You guys! Baltimore is bursting with Halloween events. Of course there are the pumpkin patches and kiddy costume parades, the corn mazes and pub crawls, but I prefer my activities to be a little more “Bawlmer” than that.
Westminster Burying Ground & Catacombs
Edgar Allan Poe died on a dirty Baltimore street on October 7, 1849. He was buried the next day on the grounds of Westminster Hall, his body interred in a cheap coffin with no accompanying headstone.
Some Baltimoreans were distressed with the quality of the gravesite and, more than 25 years later, admirers raised the funds to move Poe’s grave and provide it with an appropriately impressive monument. Poe was reburied in this new grave at Westminster Hall in 1875. (Fun fact: the wrong body was exhumed before gravediggers could correctly locate Poe.)
As the poet had been obsessed with mortality during his life, it is no surprise that in his death he has become a popular Halloween figure. Every year on October 31, Westminster Hall opens its burial grounds and catacombs to the public. There are readings of Poe’s most-creepy works, eerie live music, and re-enactors telling tales of nineteenth-century Baltimore.
The event is $5 and runs from 6PM-9PM. No reservations required.
Fell’s Point Ghost Tour
This one is coming up soon and is not to be missed!
“Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849 under mysterious circumstances. To commemorate the 165th anniversary of that inexplicable event, from 7-8pm on October 7, 2014, Baltimore Ghost Tours will host a special commemorative ghost tour so you can explore the same streets where Poe once walked, and hear tales of the spirits that haunt historic Fell’s Point.”
Fell’s Point is one of the oldest areas of Baltimore, and even without the Poe connection walking its streets is a fabulously creepy time. Tickets are $13, proceeds going to the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum.
Hosted by excellent Maryland brewery Flying Dog and set in the Maryland Science Center on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Halloween 2014 is a night of live music, costumes, and craft beer.
The science center’s exhibits will be open as attendees weave through four unique soundstages while partying with witches and ghouls. (Best costume wins $1,000!) Visit the second-floor art gallery or head to the roof for nighttime views of Charm City.
Friday, October 31, 8PM-1AM. Advance tickets cost $30.
Zombie Apocalypse Survival
Okay, this one has nothing to do with Baltimore, but it still promises to be a good time: an obstacle course complete with zombie hordes!
Escape the living dead by climbing into the trees and ziplining to safety. Navigate a ropes course while striving to keep all your limbs intact. Avoid a deadly bite as you enjoy the giant swing.
Located off of I-95 between Baltimore and DC, Terrapin Adventures is just about the most fun you can have outside. The Zombie Apocalypse Survival event runs on October 25 at 9AM, 1PM, and 5PM. Advance tickets are $75.
I hope to see you at one of our city’s creepy-good Halloween events!