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13 Spooktacular Halloween Happenings!

With Halloween around the corner, Montgomery County is crawling with a variety of haunted and spooktacular activities for all.

Here are 13 Spooktacular Halloween Happenings for you to try this Halloween season.

1. Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival


For five nights in October the eleventh annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival will showcase the best in new horror cinema from around the world, and once again the entire festival will screen at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center!

When: Wednesday, October 5-9, 2016

Where: AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring

2. Piketoberfest

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This free event will feature a Craft Beer tent by Owen’s Ordinary. Come out for lawn games and kids activities, including a hay bale maze, face painter, giveaways and roving entertainment. Live music will be sponsored by AMP by Strathmore.

When: Saturday, October 8th, 1-4pm
Where: Pike & Rose, 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda

3. Kentlands Oktoberfest

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The City of Gaithersburg presents the 25th annual celebration of Oktoberfest at the Kentlands, Sunday, October 9, 2016, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival covers Kentlands Village Green, the grounds of Kentlands Mansion, Main Street and Market Square. Fall festivities include professional pumpkin carving and apple cider pressing demonstrations, free horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s crafts, inflatables, artists and crafters, and strolling entertainers.

When: Sunday, October 9, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Kentlands Mansion; 320 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, Maryland



Howl-O-Wine is a family-friendly event that includes wine, food, arts & crafts, shopping, raffles, a silent auction and our famous Doggie Costume Contest! Pack a lunch and join us for the festivities! There will also be a BBQ vendor!

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 / 12-5 PM

Where: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards, Dickerson

5. Field of Screams Maryland


Celebrate Halloween at one of the largest and most popular haunted attractions in the capital region! Celebrate Halloween with 4 terrifying haunts in one location. Take a 30 min walk on the TRAIL OF TERROR and a tour of the new LUSION MANOR haunted house, try a ride on the HADES’ HAYRIDE or shoot at Zombies at the ZOMBIE PAINTBALL APOCALYPSE.

When: October 7,8,14,21,28 November 4,5 / 6:30-10 PM
October 9,16,20,23,27,30,31 / 6:30-9:30 PM
October 15,22,29 / 6:30-11 PM

Where: OBGC Community Park, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road (Route 108)

6. Butler’s Orchard Annual Pumpkin Festival

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Celebrate the annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities.

When: Open now through October 31

Where: Butler’s Orchard, Germantown

7. Markoff’s Haunted Forest

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Get spooked at this Halloween event with a hike through the woods, hayrides, a haunted bus, scary movies, and fortune teller. Markoff’s Haunted Forest has been rated the #1 Halloween attraction by Channel 7 (ABC).

When: October 7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29,31 / Dusk – 10:30 PM
October 27,30 / Dusk – 9:30 PM

Where: Calleva Farm, 19120 Martinsburg Rd. Dickerson, Maryland

8. Wheaton Haunted Train & Creepy Carousel

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The Wheaton Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel each feature very frightening sights, sounds and creatures. This event is not suitable for children younger than 8 years old–we aim to scare!

When: Select days in October

Where: Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton

9. Murder at the Mansion


Just in time for Halloween, Arts on the Green and Kentlands Mansion present “A Room with a Clue,” a murder mystery comedy that is part of the inaugural Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater. Set in the beautiful and atmospheric Kentlands Mansion, the audience will have a frightfully good time helping to solve a crime while enjoying a buffet of ghoulish sweet treats.

When: October 28-30, 2016 / 8-10 PM

Where: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

10. Spooky Tots

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Enjoy a day of fun, family performance and activities to celebrate Halloween a couple of days early! Enjoy face painting, balloon sculptures, Trick-or-treating throughout the shopping center and more.

When: October 26, 2016 from 10am-12pm

Where: RIO Washingtonian, Gaithersburg

11. Halloween on the Screen

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This year’s offering of fun and frightening Halloween-time films includes the annual screening of the silent classic NOSFERATU and more!

When: October 28 – November 2, 2016

Where: AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring

12. The Mad Dentist – Escape Room

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Escape rooms are the new global phenomena that combines physical adventure with puzzles and teamwork! The Escape Room challenges participants to solve riddles and puzzles in order to escape the mysterious room and complete the mission. Try the Mad Dentist Escape Room – A routine dentist visit turns into the escape of a lifetime! Find a way out of the dental office or say goodbye to your pretty teeth!

When: Open Wednesday-Sunday / 10 AM – 8 PM
Reservations Required

Where: Rockville Escape Rooms / 120 Derwood Circle, Rockville, MD 20850

13. Silver Spring Zombie Walk


Enjoy a great evening with people dressed up as zombies! Meeting begins at the Arts Alley and Denizens Brewing at 8 PM. The walk will begin at 9 PM ending with a zombie movie at AFI Silver Theater followed by an after party at The Quarry House.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Where: Start at Denizens Brewing Co / 1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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