Top Picks for Halloween in Baltimore

I absolutely adore Halloween. I spend months considering Halloween costume ideas, and when it comes time to pull together my creation I act like I'm on an episode of Project Runway (check out my newspaper costume to the right.)  I'm always looking for fun Halloween-themed events in Baltimore to show off my costume and get into the Halloween spirit. And I'm not the only one who gets into the spirit, there are dozens of Halloween celebration going on in Baltimore--here are my top picks:


Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival

  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
  • Best for: All Ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Attire: Costume optional

Each year the team at the Creative Alliance organizes the lantern parade. The parade fills Patterson Park with illuminated lanterns, costumes and music. It's very whimsical, and there's something just a little bit spooky about it, which is perfect for Halloween. The theme of this year's parade is "Kaleidoscope," so I'm expecting to see lots of bright and fun colors. This is one of the few events that is fun for both kids and adults (although it might be a bit more fun for adults if you bring a flask--just sayin'). Following the parade, the Creative Alliance will host Glow Ball (grown ups only), tickets are $9 - $12. For more information on the festival and Glow Ball, visit


Federal Hill-O-Ween

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 31
  • Best for: Frat boys and sorority girls, ages 21 - 30
  • Cost: $12
  • Attire: Costumes are basically required

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I really like puns, so that may have influenced my decision to put "Federal Hill-O-Ween" on the list. That being said, Fed Hill will definitely be crazy on Halloween, just probably not as much fun as Fells Point. Most of the bars in the heart of Fed are participating, including Mother's Mad River, Stalking Horse, MaGerks, Ryleighs and Blue Agave. For $12, you'll have access to food and drink specials, including $2.50 Miller Lites and $3.50 Blue Moons and Redd's Apple Ales. You will also be entered into costume contests for a chance to win some pretty fun prizes. For details on what Hill-O-Ween includes, click here. (P.S. You don't actually have to buy a ticket, you just won't have access to the specials, which, really, how special is $2.50 for a Miller Lite anyway?). 


Free Fall Halloween Celebration at the AVAM

  • Date: Oct. 30
  • Best for: All ages
  • Cost: Free
  • Attire: "Ghostbusting costumes highly encourages"

The American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM) is celebrating Hallow's eve with free admission, a free lantern-making workshop for all ages and a special Flicks From the Hill screening of GHOSTBUSTERS. The AVAM will also host a few of Baltimore's favorite food trucks--Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon, Sexy Vegie and Lucky Cup Espresso Truck--so you can grab a bite before and during the film. For details on the times and events, visit the AVAM website



  • Date(s): Oct. 24 - 26
  • Best For: Families with children under 12
  • Cost: $13 - $18, children under 2 are free
  • Attire: Costumes encouraged

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has dozens of events planned throughout the next few days in celebration of Halloween, including costume contests, animal performances, trick-or-treating, carnival games, crafts and guest entertainers. Plus you get full access to the zoo, which is always a hit for kids! For more information on ZooBOOO!, visit the Maryland Zoo's website


Halloween in Fells Point 

  • Date: Oct. 31
  • Best for: 21 and up
  • Cost: Free (plus your bar tab)
  • Attire: Creative & original costumes required

I saved the best for last--Halloween in Fells Point. Fells Point is the place to be if you love creative, original costumes, and a diverse bar crowd. Some of the best costumes I've ever seen (I'm talking way better than anything on Pinterest) were on the streets of Fells Point, and I can't wait to see what clever costumes Baltimoreans have come up with this year.


What are your Halloween recommendations? Share them in the comments below.