There are many reasons not to take your kids out for traditional, around the neighborhood, nighttime trick-or-treating: Your little one is too young, you have a sensory-sensitive child who is not amused by cackling animatronic witches, you’re trying to move toward a more earth-friendly or less sugary Halloween, or you just want your kids to think more about giving than getting.
Whatever the reason, there’s no need to feel left out on Halloween. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating for Boston area families, and they may be even better than the real thing!
Our Boston event calendar is filled with plenty of nearby things to do for Halloween, including a couple of really cool, free pumpkin festivals right here in the city. Sometimes, though, we like to go further afield for spectacular jack-o-lantern displays and fall foliage. Whether you decide to stay close to home or make a fall family day trip, going to a pumpkin festival is a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the season.
For little kids, Halloween is usually more about the treats than the tricks. The excitement is in getting dressed up, making decorations and enjoying sweet treats from neighbors—not gore, creepy stuff, or being scared silly.
For fun, not-so-scary (but maybe slightly spooky) Halloween happenings in and around Boston this month, read on. These activities are for kids and families who just want the Halloween festivities to be sweet.
The days finally have a real fall crispness to them, the leaves are turning,and front steps are flickering with the glow of carved pumpkins at night. There’s lots of spooky fun and not-so-spooky fun to be had, from costume parades to pumpkin festivals, and there's plenty to do for free. Take the kids to a few of these free Halloween activities for families—and save your money for goodies to give to trick-or-treaters.
For those who like a good fright, check out some of NJ's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see a (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat. For more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide. and sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activity ideas each week!
October may be our favorite month in Boston. Besides fall fun like pumpkin picking and the excitement of Halloween, there are plenty of fairs, festivals, special events and performances to fill our weekends. Every year we count the days until Opening Our Doors and the Boston Book Festival, plus new events we can't wait to experience. All throughout the month there are opportunities for families to get outdoors, enjoy the autumn weather, and experience the best of Boston (often for free). Here are our top 10 picks for this October.
Fall is upon us, friends, and that means I need a pumpkin on my porch VERY soon. Even if you aren't into Halloween, picking a pumpkin is an autumnal ritual for many, and the perfect excuse to get outside on a crisp afternoon. Fairfield County has more than a few great spots to seek out your jack-o-lantern-to-be, and most places offer activities like corn mazes and hayrides as well as cider donuts and other seasonal goodies. Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don't miss out on CT fun again!
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