Those looking to get scared this Halloween season need not search very far: the areas around Baltimore have some top rated haunted houses, creepy mazes, and more! Haunted houses are listed in order of distance from Central Baltimore -- it's up to you to decide the scare factor.
Please be advised that these haunted houses are not recommended for children. Please check individual websites for age suggestions if you have a child.
410-391-7726; 431 Eastern Blvd.; Essex, MD
(8 miles from Central Baltimore)
Owner Kim Yates has been creating haunted houses since 1994. This year, Kim's Krypt will take the form of a Zombie Apocalypse. Hearse rides are also available for $5.
Dates & Times: Open 7-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September 28 through November 3, plus October 31
Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons
500 North Point Road, Fort Howard, Edgemere, MD
(15 miles from Central Baltimore)
Get ready for hours of fun and fear inside historic military bunkers used during the War of 1812. Walk through a series of themed dungeons where you'll be confronted by costumed employees (and, perhaps, some resident spirits). Be sure to arrive early, as the park closes once the attraction reaches capacity.
Dates & Times: Open at dusk on Fridays and Saturdays from September 28 through October 27 (excluding October 26), plus October 38
Admission: $15 adults, $10 children
410-538-6461; 8024 Max Blobs Park Rd., Jessup, MD
(15 miles from Central Baltimore)
A Halloween tradition now 12 years in the making, Bennett's Curse includes three terrifying haunted houses in one complex: the House of the Vampyres, Zombie Kingdom in 3D, and the Sanctuary of Insanity.
Dates & Times: Open 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September 21 through November 3, plus October 31; 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays from October 7 through 28, plus Oct. 29 and 30
Admission: $30 general admission; $40 speed pass (little or no waiting); $60 VIP (no waiting)
Creepywoods Haunted Forest
410-538-6461; 11898 Philadelphia Rd., Kingsville, MD
(16 miles from Central Baltimore)
Huber's Farm becomes home to a haunted trail full of live actors, special effects, and creepy monsters. Creepywoods will be featured on "Making Monsters," a show on the Travel Channel, this October. Be sure to dress for the great outdoors.
Dates & Times: Open 7:30-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September 28 through October 27; 7:30-10 p.m. on Sundays from October 14 through 28, plus October 30 and 31
Admission: $20 general admission; $30 speed pass (little or no waiting)
301-540-7781; 17612 Burdette Ln., Germantown, MD
(51 miles from Central Baltimore)
Taking a walk through this haunted corn maze in Germantown is sure to be a big scare! All patrons must sign a waiver before entering the maze.
Dates & Times: Open 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from September 29 through November 3, plus October 31
717-872-5789; 99 Stehman Rd., Lancaster, PA
(78 miles from Central Baltimore)
Jason's Woods takes live actors, animatronics, special effects, and sound design to present a horrifying hayride with a junkyard theme, Barn of Terror with unforgettably creepy animals, pirate-themed treasure hunt complete with zombie pirates and other deadly creatures, haunted trail walk, and carnival of fear. A mystery maze and theater are also included in the ticket price. This haunted house might be more of a drive, but it really is the best place to get more scare for your buck.
Dates & Times: Open 7-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7-9 p.m. on Sundays from September 28 through October 28
Admission: $25 for three attractions or $45 for five attractions (general admission); $40 for three attractions or $60 for five attractions (VIP admission); group rates available
Looking for more fun this fall? Be sure to check out the list of Halloween activities in Baltimore this year, as well as the other events and festivals happening in Baltimore during the month of September and during the month of October. If you favor art over being scared, there's also the Fall Arts Guide 2012.