In Boston, Halloween isn’t just one night–it’s an entire weekend. Whether you’re a casual celebrator or love going all out for the holiday, there’s something for you to do in (and around) the city.

Beacon Hill with a BOO!

Stick around the Boxer Boston’s neighborhood by taking a haunted walking tour of scenic Beacon Hill. Stroll along cobblestone streets as you listen to ghost stories and see all the spooky decorations strewn about the neighborhood’s beautiful historic homes. Few places are more picturesque than Beacon Hill in the fall!

Boston Grown-Ups Museum – Fright Night

On Thursday, October 29th, this 21+ night at the Boston’s Children’s Museum will feature a guest DJ, costume contest and interactive exhibits (fort-building, anyone?). Dance, drink, and be scary at this fun, adults-only Halloween event.

Take a Day Trip to Salem

Experience the history of witchcraft in the infamous town where the Salem Witch Trials were held – it’s only a quick trip away! Take the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line or take the scenic route and go on an easy drive. From carnivals to witchcraft expos to live music, there are events going on all throughout October for all types of ages.

Barrett’s Haunted Mansion

Attention adventurous Halloween fanatics: take a short 30-minute drive to Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA for a frightening time. For over 20 years, Barrett’s has been scaring children and adults alike with its fantastical scenes. For example, one year they set up an abandoned medical center. Check out their Haunted Maze or go to one of their two nights of ‘Darkness Unleashed’, where guests have to find their way through the haunted house with only one light, on October 20th and 27th.

Pet Parade and Costume Contest

And for those who aren’t particularly fond of haunted mansions, don’t miss the Halloween Pet Parade at Faneuil Hall. Grab some clam chowder or a lobster roll and watch all the adorable pets parade around in hilariously cute costumes – like Terriers in taco costumes and Dachshunds dressed as hot dogs.  

No matter what you end up doing, you’re sure to have a fun time and a memorable time in Boston.