So that means it's never too early to start planning for your Halloween events. This is just a small list to get you started as you look for something spooktacular to do, and is no way inclusive.
To make this even more family friendly, we threw in some events that might not be Halloween-specific, but lean to the feeling of the autumn season.
As always, be sure to read TheCalendar Sunday through Friday in the Lifestyle section to keep you updated on the latest Halloween event additions.
— The Lifestyle staff
Trick or treating
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Greencastle, Pa.
- Waynesboro, Pa.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Chambersburg, Pa.
- Martinsburg, W.Va.
- Shepherdstown, W.Va.
Friday, Oct. 5
The Haunted Theatre
See how The Apollo Civic Theatre is haunted. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 27 Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $10. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Food vendors and daycare provided. Go to www.apolloween.com.
Hagerstown Corn Maze
Three mazes: Heart of the Civil War, Hagerstown Suns and "Home Run" the movie. 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in October. Bring a flashlight for the moonlight maze. Celebration Farm, 17638 Garden View Road, Hagerstown. $6; $3, ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and younger. Profits are donated to faith-based nonprofits. Call 301-393-4377 or go to www.cmhag.org.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Storytellers dressed in period attire from Frederick, Md.'s past will lead visitors through the cemetery. The tour will include facts about the cemetery's origin, descriptions of tombstones and stops at burial plots including Francis Scott Key's. 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 7 p.m. Sundays various weekends through November. Meet at Mount Olivet Cemetery's front gate, 515 S. Market St., Frederick. $10; $8 active military and seniors; $5, ages 7 through 12. Rain or shine. No reservations necessary. For information, call 301-668-8922 or go to www.marylandghosttours.com.
In the 1931 film, Count Dracula purchaess Carfax Abbey in London. And the blood sucking begins. Midnight. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $5. Go to www.apolloween.com.
'Spirits Unleashed' and 'Maryland Memories'
Exhibits by Spectrum Seven and Donna Godlove. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Exhibit continues through Tuesday, Oct. 30. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132.
Wine tastings, local artists, shopping, live entertainment with Rudy and the Bluefish, and pumpkin decorating for kids. Kiwanis Club will collect non-perishable food items in front of E.L.M. Department Store. 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Greencastle, Pa. Go to firstfridaygreencastle.com.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Candlelight Ghost Tours
Storytellers dressed in period attire will lead visitors through the city's dark streets and tell ghost stories. 7:45 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays in October. Rain or shine. Meet at Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 N. Market St., downtown Frederick, Md. $5 to $10. No reservations are required except for groups of eight or more. Call 301-668-8922 or go to www.marylandghosttours.com.
'The Little Shop of Horrors'
A carnivorous plant feeds on human flesh and convinces its creator to kill for it. (1960) Not rated. Midnight. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $5. Go to www.apolloween.com.
Warner "Red" Shingleton and friends will play bluegrass music. Food includes homemade chicken-corn, vegetable, and ham and bean soups, plus sandwiches and desserts. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 30 S. Mountain St., Clear Spring.
A family event with inflatables, rock wall, face painting, train rides, German folk music, bake sale, carnival games and a biergarten with German-style brew on tap, and made-to-order food. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Andrew the Apostle School, 213 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. A fundraiser for St. Andrew School. Go to www.saintandrewschool.org.
Crafts, food, music and entertainment, chili cook-off, scarecrow contest, activities for children and sidewalk sales. Breakfast at Trinity United Church of Christ, 7 a.m.; Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown Waynesboro, Pa. Call 717-762-0397.
Food, vendors and beer and live music by Joe Taxi and Chef Eric Group. 2 to 6 p.m. Downtown Martinsburg, W.Va. $5; free for children younger than 7. Call 304-262-4200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com.
Apple Butter Festival
Apple butter in copper kettles, parade on Saturday at 9 a.m., hog-calling contest on Sunday afternoon, farmers market and musical entertainment including Hillbilly Huxters, Critton Hollow String Band and Banana Express. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Call 800-447-8797 or go to www.applebutterfestival.org.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Special activities include Saturday's annual antique tractor pull and Sunday's Frances Crum Memorial Cake Contest and auction and children's kiddie pedal pull. There will be displays of farm animals, antique farming implements, antique saw mill, music, food, craft vendors, native American dance, old-fashioned toys, games and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md. Call 301-600-1650 or go to www.rosehillmuseum.com.
