Celebrate Halloween in Baltimore at These Hotspots

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Baltimore’s Halloween Hotspots

October 13, 2021

Stores are filling aisles with large bags of mini candies, leaves are turning from green to golden, and costume stores are coming back from the dead. This can only mean one thing — it’s spooky season!

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to start prepping for the spookiest night of the year. 

Though today Halloween means candy, costumes, parties, and pranks, Halloween originated with a very different purpose a long, long time ago. Halloween dates back to around 2,000 years ago when the Celtic people of Europe celebrated the end of the harvest season and the start of the new year. During that night, people also attempted to communicate with the dead and lit bonfires in the dead’s honor. 

Fast-forwarding a few centuries, recognizable Halloween-like activities began popping up in the south during the American colonial times. By the close of the 1800’s, communities began celebrating secular Halloween-like rituals such as parties, games, and costumes. In the 1950s, Halloween finally became a true national event as trick-or-treating skyrocketed in popularity. 

Celebrate the rich history of Halloween and, debatably, the best holiday of the year with one of the many fun events happening in Baltimore!

Spooky Daytime Events

Mysterious Maryland: Join The Maryland State Archives and The Maryland Four Centuries Project at 1 p.m. on October 14th for the presentation, “Mysterious Maryland.” In this hour-long presentation, you’ll learn about a spookier side of Maryland history through strange sightings, bizarre news, and unsolved mysteries.

Day of the Dead Festival and Parade: Celebrate the day of the dead, a Mexican holiday, with the Creative Alliance on October 30th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The procession will start at Patterson Park and will move toward the Creative Alliance, and the day will feature giant puppets and a mariachi band!

Garden Glow: Are you an art-lover? Head over to Garden Glow at Ladew Topiary Gardens. In this three day event from October 21st to 23rd, you’ll get to experience beautiful live music and strolling performers as you admire the creatively carved jack o’lanterns and illuminated sculptures and installations. 

SOBO Halloween Bash: The much-anticipated South Baltimore Halloween Bash will take place on October 30th at 1 p.m. The Bash features a DJ, games, costumes, food, and drinks at the Riverside Gazebo. 

Even Spookier Evening Events

Lantern Parade and Festival: Clear your schedules on October 23rd so that you can go attend the Lantern Parade and Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. The event begins with a festival at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park where you can make a lantern, grab a bite to eat, and stroll around the Artist Market. Then at 7 p.m., grab your luminous lantern for the march around the park!

Spooky Plants: Join Mobtown Brewing Company and Fern & Folk for a “pot your own plants” night! Grab a couple of friends for good beer, spooky pots, and desert plants. 

Bike Party: Feel the wind in your hair as you bike down the streets in your favorite costume during this Halloween bike parade! The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on October 29th, and the night continues with an after-party complete with a photo booth and a costume contest!

Mask-erade: On October 30th from 10 p.m. to 12 am., head over to Barcocina, a Mexican-inspired restaurant with an original twist, for Mask-erade. Get dressed up to party, and either enjoy an open bar, or buy a general admission ticket and start a tab.

Pumpkin Fest: Spend a night at your favorite bar in Federal Hill, Don’t Know Tavern, for their 10th annual Pumpkin Fest!

Bar Crawl: This isn’t just any bar crawl, this is the Official Halloween Bar Crawl of Baltimore. Tickets include all door cover charges waived, 50% off drinks, free entrance to 5+ venues, and more!

Nightmare Before Halloween: On the night before Halloween, enter a dark, twisted world and have an epic night of drinks and dancing. Power Plant Live will transform into the Halloween setting of your dreams (or nightmares). Buying a general admission ticket to the event includes entry to the Nightmare Before Halloween event, access to all the bars and nightclubs at Power Plant Live, and a front-row spot to the DJ performances on the main stage. Don’t miss it!

Show Your Spook Off

We want to see how you celebrate the Halloween season, so make sure to tag us @1305dockstreet on Instagram if you decide to snap a pic of your Halloween festivities. The scarier, the better!