• Rain Policy

    MHF tries to remain open rain or shine! Any weather changes will be posted HERE by 4pm. If you bail out on a night we are open, you will NOT get a refund! TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER NIGHT.

  • Coming of Age!

    Our version of "Happy Hour" involves ALL patrons that go through the forest before 8:00 gets half off all other Front Circle events. Get in early and get your thrill on!

  • HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

    October 31 + November 1, 2

    This weekend is going to be amazing at MHF! On Halloween night, we'll run all of the best: Not Trail 1 or Trail 2... but the Famous HYBRID Trail! That's right, Halloween night patrons will see the best of both trails!

Markoffs Haunted Forest

Markoffs is Maryland's original greatest Halloween event. There is so much going on that you're sure to soil yourself! Choose from 2 terrifying trails, and while you wait, indulge in a dozen other spine tingling events from zip-lines to zombie hunts. The Markoffs have been freaking patrons out for over 20 years, and every year it gets a little crazier!

Calleva

The haunted forest is put on by Calleva Inc. In 1993, the Markoffs started the Haunted Forest in order to raise money to start a summer camp. Calleva is now a year-round outdoor school committed to teaching and building strong leaders through positive outdoor experiences. Thanks to the many great staff, friends, and family that have made our dream a reality.

For a Cause

Every year we donate a portion of our proceeds to different local charities/groups. This year we will be donating proceeds to:

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Events at the Forest

While waiting for your turn to head into the forest, please take advantage of the many events we have in addition to our haunted trails. Circle of Death activity tickets are required to participate. These can be added during checkout or purchased with cash at the door. Scroll down to see additional events.

Other Events

A variety of high adventure and extreme terror are available for those waiting to enter the woods. Tickets are $3 a piece or a 10-pack for $25. You can purchase 10-packs during the checkout and avoid lines when you come to the forest.

  • Fun Land

    A variety of your favorite carnival games haunted up for this seasons wild circus sideshow theme.

    Cost: 1 ticket

  • Free Events

    Besides Bon-Fires, Music, & Live Entertainment...Every night when the front closes the doors... we will have some of your favorite circus acts with Magicians, Ring Master, and all!

    Cost: Free

  • Not-So-Fun House Maze

    Hopefully you find your way out before your number is called!!! Oh, and by the way - there might be something in there!

    Cost: 2 tickets

  • Zip Lines

    Zip-line leaves from the waiting area and sends you across the fields back towards the parking lot. After getting to the top of the platforms above the crowds at MHF, sail across the fields tethered to a cable!!! Very fun zip-line.

    Cost: 5 tickets.

  • Strongman Challenge

    Can you light it up in front of the crowd? A lot is riding on how well you can perform and how much muscle you can unleash. A great surprise if you can ring the bell!

    Cost: 1 tickets

  • Flaming Frisbee Toss

    We can't think of anything better then fire and frisbees so we combined them to see what kind of aim you got. Get your target and win big!

    Cost: 2 tickets

  • Live Performances

    Over the years we have had numerous live performances in the front Circle. From freaks getting out of the woods, to Ambulance Shows, Headless horseback riders, Bands of all styles, Dance Groups, and anything we feel that will add to this unique experience. This year will relate to the Circus theme.

    Cost: Free

  • Concessions

    We know that patrons try to feed their fear, and the MHF serves a wide variety of hot and cold food (from the farm). Hot Cider/Cocoa to keep you warm, and lots of candies to keep the sugar high, and of course some funnel cake to fatten you up and make you easier for us to catch!

    Cost: Cash Only

  • Haunted Hayride

    Go back in time to the MHF in the 90's! Before the crowds, all participants took a ride to the Forest - The 2013 hayride will take you to our Haunted Town. This ride will make you get off the wagon and hopefully you will back alive! This is comparable to the Trails of the MHF!

    Cost: 7 tickets

  • Tight Rope

    We will do our part, but let's see if you have what it takes to walk the tight rope? I am sure the crowd will be forgiving when you take your tumble.... just make sure you land on your feet!

