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Halloween events west of Boston

October 27, 2011

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Acton

Mark your calendars for Acton Family Network’s spooktacular Halloween Party. There will be a variety of activities to entertain kids, including music, crafts, dance, and of course, trick-or-treating. Oct. 29, 10-11:30 a.m. R. J. Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Rd. $3 per child, $10 family maximum. 978-264-4700, x3304; www.actonfamily.org

Arlington

Halloween events at ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave. Oct. 28, 6 p.m., Capitol Square businesses are celebrating Mexico’s Day of the Dead with Family Fiesta Night. Join a lively celebration featuring traditional Mexican food from Arlington’s Mexican restaurants, along with crafts and activities for all ages. Sample Mexican fare from Acitron Bistro, taste traditional Mexican sweets, and make paper flowers, skull and candle decorations. Oct. 29, 10 a.m., Decorate a trick-or-treat bag. 781-646-2200, artbeatonline.com/.

Brookline

All aboard for Halloween fun at the Spooky Story Station. Join friendly ghosts, baby zombies, and furry monsters as they welcome trick-or-treaters to Puppet Showplace Theatre. More spectacular than scary. Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St. Tickets: Pay-what-you-can-admission (suggested $5 to $20 per family). 617-731-6400, www.puppetshowplace.org.

Concord

Room to Read Kids’ Adventure Night presents a fun evening of children’s entertainers, guest speakers, spooky storytelling pottery painting, and raffle prizes. Featuring the energetic music and performance of Mister Vic (up to age 5). Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Barefoot Books Store/Studio, 89 Thoreau St. Free. 978-369-1770, www.roomtoreadbarefootbooks.eventbrite.com.

Framingham

In “Cabbages, Bogies and Trick or Treat: A Look at Halloween Through the Ages,’’ Haunted Trolley Tour founder Jim Parr traces the origins of the holiday from the ancient druids to today’s prankster. Why do we trick or treat? What is cabbage night? Where did this holiday come from? What’s a bogie? Oct. 30, 2-3:30 p.m. Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak St. $5. framinghamhistory.org/.

Lincoln

“Tales of the Night’’ is a frighteningly fun evening appropriate for the whole family. The event’s centerpiece, the Haunted Hayride, pulls visitors along through a series of Halloween skits in Drumlin’s vegetable fields, lit by bonfires. Oct. 27-28, 6:30-9 p.m. Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 S. Great Road. $10. 781-259-2200, www.massaudubon.org.

Marlborough

The mayor’s office invites kids and families to trick or treat on Main Street and catch the annual Horribles Parade Oct. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The parade will start at 5:15 p.m. at the Old Fire Station and will be led by the Marlborough Middle School Band. 508-460-3770.

Maynard

Start your spooky holiday off with a fun Halloween party for young children. Event features music by Mr. Vic, food, games, and crafts. Suitable for children under 6. Older siblings are welcome with parental supervision. $5 per family. Oct. 29, 10 a.m. Knights of Columbus, 52 Nason St. 978-897-5211, www.maynardfam.org.

Natick

How do you hiss without using your mouth? Breathe without lungs or gills? Move if you don’t have legs? “Creepy Crawlies’’ features some of the strange and creepy critters from our wild and wacky world of animals, just in time for Halloween. You’ll meet tarantulas, amphibians, snakes, and even some cool cockroaches. Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. $12, $8 kids. 508-655-2296, www.massaudubon.org.

Newton

The annual Halloween Fair at the Newton Community Service Center (NCSC) is a fun-filled event geared toward the younger set (ages 0-10). Celebrate Halloween in a wholesome, nonscary way, and help raise funds for the early-child-care programs at NCSC. Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Newton Community Service Center, 492 Waltham St. Tickets for activities are 50 cents each, 12 for $5 or 25 for $10. The maze is $5 for unlimited entry. 617-617-969-5906, www.ncscweb.org.

Sudbury

Sudbury Valley Trustee’s Pumpkin Patch features live music, storytelling, haunted garden, sack races, tug of war, pumpkin and trick-or-treat bag decorating, candle making, complimentary Halloween picture, seasonal food and beverage, letterboxing, and more. Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m. Wolbach Farm, Sudbury Valley Trustees, 18 Wolbach Rd. Free. 978-443-5588, www.svtweb.org/Halloween.

Waltham

Children and their families can dance to a DJ, listen to stories, play games, join a costume parade, and take a wagon ride around the farm fields at “A Great Pumpkin Day at Gore Place.’’ No scary costumes, as this event is intended for young children. Oct. 30, 3-5 p.m. Gore Place, 52 Gore St. $5. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org.

Watertown

The Watertown Children’s Theatre explores the work of Edgar Allen Poe, whose stories and poems have entertained readers for over a hundred years, in “Poe! Poe! Poe!’’ performed by an ensemble cast of 6th-to-9th graders. Performances are Oct. 28-29 at 7 p.m. and Oct 30 at 1 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $10 each and are available at www.watertownchildrenstheatre.org or 1-800-838-3006.

Wellesley

Little witches and goblins and their pets are invited to show off their costumes and enjoy freebies, prizes, stories and Halloween fun at a Not-so-scary Halloween Parade and Party. Participate in the Halloween parade with a clown around Linden Square and be treated to children’s entertainment by Big Joe the Storyteller from 3-4 p.m. Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m. Linden Square, 180 Linden St. Free. www.shoplindensquare.com.

Westborough

The Westborough Recreation Department’s children’s Halloween party, “Halloween Spooktacular,’’ features games, prizes, performance by Gary the Silent Clown, and refreshments. For grades K-4. Oct. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Caregivers must attend with children. Please bring canned good for donation to the Westborough Food Pantry. www.town.westborough.ma.us/Public_Documents/WestboroughMA_Recreation/.

Weston

At Halloween Family Day, come in costume and win a stamp prize. Do postage stamp games and puzzles, decorate a pumpkin with stamps, do arts and crafts with stamps, find the secret mummy stamp. View Halloween stamps and have your photo made into a stamp. Gift shop and Post Office open. Oct. 29, noon- 4 p.m. Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, 235 Wellesley St. $8, Seniors $5, Children under 16 free. 781-768-8367, www.spellman.org.

Compiled by Milva DiDomizio


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