By Lurdes Abruscato
The Great Big Halloween Parade of Light and Luminaria
Patterson Park, Eastern & Linwood Avenues
Saturday, Oct. 29
Hours: Fall Fest at 3 p.m., Parade Lineup at 6:30 p.m., Parade at 7 p.m.
Price: Free entrance; food vendors on site
This year, parade organizers drafted Laure Drogul, the grand dame of avant-garde performance, as the new director for this enchanting Baltimore tradition, and the results are expected to be spectacular. Glowing lanterns and illuminated costumes made of repurposed materials (producers are soliciting plastic bottle donations) will thread through the park. Register for free workshops (Oct. 16 & 23 at the Patterson, Oct. 29 at the Fall Fest) and create luminaria to use in the parade. The “Wildlights Wildlife” theme celebrates park animals and will carry throughout the designs. CBS Baltimore Insider Tip: Don’t miss the floating lanterns on Boat Lake.
Baltimore Ghost Tours
The Original Fells Point GhostWalk (departs outside Max’s Sidebar, 735 S. Broadway)
The Mount Vernon GhostWalk (departs outside The Owl Bar, 1 E. Chase St.)
Fells Point Haunted PubWalk (21+ only; departs outside Max’s Sidebar, 735 S. Broadway)
(410) 357-1186 or 1-877-Baltimore
Hours: Tours start at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through end of November
Price: GhostWalks - $13/adults, $8/kids under 12, on-site tickets – $15/adults, $10/kids under 12; PubWalk – $20, drinks not included, 21+ only; tickets can be purchased online at www.baltimoreghosttours.com
Part history lesson, part paranormal storytelling, the one-hour walking tours are led by costumed guides who introduce visitors to “spirited” spots around town, including Fells Point (with an emphasis on its maritime history and vibe) and Mount Vernon (stressing the striking architecture – and former residents – of this cultural district). The two-hour pub walk stops in three haunted pubs. Tours run rain or shine in dark, outdoor conditions.
Monster Mash Up
Want to learn more about your favorite monsters and create a Halloween tale? Join the Strand Theater and the Maryland Humanities Council at this pre-Halloween event, with costume making, dancing, refreshments and a special monsters/storytelling workshop with Erik Kjeldgaard, associate professor of anthropology at UMBC.
Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons
Fort Howard Park
9500 North Point Rd., Fort Howard
Hours: Starts at dusk, Fridays and Saturdays in October
Price: $15/adults, $10/children under 54”
Touted as a “scaretastic adventure,” visitors walk the dungeons and woods, haunted through the assistance of gory volunteers. Not recommended for children under 7, the area includes waiting areas for families with non-participating youngsters, as well as food/drinks for purchase.
Westminster Burying Ground & Catacombs: Annual Halloween Tour
Fayette & Greene Streets
Hours: 6-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
Price: $5/adults, $3/children under 12
Burial site to some of Baltimore’s most notables, Westminster hosts an elaborate Halloween tour, including presentations of Poe’s creepiest short stories, eerie performances and music (courtesy of its 1882 pipe organ), and special “chats” with legendary Baltimore ghosts (General John Stricker, Sarah Sigourney Rice and Frank the Body Snatcher), all while meandering through the spooky underground catacombs.
The Baltimore Poe House & Museum, www.eapoe.org/balt/poehse.htm
The Fort McHenry National Museum & Historic Shrine, www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm
Lurdes Abruscato is local freelancer writer, mother of two and chief investigator of things that go bump in the night.