31 Cool Things To Do In October (In Boston + Beyond)

October you guys. It's on Sunday but I'm dropping this early for your planning fun. Enjoy and share with a friend or 10!

October 1: Try butter making, cider pressing, candle dipping, burlap sack racing, hoop tossing, and more at Hayfest, an exploration of Newton family life in the 1800s (Newton)

October 2: Head to the Topsfield Fair, the country’s oldest agricultural fair, featuring games, rides, and traditional fun like a giant pumpkin weigh-off, monster trucks, and more (Topsfield)

October 3: Explore the ethnic, language, and cultural diversity of Boston with crafts, games, and other activities during Travel Tuesday: Who We Are (Boston)

October 4: Head outside for a Parents and Tot Nature Walk to explore the wonders of the woods, pond, and garden (Norwell)

October 5: Kick off Halloween month with Salem’s traditional Haunted Happenings Grand Parade (Salem)

October 6: Don’t miss the fun when Honk!, an annual three-day free festival, brings together brass bands from around the world for a celebration of music, community, and activism (Somerville)

October 7: It’s hayrides, PYO pumpkins, games, contests, live music, and more when the fields transform into fairgrounds at Verrill Farm’s Harvest Festival (Concord)

October 8: Build a Sukkah, help with the Fall harvest, learn about honeybees, sing, tell stories, and press cider at Powisset Farm’s Sukkot Festival (Dover)

October 9: Take part in Archaeology Discovery Day with a hands-on mock dig and an exploration of Early American artifacts (Norwell)

October 10: Join the Kids’ Art Club (Dorchester)

October 11: Children ages 3-8 can celebrate National Fossil Day by learning how fossils form, making imprints of natural objects, and seeing real fossils up close (Boston)

October 12: Grind the grain, knead the dough, and while the bread rises and bakes, visit a hen and reenact the story of the Little Red Hen (Lincoln)

October 13: Harvest pommes de terre in the garden and make french fries on French Fryday (Lincoln)

October 14: Fall Foliage Fun Day kicks off leaf peeping season with guided hikes, spectacular views, kite making, lawn games, cider donuts, s’mores, and more (Andover and North Andover)

October 15: See who wins the scarecrow contest at Sturbridge’s 27th Annual Harvest Festival, enjoy the food truck festival, and browse through the wares of over 50 local artisans and crafters (Sturbridge)

October 16: It’s time for a Toddlerbilly Taco Takeover with Matt Heaton (Somerville)

October 17: Storytime in the Book Nook features Giraffes Can’t Dance and Drum Dream Girl, along with fun, playful activities (Boston)

October 18: At Pigs and Potatoes, families harvest tubers, feed the pigs, and make a potato treat (Lincoln)

October 19: Celebrate the season with themed science programs, free planetarium shows, and more than 1,000 carved pumpkins when the Ecotarium offers its 14th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest (Worcester)

October 20: Floating pumpkins, luminaries, and a costume parade, along with stories, treats, drinks, and spooky fun make the Frog Pond Pumpkin Float a lovely way to spend an evening. (Boston)

October 21: Friendly newfies with small carts transport PYO pumpkins from patch to vehicle at Smolak Farm’s Newfoundland Dog Pumpkin Pull (North Andover)

October 22: Join 4,000 neighbors for the sunset Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade (Jamaica Plain)

October 23: Check out Zoo Boo Days (Mendon)

October 24: Visit an owl, create owl masks, and prowl about for Owl-O-Ween (Lincoln)

October 25: Stop by the season’s last Tots @ 10 to see Stacey Peasley’s Halloween Show (Somerville)

October 26: Get ready for Halloween with a bit of After-School Pumpkin Carving-- take home a jack-o-lantern, enter it into the Pumpkins in the Park Contest, or display it on the pumpkin-lit Nocturnal Trail (Walpole)

October 27: Curious George comes to town for a special Halloween Party, crafts, pictures, and fun (Cambridge)

October 28: The Boston Book Festival brings author talks, panels, live music, costumed characters, and more (Boston)

October 29: Trick-or-treat among the animals and discover chills, thrills, and critters around every corner at Zoo Howl (Boston)

October 30: Catch Ghostbusters on the big screen (Roslindale)

October 31: Create Halloween crafts at the library (Newton)

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