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, trick-or-treat opportunities and even an enchanted garden. Scroll through this list of Boston-area Halloween events and activities for kids to fill your calendar with Halloween fun!

photo: Belmont Park

Frog Pond Pumpkin Float
This family-friendly event includes decoration of Halloween luminaries, refreshments and more. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and bring an 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkin to be floated on the Frog Pond for a thrilling early evening display. Frog Pond Boston Common. Oct. 18. Event details

Boo at the Zoo
Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals at Stone Zoo. Thrills, chills and animals lurk around every corner on the trick-or-treat trail, while other haunted happenings include creepy crafts, ghoulish games, costume contests and a haunted maze! Stone Zoo. Oct. 19-20. Event details

Halloween Haunted Trail
Maudslay is Haunted is Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay State Park. Each year, volunteers develop playfully spooky skits, make masks, design costumes, organize food donations, sell tickets, distribute pumpkins, paint faces and more. This all-ages, family event is a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes. There is also warm cider, donuts and other treats for sale. Maudslay State Park. Oct. 19-20. Event details

photo: Brian Blanco

Brick or Treat
Jump inside the world’s spookiest box of LEGO® bricks at the only Halloween party that’s built for kids. The LEGO® FUNgineers are busy making the attraction boo-tiful and are planning awesome activities around every creepy corner. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Boston. Daily through Oct. 27. Event details

October Festival at Winslow Farm
Located on the Winslow Nature Trail, this kid-friendly haunted trail is designed especially for children, complete with Halloween decor and perhaps a friendly ghost or two. Bring a flashlight! There’s also pumpkin painting and storytelling in the evening. Winslow Farm. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 27. Event details

Enchanted Garden
Fairies, elves, goblins, gnomes and ghouls are all welcome to explore nature during this magical time of autumn. Come to Tower Hill during the Enchanted Garden exhibit to see magical fairy house displays and giant wings made of plants. Dress as an enchanted creature or pose in front of the wings and become enchanted on the day of. Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Daily through Nov. 10. Event details

Ewok Village: Halloween Night
n TreeTop Tradition, we’ll transform our park into our Signature Ewok Village. Enjoy Star Wars theme music, larger than life blow-up characters and a Star Wars movie projected in the trees! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character or other Halloween costume of your choice and receive a coupon for 50% off your next visit. TreeTop Adventures. Oct. 26. Event details

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Newburyport’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Join Newburyport’s Downtown and Tannery merchants as they celebrate Halloween and stop by in costume for a trick or a treat. This event is intended for small children accompanied by an adult and is a local favorite. Market Square. Oct. 25. Event details

LexFUN Annual Halloween Parade
Come participate with your children ages 5 and under in costume during a parade walk around the Battle Green. Meet next to the Buckman’s Tavern, across the street from the Battle Green, and gather with friends. The parade will commence at 10:15 a.m., rain or shine. Lexington Battle Green. Oct. 26. Event details

Grove Hall Halloween Party
Come for an evening of music, merriment and mirth where kids and teens can play games, eat sweet treats and enjoy fun music. A prize will be given for best costume. This event is free and open to the public. Grove Hall Library. Oct. 31. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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