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Parents’ Guide to a Spooky (and Safe!) Halloweek

Beyond traditional trick-or-treating, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of this year’s costumes. From spooky bicycling to a “Monster Mash” dance party, Cambridge has the best free events for your little ones:

Just Kidding Around Halloween Party at the COOP
Can you say Sunday Funday? At Sunday the 27th’s bash, you can kick off Halloweek with your goblins eight and under. Get ready for a costume parade, carnival games, “Monster Mashing” and a not-too-spooky fun house room. This all happens from 1-3p.m. at the Harvard COOP. Registration is required for children.

Spooky Spokes Halloween Bike Ride
On Sunday, October 27, you can also join the Cambridge Bicycle Committee for a spooky bike ride. Dress yourself (and your bike!) in a Halloween costume and get spooked with a costume contest, bike parade, obstacle course, bike skill coaching and demonstrations. Treats, snacks and swag are also on the agenda. Registration begins at 12:30p.m., and the parade starts at 1p.m. Activities take place at the Corporal Burns Playground. They are geared toward children ten and under, though all are welcome!

Trick-or-Treat at EHCHocalatier
Hold off on the tricks and enjoy all the treats at Huron Ave.’s artisan chocolate shop. EHChocalatier has you covered with your favorite Halloween staples. Chocolate-baked goods and sipping chocolates are on the menu too! According to Food Network, EHChocalatier has some of the “best chocolate in America.” From 11a.m.-6p.m. on Halloween, you can take your gremlins by the shop for a bag of chocolates. Just make sure they’re costume-ready!

Halloween Happenings at CambridgeSide
Why limit Halloween fun to just one day? CambridgeSide is celebrating Halloween Eve with their Halloween Happenings. From 4-6p.m. on October 30, take your costume-wearing kiddoes (twelve and under) to the Halloween Hideout on level two of the mall. There they will receive a trick-or-treat bag and goodies (while supplies last.) To help provide assistance to those in need, attending families are asked to bring a canned food item for donation to The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Food Baskets.

Fang-tastic Halloweek Community Events
Throughout Halloweek, the City of Cambridge is the ghostess with the mostest. Stop by Cambridge schools for crafts, magic shows, costume parades and more. Cambridge libraries will also be hosting special events leading up to Halloween. Grab your broomstick and fly over to these local libraries:
• Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch: scary stories at 2:30p.m. on October 26
• Boudreau Branch Library: trick-or-treat bag decorating at 2:30. on October 30
• Central Square Branch Library: Halloween party at 3p.m. on October 31
• O’Connell Branch Library: Halloween fun at 3:30p.m. on October 31
• Collins Branch Library: Trick-or-Treating until 8p.m. on October 31

Cambridge Fire Department Halloween Open House
For some trick-or-treating on All Hallow’s Eve, visit any Cambridge fire station between 2-4p.m. Meet the firefighters, get a close-up look at their fire trucks, and of course, indulge in Halloween treats.


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