When and where to trick-or-treat in Boston

Use this guide for a wicked Halloween.

A house decorated for Halloween in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
A house decorated for Halloween in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. –Beacon Hill Civic Association

In just a few days, swarms of Boston’s younger residents and their families will take to the streets in search of sugary goods. Whether you’re looking for insight about when to head out, where to go, or what jacket to bring, we’ve got you covered. This guide will be updated as more information about street closures and weather becomes available.

Trick-or-treating times

Many Boston neighborhoods do not have set times for candy hunting, but the Boston Police Department suggests wrapping up the fun by 8:30 p.m. Communities that have announced trick-or-treat times are listed below, as well as the time of some local events. All happenings place on Oct. 31 unless otherwise stated.

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Allston/Brighton
Between 3 and 5 p.m., the Brighton Business District will host its 24th annual Trick-or-Treat event, which culminates with a pizza party.

Back Bay
If you’re looking to hit the streets of Back Bay, its neighborhood association plans to hand out candy between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Cambridge
There are no specified trick-or-treat times here, but kiddos can stop by the Collins Branch Library until 8 p.m., or get candy a day early trick-or-treating at CambridgeSide between 4 and 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Fenway
If you stop by the Fenway Community Development Corporation’s “Eat & Treat” event, the group plans to head out between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Newton
Those trick-or-treating in this Boston suburb should head home by 8 p.m.

North End
The North End Waterfront Mothers’/Fathers’ Association will sponsor trick-or-treating beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Roxbury
Members of the BCYF Shelburne Community Center will be able to participate in a Halloween party and trick-or-treating between 4 and 6 p.m.

Somerville
It’s suggested that families trick-or-treat between 5 and 8 p.m.

South Boston
Local businesses and organizations, including the BCYF Condon Community Center and J.P. Licks, will participate in “Trick or Treat on Broadway” between 4 and 6 p.m.

South End
Those starting the evening at the Ringgold Park Halloween Party will start the candy hunt at around 6 p.m.

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For more information, check out our list of trick-or-treat times in the Greater Boston area.

Road Closures

The city of Boston announced on Wednesday that the following streets would be closed to vehicles on Halloween to allow for festivities.

Back Bay

  • Marlborough Street from Berkeley Street to Fairfield Street, closed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Beacon Hill

  • Pinckney Street from Joy Street to Charles Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon Street from Joy Street to Charles Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Chestnut Street from Walnut Street to Charles Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • West Cedar Street from Revere Street to Chestnut Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Anderson Street from Myrtle Street to Pinckney Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Branch Street from Charles Street to Spruce Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.

Charlestown

  • Monument Square, streets abutting the monument closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Monument Avenue from Monument Square to Warren Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Winthrop Street from Monument Square to Common Street, closed from 4 to 8 p.m.

East Boston

  • Saratoga Street from Marion Street to Brooks Street, closed from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jamaica Plain

  • Dunster Road from Centre Street to Dane Street, closed to traffic from 5 to 8 p.m.

Roslindale

  • Mendum Street from Fairview Street to Walter Street, closed to traffic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • South Street from Lesher Street to Washington Street; and Mosgrove Avenue, from South Street to Washington Street, closed to traffic from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Tyndale Street from Guernsey Street to Walworth Street, closed to traffic from 6 to 8 p.m.

South Boston

  • Beckler Avenue from K Street to the end, closed to traffic from 2 to 8 p.m.

South End

  • Pembroke Street from Warren Avenue to Tremont Street, closed to traffic from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Waltham Street from Tremont Street to Shawmut Avenue, closed to traffic from 5 to 8 p.m.

Best neighborhoods and streets to trick-or-treat

Back Bay
The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay has dubbed Marlborough Street (between Berkeley and Fairfield Streets) the center of its spooky celebration.

Beacon Hill
This neighborhood is known for its elaborately spooky decor. The Boston Globe even pondered a few years ago if it’s overcome Salem as the region’s go-to Halloween spot.

Brookline 
Head over to Beals Street here, where the John F. Kennedy Historical Site will be handing out treats alongside the area’s residents.

Jamaica Plain
Head to the Connolly Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. or the Jackson Square MBTA Station at 4 p.m., where you’ll become part of trick-or-treating parade led by percussionists. Stop for treats at Centre Street business along the way before both groups meet up at Blessed Sacrament Plaza for a Halloween Festival.

Newton
Trick-or-treaters in this neck of the woods may be interested in stopping by the Jackson Homestead and Museum on Washington Street. In addition to candy, the historic house will hand out free museum admission tickets that can be used through the fall.

North End
This neighborhood might be the sweet spot for children with allergies or other medical conditions that prevent them from eating sweets. The neighborhood will participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project, which asks that residents and local businesses to hand out non-food treats in addition to candy. Look out for buildings displaying the project’s flyer to know who is participating.

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South End
If you’re heading to the South End, you may want to start your night at Ringgold Park, where a Halloween party kicks off at 5 p.m. Kids can grab glow sticks, and family members (pets included) could nab a prize for the scariest, cutest, or most clever costumes before heading out to search for sweets around 6 p.m.

West Roxbury
A 2016 Zillow report named this Boston neighborhood the top spot in the city to trick-or-treat based on home values, the proximity of houses from one another, crime rates, and how much of the area’s population is 10 years old or younger.

Weather

Trick-or-treaters will need to hold on tight to their candy sacks, because the National Weather Service predicts some pretty strong wind gusts to blow down Boston streets. The area will see some showers as well, with possible heavy rain late at night. Amid these conditions, expect mild evening temperatures in the 60’s.

Safety Tips

The Boston Police Department provided a list of Halloween safety tips on Friday for families to keep in mind. The recommendations are listed below:

  • Parents should establish a curfew and route designed to keep kids close to home within familiar areas and surroundings.

  • Remind kids not to enter stranger’s homes or vehicles.

  • Remind children to avoid homes without an outside light.

  • Attach your phone number & address to your children’s costume.

  • Be sure clothing & costumes are bright, reflective and flame resistant.

  • Set rules about not eating treats until kids get home.

  • Once home, all candy should be inspected before it is ingested. When in doubt, throw it out.

  • Again, set a curfew. Ideally, trick-or-treating should go no later than 8:30pm.

  • Lastly, report any suspicious behavior or criminal activity to our officers who will be out in full force working hard to make sure this Halloween is the safest it can be.