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The best things to do for Halloween in Boston

From horror movie marathons to spooky brunches, here are the best Halloween events happening around Boston.

Olivia Vanni
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Olivia Vanni
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Kids shouldn’t have all of the fun when it comes to Halloween—and they don’t have to. Leave the little ones to do the trick-or-treating, and we adults can celebrate spooky season the way it should be with some of the best things to do for Halloween in Boston. Whether you’re a horror movie buff, a thrill-seeker with an affinity for craft beer or just a basic witch looking to get her brunch on, here’s our list of the city’s must-do events this Halloween. Looking for more eerie activities to do before October ends? Check out the best places to go pumpkin picking near Boston, scream your way through the best haunted houses in New England, visit the most haunted places in Massachusetts or explore Salem, home of the infamous Witch Trials.  

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The best Halloween events in Boston

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Get in some screams from the big screen, as Coolidge Corner Theatre hosts its 20th annual Halloween Horror Marathon. The Brookline institution will kickstart its movie-crammed extravaganza with a special guest, composer Alan Howarth (known for his music from They Live and Halloween II), who’ll be opening the night with a live performance of his celebrated, scary scores starting at 11pm. The Coolidge will then be showing 12 straight hours of terrifying sequels that will total seven spooky flicks—ranging from the renowned to the overlooked. Stock up on coffee or your favorite caffeinated beverage beforehand because you’ll need it; these back-to-back screenings will run from midnight on October 30 until noon the next day, on All Hallows Eve.

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Get in witches, we’re going to brunch at City Tap House. Join the parade of messy buns, denim jackets and Lululemon leggings that’ll be heading to the Seaport establishment on Saturday, October 30, when the spot will be hosting its Basic Witch Brunch. Guests can kick off their Halloween weekend pre-game from 12—3pm with a complimentary reading from Psychic Daisey, a live set from DJ-WALL, who’ll be playing “the best of basic” music, and a Polaroid photo station “complete with the season’s most basic accessories.” Down some cocktails—we’ll take the tequila-laced toasted coconut latte, please and thank you—and fill up on basic brunch bites, like a trio of avocado toast specials (because obviously). Make a reservation to secure your spot.

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There are some things that simply just go together—peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs…beer and Halloween candy? Bone Up Brewing Co. will be proving that the lattermost combo certainly has its merits from October 28—30, when it’ll be serving its selection of beers with accompanying treats. There will be a full draft list, with a pairing suggestion for each brew that will come free of charge when you order a beer flight or full pour. No tickets are necessary.

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Why carve a pumpkin at home when you can instead make a mess at Harpoon with a beer in your hand? Head to the Seaport beer hall on Thursday, October 21, starting at 5pm for a night of drinking drafts and doing pumpkin crafts. Purchase a ticket in advance, and it’ll get you a locally made craft brew, a deliciously warm soft pretzel, a pumpkin, carving tools and Harpoon-themed stencils (you can also bring your own, if you want a non-brewery branded gourd). You must redeem your ticket and pick your pumpkin up by 7:30pm, and this event is strictly 21+, so leave the kiddos with a sitter.

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Have a happy Owloween at Night Shift Brewing. The Everett taproom will serve as the site of not one, but two days full of spooky season festivities. On Saturday, October 30, Night Shift will be throwing a costume party, where folks can strike a pose in a photo booth van, listen to live music from The Ruckus band, enjoy bites from pop-up vendors like Papi's Stuffed Sopapillas and down some of the brewery’s Spooky Spice, a candy stout made with vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and peanut butter. The following day, on October 31, there’ll be a more family-friendly celebration that’ll include a doggie costume contest, tunes from Justin Ray and eats from Wild Fox Pierogi.

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An annual Downtown Crossing tradition, the Doggone Halloween Parade has to be the most adorable event that takes place in The Hub each October. Our city’s four-legged friends will file through the streets of downtown—dressed, of course, in their Halloween costumes. All friendly, well-behaved breeds are welcomed to participate with pregresistration, and prizes (i.e. a three-course dinner for two at Blu) will be awarded to the pups wearing the scariest, cutest and most adorable dog-and-owner couples’ costumes, as well as the Best in Show. If you don’t have a fur baby, fear not: You can still post up near the parade route and watch the festive floofs walk by.

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Call them the party planning Committee because this Greek eatery is once again bringing some festivities to Fort Point, hosting a costume brunch party there this Halloween. Don your finest disguise and head to this Seaport spot from 10am—3pm for brunchy bites prepared with Mediterranean flair—think baklava oatmeal and spanakopita grilled cheese—as well as on-theme specialty cocktails crafted for the occasion. Guests can also expect prizes awarded to patrons sporting the best costumes and a live set from DJ Hot Flash, who’ll be spinning spooky party beats. Tables are expected to go quickly, so be sure to grab a reservation ASAP.

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If you’ve ever screamed your way through a haunted house and thought, “But this could really use some beer,” then we’ve got the event for you. Aeronaut Brewing will be letting guests consume craft beverages and scare themselves silly by hosting some haunted brewery tours this weekend. Head to the Everett taproom and be guided your way through its creepified cannery, filled with “ghoulish ghosts of brewers past,” “monsters,” and “sinister spaces.” Tours will leave every 15 minutes, and tickets will be available for purchase at the top of every hour, giving folks ample opportunity to build up some liquid courage before they dare enter its spine-chilling spectacle. 

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Drag us to Hell… or to Royale on Halloween night. The downtown nightclub will be hosting a Dragathon: Halloween Night Spooktacular, packed with drag performances hosted by the Boulet Brothers of “Dragula” fame. Stars expected to thrill and chill the crowds include Trixie Mattel, Katya, Kylie Sonique Love, with featured appearances from Jan, Laila McQueen, Jade Jolie, Saint, La Zavaleta, Sigourney Beaver, Violencia and Fena Barbitall. The doors for this standing-room-only event open at 6pm, with free admission to the Hot Mess After Party for all 21+ attendees.

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