Monday, Oct. 8
Hayrides, pumpkin patch, farmer golf, corn maze, pedal carts, giant slides, jumping pillows, pig races, corn crib, rubber duck races, campfires (reservation only), moonlight maze, bakery and concessions. 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Also, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Continues through Tuesday, Nov. 6. Weekday admission,$6 to $10; free ages 2 and younger. Summers Farm, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Md. Call 301-620-9316 or email teresa@summers farm.com. Go to www.summersfarm.com.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Sharpsburg Ghost Tours
Stroll through downtown Sharpsburg and listen to ghost tales. Meet at Captain Benders, downtown Sharpsburg, between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Tours are Thursdays through Nov. 1. Reservations requested. $10, portion benefits Sharpsburg Heritage Festival. Call 301-991-0265 or go to www.facebook.com and search for Sharpsburg Ghost Tours.
Friday, Oct. 12
Haunted Fairground and haunted house. Sponsored by Country Roads Car Club. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27. Haunted house open rain or shine. Jefferson County Fairground, 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville, W.Va. $7; $4, children younger than 12. Go to www.thehauntedfairgrounds.com or call 304-725-4141.
'The House on Haunted Hill'
Millionaire playboy Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) hosts a party for his fourth wife. The house has had seven murders. At midnight, the caretakers lock the doors, and the terror begins. (1959) Midnight. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $5. Go to www.apolloween.com.
Field of Terror
Two haunted fields to benefit Star Community. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 20. Star Community Inc., 13672 Greencastle Pke, Hagerstown. Might not be suitable for young children. $6 per field or $10 for a combined ticket; $15 VIP ticket alows to be front in line. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or by calling 301-790-0011, ext. 311, or go to StarCommunity Inc.org.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Activities for ages 3 through fifth grade include prizes and candy for best costumes and games; sixth through eighth graders will have dancing, movies, prizes and candy for best costumes. 6 to 8 p.m. Presbyterian church of Hagerstown, 20 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-6337.
In the 1922 silent film, Count Orlok moves to Wisburg and brings the plague. This reveals his connection to the real estate agent, Thomas Hutter, and the count's obsession with Hutter's wife, Ellen — the only one with the power to end the evil. Midnight. Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $5. Go to www.apolloween.com.
'Bugs, Bones and Bats'
For children ages 6 to 9. Children will explore the preserve's woods and learn about the animals and insects that are active there during the early evening. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Yankauer Preserve, Whiting's Neck Road, north of Shepherdstown, W.Va. $5. Enrollment is limited and advance registration is required. To register, call 304-676-8739, email email@example.com or go to www.potomacaudubon.org.
Harvest Hoedown at Fairgrounds Park
Music, autumn activities and vendors. 1 to 4 p.m. Fairgrounds Park, Cannon Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 116.
Winestock Harvest Festival
Wine, food, crafts, hayrides and music with On the Bus, Jah Works, and Kim Cameron and Side FX. Gates open at 11 a.m.; event noon to 6 p.m. Knob Hall Winery, 14108 St. Paul Road, Clear Spring. $20, includes wine glass and tasting; $15, ages 13 to 20; free for children younger than 13. Go to www.knobhallwinery.com.
Maryland Pumpkin Festival
Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, live music, pie eating contests, face painting and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14. Summers Farm, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Md. Free with regular farm admission of $10 plus tax per person; $6 seniors; free for ages 2 and younger. Call 301-620-9316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myths, Legends & Fair Tales
The Spires Brass Band's performance will feature vocalist Holly Shockey. 8 p.m. Frederick Community College's Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Md. $12; $10, students and senior citizens. Purchase tickets at the box office the evening of the performance. Call 301-662-8320 or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Williamsport Haunted Walks
Explore the haunted history and paranormal happenings in Williamsport. Begins Oct. 17, continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Wednesday, Oct. 31 (weather permitting). Starts at 7 p.m. sharp. Meet at Williamsport Town Hall, corner of East Salisbury and North Concocheague streets, Williamsport. $5, adults; free for ages 8 and younger. Call 301-223-7711.
