Assailants wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle masks stabbed two people in separate incidents, a couple were shot and wounded by a masked man, and at least one case of tampering with Halloween treats has been reported, city police say.
Authorities in the surrounding metropolitan counties reported no Halloween-related crime incidents.
A homeless man was attacked and stabbed by several youths dressed for Halloween as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Freddie Krueger, the villain from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" ,, movie series, Central District police reported.
Danny Alferness told officers he had been sitting on a bench near McKeldin Fountain, across the street from Harborplace, shortly after 8 p.m. when one costumed youth challenged him to fight.
When he declined, Alferness was stabbed in the chest and back by one of the youths, police said. The victim was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore where he was listed in good condition today.
The attackers escaped and police reported no arrests in the incident.
In another Central District attack, a teen-ager in a red jogging suit and wearing a "Turtle" mask approached Ernest Hawkins, 43, of the 1700 block of N. Smallwood St., about 8 p.m. in the 500 block of Druid Hill Ave.
After asking Hawkins for a cigarette, the assailant pulled a knife and stabbed Hawkins in the stomach and back. Hawkins was listed in good condition today at Maryland General Hospital.
No arrests have been made.
About 9:30 last night, a man and woman walking along the 4100 block of Hillsdale Road in northwest Baltimore were surprised by a man wearing a fluorescent mask who popped up from some bushes and began cursing them.
The couple thought it was a prank until the man produced a shotgun and fired a blast that hit both victims in the back.
The gunman fled the scene and John Stewart, 51, of the 3600 block of Plateau Ave., and Rhonda Harris, 41, of the 4500 block of Rogers Ave., were treated for multiple pellet wounds at Sinai Hospital and released.
Police said they have no motive or suspect in the shooting.
Northwestern District police arrested a 19-year-old man and two teen-age girls and charged them with reckless endangerment by allegedly placing pieces of glass, straight pins and stones in the bags of four youngsters who were trick-or-treating in Pimlico.
Daniel Gibson and two girls, ages 15 and 17, were arrested after the victims -- three 11-year-olds and a 2-year-old -- were given the objects about 7 p.m. at a house in the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave.
Police say the children also were told they would be shot if they returned to that house.
Gibson was held overnight at the district for a court commissioner. The girls were released to the custody of their parents.
None of the victims was injured.
Halloween turns to night of terror
Youths in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Freddie Krueger costumes attacked, stabbed homeless man near Harborplace.
* Teen in "Turtle" mask stabbed man in 500 block of Druid Hill Ave.
* Man, woman shot in back by masked gunman who popped out of bushes in 4100 block of Hillsdale Road in northwest Baltimore.
* Three charged with reckless endangerment by allegedly placing glass, straight pins and stones in bags of trick-or-treaters in Pimlico.