Boston Moms Getting-Out Guide :: October 2022

Don’t be spooked, but October is upon us! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and the thrill of Halloween is in the air! The Boston area is creepy-crawling with fun activities this month!

Need some ideas to get out and explore? Boston Moms has compiled a few of our favorite events happening around Greater Boston this October!

October Events at Boston Children's Museum

This month’s Getting Out Guide is sponsored by our friends at Boston Children’s Museum! There are so many fun things happening at the museum this month – take a look!

CreatedBy Festival, Saturday, October 15th, 2022

3D printing, robotics, hands-on science activities, and more! Celebrate the kickoff of Massachusetts #STEMWeek and all things #STEAM at Boston Children’s Museum. The annual CreatedBy Festival is back on October 15th. Meet with local artists, creators, innovators, technologists, and get inspired. CreatedBy Festival is FREE when you purchase a morning or afternoon Museum ticket on October 15th. Reserve your ticket at: https://createdbyfestival.org/

Special thank you to Bright Horizons, MathWorks, Autodesk, The LEGO Group, MEFA UFund, and Alexandria Real Estate Equities for sponsoring CreatedBy Festival.

FREE Virtual Workshops, Demos, and STEAM Fun! October 17 – 21, 2022

Looking to take Mass STEM week to the next level? Look no further! In addition to the annual CreatedBy Festival, Boston Children’s Museum is offering FREE virtual workshops, hands-on live Zoom demonstrations, performances, and all around STEAM fun daily from October 17 – 21st. Details and registration for live virtual events is available at https://createdbyfestival.org/

Spooktacular, Saturday, October 29th, 2022

Celebrate spooky season at Boston Children’s Museum’s third annual Spooktacular! Frightful fun awaits the entire family during this after-hours event on Saturday October 29 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This year’s Spooktacular will be better than ever, with added new activities for the littlest kids. Come celebrate and party where the wonder and fun of Boston Children’s Museum combines with trick-or-treating, spooky activities and programs for frightfully safe fun for all.

Throughout the night, experience activities and programs for all ages, including a “Little’s Pumpkin Patch” specifically for guests under the age of three, “Pumpkin Putt-Putt” perfect for the entire family, and “Potions!” for kids looking for a fun hands-on challenge. There will be plenty to do for every member of the family, and don’t forget about all the treats you will be leaving with!

Get your tickets to Spooktacular HERE.

October 1-7

Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

September 29-October 31 :: Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, Rhode Island

Put down the remote, shut off the streaming services, and make sure you don’t miss this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, celebrating 75 years of television!

King Richard’s Faire

September 3-October 23 :: Carver

New England’s royal tradition is back! Watch the king’s daring knights joust on horseback, hear live musical acts, watch theatrical performances, and stroll the village of more than 100 unique and talented artisans! There is certainly something for everyone at the fair!

Salem Haunted Happenings

October 1-31 :: Salem

Come celebrate Halloween at the largest celebration in the world! There is something for all ages at this month-long event, including parties, parades, vendor fairs, walking tours, museums, attractions, and special events!

Robo Boston: 5th Annual MassRobotics Robot Block Party

October 1 :: Boston

Come see amazing cutting-edge robotics from over 40 companies and universities at this free event! There will be robot demonstrations, presentations from area robotics companies and universities, hands-on interactions with robots, games, and more!

Choate Island Day

October 1 :: Essex

Come explore the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! Both guided and self-guided tours will be available, and guests are invited to explore the island, learn about its history, visit the Proctor Barn, hike to the Crane Burial Site, take part in kids scavenger hunts, and much more!

Sensory-Friendly Farm Festival Hour at Weir River Farm

October 1 :: Hingham

This event offers a dedicated hour with a reduced number of guests and a quieter sensory-sensitive environment. Anyone who would benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome. Guests are invited to visit with the farm animals, climb aboard a tractor, and make a fall craft! There will also be fun festival games, farm tattoos, and live music by Peter Mundt at a low volume!

Cambridge Science Festival

October 3-9 :: Cambridge

The week-long celebration combines all the magic and mayhem of modern science in an action-packed program of events, demonstrations, workshops, and performances! Be sure not to miss the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo on Sunday, October 9!

October 8-14

Phantoms by Firelight 2022

October 7-31 :: Sturbridge

Explore the myths and folklore of Halloween at Old Sturbridge Village! Evening guests will see the village in a darker, more eerie light, as the night progresses and a mysterious troupe of traveling performers, including gravity-defying acrobats, creepy conjurers, and fate-tempting fire jugglers, appears from the shadows of firelight!

HONK! Festival

October 7-9 :: Somerville

Come for the music, make some art, march in the parade, build community, and stand up for social justice — all for free! There will be a Friday evening HONK! showcasing bands of particular interest, free performances and art-making activities all day Saturday, and the ever-popular Sunday HONK! parade down Massachusetts Avenue, which will be followed by a full afternoon of HONK! performances in Harvard Square!

