A frightful weekend Area will be awash in Halloween howlers

October 28, 1994|By Lisa Wiseman | Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer

Looking for something interesting to do this Halloween weekend? There's plenty -- from the standard haunted houses and costume parties to more bizarre events that appeal to the ghoul in all of us.

Here is an extended sampling of the many Halloween treats to be found around town. No tricks, we promise.

For kids and families

* From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, kids age 12 and under can come costume to Baltimore's Clarence "Du" Burns Arena for an after-school Halloween party. There will be games, crafts activities and prizes for the best costume. Cost is $2. Call (410) 396-9177.

* At the Baltimore Zoo, the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can participate in the Straw Crawl, visit the Haunted Barn (not for the timid) or take a ride on the Boo Choo Train. Admission is $6.50, $3.50 for ages 2 to 15 and seniors, free for ages 2 and under. Call (410) 366-LION.

* At the Baltimore Public Works Museum, the "trashiest-looking" children can earn prizes at the Halloween Trash Bash, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Kids ages 3 to 12 are invited to come and

create a costume out of recycled materials. Cost is $5 for a family of four. Reservations are encouraged. Call (410) 396-5565.

* There will be a costume parade through Harborplace and the Gallery, starting at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. After the parade, children ages 10 and under can go trick-or-treating from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through all three buildings of Harborplace and in the Gallery. Call (800) HARBOR-1.

* At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, children can take part of the aquarium's "Hallowmarine Celebration" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kids will be able to embark on a scavenger hunt looking for a variety of resident sea creatures. There will be treats for all who finish the hunt. The event is free with regular museum admission: $11.50 for adults, $9.50 for seniors, $7.50 for ages 3-11. Call (410) 576-3800.

* At the Fire Museum of Maryland, children can fly kites, get their face painted and participate in other fun events from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. outside of the museum. Inside the museum, the room will take on an eerie glow when oil lamps on the antique fire apparatus are lighted at 5 p.m. Anyone in costume will get into the museum for half price (regular admission is $3, $1 for ages 4 to 12, free for under 4). Call (410) 321-7500.

* The folks at the B&O Railroad museum say "Happy Hoboween" on Sunday. All kids in costume will be admitted free. Call (410) 752-2464.

Haunted houses and more

* The Towson Jaycees' annual haunted house will be at Towson Market Place tonight through Monday starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for ages 4 to 12. Call (410) 821-6469 or (410) 337-0505 for more information.

* Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 33rd Street and Chestnut, will have its haunted house tonight and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $2, $1 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit Heart's Place Shelter. Call (410) 467-0301.

* The teens of Bethany United Methodist Church on Bethany Lane in Ellicott City will hold a House of Terror Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Call (410) 465-2919.

* In what may be the scariest haunted house of them all, the Baltimore Museum of Industry will hold its third annual Haunted Factory on the Harbor tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. You will meet victims of gory industrial accidents -- including "Timmy the Tinsmith," "Boiling Boris" and some poor souls who had encounters with the "Deadly Tool Hall of Fame." These spooky reminders of what happens when someone is careless at work are not recommended for small children. Admission is $5, $3 for the kids who can handle it. Call (410) 727-4808 Ext. 112.

* It wouldn't be Halloween without a visit to the grave of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's final resting place is Westminster Burying Ground and Catacombs, Fayette and Greene streets. Halloween night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tour the cemetery and catacombs, followed by theatrical presentations of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Premature Burial," and a concert of some chilling music performed on a pipe organ in Westminster Hall. Admission is $4, $2 for children. Call (410) 706-7228.

* There will be pirates aboard a haunted ship docked at the Inner Harbor Saturday and Sunday. From noon to 5 p.m. take a free tour of this spooky vessel. Call (800) HARBOR-1

Haunted hayrides

* Green Meadows Farm in Jessup, Route 175 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway, will take visitors on a haunted hayride through their woods and farm lands. There will also be fortune telling, a Haunted Ghost Ship and the Creepy Cave of Death. Registration is required. Admission is $10, $8 for ages 12 and under. Call (410) 799-1166.

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