Halloween isn’t just trick or treating and bobbing for apples. Here are a few of the many Halloween events taking place this month, most of which are family-friendly
- Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo
Oct. 1-31, 2012, Free admission
Just one of the many ways to celebrate the Halloween season is with the legendary haunts and witches of Salem. This month-long event at the Museum Place Mall features tarot card reading, mediums, and spirit guides.
- Ghost Tours in Boston
Discover a trio of spooky tours in downtown Boston that seek to educate visitors on the dark side of the city. “Ghosts and Gravestones” takes an historical approach, while “Haunted Boston Ghost Tours” delves into local folklore. Meanwhile, “Boston Night Tour” brings guests on a ghost hunt with trained paranormal experts. Prices vary.
- Fright Fest at Six Flags New England
Weekends, Sept. 22-Oct. 28
Six Flags amusement park, in Agawam, dresses up for Halloween with both family-friendly and nighttime events. Tickets prices vary.
- Spooky World
Sept. 28-Nov. 3, 2012, $29.99-$59.99
The annual Halloween tradition presents “Nightmare New England” in Litchfield, N.H. with a host of Halloween-themed attractions.
- Halloween With Mass. Audubon
Oct. 26-27, 2012, $8.25 members, $9.25 non-members
Bring the kids to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary this Halloween season to learn about the creatures of the night. Parents and children are encouraged to arrive in costume, and refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.
- Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo
Oct. 27-28, 2012, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,
Bring the kids to the Franklin Park Zoo’s Halloween celebration, featuring “creature encounters, creepy crafts, ghoulish games and a trick-or-treat trail.”
- Halloween on the Harbor
Oct. 26, 2012, 7-10 p.m., $5
It’s a trick or treat party departing via Duck Tour from the Seaport Hotel, including unique Halloween parties at popular Seaport restaurants and bars including Jerry Remy’s, Strega Waterfront, and Daily Catch. Special Halloween cocktails and appetizers will be on hand as well, including a basket of crispy bat (chicken) wings, pumpkin pizza, and “bloody eyeball punch.”
- Halloween Lunch Cruise
Oct. 27, 2012, Noon-2 p.m., Starting at $44.90 adults, $19.90, children
Board the Spirit of Boston and enjoy a buffet, entertainment, and an optional costume contest. There will also be a kid’s costume contest parade. Boarding is at 11:30 a.m.
- Beacon Hill with a Boo
Oct. 31, 2012, 5:30 p.m., $20
Hear the stories of ghosts, murders, and mayhem that haunt one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods with this 90-minute walking tour.