Halloween Happenings in the County: Haunted Houses, Forests and More

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There are plenty of places in or near Montgomery County to have some spooky Halloween fun. Here’s a list of some haunted forests and houses, live theatre and movies for the scariest time of the year.

Haunted Forests and Houses

Field of Screams Maryland

Features a hike through the Super Trail and a visit to the Slaughter Factory Haunted House
4501 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney
Open now through Nov. 6

This year tickets are only sold online and include the hike and the haunted house. An electronic waiver must be signed and masks are required in the haunted house but not on the trail. The event is designed to be scary so parents should use their discretion when deciding to bring children.

Oct. 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 5 and 6

Visit the Field of Screams Maryland website to learn more and purchase tickets.


Markoff’s Haunted Forest

Features a hike through the Markoff’s Haunted Forest and hayride and hike through The Town. Both events take 30 minutes.
19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson
Open now through Oct. 31

Tickets are only sold online and may be purchased for either the hike through the haunted forest or the hayride and visit to the town.  Organizers that visitors keep a safe distance from others, wear masks if they choose (not required), and stay home if exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. The events are open to adults and children ages 12+.

Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31

Visit the Markoff’s Haunted Forest website to learn more and purchase tickets.


Kindred Hills in Frederick

Features a hayride into the darkness. Participants walk a dimly lit trail through the woods.
8421 Ball Rd, Frederick, MD
Open now through Oct. 30

Kindred Hills starts with a bumpy hayride along a dimly lit trail, followed by a walk through the woods. Tickets are only sold online and the event will be cancelled in bad weather. Check the website for updates as a decision to close will be made by 5 p.m. and an email will be sent to ticket holders.

Oct. 22, 23, 29, and 30

Visit the Kindred Hills website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Laurel’s House of Horror

Features a haunted house tour, three escape rooms and ghost tours
Laurel Shopping Center
935 Fairlawn Avenue, Laurel
Open now through Nov. 6

Laurel’s House of Horror is located in an abandoned movie theater in the Laurel Shopping Center. Tickets are sold online as well as at the box office. The haunted house features themed areas and experiences as part of the walk-through. There are three escape rooms and tickets are sold separately for this experience.

Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, Nov. 5 and 6

Visit the Laurel’s House of Horror website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Discover Haunted Places of Montgomery County

In Search of Ghosts virtual webinar
Montgomery History
Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

Karen Yaffe Lottes, author of In Search of Maryland Ghosts Montgomery County, explores haunted places of Montgomery County and its surrounding area through ghostly tales.

Visit the Montgomery History website to learn more and register for this free lecture.


Live Theatre

Rocky Horror Picture Show Film
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive

Oct 30 at 9 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show film will be screened on the main stage with audience participation. Directed by Keelyn Mitchell, stage managed by Mike Sickles. Tiffany Martin will be the emcee. Masks are required and proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be provided. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian.

Visit the BlackRock Center for the Arts website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Scares on the Big Screen

AFI Halloween on Screen Series
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring
Oct. 29 through Nov. 4

Once again, AFI will feature numerous Halloween movies. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu will include live musical accompaniment by Hesperus. Bela Lugosi Dracula and the Boris Karloff Frankenstein will also be screened. Proof of  COVID-19 vaccination or a negative Coivd PCR test is required for entry in the theatre. Masks must be worn in the theatre

Visit the AFI Silver Theatre website for more information and to purchase tickets.


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