what to do with the kids this spooky Halloween weekend: Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, 2019!



Nassralla Farm’s Fall Festival takes place this weekend from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. featuring hayrides, zip line, bouncy houses, kiddie train rides, hay bale pyramid and climbing tunnel, lawn games…all included in the $6 admission. Pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and food concessions also available, for additional fees. Saturday October 26 wear your costume for trick or treating, from 2 to 4 p.m.! Sunday October 27 bring your carved pumpkin to the festival before 2 p.m. to enter the pumpkin carving contest! Prizes include a pair of tickets to Mudfest, and two 6-7 foot Christmas trees! http://www.nessrallafarm.com/wordpress/


The Lawson Tower in Scituate is open Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for the Haunting Tower Tour, a family-friendly event. Take a not so scary trip up to the top and meet a few characters along the way! Cost is $5 per person / $20 per family.


If Boston is your destination the Castle Island Association’s 37th annual Halloween Celebration Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. Admissions is free and the day includes storytellers, magician, the Magical Castle that may be a “haunted”, and Fort Independence may open depending on the weather and safety conditions. Costumes are encouraged and free refreshments are available too, along with trick or treat bags for the kiddos. https://www.facebook.com/events/919211421775608/


The New England Wildlife Center’s 17th annual Night of a Thousand Faces fundraising event begins Friday, October 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 26th only in Weymouth. Hundreds of creatively carved pumpkins will once again light the way along the Andrea McKenna Harris nature trail in Weymouth. After you walk the trail head inside to see animal demonstrations, enjoy music and take a tour of the facility. Admission is $8 per person for children and adults and all proceeds will support the wildlife care and education at NEWC in both Weymouth and Barnstable.  https://www.newildlife.org/night-of-a-thousand-faces/


St. John’s Not-So-Spooky Haunted House is a fun, interactive Halloween event for kids 12 and under, right in Hingham. The haunted house is open for its 4th year Friday and Saturday October 25th and 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, $20 for immediate family members. St. John’s also makes Family Vouchers available to South Shore families in need so that everyone may enjoy this fun family event regardless of ability to pay. Please contact St. John’s for more information. St. John’s is located at 172 Main Street in Hingham.  https://www.stjohns-hingham.org/


The annual Owl Festival takes place at Blue Hills Trailside Museum Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet live owls up-close and discover how these mysterious animals survive. Celebrate all things owl in myths, legends and art. There is a full schedule of events so for all the details visit the website: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills-trailside-museum/news-events/owl-festival  Cost is $6 for Mass Audubon members and $8 for non-members.


The Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village present their annual Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular through November 3! Travel through the season wonderland! Celebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. The trail is open 6 – 10:30 p.m. http://rwpzoo.org/jols


Friday, October 25:

Join the crew at the Quincy Family Resource Center for a Halloween party today from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. with free food, games and a not-so-spooky haunted house tour as well as trick or treating at 4:00 p.m. This event is free: https://www.facebook.com/events/879299669131107/


Saturday, October 26:

The Hingham Public Library has a wonderful opportunity for your new(ish) reader to gain comfort and experience reading: it’s their read to a dog program Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Designed for kids ages 5 and older you can reserve a 15 minute reading session by calling the Children’s Department: 781.741.1405 x1403. This week you’ll read to Salty, a Chihuahua, and his partner Christina. Reading to a trained therapy dog helps develop literacy skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. The library’s canine friends are all wonderful, patient listeners who are looking forward to reading with you!


It’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Day at the Thayer Public Library in Braintree from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to celebrate the caterpillar’s 50th birthday. There will be fun crafts and games geared toward the 2 – 5 set, but open to kids of all ages.


The Plymouth Center for the Arts is hosting a haunted gingerbread house workshop today for kids ages 4 – 12. There will be two sessions: 11:00 – noon and 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per kiddo and registration is required by calling 508.746.7222. https://plymouthguild.org/content/haunted-gingerbread-house-two-sessions


The Plympton Fire Department will open their house today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It’s fun for the whole family and a chance to meet your firefighters, EMT and rescue personnel while learning fire prevention tips and getting a chance to see very informative demonstrations. There will be a chowdah cookout and hot dogs and refreshments and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/378606443072798/


Boo in the Barnyard at Weir River Farm in Hingham today from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The barnyard animals love trick or treating as much as the kiddos – did you know that? They want to see their young farmer friends all dressed up for Halloween so stop by the barnyard in costume and trick or treat around the farm while you collect candy and see the animals. Don’t miss out on building a scarecrow, creating spooky Halloween craft, sitting aboard a tractor, and playing Halloween games like pumpkin bowling! Parking is at 140 Turkey Hill Lane. Cost is $5 per member and $10 per non-member. Details HERE.


