2017 Spooktacular Halloween Happenings

“Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” Jack-o’-lanterns are being carved and skeletons are hanging in the doorway. That’s right – Halloween is quickly approaching. And, if you’re looking for spooks and thrills, then look no further than right here in Montgomery County.

From haunted forests to ghoulish train rides, face your darkest fears at one of these Halloween happenings and venues.

Field of Screams

Rated the #1 scream park in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Delaware, the Field of Screams includes four haunted attractions. This includes two trails that wind through a haunted forest. The faint of heart should avoid the Slaughter Factory, a literal slaughterhouse featuring hanging corpses and the sounds of chainsaws buzzing. And, there is Hades Hayride, a ride through a dark and damp cornfield haunted by evil spirits. Field of Screams is open every Friday and Saturday, and most Thursdays and Sundays, through November 4. Click here for tickets.

Field of Screams
4501 Olney Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832

Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Test your bravery at Markoff’s Haunted Forest. For 25 years, it has been the premier Halloween event in Maryland. Markoff’s Haunted Forest includes two trails, where terror lurks in the wooded terrain, and the Town – an entire old Western town from the 1800’s filled with horrors beyond imagination. Markoff’s Haunted Forest is open nearly every Friday through Sunday in October and on Halloween day. Visit their website for dates and tickets.

Markoff’s Haunted Forest
19120 Martinsburg Road
Dickerson, MD, 20842

Wheaton and Cabin John Halloween Eye Spy Trains

For more kid-friendly Halloween fun, both Wheaton Regional Park and Cabin John Regional Park will be hosting Halloween Eye Spy Train rides. These “not so scary” trains are geared towards kids under 8 years old. Each child will receive an Eye Spy card before boarding the train. As you ride through the woods, look all around to find Halloween friends hiding there, and mark them off the Eye Spy card. Costumes are encouraged! The ticket price for all passengers is $6 (children under age 2 are free with a paying adult). Trains will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through October 29.

Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Cabin John Regional Park
400 Tuckerman Lane
Rockville, MD 20852

Silver Spring Zombie Walk

“The Walking Dead” isn’t just the name of a popular AMC show. One of the newest events in Montgomery County, the Silver Spring Zombie Walk sees participants do their best zombie impression through the streets of downtown Silver Spring. Show up at Denizens Brewing Co. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, in tattered clothes and fake blood and guts for music and a costume contest. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. and lead to the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theatre for a screening of cult horror classic, Night of the Living Dead.

Denizens Brewing Co.
1115 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Halloween on Screen

What would Halloween be without horror movies? In addition to Night of the Living Dead, the AFI Silver Theatre will be showing other classics from October 27 to November 2. Movies include: I Was a Teenage Werewolf, an American Werewolf in London, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, Phantasm and Suspiria. Click here for tickets and showtimes.

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Murder at the Mansion

Kentlands Mansion will present Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater, an interactive mystery performance. The story is centered on a bookstore owner that invites a popular author to his shop in hopes of bringing in new customers. But instead, he just brings trouble. Who will be buried, and who will survive? Find the clues and enjoy a buffet of spooky sweet treats. Tickets are $35 for an individual and $60 for two.

Performances: Friday – Sunday, October 27-29, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday’s will be 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878