From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Maryland that are sure to be a scream.
— Barbie Carpenter
Bennett's Curse At Blobs Park
Bennett's Curse at Blobs Park in Jessup, Maryland, sits between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., making it a convenient spot for adults and older kids looking for a serious scare in these metro areas. Visitors can experience three attractions: the House of Vampyres, Zombie Kingdom 3-D and Sanctuary of Insanity. These themed haunted adventures take place outside, so visitors should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that they don't mind getting dirty. Tickets range from $25 to $40 for this attraction, which is open from late September through Halloween.
8024 Max Blobs Park Rd., Jessup, MD 20794 | Get Directions
Halloween In The Garden
Families looking for a safe trick-or-treating option can visit the Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center's Halloween in the Garden. This afternoon trick-or-treating event takes place on a Saturday in late October, allowing kids to show off their costumes in the less spooky light of day. Families can stroll through the Center's Wooded Path, visiting more than 70 booths run by local businesses and nonprofit organizations to score candy and other goodies. Kids can enjoy Halloween-themed art projects, as well. Tickets are $1 per person.
13480 Dowell Rd., Dowell, MD 20629 | Get Directions
Olney's Scream City offers three haunted attractions, including the Trail of Terror, a 35-minute walk through a haunted forest. Brave visitors can hop aboard Hades' Hayride and take a dark, spooky trek through a haunted cornfield. A tour through Lusion Manor exposes visitors to its haunted past. This attraction is open from late September through Halloween, and parental discretion is advised. Tickets are $10 to $15 for each attraction or $40 for all three.
4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., Olney, MD 20832 | Get Directions
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