It's no secret that we live in one of the best cities in the world to celebrate Halloween. We've got it all, from spooky festivities at the Franklin Park Zoo's Zoo Howl to the North End Halloween Party & Parade and up to Salem, an entire town that celebrates Halloween all month long. Even pets can get in on the Halloween fun with the "Howl-o-ween" Pet Parade.
Had your Halloween fix? There's plenty of other non-scary events happening this weekend including the Kid Convention at the Edward M Kennedy Institute, the Innoskate Public Festival for skateboarding enthusiasts, and [Doll]houses Have Stories at the Concord Museum.
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Zoo Howl - Boston
Thrills, chills and animals lurk around every corner on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze.
The Midnight Zoo - Boston
The Midnight Zoo surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination in a 360-degree immersive experience.
Halloween Brick or Treat - Somerville
Families can join LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston for some spooky fun on weekends in October with all kinds of festive activities.
Halloween Haunted Halls - Boston
All the features you love about the Museum of Science are still here, but with a Halloween-themed twist.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 22
North End Halloween Party & Parade - Boston
A parade through the North End streets is starting about 1pm and tickets for prizes are given to every child. Entertainment includes includes D.J. Amo, games, inflatable bounce houses, and face painting.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Roslindale
A costume parade, traditional dances, games, and crafts by La Piñata are part of the festivities.
Halloween Block Party - Hingham
The Block Party features music from Josh & the Jamtones, horse-drawn hayrides, a professional pumpkin carver, a photo booth, and five themed candy stations throughout the property.
Kid Convention - Boston
Families are invited to come work together with fellow Senators-in-Training in the Institute’s replica Senate Chamber to discuss the qualities of an ideal leader and what issues might be important to focus on this fall.
Innoskate Public Festival - Cambridge
Innoskate 2016 comes to the Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge to spark the imagination of skaters and non-skaters of all ages through skate demonstrations, discussions with skaters and inventors, hands-on invention educational activities, and other fun activities.
Family Design Day: [Doll]houses Have Stories - Concord
In this hands-on program led by architects from the BSA Foundation, families first explore the exhibition "The Art and Mystery of the Dollhouse" to learn how artisans created dollhouses to tell stories; stories of a place and time, of fashion and interior design, and even of fictional inhabitants. After the tour, families get to design a dwelling for their own miniature people’s stories using recycled materials.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23
PRU BOO Trick or Treating - Boston
Parents, bring your children to trick-or-treat at over 50 participating stores and restaurants.
Family Game Day - Salem
Cornhole competitions, Uno, Bananagrams, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, and more are set up and available to play in the Tasting Room for some family fun.
Day of the Dead Family Celebration - Cambridge
Live mariachi music helps to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones. Decorate a sugar skull, make papel picado (cut-paper banners) and other artwork, and write a message to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar.
Wagon Rides at Gore Place - Waltham
Music, games, and wagon rides for toddlers up to age 10 and their accompanying adults.
Photo courtesy of Faneuil Hall Marketplace