Although Halloween is commonly associated with kids donning costumes, shrieking, and fleeing from spooky creatures, it can actually be quite enjoyable when approached in the right way.

The Halloween season offers many delightful family-friendly festivities where children can wear costumes, go door-to-door for treats, and engage in games without feeling scared or uneasy. Additionally, there are a wide variety of kid-friendly Halloween activities to enjoy, like the ones below!

To ensure you’re ready for when your child inquires about weekend plans, explore these family-friendly events happening in the Boston area.

Make sure you and the kids don’t miss this Halloween festival!

You will enjoy a spectacular display of craftsmanship as thousands of intricately carved jack-o’lanterns and artistic shows illuminate the night. 

From endearing faces to whimsical creatures, each pumpkin tells a unique story that will ignite your family’s imagination!

Location:
Southwicks Zoo

DATES:
September 28- October 31, 6 PM

Make sure to head to LEGO Discovery Center Boston to join this awesome Brick-or-Treat Monster Party!

Families will get to join the Monster Hunt and find all the LEGO® Monster Rockers hiding in MINILAND! Other activities include working with the Master Model Builders on a unique Halloween-themed LEGO build, joining the Playmakers for Monster games and giggles, trick-or-treating throughout the attraction for some awesome prizes, and so much more!

Location:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

DATES:
September 29 – October 31, 10 AM- 5 PM

October is the spooky month, so don’t miss the chance to get in the kitchen with your little one and make some spooky but delicious treats!

The caregiver is the child’s “sous chef” and will sit behind the child, helping them with the recipe as needed!

Location:
Taste Buds Kitchen

DATES:
October 21: Creepy Crawly Cupcakes | October 22: Halloween Spooky Cupcakes | October 28: Monster Cupcakes | October 31: Creepy Crawly Cupcakes

This awesome event celebrates the change of seasons!

Fallin’ into Fun is the perfect event to enjoy many autumnal activities and appearances by the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2.

Location:
Springfield Museums

DATES:
October 14, 10 AM- 5 PM

Families’ favorite event of the year, Boo at the Zoo, will satisfy the whole family’s fall, Halloween, and cool weather cravings!

With campus-wide daytime trick-or-treating, there are six days to enjoy Boo at the Zoo this year.

Location:
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO

DATES:
Saturdays and Sundays: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29. 10 AM- 5 PM

Kids ages 5 and up will get to celebrate Halloween at The Painting Place with a black light glow party!

Besides the project, kids will enjoy games and prizes for everyone!

Kids are encouraged to wear costumes to play games and paint Halloween-themed pottery.

Location:
The Painting Place

DATES:
October 20, 4 PM- 5: 30 PM

Celebrate Halloween with the whole family at this family-friendly Halloween event!

Children ages 3–12 in costume will receive free general admission.

Location:
Southwicks Zoo

DATES:
October 21- 31. 8 AM- 5 PM

Boo at the Zoo at Stone Zoo will be filled with fun activities and attractions, including a trick-or-treat trail, costume contests, mystery animal encounters, education stations, animal enrichment, and terrifyingly tasty treats, including mini cider donuts, caramel apples, and hot apple cider!

Location:
Stone Zoo

DATES:
October 21 & 22, 10 AM- 3 PM

Baby Boo at the Zoo will satisfy the youngest visitors’ fall, Halloween, and cool weather cravings!

This daytime Halloween-themed family-friendly event is full of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, food, and fun.

Location:
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO

DATES:
October 27, 9.30 AM- 1 PM

Get your costumes ready and prepare to have a blast at Zoo Boo Family Fun Night at Capron Park Zoo!  Costumes are encouraged!

 

Location:
Capron Park Zoo

DATES:
October 27, 5-9 PM

During Monster Mayhem, make sure to wear your costume and go trick-or-treating in the galleries!

Other activities include Make a Trick-or-Treat Bag, Roaming Magic, Candy Chemistry, and Roll a Monster.

Location:
Springfield Museums

DATES:
October 28, 10 AM- 5 PM

During Zoo Howl, families will enjoy fun activities and attractions, including a trick-or-treat trail, costume contests, mystery animal encounters, education stations, animal enrichment, and terrifyingly tasty treats, including mini cider donuts, caramel apples, and hot apple cider!

Location:
Franklin Park Zoo

DATES:
October 28 & 29, 10 AM- 3 PM

Kids ages 4 and up will have a blast during this comedic version of the classic Washington Irving tale in which school teacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman find a new head and a spookier image! 

Location:
PUPPET SHOWPLACE THEATER

DATES:
November 4, 5 | 10:30 AM and 1 PM