Lawn-A-Palooza / Battle of the Bands

October 8 :: Boston

All up-and-coming bands are welcome to come join in the battle between 5 and 9 p.m.! In addition to music, there will be many family-friendly activities. Costumes are welcome and encouraged!

Spooky Hunters of the Night Full Moon Hike

October 8 :: Southborough

On this spooky moonlit evening guests will search for nocturnal hunters. Search for bat silhouettes against a glowing orange harvest moon and learn about owl calls. You never know whoooooo you will find!

National Fossil Day – More Than Dinosaurs!

October 8 :: Cambridge

Meet members of the Stephanie E. Pierce Lab for Vertebrate Paleontology and the Ortega-Hernández Lab for Invertebrate Paleontology to see their favorite fossils, learn about their research, and ask them your questions! Harvard paleontologists study many amazing non-dinosaur fossils including early mammals, ancient invertebrates, whales, crabs, and more!

Blue’s Clues & You! Live on Stage

October 8 :: Boston

Come join Josh and Blue as they skidoo to amazing places in this Broadway-style production!

October 15-21

Pumpkin People in the Park

October 14-31 :: Chatham

Come find the creative and innovative Pumpkin People in Kate Gould Park and the bandstand on Main Street in Chatham. These fun and often outrageous displays are fashioned by local businesses, organizations, or just plain folk.

LEGO Train at Wenham Museum

October 15-16 :: Wenham

Calling all LEGO lovers! The LEGO Train is coming back to the Wenham Museum for a special fall-time visit! Come see this fun, rainbow-colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes, and much more.

Columbus Park Fall Festival

October 15 :: Boston

Come enjoy an afternoon of games, entertainment, and crafts at this free event celebrating fall! Wear your Halloween costume and walk in the parade at noon! 

Good News Gus

Occtober 15 :: Brookline

Join Harry as he wiggles, giggles, juggles, and jams with his sunshine-spreading sidekick, Good News Gus! Along with his cast of interactive fuzzy puppet friends, Harry will sing songs you know, tell jokes you might not, and play music on his rockin’ ukulele.

37th Annual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain

October 15-16 :: Princeton

Come celebrate all things fall with live music, apple pie baking and eating contests, 100 craft exhibitors, a farmers’ market, kids entertainment, and amazing views of the fall foliage from the SkyRide!

Outdoor Pumpkin Decorating and Halloween Party

October 18 :: Natick

Head over to Lookout Farm to decorate sugar pumpkins and rock out to live music by local musical act Jammin With You! A costume parade and Halloween-themed dance party will follow pumpkin decorating, so kids are encouraged to wear their costumes!

October 22-31

Sweet Halloween

October 22 :: Amesbury

Bring the littles to enjoy a not-so-spooky trick-or-treating experience brimming with sweet treats and boo-tiful fall foliage! Staff will be dressed up in fun costumes, giving out little goodies at various stations throughout the farm corn fields. Guests can also enjoy scarecrow and spiderweb tractor rides!

Magic by Bonaparté

October 22 :: Brookline

Come see this award-winning family magic concert, which includes astounding magic, hilarious comedy, and oodles of audience participation! 

Bird Park Pumpkin in the Park

October 22 :: Walpole

On this Halloween adventure, families with little ones are invited to walk a short pumpkin-lit trail through the woods dotted with fun facts about the nocturnal animals found in the park. Along the trail, four “nocturnal animals” will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, so remember to wear your costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight!

Together We Play — Celebrating Disabilities Awareness Month

October 23 :: Sudbury

Authors Jake Marrazzo and Lotte Diomede will read their books, which will be followed by activities led by Understanding Our Differences, a nationally recognized, award-winning program that uses a hands-on curriculum to foster acceptance and inclusion for people of all abilities. In addition, families can participate in a scavenger hunt of activities including an adaptive bike zoo, crafts, and learning around the library.

Boston Book Festival

October 29 :: Boston

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, the Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.

Halloween Zoo Howl

October 29-30 :: Boston

Thrills, chills, and animals await you at Franklin Park Zoo’s annual Zoo Howl! During this popular Halloween event, children are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at the Zoo. There will be plenty of haunted happenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the weekend, including costume contests and opportunities to learn about all the creepy crawly critters found at the zoo. Don’t worry — the animals get in on the holiday fun too! You may even get to see them snacking on a pumpkin treat!

Tricks and Treats: Spooky Science at the Waterworks Museum

October 30 :: Boston

Learn the science behind some spooky effects at this fun, free event! There will be festive crafts and activities, and, of course, candy! Don’t forget to check out the popular “Spooky Science of Magic” show at 12:30 p.m.!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com

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