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/
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!
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!
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!
October 1-31 :: Salem
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
October 8 :: Boston
Come join Josh and Blue as they skidoo to amazing places in this Broadway-style production!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 :: 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!
October 22 :: Brookline
Come see this award-winning family magic concert, which includes astounding magic, hilarious comedy, and oodles of audience participation!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.!