In 1985, eight families decided to “take back the night” for Halloween. After suffering “Mischief Night” and Halloween with smashed pumpkins, egged homes and slashed tires, Maggie Moss Tucker and Paul Tucker hired a police detail to protect their home and cars. Tired of fear, they used their energy and money to collaborate with seven other Charlestown families, and called themselves The Charlestown Parents Association. They decorated their homes, joined forces with The National Parks Service Bill Foley, and created the first safe, fun and memorable Charlestown Halloween with trick or treating.
The Twenty Ninth Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat at Monument Square on October 31, 2014 will continue the tradition of bringing joy to children, families, and friends of all ages, colors and denominations.
We are grateful to Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his support, along with special thanks to State Senator Sal DiDomenico and City Councilor Sal La Mattina for their participation, plus we appreciate that
The Halloween 2014 celebration is produced by Boston Portfolio Properties, hosted by The Monument Square and The Training Field residents and The National Parks Service.
The Charlestown Mothers Association, with Suzanne Crowther’s help, will provide volunteers and financial contribution.
Tom Coots and The Cooperative Bank will collaborate with Doug McDonald to create a “Haunted but not Scary” Training Field.
CHAD will provide their support and their network.
Pier 6 Restaurant will contribute to the “Charlestown Pirates Cove” produced by George Morton.
Bright Horizons will provide flashing “Bright Horizon” buttons to keep the children safe, as well as support for the event.
Ed Katz and Patrick Sullivan will light up the night.
Balloonatics creations, entertainment by special guests and The Tony Barrie Marching Band, Spunky the Clown, Mr. Ron, and DJs Dennis Taylor and Smokey Cain will enliven the crowd.
Our Wizard Bruce Garr will present his eloquent poem.
The Boston Police will provide roadblocks and endeavor to make us safe.
The City of Boston to Go truck will be present, with Danielle Valle Fitzgerald who will coordinate a long list of details.
Legal Oysteria, Peabody Properties, The Friends of The Navy Yard, Diversified Automotive, Bunker Hill Associates, The Navy Yard Bistro, The Good Shepard School and other generous donors will make this special evening possible.
The US Navy and USS Constitution for providing volunteers
The dozens of community-minded volunteers who make this event possible.
We are stewards of this great idea, created by Founding Members of The Charlestown Parents Association, twenty nine years ago. The children of the Charlestown community do not know how Halloween happens, but they love it. Thank you to all who participate to make Charlestown a great neighborhood to live in.
Please join us on Friday, October 31st at The Bunker Hill Monuments steps at 5:00PM for the best night of the year!
Diane Valle, is Chair of the event.