Phantoms and Fire is a new, live, outdoor event at Old Sturbridge Village. Photo courtesy of OSV
Phantoms and Fire is a new, live, outdoor event at Old Sturbridge Village. Photo courtesy of OSV

Halloween Weekend Things To Do in Boston: Phantoms, Pumpkin Parties, Full-Moon Hikes

This is it—the magical year when Halloween falls on a Saturday! So why celebrate for just one day when sweet and spooky fun is happening all weekend long? You're going to want to get those costumes ready because we've rounded up tons of ways to have a spooktacular time, from a "frightful Friday" in Waltham to a pumpkin party in Mattapan to full-moon hikes on the North and South Shores. Our calendar is filled with many creative trick-or-treating alternatives that will make this year one for the memory (and photo) books.

Keep the seasonal fun going and check out our top Halloween activities around Boston, pick out the perfect pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch, get lost in a puzzling or spooky corn maze, or visit and pet cuddly animals on the farm. Just remember to bring your Halloween-themed kids' face masks and practice social distancing. If you're staying in, create Netflix's interactive haunted house at home, or take a look at our roundup of free October virtual events and classes to stream from home. As always, keep tabs on our Boston events calendar for daily updates on local happenings as well as virtual opportunities for family fun. 

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library

New England Aquarium

Appleton Farms

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

North End Waterfront Park

Francis William Bird Park
upcoming events

Roger Williams Park Zoo
upcoming events
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
upcoming events
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Autumn Illuminated at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Lincoln Street Elementary School

Westward Orchards
The Big E
The Big E Fairgrounds - 8:00 AM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Festival of Illumination: World of Lights
Southwick Zoo - 5:30 PM Pick
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Story Pirates Story Creation Zone
Online Link to Be Provided - 7:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides