Halloween Parade & Festival in Latin Quarter on Oct. 31

Get dressed in your best costume for a parade and trick-or-treating on Centre Street in Boston's Latin Quarter on Halloween. Then enjoy a free Halloween Festival with games, a haunted house, crafts, treats, and more! Parades:

There will be two parades, with one meeting at Jackson Square MBTA Station at 4 pm, and the other at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) at 3:30 pm. Both parades will be led by percussionists down Centre Street and stop at local businesses for candy. The parades will end at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (631 Centre St.) for the Halloween Festival.


Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume and Fashion Show on Oct. 26

Ruth Barker Ginsberg and 50 Shades of Grey(hound) were two of the best costumes at last year's annual Jamaica Plain Canine Costume Parade. What will dogs be sporting this year?? The 16th Annual JP Dog Parade, Costume & Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, October 26, starting at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.,) with signups starting at noon. The rolling rally parade will make its way down Centre Street with a police escort -- no word on whether the K-9 unit will be participating. The parade will finish at the Loring-Greenough House where costumed dogs (and their owners/guardians/life coaches) will strut on the red carpet.


Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring Holiday Light Projection Show to Jamaica Plain

The Boston Main Streets Foundation and JP Centre/South Main Streets have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5,000 by September 30 to bring a new lighting display to the neighborhood this holiday and year-round. "The community's identity is as distinctive as any other neighborhood in Boston, but the district’s holiday displays have suffered from lack of funding, locations, manpower, and storage," said a press release from JP Centre/South Main Streets (JPCSMS). But JPCSMS wants to do state-of-the-art light displays, and if the community raises $5,000, it will be matched with a grant from the Boston Main Street Foundation (BMSF). You can learn more and donate to the JP Centre/South Main Streets holiday lighting by clicking here. “The holidays are a joyous time to reflect on the idea of community.


Sign Up for Holiday Photo Pet Sessions in JP, Help Boston Animal Shelter

Do you ever wonder whether the people keep the holiday cards you send? You may never know the answer. But you will get an awwwwwww if you send them a holiday photo with your dog, kitty or other creature (well, maybe not all creatures). Our friends at Sacred Harbor Photography are offering holiday pet photo sessions during the next two weeks and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to Boston's Animal Shelter. The upcoming photo sessions are on Dec.


Holiday Happenings at Loring-Greenough: Dog Portraits, Wreath & Tree Sales, Storytelling and More

Do dogs wear ugly Christmas sweaters? That question may be answered at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 1 when the historical house hosts Mrs. "Claws" for a family holiday photo opportunity with all two- and four-legged family members. Along with its Precious Pooch Holiday Photos event, the Loring-Greenough House is hosting numerous events throughout December. Here is a schedule: