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By Scott Roberto / September 27, 12:00 AM
10 Best Bets for Halloween Fun

Embrace the macabre, the delightful and everything in between during the Hub’s spookiest time of year


Beacon Hill with a Boo!

The non-profit tour company Boston By Foot celebrates Halloween with its 30th annual excursion (pictured) into the Hub’s Brahmin bastion for sightseeing and scary stories of the neighborhood’s dark underbelly on October 31 from 6–7:30 p.m.

617-367-2345, bostonbyfoot.org

Zoo Howl

The Franklin Park Zoo hosts this family-oriented event featuring trick-or-treating for the kids, as well as special treats for the animals, on October 26 & 27.

1 Franklin Park Rd., 617-541-LION, zoonewengland.org

Celebrate Halloween! 

From October 27–November 1, Boston Children’s Museum allows costumed kids and their grown ups to trick-or-treat for non-candy items among the exhibits.

308 Congress St., 617-426-6500, bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Haunted Boston Ghost Tours 

Centered around Boston Common, this family-friendly, 90-minute jaunt acquaints attendees with creepy, fact-based stories of ghosts, witches and the city’s often unnerving history.

617-401-0520, hauntedboston.com

Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

Experience the cuter side of the season on October 26 from noon–2 p.m. when Boston’s historic shopping center along the Freedom Trail hosts this fun competition for furry friends and their owners.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 617-523-1300, faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Ghosts & Gravestones  

This terrifying trolley tour, led by a frightening cast of characters, recounts tales of grisly crimes and otherworldly occurrences.

866-754-9136, ghostsandgravestones.com/boston

Freedom Trail Lantern Tours

The Freedom Trail Foundation reveals the dark side of Hub history on Thursday and Saturday evenings through October 31.

617-357-8300, thefreedomtrail.org

Costume Dash 5K

Part road race, part costume contest, this zany tradition taking place October 26 on a new course along the Charles River Esplanade is all fun.


Salem Haunted Happenings

Witch City comes alive in October with a slew of eerie events all across this easily accessible city just 25 miles north of Boston. Indulge in ghost tours, haunted houses, seances, cruises, costume parties and more while enjoying family-friendly fun—from parades and magic shows to street fairs and trick-or-treating—all month long.


Hammond Castle Museum

This 1920s-era, medieval-style structure on the North Shore gets scary on weekends beginning October 11 when its Halls of Darkness Fears and Phobias haunted maze takes over, while a more kid-centric trick-or-treat event takes place October 30 from 3–5 p.m.

80 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester, 978-283-2080, hammondcastle.org

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