What to do with the kids this weekend: Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29, 2017




The South Shore Model Railway Club & Museum at 52 Bare Cove Park Drive in Hingham is hosting their Fall Model Railroad Show & Open House this weekend, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65 plus, and for children 5-12 (with an adult). Kids 4 and under are free. There will be a white elephant table, train dealer tables, multiple operating layouts and food service as well. For details visit www.ssmrc.org.


Nessralla Farm of Halifax annual Corn Maze runs Friday, Saturday and Sundays through October 29th, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Flashlight maze Friday and Saturdays through the 28th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission is $12 and kids 5 and under are free. http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/corn-maze/


The Roger Williams Park Zoo’s annual of Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular runs nightly through November 5th. This year the spectacular will travel back through time and visit with the dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome, delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel and the computer! Infused throughout will be the art and music, part of each era – our planet’s history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. New this year – a zip ride that lets you see the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular 115 feet above the earth! http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols


Winslow Animal Sanctuary in Norton is celebrating the season with their version of Octoberbest. Every Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon until 4:00 p.m. their kid-friendly haunted trail will be open. Adults $10, children $5 and kids under 2 are free. Bring your own flashlight for the night trails! There will also be a special Halloween egg haunt on October 21 and 22 as well as October 28 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Kids can search for orange and black eggs filled with treats! This is a limited event, on a first come, first-served basis. http://www.winslowfarm.com


St. John’s (not-so-spooky) Haunted House in Hingham is back Friday, October 27th and Saturday, October 28th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This is geared toward preschool and elementary age kids and the entry fee includes refreshments (cider and donuts) and activities (crafts). The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist is located at 172 Main Street in Hingham.


It’s time for the Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston today and tomorrow, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Trick-or-treat among the animals! Thrills, chills and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail. There will be creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests, a haunted maze and face painting (Sat only).


Night of a Thousand Faces is tonight and tomorrow night from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth! This event features hundreds of lit Jack O’Lanterns on the trails behind the center. Admission is $8 per person, adults and children, and the proceeds support wildlife care and education at the Center. And during your visit you can tour the center and see the animals, too! This year they’ve doubled the length of the trail to cut down on the wait time! This is a popular event so you’ll want to plan accordingly and visit their website for details: https://www.newildlife.org/2017/10/whats-new-for-our-15th-annual-night-of-a-thousand-faces-fundraising-event/


Friday, October 27, 2017:

It’s time once again for the Haunted Middleborough Town Hall Ghost Tour today from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and this is a kid-friendly event so all ages are welcome. You’ll tour the town hall from the ballroom to the jail cells, stopping at 5 locations and learning about the history and hauntings throughout the building. Tours leave every 15 minutes and reservations are suggested. Call 508.728.6463. Cost is $5 per person.


Saturday, October 28, 2017:

Grab your costume and come run, walk, crawl, float or fly at the 13th annual Royce Whitaker 5k Run by the Bay Haunted Hustle today in Duxbury. This sanctioned race starts and ends on the campus of Bay Farm Montessori and runs along beautiful Bay Road in Duxbury. This race is held in memory of Royce Whitaker, who was a student at Bay Farm, whose life was tragically cut short. This high-spirited road race celebrated the joy, compassion and unquenchable curiosity of Royce, and really all the students at Bay Farm, a home he absolutely adored. The proceeds of the race support Bay Farm’s Financial Aid Fund for deserving students enrolled at the school. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the kids fun run for kids 5 and younger, begins at 9:30 a.m., the kids run for ages 5 and older begins at 9:45 a.m. and the 5k blasts off at 10:15 a.m. New this year, a post-race Extreme Tailgators BBQ and “pour garden” begins at 11:00 a.m.  



