From hayrides and pumpkin picking to haunted houses and ghost tours, October in Howard County means fun for the whole family! For an even more up-to-date list of everything going on, be sure to check out the events calendar.

Special Events

October 1-29 - Hayrides & Straw Maze on Saturdays and Sundays at Larriland Farm 

October 1-31 - Pumpkin Hayrides on weekdays at Larriland Farm

October 1-22 - Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House at Whitehall Mansion 

October 1-31 - Ghost Tours at Savage Mill

October 1-31 - Ye Haunted History of Ellicott City Ghost Tours (on Fridays & Saturdays)

October 1 - Fall Fest at the Howard County Conservancy 

October 1 -  Open Streets Howard County at Northfield Elementary School

October 1 -  Pumpkin Coloring & Craft Activity at Clark's Elioak Farm

October 1 - Sharp's at Waterford Farm Opening Weekend 

October 5 - HoCo Orch Fest!

October 5 - The Ellicott City Literary Pub Crawl

October 6 - A Night of Illusions at Turf Valley Resort

October 6 - Finding the way to Freedom at Robinson Nature Center

October 6 - First Friday at Manor Hill Brewing Company 

October 6 -  Friday Late Night in the Naturesphere at Robinson Nature Center

October 6 - Oktoberfest 

October 6 - Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin

October 7 - One Step Closer Autism 5k walk & run at Centennial Park 

October 7-8 - 26th Annual Teddy Bear Farm Visit at Clark's Elioak Farm

October 7-8 - Multi-cultural Festival

October 7-9 - Iron Bridge Hounds and Horses at Sharp's at Waterford Farm

October 8 - Animals, Animals, Animals at Robinson Nature Center

October 13 - Fall Harvest Table Cooking Class at Secolari Artisan Oils & Vinegars

October 13 - Kids Night Out at Robinson Nature Center

October 13 - Ladies Night Hike Out at Robinson Nature Center

October 13 - So What Are You Afraid Of? at the Museum of Howard County History

October 13-31 - Carnevil at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

October 14 - The Great Pumpkin Adventure at Terrapin Adventures

October 14 - Historic Walking Tour of Old Ellicott City

October 14-15 - Pumpkins, Rides, Maze, Enchanted Forest Castle, Gem Mining & Geode Cracking at Clark's Elioak Farm

October 14 - Sippin', Strollin' & Succulents at Robinson Nature Center

October 15 - Taste of Howard County at Turf Valley

October 18 - Dinner with the Saints Cooking Class at Secolari Artisan Oils & Vinegars

October 19 - The Spirits of Ellicott City Pub Tour

October 19 - PentaPlay at Shadlowland Laser Adventures

October 20 - HallowRead in Old Ellicott City

October 20 - Howl-o-ween in Old Ellicott City

October 21 - Harvest at the Hill Festival at Manor Hill Brewing

October 24 - The Fall Garden in Provence with a View of the Alps Cooking Class at Secolari Artisan Oils & Vinegars

October 27 - Comfort Food Menu For a Cold Fall Night Cooking Class at Secolari Artisan Oils & Vinegars

October 27 - Haunted House at the Patapsco Female Institute

October 28-29 - Halloween Costume Parades at Clark's Elioak Farm

October 28 - Howling Halloween Hullabaloo at Robinson Nature Center

October 28 - Movie Night at The Wine Bin: Kong Skull Island

October 28 - Haunted Hootenanny at the Museum of Howard County History and Library

October 29 - Trick-Or-Treat for Tots at Robinson Nature Center

October 30 - Designer Pasta Dishes Cooking Class at Secolari Artisan Oils & Vinegars

October 31 - Trick-or-Treat on Main Street

 

Music & Performing Arts

October 1 - 31 - Toby's Dinner Theatre presents Dreamgirls

October 5 - Cliff Eberhardt with special guest Louise Mosrie in concert at Baldwin's Station

October 7 - Opus 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion

October 7 - Sibelius and Chaplin at The Jim Rouse Theatre

October 12 - Tom Chapin in concert at Baldwin's Station

October 26 - Brooks Williams in concert at Baldwin's Station

October 28 - Grammy Award-Winning Parker Quartet presented by the Candlelight Concert Society

October 29 - The Howard County Orchestra presents Brahms vs Tchaikovsky: The Battle of Two Musical Giants

 

Art Exhibits 

October 1-13 Parsing Exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council
Parsing an exhibit featuring collage work by artists from the Eyesplice Collective, including Ellen Mueller, Megan Hildebrandt, Magnolia Laurie, Cynthia Mason, Sarah Kelly, Sarah Nicole Phillips, and Lauren Howard.

October 1-13 The Rouse Company/Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection at the Howard County Arts Council
An exhibit celebrating the pivotal role the arts have had in advancing Columbia’s ideals and inspiring our community. Select artwork from The Rouse Company /Howard Hughes Corporation art collection – originally on view at the Rouse headquarters building but largely tucked away in storage since the company’s relocation in 2013 – is once again displayed in a gallery setting for all to enjoy.

October 1-29 Nature Made: Photography and Woodwork at the Artists' Gallery
This show pays tribute to the the beauty of animals and natural wood. Artists' Gallery in Ellicott City will host an opening reception from for the October show, "Nature Made - photography and woodwork" with the photography of Joan Forrester and woodwork of Ron Brown, Jordon Kitt and Dave McCann. on Sunday October 1 from 3-5 p.m.