Looking for new ways to celebrate the spooky season (or just want to get more use out of your little ghoul's pricey getup)? Here's a roundup of fun-filled Halloween happenings in Boston and beyond:
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. Through Nov. 3, 6-11 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.: adults $12; seniors, $10 seniors; ages 3-12, $9; under 3, free. Fri. - Sun.: adults, $15; seniors, $13; ages 3-12, $12; under 3, free. Thousands of illuminated pumpkins on display in a woodland setting, hundreds of which are carved with amazing artistry. www.rwpzoo.org
Great Pumpkin Fest, Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Sat., Oct 19, noon-9 p.m. $15; members, $12; under 2, free. Halloween fun, as well as a display of 1,500 carved jack-o'-lanterns, which are lit after dark. The museum and grounds will be open for exploring exhibits, visiting animals, taking in a free digital planetarium show, and enjoying free hayrides and train rides, as well as face painting, pumpkin-carving demonstration, crafts, animal encounters, and much more. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged. www.ecotarium.org ( Photo: Scott Erb)
19th Annual Children's Haunted Playground, Martin's Pond, 61 Burroughs Rd., North Reading. Sat., Oct. 19, 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Haunted tour tickets $5 (3 and under free). Family-friendly Halloween festival that includes a kid's costume parade, games, a free scavenger hunt, magic shows, haunted tour, and food.
Martin's Pond, 61 Burroughs Road, North Reading. www.martinspond.org