MEDFORD — Traditionally, the Halloween season is a busy one for the city and this year is no different with many activities for children of all ages and their families joining in the celebration.
On Friday and Saturday, several popular events will kick off the festivities.
The annual Medford Chamber of Commerce Business Trick or Treat takes place in three major Medford squares: Medford Square, Haines Square and West on Friday from 3-5 p.m. All children are welcome to get an extra day of trick or treating by visiting the many Medford businesses participating in the event.
The following businesses will be distributing candy and/or treats at the various squares:
Haines Square: School of Oom Yung Doe, Fitness Together, Vicks Vape Shop, Brookline Bank, Century 21 Advance, Dunkin Donuts, Kelly’s Unique Kids and LaBella Hair.
Medford Square: Lonergan Insurance, Chamber of Commerce, Roland’s, Medford Public Library, CVS, Play Academy, Somerville Dental Associates, Medford Center for Orthodontics (Forest Street), Middlesex Federal Savings, Century Bank, Salvatore’s, Brookline Bank, Members Plus Credit Union, Maietta Insurance, Mystic Valley Travel, ABCD, SmashBurger and Riverside Chiropractics.
West Medford: West Side Preschool, Kenco Printing, Brookline Bank, Sanctuary UCC and Pompeo Insurance.
These events are also taking place on Friday in Medford to help locals celebrate Halloween:
— Carroll’s Halloween party is from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. The Medford Square restaurant will have live music and prizes for the best costumes. Carroll’s Restaurant is located at 21 Main St. in the heart of Medford Square.
— St. Francis of Assisi Church is having a Halloween Bash from 5-9 p.m. The $5 per child price includes a goodie bag and six games. St. Francis Church is located at 441 Fellsway West, Medford.
Two major Halloween events are taking place in Medford on Saturday:
— The third annual West Medford Square Halloween Block party is for the whole family and will include drinks, dancing, trick or treating, and more.
The block party is taking place from 2-10 p.m. in West Medford Square and is co-hosted by several businesses. More details are available on the event Facebook page,
— Tufts University invites Medford children from Grades K-2 to its annual “Halloween on the Hill” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents wishing to register their children for this event may do so at https://sites.tufts.edu/tuftslcsnewzsf/halloween-on-the-hill/.
The event is free and children are asked to dress up in costume. Children are dropped off by parents at the Leonard Carmichael Lounge (the event is sponsored by the Leonard Carmichael Society-LCS) before 10 a.m. They are then led around the Tufts campus where they will visit a haunted house, view other Halloween shows and take part in other fun games and activities. Parents are asked to provide the kids with a bag lunch. The LCS is an umbrella organization featuring 30 unique community service groups.