The month is drawing to a close, which means it’s time to celebrate Halloween. I fixed my problem from last week with a new set of Halloween candles, and I also made my candy for this weekend (for me, not for the kids). Also on my to-do list this week, I’m watching the Disney-Pixar movie “Coco” – a Day of the Dead-centric film – also coming November 2. As part of this weekend’s selection of events, there is an altar make for Dia de los Muertos, a Halloween celebration at the zoo, a haunted walking tour and more events to celebrate Allhallows Eve.
Until March 20
One of the things Salem is known for is the Salem Witch Trials. Through this exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, you will learn about the troubles caused by the accusations of witchcraft, the people who defended the accused, and you will also have the chance to explore more artists who have connections with the people involved. in the trials. You will also find photographs of people who share what it means to be a modern day witch. [Contributor Pamela Reynolds writes more on the exhibit here.]
Thursday October 28
Candles will adorn the stage at Ohabei Shalom Temple in Boston for an intimate (and spooky) performance of classic Halloween jams. The Listeso String Quartet will perform a few of my favorites including “Thriller” by Michael Jackson and “This Is Halloween” composed by Danny Elfman for the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as well as the well known theme song “The Addams” . Family (Theme) ”by Vic Mizzy – while being by candlelight lighting up the space.
Saturday October 30-Sunday October 31
Franklin Park Zoo hosts a Howl Zoo – a chance for kids to trick or treat in costumes as they walk around the zoo animals. There will be a treat trail and scavenger hunt with prizes as well as educational stations where you can learn about animal habitats. Costumes are encouraged, there will even be a costume contest! The event will take place rain or shine.
Sunday October 31
The New Art Center hosts “Altares de Dia de los Muertos” (which translates to “Day of the Dead altars”), in collaboration with Mexican musician Zaira Meneses, who will prepare audiences to celebrate Day of the Dead with a Busy schedule. The program includes paper cutting and piñata making and after arts and crafts you will step right into a concert with sounds of Son Jarocho, authentic music from Veracruz, Mexico. Creative clothing and traditional are encouraged.
Sunday October 31
Boston by Foot takes participants on a journey through Beacon Hill on All Saints’ Eve. You will learn about the underlying history of the quaint neighborhood as you walk past the houses decorated for Halloween and the dark events that happened inside some of these houses years ago, including Dr. George’s house. Parkman – a man who was dismembered. What could be more frightening than learning about the serial killers, ghosts and murders that happened in Beacon Hill?