Trick-or-Treat Marshfield Center is today with lots of great events to get you into the Halloween spirit. A noon, head to the Ventress Memorial Library for not-so-spooky story time. You can trick-or-treat at local businesses from noon until 4:00 p.m. From 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. you can carve pumpkins in Dandelion Park. And throughout the day you can participate in kid’s crafts, coloring contests, cookie and cupcake decorating, as well as a doggie costume contest and the kids costume contest and parade at 3:30 p.m. at the playground. https://www.facebook.com/trickortreatmarshfield


It’s the 4th annual Truck or Treat touch-a-truck at Whitman-Hanson High School from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. today – it’s Halloween and touch-a-truck combined. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and trick-or-treat at all the vehicles. Cost is $5 per person, or $20 per car (cash only) and proceeds help special events and bringing speakers to Whitman-Hanson HS.


Natural Resources Trust of Easton celebrates the season with their Sheep Pasture Spooktacular from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – a great family-friendly event featuring special fall activities for all ages! There are family-friendly hayrides throughout the event, both day and night, and a spookier hayride at night! There will be a fire pit station, a night hike through the trails, face painting, a skull station where you can explore a collection of animal skills, a pumpkin station where you can create your own pumpkin as well as other arts and crafts. The cost is $20 per family, up to 5 family members with each additional person costing $5. The price includes all activities, hayrides, crafts and events. Food items and pumpkins may be sold for an additional fee. All admission fees and proceeds support the maintenance and operation of the non-profit NRT and Sheep Pasture throughout the year.


She’s back! Join Duxbury Rural & Historical Society archivist and historian Carolyn Ravenscroft on another of her popular Cemetery tours, this time of the Myles Standish Burial Ground in Duxbury, said to be the oldest, continuously maintained cemetery in America and the resting place of many of the Mayflower’s passengers: John Alden, Priscilla Alden and Myles Standish, to name a few. The cost is $10 for members/$15 non-members, children under 12 are free. Admission (cash only, please) will be collected at the start of the tour. Parking is available along Pilgrim Byway or in the Hall’s Corner parking lots just down the street.  www.duxburyhistory.org


South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover is hosting the Haunted Hollow for kids ages 3 – 8. Crafts, candy, face painting, fun spooks and scares from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, along with the South Shore Astronomical Society, is hosting a program from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. about the Supermoon! Supermoons and other lunar phenomena will have you looking skyward in this exciting exploration of our close astronomical neighbor. You will start inside with a presentation and, with weather permitting, head outside with telescopes to watch the new moon and other objects in the sky. Mike McCabe and other South Shore Astronomical Society members will share their interest in “moon illusions,” photographing the moon and all things celestial. Dress warm! Registration is required by calling 781.837.9400 and the cost is $13 for adult members, $10 for child members, $18 for adult nonmembers and $15 for child nonmembers. https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:program_code=54698


Head to the Alden House in Duxbury from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for Candlelight Tours! The sound of children crying, a scent of flowers, women descending the stairs only to disappear, and accusations of witchcraft…will you discover the “spirits” of Alden’s past on candlelight tours of the historic Alden House? Join costumed docents on a trip back in time to explore the spookier side of the Alden family history and early Duxbury on this fun and “illuminating” tour.


Sunday, October 29, 2017:

The 35th annual Halloween Parade, hosted by the Hanover Women’s Club, Junior’s, is today from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hanover High School. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the HHS band as they march around the school. Then enjoy Mr. DJ USA for a dance party, bubbles, a sing-a-long, and games! Goody bags, too! Bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry, at least one per child is much appreciated. Registration for the parade is $3 per child.  



Greater Bridgewater Women of Today are hosting a Touch-A-Truck/Trick-or-Treat today from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sullivan Tire on Bedford Street in Bridgewater. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes, there will be face painting, Bigfoot the monster truck will be on site, you can meet Big League Brian and enjoy burgers and dogs for sale, too.


The Pembroke Recreation Center is home to Trunk-or-Treat today from noon until 2:00 p.m. There will be face painting, a moon bounce and of course trick or treating from students’ decorated car trunks! The cost is $5 and proceeds support Schools on Wheels.



Upcoming & Ongoing Ideas


Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 


The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy. Learn more HERE. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/exhibits/explore%E2%80%A2a%E2%80%A2saurus  


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.





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