Weekend at a Glance: All kinds of Halloween fun

by beth on October 30, 2020

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Above: Halloween fun is this weekend’s clear theme. While trick or treating is allowed in Southborough, officials are asking people to follow safety guidance from the CDC, like wearing facemasks with costumes. (images L-R cropped from flickr posts by William Warby and The White House)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this Halloween weekend. Fortunately, it appears the snowstorm is tapering off in time to enjoy this afternoon and evening’s activities. (Note: OK, it was supposed to taper off before 3:00 pm. But it’s 3:16 and still coming down. Hopefully it is ending soon!)

Halloween will be chilly, but on the plus side it’s expected to be a clear night for the full moon.

Friday, October 30, 2020

  • Trick or Treat at the Library (2:30 – 4:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: Kids are encouraged to come in costume to the window of the Southborough Library’s Children Room to collect a bag of treats. (Entry into the building is still off limits.) Participants must wear a face mask. (As of  a little after 3 pm, the Library was still giving this event a greenlight and hoping for the snow to end soon!)
  • Jack O’Lantern Drive By (6:00 pm) @ throughout town: Southborough Girl Scouts will light up Southborough with pumpkins. Since kids weren’t able to participate in the annual pumpkin display Heritage Day weekend, Girl Scout families are being encouraged to put out their carved pumpkins on Friday night in locations easy to spot from cars driving by. For details on where to find them, click here.

Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2020 

  • Boo in the Barnyard (10-11:30 am, 11:30 am – 1 pm, or 1-2:30 pm) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Join us for this special children’s Halloween Trick or Treat event at Chestnut Hill Farm. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, march in a costume parade around the farm and share their festive looks with our friendly goats. Get creative with our special Halloween nature crafts, search the farm to complete an autumn scavenger hunt, climb the haypile, and play pumpkin bowling! Pre-registration is required. For details, see dedicated post
  • Trick or Treat at the Library (2:30 – 4:30 pm) @ Southborough Library: Kids are encouraged to come in costume to the window of the Southborough Library’s Children Room to collect a bag of treats. (Entry into the building is still off limits.) Participants must wear a face mask.
  • Jack O’Lantern Drive By (all day) @ throughout town: Southborough Girl Scouts will light up Southborough with pumpkins. Since kids weren’t able to participate in the annual pumpkin display Heritage Day weekend, Girl Scout families are being encouraged to put out their carved pumpkins on Friday night in locations easy to spot from cars driving by. For details on where to find them, click here.
  • Wizard of Oz multi-media Halloween display (dusk to close to 10:00 pm) @ 139 Parkerville Road: A Southborough couple is continuing their tradition of putting on a special Halloween display for the public including special effects and music. This year’s theme is Wizard of Oz. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Trick or Treating in Southborough: The Board of Health and Selectmen greenlit trick or treating in Southborough on Halloween night. They are asking people to follow safety guidance posted by the CDC. For details, see dedicated post. (There are no formal hours, though the community generally waits until evening.

[Editor’s Note: If you were looking here for information on the Full Moon Halloween hikes, registration filled up.]

Sunday, November 1, 2020

  • Fall Fun on the Farm (12:00 – 4:30 pm) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: Family Friendly program. Pre-registration required. Timed ticketing is in 1.5 hour increments (starting at noon, 1:30 and 3:00 pm.) Join us every Sunday to enjoy a hayride, a scavenger hunt, a visit with our friendly goats, a climbing haystack, fun games, live music, and more. Food from alternating food trucks will be available for purchase. We’ll also have some featured craft vendors each week. For details, see dedicated post.

Updated (10/30/20 3:16 pm): Added that while the snow hasn’t stopped, it hopefully will soon and the Library was still offering today’s trick or treating.

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