2018 Halloween Fun in Boston and Beyond

Ed Greable Blogger October 4, 2018

Boston is a popular destination for those who love Halloween. Whether staying in Boston or heading to nearby cities and communities, you will never run short of Halloween fun to explore. To that end, here are a few of the Boston Halloween happenings for 2018.

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Boston’s Ghosts and Gravestones Tour is a combination trolley ride and walking tour that takes you through some of the city’s most frightening sites. A costumed gravedigger takes you to the darker side of Boston while exploring some of the city’s greatest mysteries and haunts, including the haunting of Boston Harbor and the Lady in Black. The tour also includes stops at two of the city’s oldest graveyards.

Nightmare on Boston Harbor 10

Nightmare on Boston Harbor 10 will be returning this year on October 27th. This indoor/outdoor cruise features three levels of entertainment on The Provincetown II. In addition to DJs, music and booze, the event also offers costume prizes and fun with over 800 partygoers. The cruise boards at 6:00 pm, departs at 7:00 pm and returns at 10:00 pm.

Mahi Mahi Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise

If you are looking for a haunted cruise that is more family-friendly and has greater flexibility in dates, you might want to take a closer look at a Mahi Mahi Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise. Taking place on various days and at various times throughout the month, the Mahi Mahi Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise is a 75-minute excursion out of Salem featuring storytelling, tarot readings, face painting and spooky photo ops. The one-of-a-kind experience also includes a full bar and fresh grill, a heated main cabin with open air seating on the top deck, and an attentive service crew.

Halloween on Castle Island

Fort Independence and Castle Island also hosts a fun Halloween event each year, with this year’s event taking place on October 27 and 28 from noon until 4:00 pm each day. This kid-friendly event offers magicians, storytelling, refreshments and more.

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo

The Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo is returning on October 27 and 28. For just the price of admission, participants can trick-or-treat among the animas throughout the day. Many of the animals will also receive pumpkins throughout the day as part of their enrichment programs, while games, crafts, costume contests and a haunted maze will also be available to zoo guests.

Fright Fest

About an hour or so away from Boston, Fright Fest at Six Flags New England brings themed rides and décor for the price of admission. Once the sun goes down at 6:00 pm, however, the true hauntings begin. Highlights of Fright Fest at night include the Midnight Mansion, Terror Tales, The Forgotten Laboratory, The Aftermath: Zombie’s Revenge and Slasher Circus 3D. It should be noted that admission to these attractions is separately ticketed.

Cirque of the Dead

Back for its fifth year, Cirque of the Dead offers “macabre and unsavory” circus acts mixed with humor, horror and music. Performed by the Boston Circus Guild, the show combines aerial, burlesque, juggling and acrobatic acts. This years shows take place on October 19th, 20th and 25th at the Oberon in Cambridge.

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