29 October
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Halloween in the South End | By Alice Markson

To my Fellow South Enders:

If you’re anything like me, you’re still trying to pull together costumes for your kids the day before Hallow’s Eve. I lucked out with my son as he wanted
to be Chewbacca and there was NO chance I was going to pull that off. I owe a big thank you to Party City for coming to my rescue. My daughter, on
the other hand, is insisting on making her costume. Yes, I know, I should be delighted by this and encourage her creativity. I just don’t have the
creativity bug when it comes to Halloween (hence why we only have pumpkins, that my husband bought, as decorations.)

Having the costumes partially squared away, it’s now time to gameplan your little ones’ evening of candy accrual.

The early bird definitely catches the worm in this neck of the woods. When my kids were young, we’d fill up our Yeti’s and head to the nearest neighborhood
park for an early celebration. Be mindful that the streets transition to an older set of tricksters as the night gets later.

Here’s the starting line up of events in Boston’s South End:

Ringgold Park: Eight Streets

From 5-6pm, Ringgold Park (between Waltham Street and Hanson Street)
hosts a pre trick-or-treating event. There will be glowsticks and prizes for best costumes. The crowd will then head down Waltham Street for a taste
of trick or treating. The streets is closed to vehicle traffic as the residents deck out their homes with all sorts of Halloween happiness.

If your kids still have stamina after Ringgold, I’d head to Union Park and be mesmerized by the skyhigh decorations.

Titus Sparrow Park: Claremont Neighborhood

From 5-6pm, enjoy Halloween music and entertainers. pizza and other refreshments will be provided. From there, I’d head to the blocks surrounding West
Canton Street (W. Brookline, Warren Ave or Pembroke St) for some delicious treats and fabulous decorations.

Claremont Neighborhood Association: Claremont Neighborhood
Halloween on “The Green”

5:00 – 6:45pm at Wellington Street & Columbus Avenue. The Claremont Neighborhood Associations hosts their annual Halloween celebration on Wellington
Green. Outstanding trick or treating is available on the nearby streets of Rutland Square or Concord Square.


If you’re over 21 and looking for fun in the South End, start with a drink at the Butcher Shop or Kava to check out the younger generation going HAM on Waltham Street and/or Union Park.
Once that is finished, head across the street for the live music scene at the BeeHive.