Courtesy Field of Screams Maryland
Courtesy Field of Screams Maryland

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s only right for residents to seek out a planned scare here in Baltimore.

Baltimore currently seems to have a dearth of up-and-running haunted houses in the city limits. For that reason, residents may need to look a bit further out for haunted attractions this year.

Many were looking forward to the second year for Bennett’s Curse’s new location in South Baltimore, but a fire code issue has left the owners unable to operate. (A week since the sprinkler issue popped up, a phone number for the venue leads to a disconnected line.)

With that in mind, here are five scary attractions worth checking out in the Baltimore area this Halloween season:

The Nevermore Haunt, 450 Mott Street, Baltimore, MD: The only haunted house based in Baltimore this year sits in a historic four-story building that once housed a department store. It’s located in the historic Oldtown neighborhood right off of E. Monument Street several blocks east of I-83. Conveniently enough, the proprietors are offering guests a shuttle that will pick them up and drop them off at Bond and Aliceanna Streets in Fells Point.

Haunted Dungeons at Fort Howard Park, 9500 N. Point Road, Fort Howard, MD: The next-closest venue to the city is the Haunted Dungeons, open Fridays and Saturdays at Fort Howard Park off of I-995, just past Sparrows Point and Edgemere. The area’s recreation council has been operating the dungeons for more than three decades. Their attractions features a walking tour through haunted woods and military bunkers on the historic Fort Howard grounds.

Laurel’s House of Horror, 935 Fairlawn Ave, Laurel, MD: A short trip down I-95 can bring scare-seekers to this two-roomed venue based in an old movie theater. It features escape-style rooms, modeled after the growingly popular “Escape Room” franchise. Participants will be tasked with collaboarting to get out of the rooms where they face challenges posed by iconic scenes from horror movies. Reservation-only, tickets available online.

Field of Screams, 4501 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD: This expansive venue in Montgomery County packs a lot into one space, with two haunted trails, a house and a hayride. It remains open every Friday and Saturday, as well as some Thursdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. For Halloween enthusiasts who have already been in past years, the designers have reworked the trails and hayride to give it new life.

Legends of the Fog, 500 Carsins Run Road, Aberdeen, MD: While it might all the way up in Harford County, the trip is likely to be worth it. “Legends of the Fog” has now been operating for 10 years. It’s even larger than the Field of Screams, sitting on 100 acres that include a hayride, haunted house, a corn maze and even a circus for any of our American Horror Story fans. Reduced-price tickets available online.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...