Harvard Scare! Halloween in Harvard Square

October 29th, 30th and 31st   
There’s something for everyone! Concerts! Scary performances! Haunting stories!  Fun tricks and delicious treats!

Actors’ Shakespeare Project

Vampires, romance, morse code, serial killers, and lots and lots of blood… Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Let the Right One In has all the ingredients needed for a perfect Halloween night out! Use promo code SPOOKY50 for Buy-One-Get-One free tickets to this Halloween’s creepiest and coolest show. Learn more about this production here.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project, 617-241-2200

Blackbird Doughnuts

Halloween themed doughnuts all weekend Saturday – Monday. Also available are halloween 6 packs, a cake, and mini doughnuts for purchase online with 24 hour notice.

Blackbird Doughnuts,1350 Mass. Ave., (617) 482-9000

Bob Slate Stationer

Welcome the Fall Holiday season with beautiful & festive greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap from Bob Slate Stationery. Get ready for 2023 with a new planner, now in stock. New holiday gift items are arriving daily, so keep stopping by to see what is new!
Bob Slate, 30 Brattle Street, (617) 547-1230

Commonwealth Wine School

The Smell of Fear: Scary Wine & Cheeses
Friday, October 28, 6:30-8pm

Do you like heady, intense flavors? Are you always looking for the stinkiest cheese and the boldest wine? Does the thought of an evil blue cheese make you laugh? Then you might (might!) have what it takes to survive this terrifying hellscape of taste and smell.

Join wine & cheese educator (and emcee of culinary pain) Adam Centamore for an evening testing your mettle as you explore cheese and wine’s darker side. You’ll sample an array of soul-crushing, intense cheeses paired with wines that are every bit as scary. We’re talking about washed-rind monsters, blue-veined devils, and everything in between.

It’s no holds barred. Anything goes – nothing is safe. Are you ready to conquer your fears?

**We will make every effort to accommodate food allergies and/or dietary restrictions, but, due to the fact that we work with small producers from around the globe, we are unable to guarantee or protect from cross contamination**
Instructor: Adam Centamore
Commonwealth Wine School, 35 Dunster St. (617) 575-2451

Harvard Art Museums

Thursday, October 27, 5 to 9pm. Harvard Art Museums at Night
Free and open to the public

We’re celebrating Halloween by highlighting Dragon’s Blood from the museums’ famed Forbes Pigment Collection! Come dressed in your best macabre red and enjoy fright-themed activities for a chance to win a prize, mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard, and kick back with friends to the (eerily) smooth sounds of DJ C-Zone. The featured local vendor is Castle Island Brewing Company.

Sunday, October 30, 2 to 5pm. Screens for Teens: Train to Busan
Free and open to the public.

As Halloween gets closer, watch this popular zombie thriller set on a bullet train in South Korea.
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, (617) 495-9400

Harvard Common Spaces

Enjoy a spooky movie in Smith Campus Center!
NOPE. Rated R.

Two siblings who run a California horse ranch discover something wonderful and sinister in the skies above, and the owner of an adjacent theme park tries to profit from the mysterious, otherworldly phenomenon.

Harvard Common Spaces

Harvard Square Open Market

Harvard Square Open Market

J.P. Licks

October 31st

Stop by the J.P. Licks Harvard Square wearing a costume and receive a coupon for a free kiddie ice cream! (while supplies last). The Harvard Square store will be open 9am – 11pm.
J.P. Licks, 1312 Mass. Ave. (617) 491-1001

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Spooky Fun Saturday at the Longfellow House
Saturday, 10/29
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge
Free, drop-in
Ages 2-8
Join us for the final Family Fun Saturday of 2022 and a special Halloween celebration! There will be creepy crawly crafts, story time featuring “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin,” and, of course…treats! All are encouraged to come in costume and show off your spook-tacular style.
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle Street, (617) 876-4491

Off the Beaten Path Food Tours

October 28 and 29 – Harvard Square Chocolate Tour – COME IN COSTUME!

Calling all chocoholics! Let us romance your senses on a Harvard Square, Cambridge Chocolate Tour! Ready to park your cah in Hahvahd and have some fun? This tour is mostly outdoors!

Join us for a delectable adventure through historical Harvard Square where you’ll hear interesting stories about the area, learn fun facts about chocolate, and sample the best chocolate treats around from hidden gems around the city. Book Now!
Off the Beaten Path Food Tours


Spooky Special! 30% off for all Employees in and around Harvard Square plus a Free Full-sized ginzing face wash with a $55+ purchase

Origins, 8 Brattle Street, (617) 868-8090


Monday, October 31st at 8pm

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey will host The All Hallows’ Eve Costume Party at Club Passim. The annual Halloween tradition, which is part of Mulvey’s ‘Lamplighter Sessions’ concert series will, feature tricks, treats, songs, and stories from Peter Mulvey, Maeve Gilchrist, Tim Gearan, Jenna Moynihan, Rich Hinman, and Barry Rothman. Tickets are $25 ($23 for members) and are available at www.passim.org, by calling 617-492-7679 (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday) or visiting the Club Passim box office sixty minutes before the show begins

Passim, 47 Palmer St. (617) 492-7679

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

Special In-Person Event
Day of the Dead Family Fiesta
Saturday, October 29, 1:00–4:00 pm 
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology 20th Anniversary Celebration!  

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Learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico shared with the world. The annual tradition of building ofrendas—altars with photos, favorite foods, and memorabilia of the departed—encourages visits by the souls, and is an occasion to honor and celebrate the lives of the departed. Enjoy three floors of activities for the young and young-at-heart including crafts, scent stations, traditional decorations, Nahuatl stories, decorating a sugar skull (extra $7 fee), painting demonstrations, folk dances, and two live music performances. Outside the museum, visitors can purchase Mexican hot chocolate, café de olla, pan de muerto (sweet bread), and tamales from Jose’s Torta Mexicana. Mexican food trucks Tenoch and North East of the Border will also offer delicious tortas and tacos for sale.  
Event activities are free with regular museum admission.
Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, (617) 496-1027

Playa Bowls

“Trick or Treat” giveaway at Playa Bowls on Halloween day, giving away a treat bag with one of our Fall Specials Pumpkin Protein bites.

Playa Bowls, 71 Mt. Auburn St. (617) 714-5321

Shays Pub and Wine Bar

Halloween themed bar all weekend at Shays, culminating with a party on Halloween with themed drinks and prizes for best costumes at 11 pm.
Shays, 58 JFK Street, (617) 864-9161