Spooky Halloween Fun in Reading

6th Annual Downtown Trick or Treat

October 23, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Calling all ghouls, girls, and boys! Hop in your costumes and head to downtown Reading to enjoy a spooktacular late-afternoon filled with fun and lots of treats and candy! Our local businesses will be open and ready to greet your trick or treat!

Participating businesses will be identified with a pumpkin decoration on their storefront. Participants are free to start anywhere they would like on the route and don’t forget to stop by the Pleasant Street Center (Senior), Police Department and Town Hall to show off those costumes and pick up some goodies. This is a free event and is for kids up to the age of 13. All participants should be accompanied by an adult.

  • This list is subject to change more businesses may be added. Please look for the tinsel pumpkin outside the storefront!
  • Please note that businesses with a teal pumpkin will be offering a non-food item for any child who has an allergy.
  • Visit inside the Town Hall for more candy from all of our departments!
  • Please be sure to drop by the Pleasant Street Senior Center and Old South Church on Salem Street for goodies!
Participating Businesses on Main Street
Participating Businesses on Haven Street (continued)
Aine’s Boutique Utopia Salon
Ruff N’ Ready Law Offices of William Crowley
Cam Nero Keating Law Office
Goodhearts Reading Foot & Ankle
Simms Jewelers Real Nail Shop
CVS Pharmacy Bolea Cosmetics
Bunratty Tavern Salon on Haven
D’Amici’s Strong Insurance
Whitelam Books Reading Post Office
Northern Bank Pamplemousse
Edward Jones Investments PDA Dental
Lee Kimball Elite Freestyle Karate
Village Carpet Reading Retirement Department
Kings Auto Reading Cooperative Bank
J. Michaels Salon Jewelry & Beauty Boutique
Latham Law Offices LLC O’Dea’s Barber Shop
Comically Speaking
Reading Orthodontics (Dr. Spyrou)
Cooling Unlimited
Main 565 The Salon Other Participating Businesses
RCTV Studios Reading Square Barber Shop (Pleasant Street)
Premier Really Group Nick’s Dry Cleaners (High Street)
Fitness Within Tin Bucket (Woburn Street)
Reading Quirkslop Tread LLC (Linden Street)
Professor’s Market Reading Police Department (Union Street)
Add-On’s at Sounds Unlimited Mark Tango Plumbing (High Street)
Biltmore and Main Everything but the Dog (Chute Street)
CBD Store Colombo’s Pizza and Cafe (Chute Street)
Reading Cleaner & Tailoring
Reading Family Denial Associates Participating Businesses on Town Common
Remax Austin Prep
Embelleish Salon Dark N’ Roll
North Shore Skating Club
Participticipating Business on Haven Street Reading Montessori School
Magic Dry Cleaners Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce
J & B Crosby Salem Five Bank
Law Offices of Brian Snell Sunbelt Rentals
Eastern Bank
Kaleyedascope Salon Town Departments on the Common
Chiefs Barber Shop Department of Public Works
Subway of Reading Reading Fire Department

This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE!! 


RCTV Pumpkin Carving Party

Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Families are welcome to attend the annual RCTV Pumpkin Carving Party and learn about the local TV station. Pumpkins will be photographed and posted on social media.  BYOP – You bring the pumpkin, we supply the tools. To save time, please hollow out your pumpkin at home. rctv.org 557 Main Street in the RCTV Lobby.

Halloween Bash at the Burbank YMCA

Friday, October 25, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Your family is sure to have a spooky time at the Burbank Y! Please sign up at the Welcome Center! Suggested Donation: $ 5/family to support the Burbank YMCA Annual Fund

  • Haunted House
  • Spooky Story Time
  • Chilling Crafts
  • Mysterious Magic Show
  • Beastly Bounce House
  • Best Halloween Costume
  • And More!

For more information – Burbank YMCA 7819449622 Ymcaboston.org/Burbank

21st Annual Reading Recreation Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 27, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Reading Residents are invited to attend this wonderful event. Tots and youth, up to the age of 10, are eligible for this event. The Halloween Parade will begin and end at Coolidge Middle School. All participants must wear their Halloween costumes. All families are welcome! Parents can dress up too!  Please join us immediately following the parade in the Coolidge Middle School Cafeteria for a special performance.

Additional Information:

  • Recommended Parking: Birch Meadow School or RMHS Field House Parking Lot
  • Parade line-up begins at 11:45 AM — Parade step-off is 12:00 Noon
  • After Parade Performance at 12:30 PM

RAIN OR SHINE!! Come to this event! If inclement weather, the parade route may be abbreviated or canceled but we will still have the special performance.

A special thank you to our Halloween Parade sponsors:
Friends of Reading Recreation (FORR)
PDA Dental Group 



Thursday, October 31 

The Town of Reading recognizes Thursday, October 31st as Halloween/Trick or Treat Night. The Town of Reading does not have an official start time for Trick or Treating. Individual neighborhoods and blocks typically establish their own start time.

Before children start out on their “Trick or Treat” rounds, parents should:

  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick or treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treat until they return home.

Review all appropriate trick or treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules. Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the child gets separated from the group.

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