October around Baltimore isn't just about ghouls and goblins. Sure, the city has its fair share of ghost stories, haunts and spooky events worth checking out this time of year, but a famous poet, some mummies, and a posse of cartoon characters have educational, historic, and entertainment value to share with families as well.
Underwater pumpkins — Photo courtesy of The National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is known for being one of Baltimore's most popular attractions, offering interactive and educational opportunities for guests both young and old. On October 26th - 27th, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, the Aquarium is hosting its annual Hallowmarine celebration with the Backyardigans’ Tyrone, Uniqua and Pablo for crafts, creepy-crawly animal encounters, a costume parade and "scare"-venger hunt.
Guests can also judge a pumpkin-carving contest and learn more about ways to be "green" for Halloween. All activities are free with admission.
Halloween at the Aquarium — Photo courtesy of The National Aquarium
Visitors can have a "nevermore" experience by visiting the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, where the legendary poet and author Edgar Allan Poe once lived. The House will temporarily reopen to the public for free on weekends in October starting October 5th from noon to 4 pm. Visitors will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the refurbished house, exhibits and artifacts as well as learn about Poe’s life in Baltimore.
The Maryland Science Center is one of the most educational and fun attractions in Baltimore for both adults and kids, and Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled.
After the Science Center, this exhibit will not be available for viewing anywhere else in the United States. The large collection includes Egyptian animal mummies, in addition to one of the oldest mummy infants ever found (the Peruvian child mummy has been radiocarbon dated to earlier than 4500 B.C). You'll also get the chance to encounter a three-member mummified family from 18th-century Hungary, known as the Orlovitses.