This is my favorite time of year. I love all the ghost walks, haunted pub crawls and fun family events that happen in October. There is so much happening in almost every U.S. city during the fall, but Baltimore looks like they are taking it up a notch with all the activities and “Haunted Coldspots”. If you’ve never been to Baltimore now is a great time to plan a visit.
Fell’s Point & Mount Vernon
Once the sun sets, visitors can explore the “unknown” by taking a haunted ghost walk or pub walk through the streets of historic Fell’s Point or Mount Vernon. Two of Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods, both are home to dozens of haunted pubs, shops and residences.
The Admiral’s Ghost Tour & Reception
Guests staying at the Admiral Fell Inn won’t need to go too far to get a dose of the spirit world. Considered one of the Top Ten Haunted Places in Baltimore, the hotel’s “The Admiral’s Ghost Tour & Reception” begins in the lobby and tours the seven historic buildings that make up The Admiral Fell Inn.
Baltimore Wicked History Tours
Now – November: Saturdays 5:00 pm
This is a Baltimore history tour like no other. Baltimore Wicked History Tours plumbs the depths of Baltimore’s underbelly. While crawling through some of the pubs and taverns in town, visitors will hear about times past when some struggled to survive and others thumbed their noses at authority. From speakeasies to underhanded villains to celebrated personalities who passed through these Baltimore streets, come down and hear tantalizing tales of a scandalous past.
Westminster Hall Burying Ground
519 W. Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building in downtown Baltimore. The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including the “Nevermore” famous Edgar Allan Poe and General James McHenry.
Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum
203 North Amity Street, Baltimore, MD
Weekends, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. through December 28, 2014
The refurbished National Historic Landmark, where Poe lived from 1833 to 1835 is open to visitors on a seasonal schedule or by appointment. Visitors can walk on the same floors, stairs and wander within the original plaster walls and woodwork that Edgar lived with.
Fell Family Crypt
1600 Shakespeare St., Baltimore, MD 21224Visit the final resting place of Fell’s Point founders, the Fell family. Learn about the beginnings of Fell’s Point and find out which member from the Fell family can be seen walking along Shakespeare Street toward the family’s grave site.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E. Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
Ongoing: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
With more than 200 years of history, Fort McHenry has its share of legends, such as secret tunnels, ghostly apparitions and strange noises. Explore the ramparts and learn the history of the fort through these exciting stories that blend history, folklore, the humorous and the unexplainable.
Family Fun Attractions:
For some family fun, Baltimore’s attractions are filled with thrilling and chilling events and activities including the Maryland Zoo’s ZooBOOO! with FREE trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, crafts, and live entertainment; AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration including a hair-raising outdoor movie screening and lantern-making workshops; and the Maryland Science Center’s Spooky Science where creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Don’t miss out on the Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival in Patterson Park, where more than a dozen artists will create special floats and lanterns full of brilliant hues.
For a full list of happenings, visit http://baltimore.org/spirits.