October is upon us, and so is the beginning of the Halloween season. From Jack-o-Lanterns in Providence to Lanterns in Salem, many spooktacular events open this weekend and continue all month long. Fire Safety Week begins with events at the Boston Children's Museum and the Brookline Fire Station. Theater fans can watch The Frog Prince at the Puppet Showplace Theater or catch the Berenstain Bears live at the Wilbur Theatre.
We are very excited to announce the winners of our Boston Kids Who Really Rock contest at the Boston Kids Really Rock festival this Sunday. The festival and parking are both free, and there are plenty of other great reasons to take your kids to the music and arts festival of the year.
Coming up next week, don't miss the Biggest Baby Shower Ever. More than 100 of the best companies in the baby industry will be at the Back Bay Events Center. There will be games, prizes, and opportunities to meet other new and expectant mothers. Oh, and I'll be there too, so be sure to stop by the Mommy Poppins Boston table to say hello. To get the scoop on Big City Moms, the host of the Biggest Baby Shower Ever, check out our interview with the company's founders.
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Be sure to check out the full events calendar for more fall Boston fun!
The Frog Prince and Other Frogs - Brookline
The Puppet Showplace Theater brings you a series of short plays about frogs.
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular - Providence, RI
The Roger Williams Park Zoo holds its annual celebration of pumpkin art. This year's theme is "Jack-o-lanterns A to Z."
Topsfield Fair - Topsfield
The classic agricultural fair opens this weekend.
Art Week - Boston
Boston highlights the arts all weekend.
Ask a Witch and Make a Wand - Salem
Have questions about witchcraft? Ask a local witch and make your very own wand.
MICE - Cambridge
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo brings discussions and workshops to comic lovers of all ages.
Brick or Treat - Somerville
There will be Halloween themed fun at LEGOland every weeekend in October.
Paper Lantern - Arlington
Create an autumn lantern with paper leaves and pumpkins or turn it into a Jack O’ Lantern to light up in your room.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4
MIT Maker Fair - Cambridge
Come celebrate all things made- from handicrafts to robotics- with activities, challenges, and more.
Lanterns in the Village - Salem
Experience a stroll through historical Pioneer Village by the flickering light of carved pumpkins, complete with eerie tales from costumed characters.
Fire Safety Day - Boston
Come to the Children's Museum to practice Stop, Drop, and Roll and other fire safety fun.
Visit a Fire Truck - Boston
A real fire truck and her crew will be outside the Boston Children's Museum to interact with kids.
Children's Jewelry and Dance Workshop - Boston
Children learn to express themselves through jewelry and dance as part of Boston Art Week.
Fall Fair - Boston
The South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library hosts a fall festival with face painting, pumpkin decorating, and a petting zoo.
Fall Foliage Paddle - Topsfield
Paddle along the Ipswich river and admire the beauty of the fall trees.
Berenstain Bears - Boston
Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colorful new musical filled with fun for the whole family.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 5
Professor Wunder's School of Magic - Salem
Running every Sunday through October, this show allows families to enjoy the magic of Salem and Halloween without being scared.
Kids Really Rock - Boston
This concert will expose kids to messages of kindness, community and creativity through performances by top kids musicians and bands, and hands-on arts and community service activities for families.
Meet the Trees - Framingham
Come learn more about plants while doing activities like leaf and bark rubbings.
Amazing Me! It's busy being three! - Boston
The Boston Children's Museum has a special day of activities and information about developmental screenings.
Amazing Archeology Fair - Cambridge
Visit the Pyramids at Giza via 3-D headsets, try your hand at pottery, listen to talks, and more at this celebration of archeology.
Wee Ones Paddle - Topsfield
Small children are invited to learn the basics of canoeing at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.
Fire Safety Day @ the Fire Station - Brookline
Meet fire fighters, try on fire suits, and do fire safety crafts and activities at the Brookline Fire Station.
Make Way For Ducklings Store Grand Opening - Boston
An afternoon of fun including entertainment, crafts, gifts and more as we celebrate Boston’s past and present rich culture of children’s literature, art, and imagination.