Local Activities | October 23, 2014
It is the big week for Halloween events in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. Many local farms have been having fall festivals since mid-September. Warehouses, farms, and buildings are converted into haunted houses and local theater companies get dressed up to scare children all ages. There are also Halloween parades and other events for the children to show off their costumes. Halloween originates from the Celtic celebration, Samhain, which is a festival for the end of the harvest. The ancient pagans believed that on October 31st, the boundaries between the living and dead world opened up and the dead would come back to life to haunt the living and wreak all kinds of havoc. Trick or treating by children actually did come from these ancient rituals as children would go door-to-door begging for a treat during the festivals. There are many cities in Maryland and Washington D.C. that claim paranormal activities, and Baltimore is the home of horror writer, Edgar Allen Poe, so it is a perfect place to spend the spookiest time of the year.
There are many Halloween events for the entire family, from fall festivals for the little ones to scary Halloween attractions for the older “kids”. If you are looking for “real” ghosts, then take one of the many ghost tours that are offered in cities, such as Frederick, Ellicott City and Baltimore.
Fright Fest at Six Flags America i s taking place through November 1st at the amusement park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Fright Fest is one of the Washington D.C. area’s largest Halloween celebrations with family friendly daytime events such as trick or treating, games and street entertainment. At night, ride the rides in the dark and be scared in the many haunted houses.
The Maryland Zoo is hosting its annual Halloween celebration, Zoo Booo, on October 24th to 26th from 10am to 4pm. There will be costume contests, trick or treating, carnival rides, live entertainment, crafts, food and exploring the zoo. Fun for the entire family!
Bennett’s Curse in Jessup, Maryland has been listed as one of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. It has 3 different haunted houses with different themes. This is the last year for the event at this location, so don’t miss out on the scares!
Field of Screams in Olney, Maryland has four scary attractions in one place including a trail of terror. Visitors can walk through a haunted forest, take a haunted hayride, tour a haunted mansion and play a paintball apocalypse game where you can battle zombies, which is perfect for “The Walking Dead Fans”!
Kim’s Krypt in Essex, Maryland has everything from creepy dolls, clowns and chainsaws to scare you silly. There is a dark maze and interactive experiences for each visitor. The attractions include the new Haunted Mill, Maw’s Crazy Maze, House of Eyes, and Terror Trail.
The Legends of the Fog in Aberdeen, Maryland has three haunted attractions: Sinister Circus, Haunted Hayride and Carsins Manor. The Sinister Circus twists the traditional circus with bearded ladies, strong men, circus animals and more into a scary and spooky treat.
Washington D.C. also has quite a few paranormal “experiences” and visitations. One of the biggest “centers” of paranormal activity in Washington D.C. is Lafayette Square. You can tour the site and different buildings by taking ghost walking tours.
Nothing is spookier than spending an evening around real historic criminal artifacts! The National Museum of Crime and Punishment hosts Fright at the Museum during the last 2 weeks of October. For the younger children, the museum will have special family events on October 26th.
The GravenSteen’s Haunted House is the only haunted house within the Washington D.C. beltway. There is 50,000 square feet of unique adventures and scares. The haunted house is not for the faint of heart!
A new Halloween attraction in Washington D.C. is the Haunted Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. On October 25th, the museum will be transformed into a haunted house for all ages. Younger children will have their own scary experience in the Gallery. There will also be craft activities and much more for children.
Kings Dominion Amusement Park in Doswell, Virginia hosts it annual Halloween Haunt event through November 1st. There are ten mazes, six scare zones and twenty thrilling rides at night for the older “kids”. Families can take part in family friendly events during the day including a hay maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractor driving, entertainment and more.
The National Zoo is hosting its annual “Boo at the Zoo” family event from 5:30 to 8:30pm on October 24th through the 26th. Visitors can see “spooky” animals such as bats, spiders, owls and others while stopping at trick or treating stations throughout the zoo. There are animal encounters, keeper talks, haunted trails, trick or treating and costume contests. For the adults, the National Zoo is having the “Night of the Living Zoo” on October 30th with palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats and illusionists entertaining visitors while they explore the zoo in the moonlight.
At night, the Cox Farms in Centerville, Virginia, turns into the Cox Farms Fields of Fear. Visitors can experience nighttime walks through scary corn mazes, take the “dark-side” hayride, slide down the giant slide by torchlight, or enjoy shopping, food, games and other entertainment.
Shocktober at Paxton Manor in Leesburg, Virginia is an interactive and very scary haunted tour. Young children are not recommended to visit this “Only real haunted house in Northern Virginia” attraction. ezStorage is very proud to be located in communities that host the Halloween events and fall festivals. Stop by any of our storage units in Maryland to find out how we can help you with all of your storage needs.