Massive Halloween Carnival, Dance “Thriller”, Open Studios, Lantern Parade,

Top of the list (and for the last time) it’s my own festival, the Boston Monster March, which has been pushed to Sunday because of rain. It’s a giant carnival, costume charity walk, and live concert, with $19,000 in prizes and volunteer giveaways, to benefit the Samaritans for suicide prevention.

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The Week in Weird
Boston Monster March & Massive Halloweel Carnival 10/25 Boston Metro
We’re moving to the RAIN DATE! I’m running the largest festival in October, and it’s being postponed to Sunday due to rain. It’s a costume charity walk (a daytime one for kids and an evening one for adults), a huge carnival with 2 mechanical bulls, 3 giant inflatable obstacle courses, and more, and a live concert. It’s all free to those who register and walk for the Samaritans, to help prevent suicide. (Or just show up and pay a donation.) Please start a fundraising team! And click “Volunteer” and forward the email to friends.
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA. more
Zombie March to the Monster March 10/25 Boston Metro
As part of the celebrations, another group is organizing a lurching zombie mob to stroll the streets entertaining people and looking for braaaaaains… with the destination being City Hall Plaza. There *is* a rain date shift to Sunday, but it may not be on the page yet.
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA. more
Woburn Annual Halloween Parade 10/25 North Shore
Here’s another great Halloween festival. They claim that 80,000 people attend. More than 90 floats with 25 bands. 1pm.
Holiday Inn Select, 15 Middlesex Canal Road, Woburn, MA.781-933-0933. more
Horror Thon 10/24 Boston Metro
It’s all Halloween all the time at this 12-hour vampire movie marathon at the Somerville theatre, 7pm-7am.
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA. more
The Halloween Ball @ Belcourt Castle (RI) 10/23 – 10/24 Newport Area
The masquerade ball is again at one of Newport’s amazing mansions. Call immediately for tickets, will sell out! $95 but open bar, appetizers and a DJ and a band.
657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.401-846-0669. more
Hawthorne Hotel’s Reality Bites Costume Ball 10/23 North Shore
If you can afford it, no doubt this costume ball is the place to be Halloween evening. It may sell out, so buy tix in advance. $90..
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, MA. more
Haunted Salem Scavenger Hunt 10/24 North Shore
Also in Salem, this “tour group” company has one of their scavenger hunt events, which you can find regularly in Boston. Basically you and a team roam the city trying to find information (not steal stop signs). It sounds like fun! They have one at 4pm and the other is already sold out!
Salem, MA. more
Nosferatu with Devil Music Ensemble 10/23 North Shore
Salem is also hosting live music to go along with the silent film Nosferatu. And the museum and Salem are worth visiting anytime! 6:30-9:30pm.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. more
Salem State Zombie Monster Mash 10/24 North Shore
Learn Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, and then go to Salem Common at 2pm to dance it in a worldwide spectacular with hundreds of groups that is choreographed on the Internet. I actually went to this in 2009 and it was so much fun!
Salem, MA. more
Things That Go Bump in the Night & Trail of Terror @ Sturbridge Village 10/24 Southern Mass
Spooky storytelling, magic, games, trick-or-treating, seems pretty kids-oriented, but it’s *always* a good idea to visit Old Sturbridge Village! And they’ll have a semi-spooky “haunted trail” which is some kind of haunted-house themed forest. Buy in advance, they’ll sell out (so they claim).
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.508-347-3362. more
Things That Go Bump in the Night at Gore Place 10/24 Metro West
This one seems even better, and closer! It’s a spooky weekend with Victorian lantern shows, wagon rides, and an evening tour of the mansion with actors in costume and special effects. Tours from 6-9pm.
52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA.781-894-2798. more
Halloween Night Hike and Hayride 10/24 Worcester
