This weekend, many Boston neighborhoods will once again close their streets to car traffic, stock up on candy, and host trick-or-treat events for the first time since 2019.
While not every neighborhood is going back to having regular Halloween night festivities, here are some of the happenings in and around Boston on Sunday night.
This neighborhood is always cool in the fall – and the residents are all out to celebrate Halloween. Streets like Mount Vernon and Pinckney are closed to traffic for trick-or-treaters, and residents sit at their stations handing out candy to hundreds of people who come from all over the city. The old brick houses dress beautifully in Halloween decorations as residents pull out all the stops for some sort of casual Halloween decor contest.
Rows of brownstones decorated with pumpkin displays in the South End make a great trick-or-treat location. The neighborhood closes Rutland Street to vehicular traffic for a safe and family-friendly evening. This year, United South End Settlements (USES) is hosting a Halloween party In Rutland Street to take advantage of the food distribution program. on each of this Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 pm. The neighborhood party will include food, games, and a haunted house.
Brookline’s Beal Street near College Corner is also closed to cars to accommodate trick-or-treaters. Gorgeous homes and Halloween shows are all their own fun, but there’s no shortage of candy either—even the caretakers at the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site hand out sweets.
Charlestown Halloween Memorial Square Parade back to 36NS year 2021. in 5 pm. SundayResidents gather at the Bunker Hill Monument for live shows, parades, Halloween performances, and more for kids of all ages. Trick-or-treat can also be used along Monument Avenue, which is off-limits to overnight traffic.
Between Berkley and Fairfield Streets, Marlborough Street closes off vehicular traffic to host trick-or-treaters. Residents decorate their homes for the holiday and the neighbors mingle, although the neighborhood, in particular, will cancel its annual Clarendon Street Playground for its second consecutive Halloween out of great caution.
Cambridge has a few streets perfect for trick-or-treating. In north Cambridge, Dudley Street residents have hosted Halloween night parties for years and years—their streets may have sound effects, lights, and even fog. Crescent Street in Agassiz is usually closed to cars and lined with lanterns and other decorations, and all Cambridge fire stations host open houses from From 2 to 4 pm on Halloween, where children receive rewards and glow sticks.
Boston Police Department presented a Halloween Safety Tips List For families to consider. The recommendations are listed below:
- Parents should establish a curfew and a children’s road that keeps children close to home.
- Remind children not to enter the homes or vehicles of any stranger.
- Remind children to avoid homes without outdoor lighting.
- Attach your phone number and address to your children’s clothing.
- Take a flashlight.
- Make sure clothing and costumes are bright, reflective and flame retardant.
- Make rules about not eating until the kids come home.
- Once you get home, all the candy should be checked before eating it.
- When in doubt, throw it out! Candy that has been opened must be discarded. Any homemade candy or fruit should be closely examined.
- Never cross the street between parked cars.
- Watch the open flames of jack-o’-lanterns as they can ignite costumes and long wigs.
- If you serve candy, make sure your home is safe and available to trick-or-treaters.
- Keep the porch light on.
- Move the lanterns from the balcony where the kids are gathered if they are trick-or-treating in groups.
- Remove objects from your garden that may pose a danger.
- If you drive slowly all evening. You never know which creature might suddenly appear and cross your path. Slower is always better.
- Report suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
- Again, put a curfew. Ideally, trick-or-treaters should not be later than 8:30 p.m.
- Be sure to comply with all health and safety regulations as stipulated by the CDC.