9 Spooky Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Boston This Year

Mask up!

In a city that’s overwhelmed with history and ghostly tales, it’s easy to get spooked. However this year, Halloween in Boston is inevitably different. If you still want to get your scary on, we’ve rounded up a few socially responsible ways to enjoy the holiday, whether that involves staying in or venturing out.

Carve pumpkins and sip some seasonal beers at Harpoon Brewery

Everyone’s favorite beer hall is hosting an outdoor pumpkin carving event for those fall enthusiasts on Thursday, October 29 from 3-8pm. To reserve a table, tickets are $35 per person , which includes your first beer, salted pretzel, beer-themed stencils (unless you want to bring your own!), carving tools, and—of course—a pumpkin. 

Pack the car for a spooky (and free) night at the drive-in

Trying to squeeze in a classic Halloween flick this season? The City of Boston recently announced a free fall drive-in movie series taking place in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center parking lot. The series ends this Saturday, but you can still scope out tickets online to watch movies like Hocus Pocus , Get Out , The Addams Family , and Psycho on the big screen.

Get lost in Witch’s Woods

Westford, Massachusetts
Nashoba Valley Ski Area’s most haunted and unsettling hayride, Witch’s Woods is back to fulfill all your ghoulish dreams. With COVID-19 guidelines in place, expect to have your mask on at all times while you get freaked out by witches in trees and werewolves howling at the moon. You’ll also have to buy your ticket online , which costs $34 per person. FYI, make sure you cut back on invites this year—parties are limited to 10 people. 

Check out fall decor and more in Shipyard Park

Charlestown’s new outdoor venue and beer garden, The Anchor , now has hundreds of pumpkins on display for you and your fellow Halloween fans to meander through. You can either plan a quick trip to see the sights or if you’d like to stick around for a while, you can book one of their three Halloween VIP experiences, which gets you reserved seating, food and beverage credits, festive treats, and more.

Enjoy a boo-zy brunch at The Beehive

South End
This oh-so Instagrammable restaurant The Beehive will have the spookiest brunch in town on October 31. With food and drink specials from 11am-3pm, the menu fittingly includes Bloody Marys and blood sausage, and will fuel you up for the organized “Ghost Walk” over to sister restaurant Cósmica . Come dinner time, both restaurants will have even more holiday-themed specials, with guests encouraged to show up and dine in costume.

Grab your cider and head to Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill
Despite no trick-or-treating this year, Beacon Hill continues to live up to its name as one of the most decked out neighborhoods in Boston during any holiday season. With stoops lined with gourds and ghouls, decorations peeping from windows of brownstones and streets lit up for a haunting ambience, you can safely walk the streets and keep to yourself while enjoying every chilling moment.

Hop on a ghosts and gravestones tour 

Maybe you haven’t witnessed as often as the infamous duck boats, but you’ve definitely had this trolley tour pass you in the streets. Boston Ghost Tours is back to bringing guests to the city’s most historic and haunted spots. To learn more about their COVID-19 guidelines, you can visit their website . You can also purchase tickets online , which are around $40 per adult.

Tune into Salem’s Haunted Happenings at-home

We can’t talk about Halloween in New England without mentioning Salem , the go-to town for all things historically haunted. However, this year, Salem is cracking down on visits to curtail overcrowding, with local businesses closing earlier this year and select trains on the commuter rail even bypassing Salem station from now until the end of October. So whether or not you make the trip, you can always live vicariously from home. Choose from Salem Haunted Happening’s online witch tours or an online visit to The House of Seven Gables

Take virtual ghost adventure in Beantown

If you’d prefer to stay inside to celebrate, queue up US Ghost Adventures’ special Boston tour, which virtually takes you to eerie sites and fills you in about the city’s unforgettable (and true) stories.


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Jillian Hammell is a contributor for Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.