All Hallows’ Eve is around the corner!
It’s safe to say that the spookiest day of the year will be a tad bit stranger than usual this 2020. But there are still plenty of stay-at-home and socially-distant activities to take part in this Halloween that will totally lift your spirits!
That’s why we’ve come up with 16 spooktacular ways you can still, safely, celebrate Halloween in Boston this year. Check them out!
Where: Emerald Square
When: Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14.
Start your engines and pull out your ouija boards! Seven trapped souls from RuPaul’s Drag Race haunt the stage in New York this Halloween season, and you can enjoy this fantastic show from the safety of your car! Plus, enjoy an immersive haunted house experience in the parking lot when you arrive. You’ll watch the live show on Jumbotron LED screens, and there will be gourmet concessions for sale at the venue. The drag show must go on… in life or death!
Tickets: $30, grab them here!
Where: Your home
When: Friday, October 9
One hundred years after Dracula’s demise, the descendants of his destroyers reunite to commemorate the event. But plans change when one of the partygoers exhibits signs of turning into a vampire! Who is transitioning from life to undeath, and which room of the castle holds the solution? During this Virtual Murder Mystery Clue Chase, a dinner party that takes place in real-time, you’ll play a character and work together with your fellow dinner guests to find the vampire and either help them regain humanity or seal their fate… all before dessert!
Tickets: $25, grab them here!
While plans on the ground have taken a scary turn and most major Halloween events have been canceled, nature will be stepping in to put on a spooky show of its own. If you’ve ever wondered how the saying “once in a blue moon” came about, it was coined from the unique celestial phenomenon where we get two full moons in one calendar month or the third of four full moons in a season. The second full moon in a month (or third of the season) is called a Blue Moon. This happens every two to three years and the next one is happening on October 31, 2020.
Where: Your home
Scare Your Friend is a bundling of two of Psycho Clan’s wildly popular blindfolded haunted houses – The Empty Place and A Dark House. Now, they are available to the public as audio downloads that come with digital how-to manuals that guide you in staging these unique horror experiences safely in the privacy of your own home! Your personal surroundings and your own imagination will bring the whole experience alive. Both shows can be done at home and should be done either with one other person or with small groups of people who you live with or with whom you have formed social cohorts. You can share the download up to 20 times! If you are tired of participating virtual experiences on a screen, this is safe…but will raise the hair on the back of the neck. This is a Halloween treat (or beyond) that gets you up and on your feet!
Tickets: $15, grab them here!
Changing leaves aside, is there something more autumnal than pumpkins? Probably not. Pumpkins are the predilect fruit of Fall (apart from apples), they’re in our lattes, our pies, cookies and even donuts sometimes. Nor is there something quite like a perfectly carved jack-o-lantern to get you into the mood for the spooky season. The versatile orange fruit is a total staple of Fall.
Where: Your home
When: Every Saturday through November 28 at 2 p.m.
Hit the streets of East End London without leaving your couch! This interactive Jack the Ripper walking tour will take you back to the dark and mysterious world of 1888 Victorian London as you try to suss out suspects and solve some murders. You will virtually “meet” your live tour guide in the impoverished neighborhood of Whitechapel, where you will be assigned a suspect card with which you can investigate the alleged perpetrators. Learn more about Jack the Ripper, his victims, and the suspects on this virtual tour—it’s a must for all murder mystery fans!
Tickets: $6, grab them here!
With fall foliage in New England at its peak, Boston’s trees will soon burst into spectacular hues of gold and auburn and you know what that means–It’s time for some leaf-peeping!
8. Break out the popcorn for a terrifyingly fun movie night
Get the popcorn ready, brew up your favorite potion and settle in because…”It’s showtime!” We’ve found tons of terrifyingly fun movies and series on Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime and Disney + that will totally get you into the spooky spirit of the season. Plus Freeform’s bringing back its 31 Nights of Halloween for a thrilling month-long marathon of Halloween classics!
9-10. Bring your painting skills to life!
This 1.5-hour course is led by an expert artist to guide you through the creation of a spooky painting inspired by Halloween. Release your creativity while painting along. No experience needed. List of recommended supplies: a canvas or canvas board, a big brush, a skinny brush, a water cup, paper towel, a plate, a pencil and an eraser, paint (blue, yellow, red, black, and white), and an apron or painting clothes.
Saturday, October 31: Virtual Halloween Painting Party
- Sunday, November 1: Virtual Dia del los Muertos Painting Party
Boston’s history goes way back to the revolutionary days of the birth of our country. But with history comes mystery and strange happenings and so our beautiful city is said to be plagued with ghouls and ghosts of times past. Some evidently spooky, others not so much, these are but ten of the most haunted spots in Boston–a city which is said to be rife with paranormal activity. Check these out to get in the mood for this spooky season, if you dare!
Just 17 miles north of Boston, sits the small, quaint town of Salem a place known for its ghosts, mysterious energy and, of course, its famous witch trials. First established in 1626, Salem began as a simple religious town but hysteria and fear soon took over when hundreds of local people were accused and subsequently condemned for witchcraft. The town has done its fair share of repentance for the harrowing trials, but Salem has since been known as a town rife with magic and witches. From haunted spots and historic sites to magic shops, we’ve come up with a few magical Salem spots to explore and bask in the city’s witchy spirit. So pack your brooms and your wands and head over to Salem to celebrate the Halloween season!
Where: Your home.
When: Every Saturday through November 28.
Go on a delightfully horrible adventure and learn about London’s love affair with the macabre! From the plague pits of Green Park to the Tower of London—the most haunted building in the UK—walk through a myriad of gruesome locations without leaving your couch. Learn about the Penny Dreadfuls of the Victorian era, and try to get the highest score in a fun quiz on their titles. Your live guide will talk you through London’s horrible past and tell you the ghost stories that have captured people’s imaginations for over 100 years!
Tickets: $6, grab them here!
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty wacks (and her father 41) in her Fall River home! Or so the nursery rhyme says, Lizzie was actually found not guilty for the double murder. But like her parents who had a rather short stay at the house, you can also stay the night at this eerie historic home which remains just as it was after the tragic events of 1892–They’ve cleaned up the bloodstains though, don’t worry.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence won’t let a pandemic stop it from putting on its totally gourd-geous display of exquisitely carved lanterns, so it has turned what is usually a stunning walking trail into an equally spooktacular driving experience!
Where: The secret location is yet to be unveiled!
When: Starting December 3
Dust off your Halloween costume and revive the spirit of Halloween later this year when The Mad Hatter arrives in Boston with his infamous gin and tea parties! In this immersive, theatrical cocktail experience you’ll enjoy a menu of delicious concoctions in the most psychedelic of settings. Costumes are welcome, but if you don’t have time to put your outfit back together don’t worry— the Hatter will be lending out some of his craziest hat creations! Want a seat at the tea party table?
Tickets: $60-65, grab them here!
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