    Cost: 1 ticket

  • Canopy Tour

    Fly above our Haunted Forest on a series of zip-lines, platforms, and cable bridges.... but beware, danger lurks in the trees! This is not for the faint of heart and requires patrons to connect themselves to a series of zip-lines and successive climbs! Check out the video!
    Cost: $60 (on-line reservations)

The Feeding

  • Last night for Calleva fall staff! What an awesome year. http://t.co/bxKAJkqk 1 year 5 months ago
  • Fires with help from Wigi and biofuel!!! http://t.co/K0L2sHVt 1 year 5 months ago
  • MHF is open tonight! Celebrate 20 years, surviving Sandy, & Halloween. Hybrid trail tonight! http://t.co/U6XjlZSu 1 year 5 months ago
  • Weather is looking up. Going to do a walk through and see if it could be a go tomorrow night! 1 year 5 months ago
  • Dancing in he rain! However we had to close tonight! http://t.co/8YcCVv3T 1 year 6 months ago
  • Do you feel like your between a jeep and a hard place? If so let @MarkoffsForest scare it out of you this weekend. http://t.co/fevwAYTQ 1 year 6 months ago

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Directions to the Forest

Beware of Speed Cameras going in and out of the town of Poolesville.

When coming from Germantown-Rockville area, we suggest using Whites Ferry Road through the town of Poolesville. When coming from Frederick, please use 28S to 109S into the town of Poolesville, and then go up Whites Ferry Road (107N).

When coming from Virginia, you have many options. If using White's Ferry, be aware of times and alternate routes via 495 or Point of Rocks.

General Information

To enter the trails, each patron must purchase a 2013 Trail Ticket. Tickets are limited in number and are specific to each night of Markoff's Haunted Forest. The only guarantee of entrance is with a ticket purchased in advance ONLINE!
MHF 2013 ticket prices:
Advanced, online Trail Tickets: $30 each for weekends & Halloween; $21 each for Opening Weekend (October 4-5) and Thursdays (October 17 & 24)
Day-of Trail Tickets: $35 each (weekends & Halloween); $25 each for Opening Weekend (October 4-5) and Thursdays (October 17 & 24)
Fast pass tickets will be available at 3 restaurants in the town of Poolesville:
http://www.bassettsrestaurant.net/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-Poolesville-AHOP/139958262728306
https://www.facebook.com/CuginisRestaurantBar
Other events at the MHF (zip lines, hay rides, canopy tours, and more!) require additional Circle of Death Event tickets. A book of 10 Circle Event tickets can be purchased on line or at the door. These tickets are sold separately from Trail Tickets and patrons may skip the Trail and only participate in our other haunts, activities and attractions. For more information about our Haunts & Activities, click on Events at the Forest.

Be prepared

How to prepare for the forest:

Wear warm clothes (hat and jacket).
Wear shoes suitable for hiking through woods.
While you wait, enjoy the other Events (tickets sold separately).
No flashlights, alcohol or bad behavior.

Waiver:

You must complete this waiver to enter the MHF.

2013 Dates

Friday 10/4 and Saturday 10/5.
Friday 10/11 and Saturday 10/12.
Thursday 10/17, Friday 10/18, and Saturday 10/19.
Thursday 10/24, Friday 10/25, and Saturday 10/26.
Halloween 10/31, Friday 11/01, and Saturday 11/02

Prices

Fridays, Saturdays, & Halloween: $30 in advance; $35 day-of
Other Nights: $20 in advance; $25 day-of
Additional Event tickets: 10-pack for $25 or $3 apiece
Service Charges: $2.00 on-line processing

Times:

We open at DUSK . . . (7-ish) and close when all Patrons are through! No one will be admitted after 10:30pm on weekends, 9:30pm on weeknights.
Patrons must be in the Parking Lot by 10:30 on Fridays, Saturdays, & Halloween. All other nights inside by 9:30.

Rain Policy:

MHF is open rain or shine! If the Forest is closed due to extreme weather, news will be posted here by 4pm. If we are forced to CLOSE EARLY due to extreme weather, all patrons who are on-site will receive a rain check. Just like any theatrical performance, if you don't come out on a night we are open, you will NOT get a refund! TICKETS ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER NIGHT.

Groups:

Special VIP reservations can be made for groups of 30 or more. EACH PERSON in the group will need to sign a waiver. The group leader will need to complete a Group Form, and send a contract and deposit to Calleva IN ADVANCE. Contact Moriah (MHFgroups@calleva.org) for more information.