Halloween isn’t until the 31st, but we hope you have a costume ready. This weekend marks the spooky season’s rising action, with costume parties, frights and plenty of pumpkin decorating to be had.
Cheers to Democracy: 5 p.m. at Wet City. Celebrate the first day of early voting with MICA’s Voter Access Initiative, and get Globe Collection and Press posters and pins to show for it.
Network Under 40: 6-9 p.m. at Urban Axes. Build a network of young professionals and throw sharp objects (safely).
The Purple Poetry Book Release event: 6:30 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. TurnAround Inc. celebrates the resilience of domestic violence survivors with poetry, musical performances and more.
Getting it Wrong: Stories About Mix-Ups and Misunderstandings: 7-10 p.m. at The Senator Theatre. The Stoop Storytelling series heads to the stage, presenting seven tales.
Peabody at Night: The Music of 1 W. Mt. Vernon Place: 7 p.m. at Walters Art Museum. Head to the Walters’ newly opened building at 1 W. Mt. Vernon Place for period music from students led by David Hildebrand, director of the Colonial Music Institute.
Pumpkin Beer Fest: 7-10 p.m. at Smaltimore. Sample what fall tastes like, in beer form. Plus, prizes.
Screaming Females: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The power trio from NJ makes a stop, with Kitten Forever and Mothpuppy opening.
BSO Pulse: 8:30 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The first mashup of Baltimore Symphony and popular artists of the season features R&B sensation Kelela performing work from her album “Take Me Apart,” and members of the BSO performing selections from Schubert, Gershwin and the Barber of Seville. Then, they join forces.
The Rocky Horror Show: 8 p.m. at 923 East Ave. Let’s do the time warp, again. Haute Patooties is donating proceeds from the preview performance to GLCCB.
Barococo: Oct. 25-Nov. 1 at Baltimore Theatre Project. Happenstance Theatre sends up the 18th century in all its entitlement and fancy finery.
Halloween Rally: 10 p.m. at Power Plant LIVE! Celebrate the beginning of the spooky season with confetti cannons, glow sticks and more.
Friday, October 26
ZooBOOO: Oct. 26-28 at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Head to the Druid Hill Park zoo in costume for trick-or-treating, prizes, entertainment and more. Plus, a hay maze.
Fear Factory: 5 p.m. at The Charmery: Head to the ice cream shop’s factory location at Union Collective, and face down five new exotic flavors.
ArBOOretum: 5:30 p.m. at Cylburn Arboretum. Learn about nature in costume with special appearances from nocturnal animals, raptors, reptiles and more. Plus, explore the mansion for a fright.
Bike Party: Halloween Ride: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. Dress up yourself, dress up your bike and ride around the city toward the after-party at Union Collective.
Lurid Happenings: A Night of Mischief and Devilry: 7 p.m. at The Peale Center (through Oct. 31): The Baltimore Rock Opera Society presents its first Halloween show, with dark magic followed by a Halloween party.
Church House of Horrors MMXVII: 7 p.m.-midnight at the Old Church on Falls Road: Catch some psych, surf and jam rock from ¿Bruce Take Nap?, The Flying Faders and headliner The Goat Charmers in Hampden, and get in costume for a contest and Halloween party.
Halloween Costume Party: 7 p.m. at the Windup Space. with music from Ca8al, Kit and the Chardonnay Boys, Danzig cover band Am I Demon, Voodoo Pharmacology and Rooney’s Show.
Haunted Highlandtown: 7 p.m., through Oct. 31. Conkling Street Garden hosts a spooky maze.
Halloween Special: 7:30 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. The interactive game and comedy show features food, a costume contest and a zombie crime scene.
Wizard Fest: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The Harry Potter dance party is in Charles Village. Snogging optional.
Clue: A Staged Reading. 8 p.m. at Single Carrot Theatre. Meet Col. Mustard in the study with candlestick.
