Halloween Haunted Happenings in Boston

Some are scary, some are pure fun, but Boston's 2012 Halloween festivities are sure to be entertaining for all ages.

Looking for activities for you and your family to celebrate this Halloween season? Look no further, we have a breakdown of Halloween happenings throughout Boston.

JP Dog Parade: The 9th Annual Dog Parade Costume and Fashion Show gives local canines a chance to look fabulous. Registration starts at First Baptist Church at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by the parade stepping off at 1 p.m. The parade ends at the South Street Mall. The fashion show and judging begins at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Animal Rescue League. Saturday, Oct. 27, noon to 2 p.m. [And don't forget to enter a picture of your pooch in the Patch Dog Costume Contest -- there's a $50 gift card at stake.]

Halloween Stroll: Businesses along JP's Centre/South corridor will hand out candy and treats on Halloween Day. Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3-6 p.m.

Halloween Sing-A-Long: The 40-minute sing-a-longs will be "halloweenized" versions of popular children's songs and will include playing instruments and dancing! Bring a trick or treat bag for a special "treat." Children's Music Center of Jamaica Plain, The Brewery Complex, 284 Armory St. Cost is $10 per family (up to 3 people), additional adults/kids 1+, $5, under 1, free. Jamaicaplainmusic.com. Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Happy Hour Halloween Pub Crawl: Here is another opportunity to show off that fabulous Halloween costume! PubCrawls.com is claiming to be organizing the biggest, organized PubCrawl that Boston has ever seen! So prepare to dress up, meet some new friends and visit some of the best bars in Boston. For tickets, visit www.pubcrawls.com. Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31.

PruBoo: Calling all ghosts and goblins for this family-friendly event! The Shops at the Prudential Center will be holding a Trick-or-Treat for Charity event and kids of all ages will enjoy visiting stores throughout the Center where there will be free candy, face painting, magic tricks and other spooky fun. There will also be a kids concert at 2 p.m. with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. Register at the Customer Service Desk. Sunday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Price: $4 donation given to Room to Grow (includes trick or treat bag).

Beacon Hill with a Boo: For the past 25 years, this has been the most popular Boston by Foot event. The walk highlights Beacon Hill's rich history of mystery and suspense, ghosts, murders and mayhem, including the home of murdered and dismembered George Parkman, the site where the Quakers were hanged, famous men buried and many more scenes from the massacre. For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. Price: $20 per person.

The Haunted Ghost Ship: Yes, there really is a ghost ship in the Boston Harbor and it is named The Freedom. The cruise sails around the dark and eerie Boston Harbor while onboard there will be dancing, singing, costume contests and more. Ages 21+. For tickets, visit ghostsandgravestones.com. Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 p.m. Online price $35.91 per person.

Community Music Center of Boston's 2nd Annual Halloween Jam: This spooky and kooky children's concert is a great way to kick-off the Halloween weekend! Kids ages 0-8 are welcome in their Halloween costumes for this musical extravaganza! Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave. (Allen Hall), South End. Free. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

Halloween DJ Public Skate: This is a spooky edition of the public skate with live DJs taking requests. Costumes are encouraged, but no masks or dangling material below the knee. Jim Roche Community Ice Arena, 1275 VFW Pkwy., West Roxbury. $5 per person, $5 skate rentals. Friday, Oct. 26, 8-9:50 p.m.

27th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade: Dress the kids in their favorite Halloween costumes for a parade that will begin at the Bunker Hill Monument to the Training Field and up Monument Ave. There will be a performance by the YAK Dance Crew at 5 p.m. before the parade begins. Glow necklaces and trick or treat bags will be provided. For all ages. For more information, call 617-791-5663.

Halloween at the Frog Pond Carousel: Boston's Frog Pond will be transformed into a spooky carnival this Halloween! Storyteller "Aunty Goose" will be on hand from Roalita's Puppets with hand puppets, comedy and music 4-5:30 p.m. Boston magician Kayla Drescher will be offered magic tricks and sweet treats 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Front Pond Freddie will be visiting throughout the evening. The little ghosts and goblins will also have the opportunity to take a ride on the legendary Spooky Carousel! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Carousel rides $3. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4-7:30 p.m.


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