Celebrating Halloween in Boston this year?
Check out our top recommendations for some spooky and exciting things to do during one of our favorite fall times of year.
A bunch of these ideas are perfect for the whole family, and many of these Boston attractions combine historical value with good plain fun.
Haunted Happenings in Salem
What better place to celebrate Halloween than the infamous home of real live witches?
Each year the town of Salem hosts a series of events called “Haunted Happenings,” which encompass plenty of spooky things to do in Salem – from haunted houses to themed carnivals.
Attractions range from the truly spooky “Chambers of Terror” to the free live music on the Fountain Stage.
Stop by the House of Seven Gables for more spooky historical fun. Salem is THE place to be this October!
FrightFest at Six Flags New England
Hosted by Six Flags New England, this annual Fright Fest is filled with tons of spooky excitement. Themed rides and decor during the day combine with specifically dedicated exhibits at night for a “frightfully” full day experience.
With something for everyone, kids will enjoy day time Halloween activities including a classic TRICK-OR-TREAT Trail, shows and the park’s world famous Looney Tune characters.
Park goers are invited to enjoy Thrills by Day, but be leery, when the sun goes down at the clock strikes 6:00 p.m. let the haunting commence.
Highlights of Fright Fest include:
- Midnight Mansion
- Wicked Woods
- Area 51
- Tombstone Terrotory
- Demon District
- and many more
Getting In: Admission to Fright Fest is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Boston® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.
Regular admission to Six Flags New England is included with the Go Boston Card.
ZooHowl at Franklin Park Zoo
Hosted at the Franklin Park Zoo, this event is an opportunity for children to go trick-or-treating among the beloved animals at the zoo!
Kids can also participate in themed crafts, games, and costume contests. There’s even a haunted maze! (Don’t worry, it’s not too scary.)
Getting In: General admission to the Franklin Park Zoo and Zoo Howl events is included with the Go Boston Card.
Halloween on the Harbor
A trick-or-treating event especially for adults, Halloween on the Harbor is a fun and laid-back way to explore the seasonal scene along the waterfront.
Hop aboard a Duck Boat to pop between different popular bars. Don’t forget to wear a costume!
Getting In: Tickets are required for the Duck Boat, but admission to the individual Halloween bars is free (although potentially subject to individual bar cover charges).
The Shops at Prudential Center
Weekend before Halloween
Your kids will love the chance to trick-or-treat inside this popular mall. It’s the must-do kids event of the season, and it will be filled with tons of fun and excitement.
For a small charitable donation, kids 12 and under can enjoy all the candy while you keep an eye out for special Halloween deals.
Getting In: Admission to Pru Boo is free.
Ghosts & Gravestones Tours
Enjoy your glimpse into the darker side of Boston’s history this Halloween season. Learn about the most sinister figures in the city’s past, including some of its most famous ghosts.
You’ll also get to your some seventeenth-century burial grounds, which is a nice historical bonus that’s still pretty creepy. Part of the tour is a walking tour.
Getting In: Ghosts & Gravestones tours are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go Boston Card. For more information about the tours and to purchase tickets, please visit the tour company website.
So there you have it. Our list of some seasonal things to do for Halloween in Boston.
Remember, a few of these options are included on the Go Boston Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the Halloween events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Boston Card.