Those looking to get scared over Halloween need not search very far: The areas around Maryland's largest city of Baltimore have some top-rated haunted sites, including national monuments, bars, historic ships, and more. Several haunted houses in the Baltimore area open for the Halloween season, bringing thrills and entertainment through creepy mazes, trails, hayrides, and additional attractions. Please be advised that these haunted houses are not recommended for children who may get frightened more easily—or in some cases, people with medical conditions.
A small family business since 2001, Bennett's Curse in Eastpoint Mall is just 15 minutes from Baltimore's city center. This longtime Halloween tradition includes six terrifying haunted houses in one complex. You'll find the Underworld, Legends of Halloween, Inferno 3D, Coulrophobia (a clown-themed house), Ravenbrook Asylum, and Bennett's Curse. Open days and special events run from late September through mid-February.
About 35 miles southwest of Baltimore in Olney, Field of Screams is the largest haunted attraction in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Go on a 30-minute walk through a cold, haunted forest or the dark woods, explore the Slaughter Factory Haunted House, or take a ride on a haunted hayride. Visit Field of Screams from late September through early November on Fridays and Saturdays; for much of October, the attraction is open Thursdays and Sundays, which are less crowded.
Located about an hour north of Baltimore on an indoor/outdoor farm in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, Kim's Krypt Haunted Mill has more than 64 acres and six spooky attractions. You'll be frightened by a scary mill, a terror trail, a zombie escape, a maze, and hearses to rent. The attraction is open from mid-September through early November on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.
The Nevermore Haunt is a thrilling Halloween attraction in downtown Baltimore, open for 15 nights from October through early November. Visit a spooky, wheelchair-accessible haunted house set in late 19th century Baltimore with a cast of past characters from tortured factory workers to drowned sailors to street urchins. You'll also encounter various sideshows featuring sword swallowers, magic, fortune tellers, and more. There is a bar with local craft beer, and concessions are sold onsite.
Jason's Woods may be farther away—it's 78 miles from Baltimore in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—but it's well worth the extra miles to get more scare for your buck. This terrifying attraction takes place from late September through early November on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Live actors, animatronics, special effects, and sound design unite to present five horrifying events. Check out the haunted hayride, chamber of horrors, zombie apocalypse, a haunted trail walk, and a carnival of fear.