Gee, I guess all these parks are hopping onto the Halloween hike bandwagon! This one features a hay ride and a live vulture.
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton, MA.978-464-2712. more
Great Pumpkin Nights @ Worcester Ecotarium 10/24 Worcester
While you’re near Worcester, there’s a kids attraction with hayrides, costume parades, train ride, games, displays, and of course Worcester’s big zoo, which has a polar bear and a forest canopy walk. 12-9pm.
222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA.508-929-2700. more
HAUNT for a cure & Haunted Cabins @ The Paul Center 10/25 Northern Mass
This a festival meant mainly for families, i.e. kids, and they’ll also have a not-so-spooky daytime forest trail. 12-6pm.
39 Concord Road, Chelmsford, MA. more
Framingham Haunted Trolley Tour 10/24 Metro West
This is a 45-minute tour through Framingham that combines local history with con artist stuff like fortune tellers and paranormal investigators. 5-7pm.
Framingham, MA. more
Annual Great Pumpkin Float 10/24 Boston Metro
You bring a small carved pumpkin, 6-8 inches, and they’ll give you a float to send it down the river. It’s free to join or to watch, but if you want to bring a pumpkin, register in advance. Rain date the next day. 5:30pm. Rain date next day, same time. I bet it’s a beautiful event with lots of cute kids in costume.
Gallivan Blvd. Entrance, Pope John Paul ll Park, Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester, MA. more
Dorchester Open Studios 10/24 – 10/25 Boston Metro
OK, now here are some non-Halloween events! It’s Dorchester’s version of the artists open house day. Walk around, view local art and speak with the creators, and buy something.
Get A Map: Various Locations, Boston, MA. more
Acton Open Studios 10/24 – 10/25 Metro West
Acton’s doing it too. Free. Because you seriously need more pastel landscape paintings.
266 High Street, Acton, MA. more
Digging in the Past: Massachusetts Archaeology Month 10/24 Metro West
It works like this. You visit the museum, and outdoors on the lawn you get to make (and take home!) your own scarecrow. It sounds like just the sort of thing they’d limit to kids only. I hope not! Music, popcorn, and apple cider are provided, but bring your own old clothes to stuff with hay.
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.978-369-9763. more
Concord Festival of Authors: The Day We Found the Universe, 10/25 Metro West
Also at the Concord Museum is a science lecture on how humanity figured out what those twinkly things are in the night sky.
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.978-369-9763. more
Annual Southern New England Weather Conference 10/24 Boston Metro
It’s a lot of lectures, some interactive workshops, and singing, all to honor the weather. And they’ll have kite flying!
The Clay Center for Science and Technology, Dexter and Southfield Schools, Brookline, MA. more
Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade 10/25 Boston Metro
I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I think it involves making and decorating paper lanterns that get floated on the Jamaica Pond with candles. 6pm. Rain date Nov 1.
Jamaica Plain, MA.617-524-6373. more
Tokyo Kid Cosplay Contest 10/25 Boston Metro
Have you been to Toyko Kid in Harvard Square? Then you know the store is *way* too small for a festival or party. From their website apparently they are way more interested in getting some free photos for promotion than holding an event. 6pm.
Tokyo Kid, Cambridge, MA. more
Boston Comic Con 10/24 – 10/25 Boston Metro
The place to be is really Boston Comic Con if you’re seriously into comic books, way more than is maybe sane. Make sure to dress in costume! 12pm-5pm.
Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA. more
Spirits of Falmouth’s Past Return 10/25 Cape Cod
This is a local town gathering to learn about history by re-enactors. RAIN DATE Oct 25.
Falmouth, MA. more
RI International Horror Film Festival & H.P. Lovecraft Tour 10/22 – 10/25 Rhode Island
Three days! Forty-seven films created to scar you emotionally for life! But also a walking tour honoring H. P. Lovecraft on Oct 25 and a booksigning. So not entirely films.
Various Places, Providence, RI. more

