Festive Fall Activities

Listen!  The wind is rising the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evening, now for October eves.”

– Humbert Wolfe

You can’t get much done in life if you only work, so stop following 7 Best Yard Maintenance Tips for Fall, put down the mower, take off the aerating shoes, and don a spirit of Autumnal fun!

The air, the streets, the hills are all wild with it: FALL!  It is here upon us and Maryland has so much to offer: festivals, harvesting, and spooky delights.   

 If you like parades, country drives, craft shows, and hiking head off to Western Maryland.  The Town of Oakland Maryland will celebrate the 55th annual Autumn Glory Festival October 12th through the 16th (The parade runs on Saturday the 15th.). While in Oakland, you can also explore Swallow Falls State Park and witness the changing of the leaves firsthand while breathing in that soul satisfying air of the forest.  

If you are more of a city mouse, then head over to Baltimore for Free Fall Baltimore.  Baltimore hosts a series of FREE art events in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month October 1st through the 31st. They offer free dance, music, theater workshops, and art experiences.  

To name a few:

  • October 15th at 8pm, The Strand Theater will present, “Framing My America” by Tracy “Symphony” Hall.  This is choreopoem that mixes “his” story with arts and fantasy.  Each performance will have 10 free tickets available so get your ticket soon.  
  • October 16th, The Maryland Academy for Dance will Host a “Thriller” Remix Flash Mob at 2pm.

Dance Baltimore will offer four free classes to teach the classic choreography for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Two classes will be held for anyone interested, ages 8 and older. A performance of the piece will be on Halloween weekend with all dancers dressed in complete zombie costumes in front of the soon to be renovated Ambassador Theater in northwest Baltimore. Halloween bags will be distributed to participants and onlookers (in attendance or driving by). A DJ will be on hand prior to the “flash mob” presentation and for an hour afterwards. Classes will be held at Dance Baltimore’s studio–two studio classes each selected day. The capacity of the studios allow for up to 120 students to be taught in the two classes. Participants do not need previous dance training. Ages 8 years and older are welcome. Students may participate in one or both classes. Students are encouraged but not obligated to participate in the performance.

Register HERE

  • The North Avenue Mission offers a drama workshop “Theater of the Oppressed” October 19th from 4-6.  In this workshop, “participants will build on the already growing awareness of,  the hidden power dynamics and social structures that underline everyday interactions.”
  • October 16th at 1pm, at Hollins Market there will be a Puppet Show!  

Free Fall Baltimore offers so much more than these few highlighted events.  Google them and find an activity that tickles your fancy.  Everyone can afford FREE!

apple picking

If you are more of a country farm mouse, then drop in on a farm and pick your own during this harvesting season. Apples, pears, pumpkins, and squash- OH MY! – are all ripe for the picking!  As an added bonus, many of the pick-your-own farms have extra fall activities on site (music, pony rides, corn mazes, petting zoos).  

Larriland Farm (This one is my favorite.  They have many different fields with fruits and vegetables as well as a corn maize and hayride.)
2415 Woodbine Road | Woodbine, MD 21797
Balt. Area 410-442-2605 | Wash. Area 301-854-6110
Contact Us | ©2013-2015 Larriland Farm. All rights reserved.

Kent Fort Farm

Address: 135 Eastern Ln, Stevensville, MD 21666

Phone(410) 643-1650

Swann Farms

7740 Swan Ln
Owings, MD, 20736
United States

Baugher’s Orchards and Farm

Address: 1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 2115

Phone: (410) 848-5541

 

If city sights and farm delights don’t spark your festive spirit, perhaps some Halloween frights will.  Maryland is resplendent with spooky tales and events. 

There are too many Ghost Tours to count, but here are a few from around Maryland to start your journey into our haunted past.

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  • Historic Savage Mill Ghost Tours 

410-792-2820

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  • Annapolis Ghost Tours

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  • Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick (the oldest operating tour)

(301) 668-8922

  • Chesapeake Ghost Tours:

 They have 11 tours to choose from, with the Princess Anne the most disturbing of all (no children please).

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After the Ghost Tour circuit, test your fear factor with a visit to some haunted sites.

Legends of the Fog

They have a haunted hayride, Cornstalkers Haunted Maze, Slaughter House, and the Farewell Hotel which boasts over 70 doors of horror. (Not for the faint of heart)

Field of Screams

Located in Olney Maryland this Halloween Horror has 2 trails of terror and notorious stories.

Six Flags Fright Fest

This seasonal fright has levels of terror.  You can ride, rides in the dark, and choose to participate in scare zones.  This would be an expensive (about $60 per person), but family friendly, event since the scare level can be customized to meet a variety of ages.

VisitMaryland and click on Ghost Tours and Haunted Attractions for more information.

As you can see, Maryland is full of Fall fun!  Just pick your adventure and enjoy!

References

Maryland Office of Tourism. Favorite Fall Events. Accessed: 5 October 2022. https://www.visitmaryland.org/things-do/fall-events

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