Edgar Allan Poe: 9:30 p.m. at The Elk Room. Well, an Edgar Allan Poe impersonator. David Keltz will be providing the macabre, while Meredith Seidel provides the music.
Monster Bash: 10 p.m. at The Chasseur. The Canton watering hole hosts a big costume party. No cover.
Saturday, October 27
Halloween Family Fun Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Power Plant Live! Enjoy crafts, a costume swap and trick-or-treating. Several restaurants will be offering kids’ meals for free with the purchase of an adult entree.
Boos and Brews: noon at Oliver Brewing Company. Pumpkin painting. Beer. Saturday. All ages welcome.
Halloween Spooktacular: 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Place. The pumpkin patch descends on Mt. Vernon with decorating, food and a trick-or-treat parade.
Trick or Treat at the Market: 2 p.m. at Lexington Market. Dress up and head downtown for a big event with a magic show, pumpkin decorating and cooking demos.
Hauntingdon 2018: 3 p.m. in the 2900 block of Huntingdon Avenue. The Greater Remington Improvement Association’s block party has a family friendly vibe, with costume contests for all ages, and trick-or-treating.
Baltimorgue 2018: 4 p.m. at A Hoen and Co. Lithograph Building. Join the Dan Myer Choir for ghost stories and a remembrance of those departed.
Federal Hill-O-Ween: 5 p.m. in Federal Hill. The 10th edition of the festival crawls around the neighborhood for a bar tour, kicking off from Federal Hill Park.
3rd Anniversary Party and Costume Contest: 6 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. Dress up to go out in Woodberry. Blue Pit BBQ will be on hand.
Hollywood is Dead Party: 8 p.m. at Owl Bar. Dress up as a dead celeb in a place where one probably stayed.
Mondo Baltimore Halloween Bash: 8 p.m. at The Windup Space. The party features b-movie clips, bad movie tunes and more.
Glitter Ball – A Studio 54 Experience: 8:30 p.m. at Charm Baltimore Night Club. The SteamDollz return to the glory days of disco with a full live show.
Little Dublin Halloween 2018: 9 p.m. at Little Dublin. The big costume party joins Owl Bar in taking on the theme of Dead Hollywood. Come ready to dance.
Sunday, October 28
Dia De Los Muertos Community Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. The free event features traditional performances and art-making commemorating the Day of the Dead.
Howl-O-Ween Pitbulls on Parade: 11 a.m. at Rash Field. Pitbull Appreciation Day gathers at the harbor for a walk and perhaps some costuming.
Maryland Food Truck Week Festival: noon at Baltimore Museum of Industry. It’s the end of food truck week, and there are plenty of purveyors gathering to close it out in South Baltimore. Plus, live music, Heavy Seas beer and more.
Fall Craft and 2nd Hand Fest: 1 p.m. at Creative Labs. Head to the converted Woodberry warehouse to meet artists and support upcycling.
Trick or Treat at the Square: 1-4 p.m. at Belvedere Square. The family-friendly Halloween celebration features Monster Mash dancing, music, pumpkin decorating and more.
17th Annual International Animation Day: 2-9 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. Take a look at what the world’s animators are offering.
Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival: 3:30-9 p.m. at Patterson Park. (NOTE: The parade and festival were moved from Saturday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 28) The community-oriented event from the Creative Alliance brings light to Southeast Baltimore. The Glow Ball follows at Creative Alliance all night long.
Gypsy’s Truckstaurant Opening Night: 6-9 p.m. at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant. The new restaurant from Gypsy Queen Food Truck parks in Clipper Mill.
- The Baltimore Craft Beer Festival is Oct. 3 at Canton Waterfront Park.
- Baltimore Greek Festival returns Nov. 1.
- WTMD celebrates 15 years at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Nov. 8.
- Clear the palette for Baltimore Whiskey Festival on Nov. 15 at the Assembly Room.
- Wume marks the release of the duo’s new album, “Towards the Shadow,” with a Nov. 16 show at Ottobar.
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