Halloween Story Walk & Activity Packages in Hyde and Jackson Squares

Celebrate Halloween with a Story Walk by taking a stroll down from Hyde Square to Jackson Square and grab a kids' activity bag with games and treats. The Story Walk can be completed at any time between October 26th and 31st. While walking you read from the children's book Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales, which will be hanging in business windows from October 26th to October 31st. There will be two routes that you can follow: one starting at Jackson Square and the other from the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library. Both routes end at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza where there will be a photo booth set up.

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You Can Enter Boston’s Pumpkin Carving Contest Up to Halloween Night

Having no trick-or-treating this year has certainly put a damper on Halloween. But Mayor Marty Walsh and the city are trying their best to put a good spin on it by holding a pumpkin carving contest. Photo submissions for Boston's online pumpkin carving contest with photo submissions are allowed from October 14 until midnight on Halloween (11:59 pm on October 31). Complete rules and submission instructions are available at boston.gov/pumpkins. Entering your jack-o’-lantern into the contest will make you eligible for the chance to win one of three iPads provided by Xfinity.

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Zoo Howl returns to Franklin Park Zoo

Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Franklin Park Zoo’s annual Zoo Howl! During this popular Halloween event, children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at the Zoo. Other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze! Throughout the day, guests can learn about the importance of enrichment as they watch as many of the animals receive pumpkins as enrichment items.