Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Family Friendly Boston - What to Know About Trick or Treating on Beacon Hill

If you live in Boston with young children one Halloween must do it trick or treating on Beacon Hill.  Beacon Hill is a pretty amazing place to begin with but on Halloween night they block vehicle traffic on the streets and then let the party begin.  The streets and ally ways are decorated, tons of residents dress up or sit on their porches handing out candy and masses of children dressed in costumes flock the streets.

What to Know About Trick or Treating on Beacon Hill

Things to Note: 

1) Start Time
Around 5 PM, when the sun is just starting to set.  If you get here too much earlier than this you can expect the residents to be unprepared to greet you and slightly annoyed that you're started the festivities so early.

What to Know About Trick or Treating on Beacon Hill
2) Getting There
Take the "T".  The closest parking is probably at Boston Commons but on Halloween night there is no guarantee you'll find a spot.  Both the "Park Street" and the "MGH" stops make for a very short walk to Beacon Hill.

3) Stroller Friendliness 
If you can avoid a stroller I would suggest it.  The Beacon Hill streets are really steep, many are paved in brick and hauling a stroller up and down across that bumpiness while navigating the crowds and keeping up with over excited trick or treaters can get a little crazy.  We brought a stroller the first year and I regretted every second of it, even with a 1.5 year old.

4) Bathrooms
Eek! Why is the potty such an issue with children?  Better go before you get started and be prepared to do a fair amount of out of the way walking to find a business that will let you use theirs.  There are a few restaurants lining Charles Street that you might be able to beg a bathroom stop from but we ended up walking clear to Massachusetts General Hospital when we needed to use the restroom...

What to Know About Trick or Treating on Beacon Hill
5) Be Prepared for Lots of People and Lots of Fun
Many of the residents dress up, lots of houses are decorated and the streets are flooded with trick or treaters.  We go early and leave early, as our children are young, but at 6:30 it seems like the party is just getting started.  We loved seeing all the kids and all the fantastic costumes and we had so much fun enjoying the celebration with so many people.

Summary and Rating ★★★★★

Five Stars.  The trick or treating experience doesn't get any better than Beacon Hill in my opinion. Seeing such beautiful homes and being able to enjoy the festivities with so many people was amazing.  I loved seeing all the cute kids in their costumes and the residents were so nice and fun, happily greeting the children, many of them dressed up themselves.  If you live in Boston this is on experience you've really got to try.

Have you been here before?  If so I'd love to know more about your experience and any tips or tricks you have in the comments section below. 

Beacon Hill Trick or Treating
Beacon Hill
Boston, MA 02114

Hours: 5PM-8PM October 31st