Things To Do This Week In Boston (& Beyond)

Hello friends, I hope you’re having a great weekend! If you’re looking for something to do this week in Boston and beyond, check out this curated roundup of ideas for Monday through Friday! And don’t forget to check out these awesome roundups of fall festivals, apple picking sites, and places to pick your own pumpkins, as well as this roundup of 10 places to thrift Halloween costumes.


Through October 20: It’s time for King Richard’s Faire (Carver)

Through October 27: Jump inside the world's spookiest box of LEGO® bricks at Brick or Treat, a Halloween party built for kids (Somerville)

Through November 10: Explore the Enchanted Garden at Tower Hill Botanic Garden to find fairies, elves, and gnomes, plus have fun with fairy house building, scavenger hunts, dress ups, potion brewing, and more (Boylston)

Through November 30: Check out more than 50 works by New England artists at the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit (South Hamilton)

Monday, October 14

Help carve pumpkins in preparation for the Halloween Spooktacular (Attleboro)

Opening Our Doors is the largest day of free art, culture, and music in town (Boston)

With a costume parade, magic tricks, floating pumpkins, and other luminaries, the annual Frog Pond Pumpkin Float is always a gorgeous evening (Boston)

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the MFA features free admission, music, dance, and art-making activities (Boston)

A poem inspired by a Zapotec folktale comes to life at Behind the Mask - The Woman Who Outshone the Sun (Boston)

Make bubbling slime, flying ghosts, and more at Halloween STEAM for Kids (Boston)

Puppet Showplace Theater stages Sir George and the Dragon (Brookline)

Edaville offers a Not-So-Spooky Halloween (Carver)

Enjoy free pumpkin painting on The Green at The Street (Chestnut Hill)

Explore the Halloween Haymaze at Wilson Farm (Lexington)

Pumpkin painting, storytelling, decorated trails, and spooktacular lights await at Octoberfest at Winslow Farm (Norton)

Head to the free Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show at night to discover 1,000 pumpkins and gourds, 400-plus jack-o-lanterns, botanical arrangements, lots of lights, and many slightly spooky surprises (Stockbridge)

It’s the last day of the Topsfield Fair (Topsfield)

Take a Halloween Hike through a magical, slightly haunted forest when Broad Meadow Brook transforms into Boo Meadow Brook (Worcester)

Tuesday, October 15

Explore the colors and sounds of nature through stories, hands-on experience, and outdoor adventures during the Boston Nature Center Toddler Tuesday program (Boston)

Mother Goose on the Loose features rhymes, reads, and rhythms for babies and toddlers (Boston)

Take a Bollywood Funk Dance Class for Kids (Boston)

The Boston Asian American Film Festival begins (Boston)

Peek-a-Blue Hikes offer the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors with kids (Milton)

Families with young children can get concrete ideas to help kids create healthy and balanced screen time habits through predictable routines and developmentally appropriate rules at this workshop (Wellesley)

Wednesday, October 16

Barnyard stories come to life when kids get to meet the main characters up close at Barnyard Story Hour (Hingham)

Get outdoors for a Parents and Tots Nature Walk (Norwell)

Wicked Wednesdays offer up family-friendly programming, costumed characters, kooky creative crafts, freaky face painting, costume parades, monster music, and more (Salem)

Thursday, October 17

GrubStreet presents a Poetry/Hip Hop Storytelling Workshop for teens (Boston)

Explore a Haunted Hay Maze (Lexington)

It’s time for the Great Salem Pumpkin Walk (Salem)

Enjoy snacks and crafts in a Sukkah built by 8th graders (Watertown)

Don’t miss the New England Cheese & Food Festival (West Roxbury)

Friday, October 18

With a costume parade, magic tricks, floating pumpkins, and other luminaries, the annual Frog Pond Pumpkin Float is always a fun, gorgeous evening (Boston)

Enjoy Astronomy After Hours at the Museum of Science (Boston)

Catch Nightmare Before Christmas under the stars (Charlestown)

Hammond Castle hosts a creepy “Halls of Darkness” tour (Gloucester)

Winslow Farm hosts a kid-friendly haunted trail plus pumpkin painting and storytelling in the evening (Norton)

Watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial outdoors on the Town Common (Stoneham)

Frightful Fridays are back at Gore Place (Waltham)