Halloween is a big season in the idyllic little community of Loch Raven Village, and residents have become quite competitive with one another. So competitive, in fact, that the community has made the competition official. Now residents will compete for prizes, seeing who has the most kid-friendly decorations, the spookiest decorations, the best fall harvest, best doorway and which house is the “most pumpkinlicious.” A friendly and safe community, Loch Raven Village is great for scoping out the decorations, and not a bad place to grab some treats for your kids on Halloween night.
Erin Rinner has become something of a local celebrity in her home on the 700 block of East Lake Avenue in Evesham Park, Baltimore. For about a decade now, she has been putting some serious work into decking her house out for the holiday season — even employing some help from neighbors eager to keep the almost legendary reputation her house has brought to the neighborhood. Drop on by to see the professional props and Hollywood-style special effects she has rigged up this year to keep her epic Halloween House the best thing north of Baltimore.
For decades, one small street in the residential community of Hampden has been delivering a sharp spike to the power grid, as they have lavished Halloween decorations around the block for the season of spooks. A well-lit and safe community for trick-or-treaters, Hampden residents long ago fell in love with Halloween and have kept it a sacred community tradition, each house taking pride in its contribution to the appearance of the entire block as they deliver candy to eager little hands.
Bennett’s Curse in Baltimore is one of the more overboard professional haunted houses one may pay to see during the Halloween season. The owners of Bennett’s convert this oversized warehouse into a variety of themed attractions one may pay to see, including an underground medieval torture chamber of inquisitional horror, an attraction which recreates the descending levels of hell envisioned by “Dante’s Inferno,” a twisted insane asylum and, of course, the “Legends of Halloween.” But one need not pay to enter Bennett’s. A simple drive-by will offer the viewer an ample view of the Halloween horrors which lurk within. But if you like to get your thrills, pay for entry and be prepared for a scare.
The Halloween House at King’s Contrivance in Columbia is another residential home which has achieved local fame for the effort and effect which the residents, the Ryan family, have put into decking it out for the season of horror. What began as a regular decorating event became a project taking several months and attracting thousands of visitors to observe with awe the terror and special effects that made this house famous. This house now has its own website, and plenty of fans waiting to find out what crazy stunts the Ryans will be pulling off this year.