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Halloween Hauntings near Crofton – 2013

Crofton area Haunted Houses – 2013


If you’ve outgrown trick or treating and prefer a more frightful Halloween experience, you can choose from several within a half hour of Crofton – but don’t expect to find a friendly witch like the one picture here.

NIGHTMARES – Just 5 miles south of Crofton on Rt. 3 in Bowie, you’ll find NIGHTMARES – the PG-13 haunted house by Tulip Gulch production at Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox. The stadium gates open for admission at 6:30 p.m. and the tour begins at dusk on weekends through Nov. 2 and Halloween night. But leave your little ghosts and goblins at home because this is not appropriate entertainment for small children. Teens and adults, on the other hand, will no doubt find this a perfectly haunting evening. Purchase tickets for NIGHTMARES online at $15.

FRIGHTFEST – A little further south on Rt. 3 and west on Rt. 214, you’ll find FRIGHTFEST at Six Flags America this weekend in Upper Marlboro, featuring more than a dozen terrifying attractions after the sun goes down and the ghouls come out at 6 p.m.  Visit the Twisted Fairy Tales 3-D Haunted House, the Blood Factory, the Carousel Toxic Dump or the Demented Tower of Doom – to name just a few.  For a complete list of chilling ways to spend an evening, visit these Terrifying Attractions at Six Flags America. This adventure is not appropriate for small children or inexpensive. Purchase FRIGHTFEST tickets online, ranging from $47.99 to $92.99.

If Frightfest sounds a little over the top to you or you want to take small children, visit Six Flags between 12 noon and 6 p.m. this weekend for seasonally-themed shows, events and attractions.  You’ll find kid-friendly activities such as the Trick or Treat Trail, Pumpkin Patch Hay Maze, and a Halloween Kids Costume Contest, and more. Regular park admission rates apply.

HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK – If you prefer “real” ghosts over manufactured ones, you might prefer an HISTORIC GHOST WALK in downtown Annapolis on Friday or Saturday night, October 25 or 26, with a guide dressed in period costume. Tour the city’s streets by candlelight and learn about the spirits who dwell in Annapolis buildings and linger in the mist.  You’ll learn about unexplained footsteps, the Gravedigger, the ghosts of Paca House, people who were hung to save room in local jails, and other stories based on historic facts. You may even see a roaming spirit, poltergeist or ghost. This 90-minute walking tour is suitable for all ages. Purchase tickets the the HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK online for the October tour, $20/adults and $14/kids. (Other Annapolis ghost tours are available April-September.)

BENNET’S CURSE – If you had north to Jessup this weekend, you’ll find three terrifying haunted houses under one roof.  At the House of the Vampyes, guests will find themselves caught amidst diabolical instruments of torture, a labyrinth of dungeon cells, and the remains of a mighty but ruined medieval castle. At Zombie Kingdom in 3D, you’ll experience springy bridges, floating walls, and a host of undead zombies immersed in the amazing scenery striking when you least expect them. Last, but certainly not least, is the Sanctuary of Insanity – an asylum that houses Bennet’s Curse, more disturbing and terrifying than you can imagine.  Purchase tickets to BENNET’S CURSE online, starting at $50. This is not an appropriate activity for children.

For a more kid-friendly Halloween, don’t forget about Crofton’s Halloween Parade and Party on Saturday, October 26.

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