Halloween Happenings in Maryland

by Hallie Engel

Few things make the eyes of children light up like Halloween. It's a spooky time of costumes, candy and fun and, in Maryland, there are events for people of all ages to enjoy. From creepy haunted houses guaranteed to give you goosebumps to athletic competitions that could inspire even a sweet tooth to swear off candy and head for the gym, Maryland has Halloween fun for everyone.

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Haunted Houses

Explore haunted houses at Halloween in Maryland for a bone-chilling good time. Various haunted houses and other spooky experiences take place throughout the state, like Bennett's Curse House of the Vampyres in Jessup. The attraction uses special effects and spooky illusions to scare visitors, as does Creepywoods Haunted Forest in Kingsville. The haunted trail is inhabited by actors in creepy costumes who frighten visitors as they make their way along the gruesome forest path.

Parades

Spooky parades of costumed revelers invite Maryland residents and visitors to get in on the fun of Halloween every year. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Baltimore, staged by Nana Productions, features participants in wild costumes and makeup carrying lanterns. Special effects and lighting complete the scene. On Oct. 25, the town of Westminster has an annual parade in the city's historic downtown, organized by the American Legion Post #31. The parade requires participants to pre-register.

Sporty Events

Though Halloween may be thought of as a time to gorge on sugary candy, there are also events in Maryland that celebrate athleticism. Fans of competitive cheerleading and dance can watch the Maryland Halloween Championship. The event takes place at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, and features cheer teams performing their best moves. In Westminster, the local Family Fitness Center sponsors the Halloween Bench Press, inviting competitors to flex their muscles and pump some iron.

Festivals

Celebrate everything autumn at Maryland's Halloween and fall festivals, which offer activities and events for the whole family. The Family FALLoween Festival at the Port Discovery Children's Museum, in Baltimore, combines art and music. Kids can attend sing-a-longs, make Halloween crafts and more. The Maryland Renaissance Festival Chivalry Weekend, which takes place over Halloween, takes guests back to the middle ages. The event features jousting, musicians, dancers and other performances in addition to food and crafts.

About the Author

Hallie Engel is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in several international publications. She served as a restaurant critic for "Time Out Abu Dhabi" and "Time Out Amsterdam" and has also written about food culture in the United Arab Emirates for "M Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and film studies from University of Amsterdam.

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