Looking for family-friendly fun on Halloween? Join Hyde Square Task Force for our annual Latin Quarter Halloween Festival on October 31. Come by for games and activities, prizes, arts and crafts, a photo booth, treats, and more on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.) from 4-6 pm. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.
Ruth Barker Ginsberg, dogs dressed as bumblebees, Harry Potter, and so many more awesome dog costumes have strutted the red carpet at the annual JP Canine Costume Parade through the years. Who knows what the dogs will be wearing this Saturday! Dogs and their owners are invited to wear costumes starting at the First Baptist Church and down Centre Street parade route to the Loring-Greenough House. Then the dogs (and their people) will walk the red carpet as judges decide the top three participants who receive prizes. The event is helmed and emceed by Blue Frog Bakery owner Brad Brown.
Enjoy an outdoor Halloween Festival complete with games, activities, free food and more for the whole family on October 31 at the Connolly Branch Library. The event is hosted by the Hyde Square Task Force and the Connolly Branch Library, and will also include photo booths, and arts & crafts. The event will be from 2 to 5 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.). Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each station.
Attention all little astronauts, ballerinas, and construction workers -- there will be trick-or-treating this year on Centre Street. The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association is organizing trick-or-treating along South and Centre streets from noon to 5 pm on Halloween day. Businesses are being encouraged to give out treat outside of their businesses to avoid crowding indoors.
Calling all doggie dinosaurs, puppy pirates and woofing wallabies -- the 17th Annual Dog Parade Costume & Fashion Show is on October 30. The costume parade is organized by JP Centre/South Main Streets, and this year they're hosting the first (and hopefully annual) cornhole tournament on the same day. For the Canine Costume Parade participants need to register in-person at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.) between noon and 12:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 30. There is a $10 registration fee to enter the costume contest to be eligible for prizes, and 100% of registration fees will benefit the City of Boston Animal Shelter.
People decorate their homes for Halloween with skeletons, ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. But check out how this Hall Street house was made into a giant pumpkin! Many people are stopping outside of the house after noticing it, smiling and taking photos.
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.
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.
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.