The 24th annual Halloween Fun Fest for Children takes place at Marshfield High School today from noon until 3:00 p.m. care of the Marshfield Student Council! Great for kids ages one through 12, enjoy the pizza, beverages and desserts along with many Halloween-themed games, a bounce house, arts and crafts, face painting and the Haunted Hallway. Don’t forget your costume! Cost is $5 per child. https://www.facebook.com/events/396228747725574/?active_tab=about


You can also head to Marshfield Center to trick or treat from noon until 4:00 p.m., the 9th annual free, family event that kicks off with spooky story time at the Ventress Library at noon, cookie decorating at Veronica’s Sweetcakes, nail painting from noon until 1 at Beutica, pumpkin carving at Dandelion Park, cupcake decorating at Star Market from 1 – 2:30 and the costume contest at the playground at 3:30 p.m. You can grab candy, toothbrushes and vampire teeth at LuxeSmile and head into the kids’ photo booth at Levitate. For a total list of all the participating shops and what they are offering visit their FB page and keep an eye out for the pumpkin balloons: click HERE.


Trick or treat in Downtown Hingham today from noon until 3:00 p.m. Merchants will welcome kiddos in their Halloween costumes to stop in for treats – visit the shops with orange and black balloons. Stroll from the lower part of North Street to the Square to get fun treats, from non-food/allergy friendly treats to adult beverages for the parents! https://discoverhingham.com/trick-or-treat-in-the-square/


Head to Cohasset Village to Trick or Treat Street today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Look for the balloons to know which merchants have treats. Collect your special pumpkins at St. Stephens.


The East Milton Halloween Stroll is today from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Begin your stroll at Milton Art Center and visit East Milton Square merchants for tricks or treats!


Later on you can head over to Governor Hutchinson’s Field in Milton for an evening of non-scary Halloween fun including crafts like pumpkin painting, games, roasting hot dogs and s’mores around the fire. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $12 for Trustee member families and $20 for non-member families. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/metro-boston/event-48447.html


Head to The Company Theatre in Norwell today for Wizard Academy! Congratulations! You’ve just received your letter of acceptance! Experience your first day of Wizard School – get sorted, compete for house points, practice spells in the woods, take classes, drink butterbeer, and so much more. The festivities will conclude with a viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the theatre. Movie begins at 4 pm, general admission seating. Wear your uniform or wizard robe, wands are optional. Ages 7 and up, accompanying adult admission free. Admission: $30 https://www.companytheatre.com/yerawizard/


St. Paul’s in Duxbury is hosting their annual trunk or treat today from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. There will be lots of food, games, trick or treating, a photo booth, and costume contest.


Head to Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth for a creatures of the night hike from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.! Perfect for kids 10 and older, the cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Please feel free to bring a flashlight and wear appropriate footwear for hiking in potentially muddy spots. Registration required: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/tidmarsh/68835-creatures-of-the-night-hike


Sunday, October 27:

Bay State Community Services presents trunk or treat at the Plymouth Public Library on South Street today from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Wear your costumes for the contest at 11:00 a.m. and please consider bringing in a canned or dry good donation for the food pantry. https://www.facebook.com/events/362623828026266/


The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today invite you to their Touch a Truck at Sullivan Tire, 300 Bedford Street/Rt. 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tons of trucks to touch and explore, face painting, see monster truck Bigfoot and meet Big League Brian and grab your candy from each of the trucks.


Head to Paragon Boardwalk in Hull for their 2nd annual Tricks and Treats party today from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be family-friendly music, a magic show with balloon twisting, a photo booth, games and contests too.


Hanson’s Camp Kiwanee is hosting their 2nd annual Halloween Extravaganza today from noon until 4:00 p.m. There will be Halloween activities at the Lodge, spooky cabins in the haunted campground, contests for the best costume and cabin along with games, music, bouncy houses and food trucks. Fun for the whole family at this free event! https://officialcampkiwanee.com/


The 37th annual Halloween Parade takes place at Hanover High School today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., hosted by the Hanover Woman’s Club, Junior’s. Dress up in your fav costume and join the HHS band as they parade around school, followed by some music and entertainment. Goody bags are handed out too. Each child is asked to please bring a non-perishable food item for the Hanover Food Pantry. Registration is $3 per kiddo. You can find a registration form on their Facebook page HERE and you can bring it to the John Curtis Library or to the high school the day of.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt and Halloween Extravaganza takes place in Plymouth today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Forges Field. You must preregister for this event and then kiddos must report to the field between 1:00 – 1:20 p.m. for their bracelets. Cost is $5 per kiddo and there will be different hunts based on age (2 & 3 and 4 – 6). More details on their Facebook event page. The rain date is Sunday, November 3. https://www.facebook.com/events/949996585336302/


Trunk or Treat at the Pembroke Rec Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. today. Treats, of course, with games, face painting and more. Cost is $5 per child


Highrock Hoedown at Highrock Church in Quincy today from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. a chance to trunk or treat, enjoy games and bouncy house, country western dancing, a mechanical bull and a BBQ! https://www.facebook.com/events/754391648343814/


Trunk or treat at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy today from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The church will also be serving free hot dogs, chips and drinks.


Milton is Trunk or Treating today too from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Fontbonne Academy. Costumes always encouraged to this free event – no masks and no gore, please.


Families of all ages can “trunk” or treat in Abington for free at the First Baptist Church from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. today


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