Friday, Oct. 19
Apple Harvest Festival
Highlights include Coronation of Queen Pomona at 6 p.m. Friday at the Apollo Civic Theatre; Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Martinsburg; Arts and crafts at the Roundhouse, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21. For a completed schedule go to www.msahf.com.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Dinner with Dracula
Dinner theater, silent auction, costume contest and desserts. The mystery theater for the evening will be "Cress Creek's Secret Crypt." A fundraiser to benefit student scholarships and equipment fund for young filmmakers' workshop, a program of Ryan Film Institute. 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:15 p.m. dinner and mystery theater. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 10; gala is Saturday, Oct. 20. Cress Creek Country Club, 100 Cress Creek Drive, off Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $50; $30, students; $20, dessert-only theater. Call 304-283-8878, email firstname.lastname@example.org or order online at www.ryanfilminstitute.org.
Take a walk through the haunted forest, fort, and barracks. Sponsored by the Clear Spring Lions Club.Program begins at 7 pm and all visitors who arrive and are in line by 9 pm will have an opportunity to experience the walk. $5 for ages 6 and older; free for ages 5 and younger. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool. Call 301-842-2155
Public ghost hunt
Antietam Paranormal Society will hold a ghost hunt at the Masonic Temple. 6 p.m. registration; 7:30 p.m. doors locked; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. paranormal classroom; 9 p.m. tour and ghost hunt; 4 a.m. release and debriefing. Masonic Temple, South Potomac Street, downtown Hagerstown. $50 per person. Go to www.antietamparanormalsociety.com.
Pumpkin Festival at Renfrew
A joint fundraiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum. Pumpkin carving, hayrides, bluegrass music by Eric and Kate Avey of the Boro Boogie Pickers, children's activities, and soup, cider and bread with admission. Participants are encouraged to bring long-sleeve shirts, pants and hats or use clothes provided to make scarecrows. Hot dogs, sodas and bake sale items will be sold seperately. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. $8; $4, ages 4 to 12; free for children 3 years and younger. Call 717-762-0373 or 717-762-4723 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Funkstown Halloween parade
Annual event. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Baltimore Street, Funkstown. For more information, call 301-791-0948.
Friday, Oct. 26
Howling Halloween Ball
Dinner and dance with door prizes, raffles, silent auction and best costume. 6 p.m. Comfort Inn, off Edwin Miller Boulevard, Martinsburg, W.Va. $45 per couple or $25 for singles. Proceeds benefit Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. (P.R.A.Y.) Tickets available at Salon of Style by calling Jessica Hanes at 304-267-3051 or go to www.salonofstyle.com
Saturday, Oct. 27
Pumpkin Art Appreciation Day
Pumpkin gourd art demonstrations begin at 8:30 a.m. First 150 children will receive a free pumpkin. Trick-or-treating from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Event is 8 to 11 a.m. City Farmers Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.
Spooky Sprint Ran/Walk
Two-mile run. Costumes encouraged. 5 p.m. Award ceremony at 6 p.m. Starts at Fairgrounds Park off Cleveland Avenue and finishes at Bester Elementary School on South Potomac Street. $20 before Thursday, Oct. 25; $25 after. Call 240-313-2808.
Alsatia Mummers Parade
Annual parade features floats, bands and individual costumed mummers. 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. North Potomac to South Potomac streets. For ticketed seating call 301-739-6312.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Hancock Halloween Parade
Annual parade features bands, floats, antique cars and more. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, downtown Hancock. Rain date is Thursday, Nov. 1. Call 301-678-6635.
Games, treats, hay wagon rides. Costumes are welcome. 6 to 8 p.m. Town Center, North Conococheague Street, Williamsport. Free. Go to www.williamsportmd.gov.