More Halloween Activities:
For more things to do in Baltimore this October, there's a list of events and festivals throughout October and the Baltimore Fall Arts Guide.
1. Fright FestSaturday, September 29 - Sunday, October 28
Six Flags America will once again be taken over by ghouls and zombies during Fright Fest. In addition to normal thrill rides, the park will host Halloween-themed shows, haunted houses, and a trick-or-treat trail for kids. Check the schedule before departing, as there are several nights when the park isn't open to children.
2. WickedWednesday, October 3 - Sunday, November 4
Wicked, the Grammy and Tony Award-winning production, will come to The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre. The Broadway play is set long before Dorothy and her ruby slippers ever landed in Munchkinland, and tells the tall of two girls who meet in the land of Oz -- one with emerald green skin.
3. Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Training DaySunday, October 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Terrapin Adventures will teach those unskilled in Zombie survival how to outrun and outwit zombies. Build endurance in the 'wooded zombie course,' overcome fear on the high ropes challenge, improve agility on the obstacle course, and test accuracy on the Zip line. The cost is $75 per person, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to a local charity.
4. Playful PoeTuesday, October 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Playwrights Group of Baltimore will stage ten short plays based on different short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Performances will be set in modern times and acted out at The Reading Room on the third floor of the Andre White Student Center at Loyola University. Free.
To get ready for the Great Halloween Lantern Parade, the Creative Alliance is hosting an adults-only Halloween party where adults can sip on "Lantinis" and create their glow-in-the-dark lanterns while listening to a DJ spin old-timey tunes. The event, which is $15 or $10 for members, is hosted by Highlandtown Community Association and Patterson Park Neighborhood Association. If you can't make it, the Creative Alliance will also be hosting their first ever parade after party this year after the kids go to bed.
Chef Nilka Hendricks from Fox's Hell's Kitchen will be the belle of this Mystery Masquerade Ball in Annapolis. Hosted by entertainment event planning company Leisure Creations, guests to the ball will wear Venetian masks while dining on hors d'oeuvres prepared by the celebrity chef. A champagne toast and open bar is included in the $50-100 price.
7. Let's Eat Charles StreetFriday, October 26, 3-8 p.m.
The Charles Street Friday Market, Historic Charles Street Association,and Station North Arts & Entertainment District have teamed up for Let's Eat Charles Street, a Halloween-themed community festival taking place at Charles and Lanvale Streets. The event will include a costume contest, stilt walkers, a Poe-off, live music, and more than 30 vendors. Free.
8. ZooBOOO!Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and OFG Community Bank are asking families to come to the zoo dressed in costumes during this "spooktacular" celebration. Festivities include free trick or treating, costume contests, carnival games, crafts, live entertainment, food, and more. Regular zoo admission required; some activities and games may require additional fees.
Think you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Test your skills at this Zombie Run Maryland, a race and obstacle course that pits runners against the undead. Here's how it works: runners are given a flag belt, similar to flag football, which represents their health. As they traverse the course, brain-hungry zombies chase them and take their flags. If all the flags get taken, the zombies win. Ticket start at $82, a price that includes a T-shirt, racing bib with number, medal, beverage, and admission to the after party. There is also an option to camp for an additional $20 per person.
The Can Company is asking dog owners to unleash their creativity this Halloween season to benefit the Baltimore Humane Society. Dog owners and their four-legged friends can compete for prizes in the following categories: Most Original, Most Baltimorean, Matching Dog/Human, and Best Last Minute. Dog owners must register their pets the day of the event for a $20 fee.