October in the Boston area means there are lots of opportunities to get out and about, enjoying the fall foliage and family time. Looking for some awesome opportunities and family friendly Halloween Events in Boston that your kids will love and not be scared of? Look no further, here are some fun, maybe even magical opportunities for your kids to dress up, collect candy, and have lots of fun!
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Kid Appropriate Halloween events in Boston
All family friendly Halloween Events in Boston listed below are in Date order. However, ones that continue through the entire month are listed at the top. Don’t see an event you love? Go ahead and comment on this post with it! We will update and add as needed.
So grab the biggest trick or treating bag you can find and fill it up by going to these great events!
Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary Octoberfest Weekends in October
Bring your own flashlight and enjoy a bonfire, children friendly haunted trails, music, storytelling, and magic! Enjoy the time as a family and snack on popcorn while sipping some apple cider. Lots of fun for all ages.
Edaville Pumpkins Aglow October Fridays-Sundays
From 6pm-10pm, families can arrive in costume to enjoy the jack-o-lanterns, go trick or treating, and even go on a Thomas ride. While they are also having their first ever Halloween Party, if you can’t make it on the 31st, join in on the weekends throughout the month.
Haunted Happenings Carnival All Month Long
Whether you’re free during the day or need a ay to unwind with family fun in the evenings and at night, check out this carnival all month long and every day during the month of October.
Boo at the (Stone) Zoo October 22-23
Creepy crafts, Ghoulish games Costume contests, a Haunted maze, and lots of fun all while walking around the zoo with animals all around!
Boston Frog Pond Pumpkin Float and Festival October 23
Bring a small carved pumpkin to be lit and set afloat on the frog pond. Wear your Halloween costumes and join in on the “spooky” parade. Magic tricks, stories, and tons of kids activities are planned for the evening of the event.
Monster MashUp October 23
Somerville Arts Council is hosting an amazing family friendly halloween event that includes a little bit of everything — safe business trick or treating, street performers, a bouncy house, power tool pumpkin carving, live music, costume contests, and more.
An annual event with two different children’s trick or treating parades where children can walk through town collecting candy from local businesses along the route and from other businesses with tables handing out candy to participants.
Go out to Castle Island in South Boston to enjoy a Halloween celebration that’s all for kids in the afternoon during the weekend!
Franklin Park Zoo Howl October 29-30
Go trick or treating while watching animal enjoy pumpkins! There are lots of events planned including crafts, handing out candy, costume contests, hayrides, and more.
PRU Boo at Prudential Center
Trick or treat the businesses at Prudential Center and even enjoy a kids’ concert! NECCO is sponsoring the event with lots of fun opportunities including face painting, cookie decorating, and other activities. 50 or more shops are getting involved, so come dressed up and even have a chance to win a costume contest!
Drumlin Farm Tales of the Night
A short drive to Lincoln will get you a fun opportunity to learn about animals and nocturnal wildlife, to see some amazing jack-o-lanterns, and to go on hayrides & nursery rhyme trails. It’s probably one of the most unique family friendly Halloween events in Boston by far!
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Halloween Happenings October 21-22
Visit the magical forest at sundown for cider, cupcakes, and a show. In fact, come dressed up, just make sure you’re warm!
Neighborhood Business Trick or Treating – various times & places
Many of the neighborhoods and cities around town have safe trick or treating events for families to come get candy from the local shops. Some include, but not limited to:
- Brighton Business Trick or Treat
There is even a pizza party following trick or treating at the YMCA, but get out and about to collect candy and have fun.
- Medford Square Business Trick or Treat
Like many of the surrounding towns and neighborhoods of Boston, Medford square, just north of the city is holding a fun and safe trick or treating event for kids.
- Jamaica Plain
Usually has something on the day of Halloween and a small celebration at the JP Branch library sometime in the week.
- Trick or Treat Arlington October 30
- AND MORE – Just check with the local chamber of commerce or community action page.
Harvard Scare October 30-November 1
Go trick or treating and have a blast as a family! Live Music and magical fun await you at Harvard square. The businesses there have many opportunities to have fun for literally people and children of all ages. Some stores are opening up for face painting and trick or treating for the kids while others are offering food and wine for adults. See the link above for more detailed info about each business’ participation.
Edaville Halloween Party October 31
It’s the first year for the Edaville Halloween Party and it’s going to be so much fun! How magical it must be for kids to not only get to see Thomas the Tank Engine that day, but also to trick or treat at rides, costume contests and loads of excitement and fun.
Haunted Halls at the Boston Museum of Science October 31-November 1
While there is more to offer if you’re a member like scavenger hunts and raffles, even the general public can enjoy Halloween themes exhibits and a live DJ.
What’s your favorite Family Friendly Halloween Event in Boston?
Don’t forget to see a list and map of fall festivals in Massachusetts.