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Chills and thrills: Things to do this Halloween

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Chills and thrills: Things to do this Halloween

Halloween used to be so clear. Kids would dress up, go out trick or treating and get some candy. However, the inevitable happens—children grow into adults and things just…change. Whether one feels childlike or not, it is nonetheless awkward for many college students to celebrate the holiday in the exact same way they did when they were younger. So, for something to do this October, keep reading and see if anything sparks an interest.
If anyone is looking to get into the Halloween spirit in a way that is exclusive to Massachusetts, then they should look no further than Salem. Yes, this is an obvious suggestion, and no judgment would be given to the reader if having to study “The Crucible” one too many times has burnt them out on Salem witches. Yet, no place screams Halloween more than the famed town does in October. From the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade to the Salem Witch Village, a celebration of historical eeriness waits for anybody looking to seek it out (2). As Salem is practically right next door, it would be a waste not to at least take the time to visit.
Loretta’s Last Call, which describes itself as “Boston’s only country venue,” is holding a Pumpkin Carvin’ Party on Oct. 24 (1). It should be noted that this is an event for people aged 21 and up. The location is also holding a Halloween Costume Contest on Oct. 28 and 29. Not only will the event have live music, but the winner will receive a $100 cash prize. The location, along with the events it holds, can be found at 1 Lansdowne St. in Boston.
Speaking of cash prizes, The Greatest Bar, located at 262 Friend St., is holding a College Halloween Party on Oct. 27 and will hold a $500 Cash Costume Contest (3). The doors will open at 8:30 p.m. that night for anyone interested.
The cash prize for best costume on that night will be $1,000! That same amount of money is also being offered to whoever wins best costume on Halloween night at the location. Ticket prices vary, so anyone interested should be sure to look online as quickly as possible. To up the ante even further, the Greatest Bar will also be holding another costume contest on Oct. 29 for what they call “The Haunted Mansion.” So, whether one decides to dress up like a ghost, a minion or one of the Three Stooges, they just need to make sure that they do it well. After all, what college student couldn’t use a little extra cash?
For something more kid friendly, the Magical Halloween Castle and Celebration located at Fort Independence on Castle Island should be certainly worth keeping an eye on. Held on Oct. 26 and 27, the event will include magicians, storytelling and refreshments for anyone who comes. That, along with Fort Independence, which Edgar Allen Poe may or may not have based one of his Gothic stories off of, should be a nice way to spend an afternoon for anyone who likes a little sightseeing (4).
So, for those looking to either continue celebrating or begin to rediscover Halloween, this list will hopefully act as a suitable starting point. So, with that said, may the tricks be scary, and the treats be sweet!

  1. https://www.lorettaslastcall.com/about-us/
  2. https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/halloween-in-salem.html
  3. https://thegreatestbar.com/
  4. https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/castle-island.html
  5. https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/halloween-boston.html