Ghost Tours and Haunted Houses Bring Maryland Legends & Lore to Life
Maryland Tourism compiles state-wide list of Halloween events
BALTIMORE (September 29, 2009) As the moon waxes and wanes, the air crisps, the leaves crinkle, and the calendar marches toward October 31st, communities across Maryland are preparing to welcome visitors with tales of ghastly creatures, stories of restless spirits who have failed to depart our villages, and legends of tragedy that felled unwary residents of yesteryear. Houses inhabited by bloodthirsty monsters, spooky trails through forbidding forests and hayrides into another dimension are listed on the Maryland Tourism website just in time for Halloween.
“ In addition to providing a spirited adventure, many of the ghost tours deliver a dose of authentic Maryland history,” says Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism. Historic Sotterley Plantation’s program is set during the War of 1812; Fort Fredrick’s ghost walk includes characters from the French and Indian War; Frederick’s tour talks about injuries suffered nearly 150 years ago by Civil War soldiers; Ellicott City’s tour touches on life and death in a raucous mill town along the Historic National Road; Berlin has a card-shuffling ghost still playing games at a long-gone speakeasy; while Annapolis’s lantern-led stroll introduces visitors to Colonial spirits still rumored to haunt our streets.
Amelia elaborates, “Inspired by local legends, other events on the list are for the truly brave of heart only. For example, Goatman Hollow in Prince George’s County was filmed by the Discovery Channel for their “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” show and Creepywoods Haunted Forest in Baltimore County is described as “intensely” frightening.” The list does note which events are not appropriate for children and younger teens.
So click on www.visitmaryland.org and plan to participate in a spirited ghost walk or brave a terror-filled experience at Halloween attractions in Maryland….if you dare.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Maryland’s latest visitor data confirms that in 2007, the State welcomed more than 27 million visitors who generated more than $13.6 billion in visitor spending. That figure is up from $13.2 billion the previous calendar year. During 2007, the Maryland tourism industry generated more than $1.7 billion in state and local taxes and provided more than 140,000 jobs to Maryland residents.