A mixed bag of treats

Inner Harbor celebration offers three days of Halloween thrills and chills for all ages

October 26, 2006|By Brooke Nevils | Brooke Nevils,sun reporter

Halloween at the Inner Harbor has never been this exciting.

In previous years, it's been the same food, shopping, museums, live performances and tourists -- lots of tourists. But this year, Baltimoreans are in for a treat with the waterfront's first Halloween Around the Harbor.

"This is just the beginning of our steps to reintroduce the waterfront to Baltimoreans," says Laurie Schwartz, managing consultant to the Waterfront Partnership, the organization behind the event. "We want to make sure that Baltimore residents and families come and enjoy everything the waterfront has to offer."

The three-day celebration offers well more than a weekend of Halloween excitement. Beginning with the "Rattle Your Bones Shindig" at Port Discovery tomorrow, the celebration continues on Saturday when Power Plant Live hosts a free concert on the plaza featuring the Scribble Monsters, who will perform their hit children's song "Chocolate Milk."

Waterfront attractions, including the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Top of the World Observation Level, Port Discovery, Hard Rock Cafe, Phillips Harborplace and the Baltimore Visitor Center are welcoming trick or treaters from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. These attractions will also offer half-price admission for children in costume with a paying adult, and the Constellation will offer free admission to children all weekend.

Afterward, families can take a Boo Boat -- also known as a water taxi, free this weekend for costumed children 10 and younger -- to Fells Point, where kids can trick or treat and participate in the annual children's costume contest.

"It's a great way for families to enjoy Halloween," says Schwartz. "There's fun for the whole family -- not just parents and kids, but even pets."

brooke.nevils@baltsun.com

For a complete list of participating restaurants, shops and attractions or for more information, go to waterfrontpartnership.org.

Harbor events

Rattle Your Bones Shindig -- Port Discovery, the Children's Museum in Baltimore / 35 Market Place / 410-864-2669 / portdiscovery.org. Children are encouraged to attend this Halloween bash dressed as their heroes. Tomorrow, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; tickets are $7-$11.

Trick or Treating -- participating businesses and attractions / waterfrontpartner ship.org. Area attractions host costumed children 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

The Scribble Monsters -- Market Place Plaza in Power Plant Live. Free children's concert 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Also featuring arts and crafts with Port Discovery, face painting, a moon bounce and trick or treating.

Fells Point Children's Costume Contest -- fellspointdevelopment.com. Trick or treating 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The costume contest begins at 6 p.m.

Boo on the Bay Cruises at Harbor Cruises and Halloween Cruise and Treat Tours -- 410-727-3113 / harbor cruises.com. Two Halloween Cruise and Treat Tours will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 per person.

Boo Boats -- 410-563-3901 / thewater taxi.com. Costumed children can ride the water taxi to Fells Point for free with a paying adult, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Ghosts, Ghouls and Legends at Camden Yards -- 301 W. Camden St / 410-727-1539 / sportslegendsatcamden yards.com. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, children in costume can get in free, trick or treat through the museum's exhibits and participate in a costume contest for best overall costume and best sports costume.

Naval Ghosts and Sailors' Superstitions -- Aboard Constellation, 301 E. Pratt St. / 410-539-1797 / constellation.org. Stories about ghosts on board the Constellation from the 1963 diary of a real sailor. Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

Baltimore Maritime Museum's Haunted Ship -- USCGC Taney, on Pier 5. Tours from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, plus trick or treating all weekend. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children.

Original Fells Point Ghostwalk -- Max's Darthouse, 731 S. Broadway / fellspoint ghost.com. Departing at 7 p.m. both tomorrow and Saturday nights, advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $13, online or at Max's Darthouse.

Haunted Harbor Cruise -- Ann St. Pier, Fells Point / fellspointghost.com. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday cruises, advance tickets required. Tickets are $30 per person.

Phillips Seafood -- 301 Light St. / 410-685-6600. Contests, activities and kids' Halloween menu on Saturday, plus a free kids meal to any child in costume and a free drink for adults in costume.

Boo Breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe -- 601 E. Pratt St. / 410-347-7625. A breakfast buffet, free minipumpkin and a costume contest. Children in costume ages 11 and younger eat free with a paying adult. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Reservations required.

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