It is only fitting that Halloween in Boston has a tour of Beacon Hill with a big BOO! This tour has been going on for 25 years now. Along with the obvious setting of Beacon Hill, our guide will share numerous stories of ghosts, murder, and mayhem that have previously infected and haunted this quiet neighborhood.
Apparently, this man George Parkman was murdered on Beacon Hill, his body dismembered. This is also the place where Quakers were hung, and famous people were buried. Lots of stories of the true and morbid happenings of Beacon Hill will be shared by the docents. The smallpox epidemic and the Great Influenza will also be addressed. The Royal Governor’s Home was vandalized on Halloween.
Boston by Foot has received many awards. They are dedicated to promoting Boston’s rich historical and architectural heritage with walking tours like this, as well as lecture series and other activities. TripAdvisor says this is a great way to get around the city on foot, scoring a 4.5 out of a possible 5 by fellow reviewers.
But the best part of this tour was seeing Beacon Hill in full Halloween mode. Just about every home was decorated in black, orange, spider webs, and pumpkins, and all adorned with a live witch or two, handing out candy. There must have been 5 to 10 thousand people in a very small area. Families in full costume, some even showed up with their
family dog in costume.
Better yet, I did not see any law enforcement, nor any road barriers. It appears to be about the best voluntary Halloween celebration anywhere on earth! Say what you will about the blue bloods on Beacon Hill, but they know how to do Halloween!!!!