Historic cities like Boston were made for Halloween. There’s something about the winding cobblestone streets, narrow pathways and lantern-like lamps of Boston that evoke a moody mystery just spooky enough for a festive haunting. That’s why so many New Englanders flock to Boston for the city’s myriad Halloween festivities.
Thinking of checking it out for yourself? A C&J bus to South Station is the easiest way to get to and from Boston during this busy time of year. But, what should you do once you arrive?
For Everyone: Market of the Living Dead
Free and Fun? It sounds like a trick, but SoWa’s Market of the Living Dead is definitely a treat. Located in Boston’s South End, the SoWa Open Market runs every Sunday (May through October) and showcases a number of vendors, from local artists to specialty food-trucks. But in honor of Halloween this week, they’ve got something special brewing.
On Sunday October 27, SoWa is celebrating its 10th Annual Market of the Living Dead with a festive Dia de los Muertos theme. In addition to live music, free Halloween goodies, and fun games, the SoWa Open Market will host a themed costume contest! Come dressed in your best Day of the Dead garb for your chance to win up to $250! Check out their site for full contest details.
For Families: Halloween Lunch Cruise
Head down to Spirit Cruises on Sunday October 27 for a Halloween celebration done Boston-style: a lunch cruise on the picturesque Boston Harbor. With a festive costume parade for the kids, live DJ entertainment, trick-or-treat gifts, Halloween-themed games, and more, the two-hour cruise is perfect for families with little-ones.
Best of all, for every paying adult, one child aged 12 and under gets complimentary admission! For additional children, a fee may apply. Get all the details here.
For Grown Ups: Boston Halloween Pub Crawl
Ready to take your costumed revelry to the next level? Hosted at some of Boston’s most beloved bars, and sponsored by PubCrawls.com, the Boston Halloween Pub Crawl has exploded in recent years.
With three events this year (10/26, 10/31 and a Happy Hour crawl on 11/01), there’s no excuse to miss the party. You can purchase tickets online, then register at your starting bar of choice. Get all the info here.
For Thrills: Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour
With a history as rich and varied as Boston’s, there’s no shortage of ghost stories. And with any great ghost story, there’s usually an equally great ghost tour. While we couldn’t possibly list every haunted, well, haunt in Boston, you can get a sampling with the Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour. Fun for the whole family, the Ghosts & Graveyards tour will take you on a wild ride around some of Boston’s most spooky spots.
With creepy stories, eerie tour guides, visits to ancient burial grounds and plenty of things that go bump in the night, parents are advised consider their individual child’s tolerance. As the website notes, this tour may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age, and children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. Availability in late October is limited, so call ahead before booking online!
Of course this is just a sampling of all the fun and freaky things to do in Boston this Halloween. Whatever you decide, there’s one horror-show it’s okay to miss: skip Boston’s notorious traffic and grab a C&J bus to Boston for Halloween 2013.