Halloween in Boston

Halloween in Boston 2020 - Ghosts, Graveyards, Gore!

Best Halloween Events, Tours, Parties, Cruises

Halloween in Boston celebrations start at least a month before the actual event on October 31st, and are a huge event here.

After all, Boston has some of the country's oldest graveyards, haunted tales, and scary events, plus great places to shop for Halloween costumes. 

If you visit Boston during October, don't miss these Halloween events!

Here are some of the best places to celebrate Boston Halloween . . . starting with graveyard tours and ghost stories.

Need more suggestions about what to do in Boston in October?  Check the October Events Calendar.

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Not just for Halloween, Boston's nightly Ghosts and Gravestones Tour combines a trolley ride with walking to visit the city's scariest sites. 

Costumed "gravedigger" guides show you the darker side of Boston.  They'll entertain you with haunted tales about the city's earliest days and strange discoveries - the mysterious North End tunnels, the unexplained Day of Darkness back in 1780, and the haunting ghost of Boston Harbor, the Lady in Black.  And then there's the scariest part of the tour . . . a chilling visit to 2 of Boston's oldest graveyards, accompanied by tales of the macabre.

Ghosts and Gravestones tours fill up fast around Halloween in Boston - so make your reservation now!

Discount Halloween Events, Shows, Cruises, & Pub Crawls

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Beyond Boston . . . Halloween in Salem

Witch in Salem MA
Witch in Salem

Immerse yourself in witch culture by heading north of Boston to Salem, Massachusetts, also known as the "Witch Capital" after the infamous witch trials of 1692 led to the execution of 20 people and 2 dogs.  Numerous historic and entertaining witch museums, historic sites, and appealing restaurants provide more than enough to see and do during your visit.

Two easy ways to get to Salem from Boston include a guided day trip (with plenty of time for exploring on your own), or a high-speed ferry from Boston if you prefer to see Salem on your own.  

Check out Halloween in Salem for more about the witch museums, and save money when you get a combo ticket for the Wax Museum and Witch Village.

To find this year's date for Salem's Haunted Happenings Grand Parade, usually held in early October, check the Boston Events for October.

Halloween Costume Events and Parties - 2020

Boston pubs and hotels get into the Halloween spirit with prizes for best costumes, live music and/or DJs, and shows.  Tickets usually required (call in advance to check); most are 21+. 

Halloween parties and events to check out: 

Walking Dead Costume Crawl - Oct 31 8pm-Nov 1 2am - Join over 3,000 crawlers and get access to over 10 West End bars (Beerworks, Bodega Canal, Finn McCools, The Point, Causeway, Greatest Bar, & more).  Spooky decor, costume contest, drink specials, swag.  Tickets are $3-$10 - book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tower-of-terror-the-greatest-bar-tickets-74856404521

Lansdowne Pub (9 Lansdowne St, Fenway) - Free Spooky Legs & Eggs Drag Brunch Show on October 19 - doors open 11am, show at 1pm;  Halloween Ball with Live Band Karaoke with the Jukebox Heroes on Thursday, Oct 31, band plays at 10pm - costume contest - 21+, no cover.  More info: http://www.lansdownepubboston.com

Liberty Hotel (215 Charles Street) - Liberty's special "Day of the Dead" Halloween Costume Party Package (includes 2 tickets for the Day of the Dead Halloween party on 10/26, and 2 Bloody Mary vouchers for Sunday morning, plus luxury accommodations).  Check regular rates.  Book online with Promo code HO9 or call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for promo code HO9).  Package rates start at $599.

