families

Shuffling from door-to-door around the neighborhood is still a perfectly fine way to spread Halloween cheer (and to bring home a bag full of goodies). However, you have other options leading up to and including the main event.

  • The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center offers a Halloween Hike and Campfire on October 15th where you’ll hear spooky tales along the trail. Afterwards, enjoy music and marshmallows by the fire. The following morning, head on back for the Pumpkin Chunkin’ Hike.
  • West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor hosts the annual Harbor Harvest October 22nd with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay maze, pony rides, and more.
  • Head to Ladew Gardens on October 26th for Halloween harvest moon stories.
  • The Maryland Zoo has a slate of activities set for ZooBOOO! October 28th through 30th including trick-or- treating, costume contests, games, crafts, live entertainment and lots of other delightful, frightful fun.
  • Embark on a Halloween-themed camera (or phone) scavenger hunt at Eden Mill Nature Center.
  • The Oregon Ridge Nature Center has a couple of hikes planned that will get you in the spooky spirit.
  • Join Creative Alliance for a Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival in the style of Día de los Muertos on the 29th.
  • On October 30th, Cromwell Valley Park offers the little ones a chance to hit the trail for some treats.
  • That afternoon, you can also check out Belvedere Square for their annual Trick or Treat at the Square featuring a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, a Thriller dance lesson, and other ghoulishly good times.
  • The 31st provides an opportunity for you DIY costume creators to show off your scarily superb skills at the Hampden HalloweenFest. Trick-or-treating is on tap, too.

Baltimore Halloween Events for Adults

If you’re looking for some more ghastly grown-up ways to celebrate Halloween, here are just a few.

  • Hallow’s Eve brings monstrous music, a costume contest, and more across six unique areas at the Maryland Science Center.
  • Halloween parties like Monster II: The Halloween Experience and Halloween ‘16 - Dead or Alive are just two of many events where you can break out the Monster Mash or other diabolical dance moves.
  • Discover the haunted history of Baltimore with one of Baltimore Ghost Tours’ GhostWalks or Haunted Pub Tours.

However you choose to celebrate Halloween, be safe out there boys and ghouls. And when it’s time to put away all of those Halloween decorations, don’t forget ezStorage has costume storage units conveniently located near you!

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“Out of sight, out of mind” might be your shoe storage solution. But with a few pointers on proper storage, you can keep your shoes looking their best and help them last longer.

Shoe Organization Ideas for Your Daily Drivers

Designating an area for shoes that see near-daily action can make those mornings where you’re rushing out the door less hectic. You don’t have to spend precious minutes searching for your work/school/all-purpose footwear. However, it’s a good idea to have a separate area for wet shoes to dry out. That could be a spot in the garage or a mat just inside the door – somewhere well-ventilated and dry. Make sure any wet items are completely dry before storing them to avoid issues with mold or unpleasant smells.

How to Store Your Seasonal Shoes

Divide and conquer that unruly pile of shoes in your closet. Tossing them all together on the floor can lead to scuffs and scrapes. Rotate your winter boots from the back of the closet to the front when the weather makes them your frequent footwear. Your flip flops won’t mind lounging in the back.For speciality or designer shoe options, refer to the product information on whether climate controlled storage is required. 

Bent Boots (and Other Form Factors)

Like us, when shoes are inactive for a while, they can get out of shape. Longer boots will fold over on themselves, and if they’re left that way, permanent lines or creases can form. Fortunately, you have a number of options to help those boots battle their self-destructive tendencies.

  • Racks: If you have more than a couple of pairs of boots, a boot rack can keep them off the ground and in great shape. Plus, you can save storage space. Simply hang the boot rack in a standard closet and place your boots in the rack and you’re done.
  • Boot Shapers: When you have one or two pairs or you want to keep them grounded, boot shapers are a popular choice. You can purchase boot shapers online, in-store, or you could opt to DIY in a variety of ways. Pool noodles or wine bottles are just a few ways to help keep your boots in shape.
  • Boot Boxes: A number of retailers carry a wide range of solutions like clear boot boxes that make it easy to stack, store, and see which pair is where. Other shoes like flip flops and sandals are pretty resilient, but there are still tons of fun ways to corral your collection. Consider plate racks or hangers to help organize your summer footwear. For sneakers and shoes of similar shapes and sizes, consider a shoe rack or cabinet that can be found at most local retailers. Shoe racks are usually affordable and a great way to help your sneakers organized and on point.

Find a Self-Storage Unit Near You

Find an ezStorage location near you conveniently near you in Maryland, Virginia or Washington D.C. Our self-storage professionals are knowledgeable and can assist you in finding a unit that fits like your favorite pair of shoes.

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Celebrating its 40th season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is open every weekend now through October 23rd. This portal to the past is located on Crownsville Road in Crownsville just outside of Annapolis.

Each year, the unique outdoor event in Maryland progresses through the timeline of Henry VIII—now tracing his steps in 1526. You'll experience live entertainment featuring a cast of over 200 performers, handcrafted items from more than 140 merchants, and feasting options from 42 food and beverage vendors and five taverns.

What's the Maryland Renaissance Festival About?

One thing that sets the Renaissance Festival in Maryland apart from most other festivals is the ongoing storyline. This year's chapter finds Henry still married to his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Despite the festivities in Revel Grove, the King finds himself worrying about his heir and missed opportunities.

There's also the issue of his infatuation with the lovely Anne Boleyn.

Who Might Be Interested in the Maryland Renaissance Festival?

A number of performances and special events bring this story to life, but that's only part of the experience. The Maryland Renaissance Festival truly offers something for patrons young and old alike.

Enjoy musicians and dancers performing on stage and in the streets. Take in a show at the theatre. Marvel at stunning displays of skill and athleticism with magic, sword swallowing, stunts, archery, jousting, and more.

You'll also find a wide array of arts and crafts—featuring clothing, jewelry, wood working, sculpting, ceramics, blacksmithing, and a variety of others. Most of these wares are handcrafted by artisans working in 16th century-style shops—many of which were hand-built by the owners in order to display their works.

There’s even a pirate ship in the free children's play area!

What Should You Wear to the Maryland Renaissance Festival?

Costumes are not required (though they do help enhance the experience). Costume rentals are available just inside the front gate area, and many of the merchants sell festival-related clothing as well. No matter which period dress you choose, do keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, and it is outdoors.

Where's the Food?

Food and drink options abound along the pathways throughout the village. Menus feature festival favorites like smoked turkey legs and chicken on a lance, vegetarian options, and all sorts of treats of the fried, grilled, sweet, or savory varieties. Quench your thirst with a wide range of tasty beverages including ales, teas, and more.

Each patron can bring one factory-sealed bottle of water, but no other outside beverages are permitted.

While some of the artisan shops accept credit cards, all food, drink, and game areas require cash, so don't forget to make a trip to the ATM before attending!

Need a Self-Storage Unit for Your Souvenirs?

The 2016 Maryland Renaissance Festival draws to a close on October 23rd. Afterward, if you find yourself with too many souvenirs and too little room, we can help!

With 46 locations across Maryland and storage units available in a variety of configurations, ezStorage has a self-storage solution that will fit your needs. Check out our storage resources for tips on choosing a unit and maximizing your space. Or contact one of our self-storage professionals who will be happy to assist you.

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