Halloween is the time of year for everything from Fall Festivals to trick-or-treating to haunted houses and ghost tours. These events range from family friendly to adult only. The Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas have played a roles and been involved in many historical events over the centuries. The areas have survived wars, hurricanes, fires and all other kinds of natural and man-made disasters. Naturally, the areas are prime for paranormal activities. In fact, in 2012, USA Today named both Baltimore and Washington D.C. as members of the 10 most haunted cities in American club! It must be true!
Haunted Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Baltimore has many haunted places to visit if you dare! If you want spooky, there is nothing like touring the home and then the gravesite of horror writer and Baltimore native, Edgar Allen Poe. He is buried with other family Baltimoreans at Westminster Church Cemetery. You can also tour the home at 203 Amity Street where he lived for a short while when he was starting his writing career. The USS Constitution, which is docked at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is said to be haunted by former sailors and passengers as a result of helping to transport Irish Famine victims to the United States and also helping to block the slave trade. Fort McHenry Baltimore’s most important historic landmark, has been known to have ghostly visitors that like to shut windows and doors and turn on/off lights! The Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore is home to very active paranormal activities. In the past, this area was filled with sailors and maritime activities and lots of notorious events. Ellicott City, Maryland was voted last year as one of the United States’ spookiest destination by Trip Advisor. There are many ghost tours that will go into the history and the hauntings in Baltimore including: Fells Point Ghost Tours and Baltimore Ghost Tours.
Washington D.C. is scary enough with all of today’s political battles, but there are quite a lot of paranormal activities going on in the capital of our country! DC Ghost Tours has tours to certain areas in the capital including LaFayette Park, where many duels, assassinations and conspiracies took place at some of the most famous buildings in the nations' capital including The Capital Building, Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. There have been legends that ghosts of former presidents and government officials can be seen walking the halls of Congress.
Halloween Activities in the Area
If you are more into the man-made haunted houses, there are quite a few to visit in the area during the Halloween season. Kim’s Krypt in Essex, Maryland will scare you with its Zombie Apocalypse theme. Bennett’s Curse in Jessup, Maryland, has been listed as one of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country. It has 3 haunted houses with different themes to scare the most stoic person. Creepywoods Haunted Forest is part of Huber’s Farm in Kingsville, Maryland. This farm transforms into a haunted trail of actors, special effects and creepy monsters. The monster costumes were actually featured on an episode of “Making Monsters” on the Travel Channel.
For the tamer family friendly Halloween activities, there are corn mazes and pumpkin festivals. The Maryland Zoo has Zoo Booo and the Washington National Zoo has Boo at the Zoo on October 25th through 27th. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival is an annual event at Patterson Park in Baltimore. Hand-made lanterns light up the Baltimore sky during this fun parade and festival. There are events at the National Aquarium and other places throughout the area.
No matter how and where you celebrate Halloween, make it a spooky and fun time. ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!