Check out these wicked-fun Halloween events Boston kids can’t get enough of

Halloween is just around the corner, parents, and you know what that means. Busting out those Halloween costumes and wearing them as many times as you can before October comes to an end. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve found kid-friendly Boston Halloween events families can enjoy to help you out. From haunted trails and ghostly gardens to slimy science and spooky art, here’s where to scare up family fun around Boston in October.

Halloween events in Boston you won’t want to miss

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Pumpkins in the Park
One of our favorite Boston Halloween events, families can enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities, a costume parade, spooky music by Nate the DJ, and more. Then hit the pumpkin-lit Animal Nocturnal Trail, a short walk through the woods dotted with fun facts about the nocturnal animals found at Bird Park. Along the trail, four “nocturnal animals” hand out candy to tick-or-treaters, so remember to wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Zoo Howl
Animals and Halloween adventures await families at Franklin Park Zoo's Zoo Howl, where kids are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Expect mystery animal encounters, costume contests and education stations where kids can meet with Zoo educators to learn about creepy crawly critters. Take a stroll along the trick-or-treat trail and complete the scavenger hunt to win prizes, too. You'll need advance tickets for this one. Oct. 29 & 30, 2022. Event details.

Hillside Halloween
Get dressed up in your costumes and bring the family out to the Fruitlands Hillside for a trick-or-treating walk on the museum campus. Timed ticketing will control the flow of guests through the site, allowing you plenty of space for safe Halloween fun. Oct. 28, 2022. Event details.

October Play Date at ICA
It’s almost Halloween! The perfect time to bring the kids to ICA to get inspired and enjoy free admission for families. Plans are still in the works, but if things run like last year, you can expect a special Halloween activity in the galleries and Visitor Assistants will be passing out treats. Costumes are encouraged! Tickets required. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

Spooky Shrinky Dinks
When it comes to Halloween events for kids in Boston it doesn't get better than this free experience where kids can join a spooky STEM Shrinky Dink Workshop to make ghosts, pumpkins, and monsters from fun shrinkable plastic. Oct. 19, 2022. Event details.

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Halloween Spooktacular
The Boston Children's Museum is where you'll find this spooktacular celebration that's fun and safe for little ghouls and goblins of all ages. This after-hours experience includes a pumpkin patch especially for little ones, pumpkin putt-putt, and a potion mixing activity for budding scientists. Don't forget the treats you'll get to leave with too. Tickets are required. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

Halloween at deCordova
Watch the harvest moon travel across the sky as you and your family complete a series of ghoulish activities, all inspired by mysterious artworks. Explore different disguises, create monstrous shadows and solve tantalizing mysteries! Make sure to pick up your treats after the tricks are completed. Oct. 21 & 28, 2022. Event details.

Frightful Fridays at the Gore Mansion
The Gore’s popular Halloween program returns this October! Enjoy spooky tales—but nothing too scary. The 45-minute program features five stories and occurs twice per evening at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Best for kids 6 & up. Oct. 14, 21 & 28, 2022. Event details.

Spooky Bones & Creepy Crawlers
Celebrate the scariest time of year with this show-and-tell-and-touch style event full of real animal skeletons and the creepiest of crawlies. Kids will learn about adaptations, and how the bodies of vertebrates and invertebrates accomplish the same tasks in different ways. Oct. 23, 2022. Event details.

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Fall-O-Ween Children's Festival
Come dance and party during the afternoon at the Fall-o-Ween Bash. This free, family-friendly event, hosted by the City, will also include lots of spooky activities and giveaways for all ages. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Halloween Hullabaloo
It’s Halloween weekend at the Discovery Museum. Challenge yourself to a few holes of Pumpkin Putt Putt and other outdoor games with a frightfully fun twist. Use your powers of observation on a Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt, and expect other ghostly surprises to pop up around the Museum. Costumes are encouraged. Psst...don't forget this sense-ational scavenger hunt also at the museum in October. Oct. 29 & 30, 2022. Event details.

Ghostly Garden Scavenger Hunt
Join in on this spooky outdoor scavenger hunt where you decipher a series of hints to find hidden Halloween-themed destinations tucked away throughout the thickly-settled plots and trellises of the Berkeley Community Garden. Costumed characters will be handing out treats (no tricks), so wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight. Oct. 22, 2022. Event details.

Minni Workshop: Slime Science
Slime scientists ages 4-10 will be lining up for Minni’s spookiest and gooiest workshop yet. Grab your cauldrons and create creepy concoctions in Minni's Halloween Slime workshop. Kids will make the most of three different slimy interpretations of everything Halloween, beginning with fluffy pumpkin slime, and concluding with a bubbly witches brew. Oct. 30, 2022. Event details.

Minni Workshop: Spooky Houses
Another chance to join a Minni workshop, kids will love this spooky take on architecture. Kids ages 4-10 will use an exciting medley of recycled and craft materials to design their own facades complete with towering turrets and ghastly gargoyles. Perfect for spooky season. Oct. 29, 2022. Event details.

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Costume Parade
Put on your costume and meet others in the Children’s Library on Halloween to get the day started. There will be a storytime and then kids can parade around the library. Oct. 31, 2022. Event details.

Boo in the Barnyard
It’s almost Halloween—time to show off your costumes! The animals at Weir River Farm love to see kids dressed up for Halloween. Wear your costume and meet Nutmeg the pony, Ruby the llama, Poppy the goat, and Dixie the potbellied pig, as well as other farm animals. Kids will love the scavenger hunt, craft, and the taste of a sweet treat.Registration is required. Oct. 8, 15, 21 & 29, 2022. Event details.

Halloween Puppet Show
In this special Halloween show, Tom helps Freddy the Troll see that he doesn’t have to be scared of children. The vibrant and amusing visual elements will appeal to children as young as 2, while fun lyrics will engage children up to twelve, and adults, too. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween with the family. Oct. 26, 2022. Event details.

Halloween on the Hill
The folks at Long Hill are excited to bring back Halloween on the Hill. Come explore the beautiful property as it's transformed into a celebration of autumn and the Halloween season. Expect a few new surprises this year as you follow the trail that features over 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns, hundreds of mums and pumpkins, elaborate Halloween sets, light displays, music, and more. Wed.-Sun., Sep. 30-Oct. 31, 2022. Event details.

Boo at the Zoo
Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Stone Zoo's Boo at the Zoo, where children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. You never know what lurks around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail. Kids will also enjoy ghoulish games and a costume contest in addition to watching animals enjoy their pumpkin enrichments. Oct. 22 & 23, 2022. Event details.

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