Fall’s here, which means vibrant fall foliage and cooler temps. During the month of October, we also have lots of fun, interesting and scary things happening in our communities!
From art festivals to haunted hayrides, check out our list and have a most BOO-tiful time!
Beverly - Halloween on the Hill
572 Essex Street Beverly, MA 01915
Oct 1 - Oct 31
Go explore as Long Hill is transformed into a celebration of autumn and the Halloween season. Follow the seasonal-themed trail that will feature over 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns, hundreds of mums and pumpkins, elaborate Halloween sets, light displays, music, and more.
Boston - Fall Pumpkin Float Festival at Frog Pond
Boston Common, Boston, MA 02111
Visitors are encouraged to dress up and to bring a jack-o-lantern to launch into Frog Pond, where hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.
Boston - Head Of The Charles Regatta
Start Line: Commonwealth Ave & Boston University Bridge, Boston, MA 02215 Other places to watch
Since 1965, rowers have come from near and far to take part in the world’s largest Regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors. There are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s festivities.
Boston - ZOO HOWL at Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121
Oct 30 & 31
Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Zoo Howl, where children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals!
Boylston - Autumn Illuminated
11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505
Sept 30 - Oct 31
This lighted experience will highlight fall colors and provide a special after dark walk through the heart of Tower Hill. Celebrate the season with a half-mile illuminated evening stroll through the gardens. Last year’s Autumn Illuminated event sold out, so reserve your tickets while they last.
Boylston - American Craft Fair at Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive Boylston, MA 01505
Oct 23 -24
The Worcester Center for Crafts and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have partnered to present the 5th annual juried fair of American Craftwork. The show will feature over 30 fine artisans representing ceramics, jewelry, wood, metal working, glass, mixed metals, painting, fiber arts and more.
Carver - King Richard’s Faire
235 Main Street Carver, MA 02330
Weekends Sept 4 - October 24 (open Monday Oct 11)
THE New England Renaissance Festival is long considered THE premier Fall entertainment event of the region! Entertainment, exciting rides and challenging games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80-acre wooded site. There is no doubt you’ll be enthralled by our minstrels, acrobats, fire eaters, aerialists, larger than life-size puppets and more!
Lincoln - Halloween at deCordova
51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA 01773
Celebrate Halloween at deCordova Sculpture Park! Watch the moon travel across the sky as you and your family complete a series of ghoulish activities, all inspired by mysterious artworks. Explore different disguises, create monstrous shadows and solve tantalizing mysteries! Make sure to pick up your treats after the tricks are completed. Costumes suggested and all ages welcome!
Mendon - Festival of Illumination World of Lights at Southwick’s ZOO
2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756
Sept - Jan
Travel the globe through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns and immerse yourself in the magical world of imagination and illumination.
Nantucket - 2021 Nantucket Cranberry Festival
Off Milestone Road, West of Siasconset, Siasconset, MA 02564
Nantucket Conservation Foundation will be holding a series of events celebrating the Cranberry Harvest throughout the month of October. Sign up for Nantucket Cranberry Harvest Walks and more.
Providence, RI - Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Sept 30 - Oct 31
Stroll or dance your way past thousands of intricately carved pumpkins displayed while listening to the soundtracks from 1860's through today. Feast your senses on Rhode Island’s biggest and greatest pumpkin spectacular!
Salem - Hollowed Harvest - Wicked Labyrinth
211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970
Sept - October 31
The Hollowed Harvest is not a scary event. Unlike a “Haunted House”, the Hollowed Harvest is an incredible Jack-O’-Lantern festival featuring beautifully carved and arranged pumpkins designed to wow audiences of all ages!
Southborough - Boo in the Barnyard at Chestnut Hill Farm
Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough, MA 01772
It will almost be Halloween – show off your costumes! The farm animals love to see everyone dressed up for Halloween! There will be Halloween activities for children, such as ghost, pumpkin, and candy corn crafts, mask making, and a special take on trick-or-treating! Pumpkin bowling, themed scavenger hunts, and yard games will also be ready for you, and the Farm Store will be open with even more treats to take home.
Sterling - Davis Mega Maze, BBQ & Brews
142 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA 01564
Oct 2-24 (Saturdays, Sundays & Columbus Day)
Davis Mega Maze is designed to be the world’s best corn maze and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours (or more) to complete. It is both a physical and mental challenge. This year’s maze encompasses 8 acres of corn and almost 3 miles of puzzling pathway networks. It offers more fun and opportunities than any other maze and appeals to any type of gamer! Also offering over 50 family fun attractions, food and entertainment!
Stockbridge - The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show
5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Oct 1 - 31 (Wed-Sun)
The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show this year features more pumpkins, more fun, and an expanded schedule! Explore the famous gardens as Naumkeag is transformed into a celebration of autumn with over 1,500 jack-o-lanterns, hundreds of mums, pumpkins and countless gourds - most of which were grown right at Naumkeag!
Stoneham - BOO AT THE ZOO at Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Oct 23 & 24
Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Boo at the Zoo, where children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals!
Topsfield - Topsfield Fair
207 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983
Oct 1 -11
America’s oldest agricultural fair is now in its 203rd year, and a tradition to look forward to year after year.There’s lots to see and do, including the tractor pulls, the giant pumpkin contest. traditional agriculture, big entertainment, rides, games, shopping, & great food... something for everyone!
Waltham - Farm Day @ Waltham Fields Community Farm
240 Beaver Street Waltham, MA 02451
Farm Day is a FREE annual festival celebrating locally grown food and agriculture alongside our community members. This outdoor event features hands-on farm activities, educational demonstrations, live music, pick-your-own carrot patch, field tours, kids games, farm chickens, fiber rabbits and more!
Westford - Witch’s Woods
79 Powers Road, Westford, MA 01886
Friday thru Sunday nights in October, plus select Thursdays
Featuring the longest haunted hayride in New England, the only haunted hayride in MA and Halloween scream park!
Hocus Pocus 2 is filming this fall in Providence, RI and they’re looking for extras to work on the film. “Specifically seeking people with dance experience, men with shoulder length hair or longer, and young adults ages 18-22 years old.” Interested?
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