Best Halloween Activities for Boston Preschoolers and Toddlers

Halloween activities in the Greater Boston area for little kids

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.

Spooky Haymaze at Wilson Farm
Fridays - Sundays through Oct 29, 2017
The Spooky Haymaze at Wilson Farm is fun, free, and more silly than scary. Tip: the giant caramel apples for sale in the outdoor stands are very good for keeping the kids occupied during the wait in line for the ride.

Brick or Treat at Legoland Discovery Center
Weekends through Oct 29, 2017 and Oct 31, 2017
Included with regular admission
Brick-or-Treat! Join Legoland Discovery Center Boston for some spooky fun every weekend in October, starting on the 7th. Put your building skills to the test with a Spooky Creative Challenge, find the Monster Minifigures in Miniland, and follow the Spooktacular Lego Pumpkin Trail through the attraction. Wear costumes for the Boo Crew Costume Contest—the best dressed of each weekend wins a prize. Buy your tickets online before you go to guarantee entry.

Not So Spooky Halloween at Edaville USA
Fridays - Sundays through Oct 29, 2017
$29-37 per person (ages 2 and up)
Guests are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat at more than 90 rides and attractions. Edaville is a safe and fun environment to celebrate Halloween with the whole family. Make sure to come dressed in your costume, and bring along a trick or treat bag.

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Sanctuary
Friday - Saturday, Oct 27 - 28, 2017
$10 per person
At sundown, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary is transformed into a magical forest. During Halloween Happenings join in on a guided walk along the Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround this spooky holiday. Children (ages 4-10) and adults are encouraged to come in costume, but dress for the weather. 

Boo at the Zoo & Zoo Howl at Zoo New England
Boo at the Zoo - Stone Zoo: Sat & Sun, Oct 21 - 22, 2017
Zoo Howl - Franklin Park Zoo: Sat & Sun, Oct 28 - 29, 2017
Included with zoo admission
Visiting the zoo each October for its Halloween event is as much of a Halloween tradition for my family as trick-or-treating. Both Stone Zoo (pictured) and Franklin Park Zoo feature Halloween-themed enrichment for the animals (our favorite part), crafts, a trick-or-treat trail, and a Haunted Maze.

Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Thursday - Friday, Oct 26 - 27, 2017
$13-15 per person (ages 2 and up)
Drumlin Farm becomes Halloween central during Tales of the Night. Prowl the farm with curious creatures of the night on candlelit paths and view over 100 jack-o-lanterns, creatively carved by volunteers. When the kids start turning into hungry monsters, visit the ghoulish graveyard for witch's brew, hot chocolate, and spooky snacks. Step into a story on the Nursery Rhyme Trail and visit the Creepy Critter Mansion. If your kids are up for a little more spookiness, enjoy a haunted hayride through the fields. Dress in costume if you wish, and bring a flashlight to light your way. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Storytime with Curious George at The World's Only Curious George Store
Fri, Oct 27, 2017
Curious George is back for Halloween Storytime with candy, costumes, and fun, spooky stories! If you haven’t decided on your costume yet, join in for some quick and easy costume masks. Then share some hugs, take pictures, and enjoy treats (no tricks!) with the one and only Curious George. Everyone is encouraged to dress up. This event is perfect for children ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome. Spaces fill up fast and well in advance, so get your free tickets now. One ticket is required for each child attending.

North End Halloween Party and Parade
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 
Hosted by the Madonna Della Cava Society, the North End Halloween Party and Parade is an annual outdoor event.  A parade through the North End streets starts at about 1pm (tickets for prizes are given to every child). Entertainment includes includes D.J. Amo, games, inflatable bounce houses, and face painting.

Originally published October 2012; updated October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Photo by the Amy via Flickr, CC 2.0