October is in full effect and that means it is time to bust out the Halloween costumes and take the kids out to one of these Boston-area Halloween events for families. We found haunted trails, creepy animals and some spooky drive-in movies. Scroll through this list of Boston-area Halloween events and activities for kids to fill your calendar with Halloween fun!

The CDC has specific recommendations in place for Halloween 2020. We have updated our information to the best of our knowledge, but as we’ve learned in 2020, changes can happen at the last minute, so please check with your local city and county to get the most up-to-date info. on what is allowed in your area. Even if you can’t trick-or-treat, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate with the kids

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Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Walk through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano! Daily through Nov. 1 with additional dates added. Event details

Halloween at deCordova
Watch the harvest 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. Oct. 16. Event details

Frightful Fridays at the Gore Mansion
Enjoy spooky stories, but nothing too scary! The 45-minute program, which features five stories, occurs twice per evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30. Event details

Historically Spooky Halloween
Follow the pumpkin-lit paths to a game pavilion where kids can try their hand at 17th-century inspired games and then hear spooky stories by the fire. Each child will receive a gift bag of Halloween goodies. Oct. 23 and 30. Event details

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Spooky Scavenger Hunt at Bradley Estate
Join in this spooky scavenger hunt by flashlight through the grounds of the Bradley estate. Participants will get a series of hints to find hidden Halloween-themed destinations tucked away throughout the gardens and trails. If you solve all the clues, you get a prize! Spooky music, along with hot cider and donuts available for purchase, will get you in the Halloween spirit. Oct. 28. Event details

Nocturnal Animal Pumpkin Trail
This year’s Pumpkin Trail will display almost 400 pumpkins and lanterns, light installations, a story walk and a nocturnal animal scavenger hunt for the enjoyment of your little nighttime explorers along a safe and socially distant trail. Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages that combines fun and education in a unique way. Costumes encouraged! Oct. 28-Nov.1. Event details

Halloween Full Moon Hike
Once in a blue moon there are two full moons in one month and it is fitting that this falls on Halloween this year. Come to this special Full Moon Hike where we’ll be dressed in costume and seeing what creatures of the night we can find! Pre-registration required. Oct. 30. Event details

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Spookley the Square Pumpkin Drive-In
Park your car at the farm for a live musical theater experience presented “drive-in” style. Based on the popular books and animated special, Spookley The Square Pumpkin: The Musical combines the spectacle and joy of Halloween with delightful songs. Reservations required. Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Event details

Full Spooky Moon Family Hike
There is almost nothing more tranquil than a evening walk at the Crane Estate and this Halloween season we would like to invite your family to join us for a very unique hiking experience. With the full moon rising over the Atlantic, we’ll explore a corner of the estate and admire this spectacle. This is a great opportunity to bond to get the kids outside and share the joys of nature at twilight with your family. Oct. 30. Event details. 

Boo in the Barnyard
Did you know barnyard animals love Halloween too?! Join us for this special children’s Halloween Trick or Treat event at Chestnut Hill Farm. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, march in a costume parade around the farm (great photo/Instagram opps!) and share their festive looks with our friendly goats. Get creative with our special Halloween nature crafts, search the farm to complete an autumn scavenger hunt, climb the haypile, and play pumpkin bowling! Registration required. Oct. 31. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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