20 Wicked-Fun Halloween Events to Put on Your Calendar

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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 flipping the calendar page. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve found 20 kid-friendly, Boston-area Halloween events for families to help you out. From haunted trails and boo-tiful gardens to slimy science and spooky art, here’s where to scare up family fun around Boston this October.

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Pumpkins in the Park
Enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities, a costume parade, spooky music by Nate the DJ and more. Then hit the pumpkin-lit 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. 23, 2021. 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. Oct. 30 & 31, 2021. 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. Registration required. Oct. 31, 2021. Event details.

Play Date: Spellbound Sights
It’s Halloween-eve! The perfect time to bring the kids to ICA to get inspired by bedazzled and costume-like artworks on display. There's free admission for families, and special Halloween activity in the galleries. Don't forget to visit with Visitor Assistants to collect your treat. Costumes are encouraged! Tickets required. Oct. 30, 2021. Event details.

Boo-tanical Garden
New this year at Boston Children's Museum...kids can encounter strange and unusual plants at the Boo-tanical Garden. Does your Little have what it takes? There are two different options for families to choose from: a lights-on, hands-on experience that's best for kids ages 3 and under, and a spooky experience with the wild and wacky plants for kids 4 and up. This is an add-on experience and advance tickets are required. Oct. 20-31, 2021. Event details.

Halloween Spooktacular
Also at the Boston Children's Museum—a spooktacular celebration that's fun and safe for little ghouls and goblins of all ages. This after-hours experience includes a scare package, activities and programs, access to the Boo-tanical Garden (above), a DJ dance party and more. Oct. 29, 2021. 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. 31, 2021. 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. 15, 22 & 29. Event details.

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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, too. Costumes encouraged! Oct. 20 & 31, 2021. Event details.

Halloween Trail Walk & Scavenger Hunt
Also at the Discovery Museum...it’s time to take a stroll. Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and take a walk through the conservation land. Help us find the ingredients we need to add to our Witches’ Brew. Oct. 30, 2021. Event details.

Sticker Treat
Forget trick-or-treat, this is sticker treat. Bring the kids to get stickers for Halloween as they make their way around the desks at the West End Library. Costumes are optional. Oct. 29, 2021. Event details.

Minni Workshop: Halloween Edition
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. Students 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. 24, 2021. Event details.

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Nocturnal Animal Trail
This year’s Pumpkin Trail will display almost 400 pumpkins and lanterns, light installations, a story walk and a nocturnal animal scavenger hunt for the enjoyment of your little nighttime explorers along a safe and socially distant trail. Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Costumes encouraged and pre-registration is required. Don't forget your flashlight! Oct. 24, 2021. Event details.

Fall-O-Ween Children's Festival
Come dance to Thriller and the Monster Mash. It’s time to bring the kids to the Fall-o-Ween Bash. This free, family-friendly event will also include lots of spooky activities and giveaways for all ages. Halloween costumes are encouraged! Oct. 22, 2021. Event details.

Historically Spooky Halloween
Dress in your favorite Halloween costume; it's time for a fall evening packed with family fun. Follow the lantern and pumpkin-lit paths at the Plimoth Patuxet Museum to the Family Game Pavilion. Parents can warm up at the outdoor fire, while kids try 17th-century-inspired games like gourd bowling, jumbo Nine Men's Morris and Pilgrim Hat Hoop Toss. Oct. 29 & 30. Event details.

Brick or Treat
It’s time for Halloween fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. With admission, kids can create their own LEGO® pumpkin and display it in the pumpkin patch and find all of the spooky scenes in our MINILAND® Scavenger Hunt. Weekends are all about Halloween-themed Creative Workshops. Oct. 7-31, 2021. Event details.

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Dewey Square Movie Series
Rediscover the Greenway and unwind on the Dewey Square lawn with a free family-friendly movie that just screams "Halloween!" Hocus Pocus will be shown in front of The Greenway mural. An assortment of wine and beer options available for purchase onsite. Oct. 28, 2021. Event details.

Boo in the Barnyard
It’s almost Halloween—time to show off your costumes! The animals at Chestnut Hill Farm love to see kids dressed up for Halloween. There will be lots of activities for kids, crafts, mask making and a special take on trick-or-treating. Pumpkin bowling, themed scavenger hunts and yard games will also be ready for families, and the Farm Store will be open with even more treats to take home. Preregistration is required. Oct. 29, 2021. Event details.

Halloween on the Hill
There's a new special event at Long Hill: Halloween on the Hill. Come explore the beautiful property as it's transformed into a celebration of autumn and the Halloween season. Follow the seasonal-themed trail that will feature over 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns, hundreds of mums and pumpkins, elaborate Halloween sets, light displays, music and more. Advanced tickets required. Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 3-24, 2021. 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. 23 & 24. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Kate Loweth

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