The Greatest Bar (262 Friend Street, West End near TD Garden, 617-335-5582) hosts their 12th annual Haunted Mansion Halloween fundraiser - Enjoy great music and wear your scariest costume - Saturday, October 27, doors open at 6pm, $15.  $500 cash prize for best costume.  DJs; party is on all 4 floors.  Tickets required - get them here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-haunted-mansion-the-greatest-bar-tickets-50405704820.  And don't miss Tower of Terror on October 25 - 4 floors of terror and mayhem.  Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tower-of-terror-the-greatest-bar-tickets-74856404521  

Loretta's Last Call (1 Lansdowne St, Fenway, 617-421-9595) - Pumpkin Carvin' Party - October 28. 6-8pm - $17 includes pumpkin, carving kit, and 1 pumpkin beer with prizes, giveaways, and live music starting at 7pm.  21+.  Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pumpkin-carvin-party-tickets-38092796580.  Puppy Patio Party: Halloween Edition - Oct 26, 12 noon - 2pm -  bring a furry friend in an Halloween costume (and come in one yourself); treats, giveaways, brunch specials.  Halloween Hoedown - Oct 31, 10pm - Live music, costume contest, specialty cocktails, 21+, no cover.  More info:  https://lorettaslastcall.com/calendar/

Trick or Drink: Boston Halloween Bar Crawl - Oct 26, 4pm-2am and Oct 31, 6pm-2am, starts at King's Bowl Back Bay (50 Dalton St) - Participating bars include Bill's Bar, Loretta's Last Call, Bleacher Bar, Dillon's Boston, Lansdowne Pub, McGreevys, Kings, House of Blues Boston- DJ, Costume Contest, more.  21+, $15-$45.  More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trick-or-drink-boston-halloween-bar-crawl-2-days-tickets-61822507785

Planning to Party?  Spend the Night in Boston

There's no need for a designated driver after a Halloween bar crawl when you stay over in a Boston hotel - just make sure you choose a hotel within close walking distance from your last stop.  Enter your dates to find best rates:

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Ghosts, Halloween Decorations, & More -  Themed Walking Tours

Halloween decorations in Boston's Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill's historic homes display some of the most colorful and lavish Halloween door and window decorations in the city.  You can easily stroll through the neighborhood on your own - Chestnut and Mt Vernon Streets are great starting points. 

Even better - join a Evening Ghost Tour of Boston  More information

- Beacon Hill Photography Walking Tour - Your guide will make sure you see the neighborhood's famous cobblestone lanes and other photo-worthy attractions, entertain you with stories about the famous residents who live here, and photograph you at various points along the way.  For the full Halloween experience, come in costume!  More about the Beacon Hill photography tour

Of course, you can take these tours throughout the year, but seeing the colorful and creative Halloween decorations adds to the fun! 

Halloween Celebration on Castle Island

Fort Independence on Castle Island in Boston MA

Children of all ages will love the Magical Halloween Castle and Celebration at Fort Independence on Castle Island on October 26 and 27, 12 noon-4pm. 

Look for storytelling, magicians, a Magical Castle (that may be "haunted"), refreshments, and more at the star-shaped fort ... supposedly the inspiration for "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe's famous chill-filled short story.

The Castle Island events take place between 12 noon and 4pm on both days, weather permitting.  Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Free admission.

More about Castle Island and how to get there 


Boston's (Haunted?) Burying Grounds

Halloween - Boston graveyard
Granary Burying Ground

Are Boston's Puritan-era burying grounds dating back to the 1600s actually haunted?   Stroll through a couple of these Freedom Trail sites, and decide for yourself.

Granary Burying Ground contains the remains of some of the greatest Revolutionary War heroes including Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and the 5 Boston Massacre victims.

A block away is King's Chapel Burying Ground, Boston's oldest cemetery.  Many of the first generation of English Puritans who settled in Boston are buried here.  Be sure to check out the intricately carved seventeenth century headstones embellished with skulls and crossbones, and depicting Time wrestling with Death.

And, if you enjoy scary ghost stories, King's Chapel Burying Ground is supposedly haunted by Captain Kidd, hanged for piracy in 1701. 

Of course, like many other Boston Halloween tales, that story may not actually be true.

Detailed signs at both graveyards will help you discover where all the bodies are buried.

Cost:  Free
Locations: 
-  Granary Burying Ground is next toPark Street Church, at the Park Street/Tremont Street intersection
-  King's Chapel Burying Ground is next to King's Chapel, corner of Tremont and School Streets


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