Hauntings in Montgomery County
Scream-worthy activities are underway so exercise your vocal chords before you head into the woods or cornfields this month. Or bring the lil' ghosts and goblins to family-friendly events, where the frights are sure to be friendly.
Here's a sampling of where you can have a ghoulishly good time.
Markoff's Haunted Forest will be held weekends through Sunday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson. The event will also be held on Thursdays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Walk down one of two dimly lit forest trails if you dare plus enjoy other activities such as the spine tingling zip line, ghost hunts and bonfires. $25. A fundraiser for Calleva. Call 301-216-1248 or visit www.calleva.org.
Spooky Hollow's Haunted Trail will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1 from 7-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday, at Valley Mill Camp, 15101 Seneca Road, Darnestown. Twenty-five minute walk through the woods is "guaranteed to be screaming fun." $15, adults, $10, children under 8. A Haunted Hayride is also available for $10. Portion of proceeds go to Team River Runner which helps wounded veterans through kayaking. Call 301-948-2441 or e-mail email@example.com.
Field of Screams will be held Oct. 15-18, 22-25 and 29-31 at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. weekends at 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney. Included are the Haunted Trail, a 25 minute walk, $15-20; the Haunted Corn Maze of Mayhem, Haverghast Haunted House, $8-10; and the Haunted Hayride of Hemlock Hill, $10. Four fright price available. A fundraiser for Olney Boys and Girls Community Sports Association. Visit www.screams.
Nightmare Manor, a walk through a "real haunted house," will be held weekends Oct. 10 through 25 and Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 from dark to 10 p.m. at 19000 Darnestown Road, Beallsville. Also available are Haunted Hayride and Corn Field. $20. Not recommended for children under age 9. There is also a corn maze, hayride and pirate games suitable for children Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. $10. A fundraiser for Calvary Lutheran Church in Silver Spring. Call 301-948-3141 or visit www.nightmare-manor.com.
Halloween on the Screen at AFI, Silver Spring. Several horror movies will be shown Oct. 20 through Nov. 4 at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror, with live musical accompaniment will be shown on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 and 9 p.m. Call 301-495-6720 or, for recorded program information, call 301-495-6700 or visit www.AFI.com/silver.
The second annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. beginning at the Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring. The restless undead are invited show up in their best zombie costumes. Once the horde reaches critical mass, around 9:10 p.m, the horde will stumble out of the tavern to shamble, limp, crawl or otherwise walk to the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road for a showing of the comedy-horror masterpiece "Shaun of the Dead" beginning at 10 p.m. Visit
For a little scare
The Enchanted Forest, an interactive walk with fairytale scenes and legends brought to life, will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 30 from 5:30-9 p.m. at 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson. Although in the same location as Markoff's Haunted Forest, the trails are separate. Ages 8 and younger. $10 includes a pumpkin to take home. Call 301-216-1248 or visit www.calleva.org.
Trick or Treat events on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31
Westfield Wheaton Shopping center will host Halloween Trick or Treat from 2-4 p.m. at the mall, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton. For children 12 years and under, accompanied by an adult and dressed in costume. Orange signs signify stores that are distributing candy. Call 301-942-3200.
The City of Gaithersburg will celebrate Halloween with Family Fun Night from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave.,
Gaithersburg. Live entertainment, games and prizes, and free monster juice and glow sticks. For $1 per craft, children can participate in fun and creative Halloween projects. Kettle corn will also be sold, a portion of the kettle corn sales will be donated to Autism Speaks. Call 301-258-6350 or visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov and select events calendar.
Halloween at the library
Halloween/Fall Open House will be held Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at Noyes Children's Library, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington. Crafts games and activities to celebrate Halloween and fall. Call 301-929-5533.
Halloween Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. Featuring stories, face painting, crafts and activities. Costumes welcome. Call 240-773-9520.
Halloween Preschool Party will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. Come in costume for spooky stories, games and crafts. Ages 2-5. Call 240-777-0910.
Halloween Parade will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington road, Bethesda. Afternoon will also include stories and activities. For ages 2 and over. Call 240-777-0970.
Halloween Storytime for families will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. at Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac. Wear a costume for the parade, stories and a craft .Call 240-777-0690.
Family Halloween party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Stories, songs, games and a parade for all ages don't forget to wear a costume. No registration is necessary. For all ages. Call 240-773-9460.