Also Fun
Fright Night @ Joppa Flats 10/25 Northern Mass
OK, now let’s downshift into Halloween events that (as far as I can tell) are targeted to small kids. I don’t have any kids (and neither do many of my 20-something readers) but it can be fun and relaxing to just show up — with NO kids in tow! — and watch everyone having a good time in their cute costumes. 6-7pm. This is some kind of haunted nature walk with stories. Pre-register.
1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA.978-462-9998. more
Haunted Old New England (& Dog Show) 10/23 Western Mass
Even though it’s Halloween themed, I really cannot recommend traveling all the way to the Big E for an hour of storytelling. However, there’s also a dog show that day so maybe you’ll go to see that, too. 7-8pm.
1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA.413-205-5051. more
Halloween Happenings @ Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary 10/23 – 10/24 North Shore
Probably the best will be this nighttime guided walk through the park. 6-9pm.
Ipswich River, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA.978-887-9264. more
Halloween Prowl @ Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary 10/23 – 10/24 Southern Mass
And another park night walk, with a campfire and “druids” in costume. Wicca fire. Costume contest, jack-o-lanterns. They’ll have pumpkin carving earlier in the week.
293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA.781-784-5691. more
Essex Clamfest 10/24 North Shore
It’s outdoors, they’ll have clams, and live entertainment, arts & crafts, and lots of community booths. 11am-4pm.
Memorial Park, Essex, MA. more
Franklin Park Zoo’s Zoo Howl for kids 10/24 – 10/25 Boston Metro
A not-so-scary Halloween celebration for children only, although that doesn’t meet adults can’t come and enjoy the holiday spirit and the cute kids. 11am-3pm.
1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA.617-541-5466. more
Open Band folk dancing 10/23 Boston Metro
This is an experimental English Country Dance where anyone can bring any instrument and you all play together and dance together. Is it weird? Yes. Will it be good? Who knows! Workshop: 6:15 – 7:15. Dance 7:30 – 9:30.
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA.
Abolitionism in Black & White 10/23 – 10/24 Boston Metro
On Friday they’ll have a “staged reading” of a play about slavery, followed by discussion. If they can stage it, why not act it out? And then Saturday a symposium.
C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, Boston, MA. more
International Climate Change Awareness Day 10/24 Boston Metro
This event takes place worldwide in many areas, to promote awareness of climate change.
All Over, All Over. more
Hadley History Fair Weekend & 350th Anniversary 10/23 – 10/25 Western Mass
I’m told this is one of their two big weekends to celebrate Hadley’s 350th birthday.
Hadley, MA. more
Boston Book Festival 10/24 Boston Metro
Have your 15 seconds of greatness meeting Daily Show comedian John Hodgman briefly at this fair for authors and readers.
Copley Square, Boston, MA. more
Annual Pumpkin Float 10/24 Boston Metro
5;30pm. Free. Bring a tiny (no larger than 8 inches) carved pumpkin and watch them all float down the river.
Pope John Paul II Park, Boston, MA.617.542.7696. more
Pumpkins in the Park 10/24 Metro West
5:30-7pm. Free. The pathways in this park will be lined with pumpkins. Ghost stories & games, too.
Francis William Bird Park, Walpole, MA.508.668.6136. more
Brookline Annual Book Sale 10/24 – 10/25 Boston Metro
I’m not sure why I’m listing this.
Brookline, MA. more

King Richard’s Faire (Ren Faire) 9/5 – 10/25 South Shore
New England’s largest renaissance faire. Weekends & holidays only. Plenty of Ren Faire vendors and people-watching, with 8 performance stages. Only 1/3 of the acts are worth watching, but definitely see the Aerial Angels, Paolo Garbanzo, and especially the jousting! Rt 3 S to Rt 44 W to Rt 58 S.
Carver, MA.508-866-5391. more

Recurring Events
Wachusett Mountain Applefest 10/17 – 10/25 Worcester
The Wachusett Mountain Applefest is fun, but truly hokey. The vendors tend to be “As Seen on TV” types rather than art festival types. But they do have a skyline ride (the ski lift, that costs extra) and great views and hiking opportunities. Rt 2W to Rt 140 S. Weekends. Other festivals, see site. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by nearby Davis Farmland.
Princeton, MA. more

Studebaker Day @ Larz Anderson Museum 10/25 Boston Metro
Oh Larz! Another present for me!
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.617-522-6547. more


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