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Best Halloween events in Boston

Ready to put on a costume or get spooked? Here are fun, festive events for celebrating Halloween in Boston

Written by
Time Out Boston Staff
Eric Grossman

Halloween may be a little different this year, but there are still plenty of spooky (or not so so spooky) Halloween events for you to get your boo on. If you haven't found a pumpkin yet, consult our list of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Boston. Then pull out your witchy decor and check out our guide to Halloween in Boston to learn about the best haunted houses and other spooky activities. Once you’ve had your fill of candy and have gotten the frightful fun out of your system, keep the good times going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston.

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Festive fun at Time Out Market Boston

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Baby, it’s cold outside—so let’s all raise a cozy cocktail and toast the season at Time Out Market Boston’s outdoor winter Après Bar starting Friday, Dec. 10. The Fenway establishment has transformed the bright blue van parked outside its patio into a wonderland of warm beverages. Conveniently located right beside The Rink at 401 Park Drive, the Après Bar will be serving up hot cocktails and cold beer to folks stepping off the ice (and people who don’t even bother lacing up those skates) on weekends throughout the winter.


Best Halloween events in Boston

  • Attractions
  • Zoo and aquariums
  • Roxbury

For an electric Halloween experience, head to the Franklin Park Zoo to gaze and 50 magnificent light displays with hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns. The scariest part might be the walk through the 66-foot-long shark tunnel; otherwise enjoy the dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens, and traditional Asian lantern scenes.
Through Nov 1

  • Hotels
  • West End

On Halloween night, head to the Liberty Hotel for Alibi’s Halloween Mask-querade Party, featuring a live DJ, specialty-themed cocktails, and a special food menu featuring dishes from Scampo. Prizes will be awarded for mask superlatives—prettiest mask, scariest mask, most creative mask, etc. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by emailing
Oct 31, 8pm

  • Hotels
  • Downtown

This pet-friendly hotel will feature a Howl-o-ween Photo Booth in the lobby area for pets to strike a pose. Special treats will be provided by Polkadog Bakery. Hotel guests, visitors, and locals can all visit the photo booth with their furry friend. Share your pet’s photo on Instagram for a chance to win a free overnight stay by tagging @godfreyboston and #godfreystyle.
Oct 29-Nov 1

  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • West End

Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys take over the MoS with a digital edition of the annual evening of music, masquerade, and mayhem. Watch the all-new, cutting-edge virtual music performance then stick around for the Halloween Happening after the show, with a live Q&A, conversation and after-party, including a costume contest judged by the band itself.
Oct 29, 7:30pm

  • Attractions
  • Cemeteries
  • Boston

Kick off the Halloween season virtually with “Welcome to the Graveyard!” courtesy of the King's Chapel History Program and presented by Brenda Sullivan of Gravestone Girls. The virtual tour will chronicle cemetery art, history and symbolism. From the colonial New England burial grounds of the 16 & 1700s, through the nation-wide rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations, the program examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.
Oct 1, 6pm


Walk to and within haunted places like Philadelphia's Eastern Penitentiary, the Hollywood Hotel, and the Salem Witch Trial memorial and learn the stories of their ghosts as you search for answers to tricky questions about them. Teams of up to six can play together or remotely.
Saturday, Oct 10, 9pm

  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • price 2 of 4

Loretta’s annual Pumpkin Carvin’ Party is a must for any armchair carvers out there. Tickets ($15) include one pumpkin, one carving kit, one pumpkin beer and toasted pumpkin seeds. At the end of the night, prizes will be awarded for the best pumpkin carving. The first place winner will win a $100 Loretta’s gift card and the second place winner will receive dinner for two at Loretta’s. Tickets can be purchased online.
Oct 23, 6:30pm

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