Spooky Baltimore

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Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays for as long as I can remember. The crisp cool air, scary movie marathons on tv, bags and bags of candy and the chance to dress up and be something else for the night. I grew up with a haunted house less than a mile away and on certain nights in October you could hear the faint sounds of screams drifting with the fog. 

Today I still love dressing up, eat way to much candy corn and would love to host a Halloween party in the next year or two for my friends. But over time my interests have drifted from plastic Halloween fangs to stories of folklore and ghosts. I’m a firm believe in ghosts (we all have our things) and Baltimore has no shortage of creepy stories. If you’re looking for something spooky to do tonight to celebrate Halloween this list might help you.

Edgar Allan Poe’s House

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While Edgar Allan Poe’s house is not said to be haunted, the home of a horror genre author is definitely intriguing. It is preserved as a historical landmark, and maintained by an actor who dresses up as Poe.

Westminster Hall and Burying Ground

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The Westminster cemetery built in 1789, was not originally in Baltimore City. Now it is surrounded by the University of Maryland. In 1852, the Westminster Presbyterian Church was built over the cemetery creating catacombs below.

 Many notable Baltimoreans are buried at Westminster, including several heroes of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Its most famous resident is Edgar Allan Poe.

Fort McHenry

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Fort McHenry is one of the most haunted places in Baltimore. As it is with any war, there were lots of deaths and with deaths sometimes comes ghosts. The creepiest spot in the entire fort (in my opinion) is the jail which also served as death row during the Civil War. Some guests to the fort have mentioned seeing soldiers walking the bricks and one claimed to see a woman in full traditional dress looking out a window and disappear before his eyes. 

USS Constellation

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“During a period of refurbishment to return the boat to its former glory, people began to see apparitions, especially of young boys who were known as powder monkeys, the runners who would get the gunpowder for the cannons. With a history that spans from the Civil War to the end of World War II, the USS Constellation saw many good men lose their lives on its deck. And those men? They might have stayed.” – The Odyssey Online

The Horse You Came In On Saloon

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The Horse (as it is called by locals) has a long history of being one of the oldest bars in Baltimore. It is said to have been one of Edgar Allan Poe’s favorite watering holes. In fact some of the staff and guests have witness a ghost that they’ve affectionately named “Edgar”. Doors have slammed shut, registers have worked with no one there- it’s just Edgar running the place. 

The bartenders sometimes leave a glass of whiskey out for him, but he’s never taken them up on the offer. 

Fells Point

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Ghosts are rumored to walk the streets the waterfront neighborhood. Stories of sailors who went missing are common, as are tales of hauntings from a mass grave of yellow fever victims below what is now the neighborhood’s main square. 

Whether you believe in things that go bump in the dark or not, you have to agree that Baltimore is rich in history and some of that history is pretty spooky! 

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  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    Spooky is my favorite thing about halloween now as well. I love ghost stories and being terrified to even walk through an area. I planned on a post just like this for today and didn’t have the time to get it together. I am so glad you shared your favorite haunts!

    • Megan

      Next year we should collab on something awesome!

  • http://www.toandfroblog.com/ Mar

    I love ghost stories! These places sound especially spooky.

    • Megan

      Yes! Fells Point does an awesome ghost tour which I haven’t had the chance to do but I’ve heard its amazing. I mean how could it not be with the history? Happy Halloween!

  • Jen

    So awesome! I would love to visit all this spooky stuff.

    • Megan

      You should!!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I LOVE THIS! Pinning it RIGHT NOW!

    • Megan

      So cool right?! I NEED to do the Fells Point ghost tour