Charlestown’s 33rd Annual Halloween Parade and Celebration Set for Oct 31

The 33rd annual Halloween Parade around the Monument will take place on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. this year, with a dynamite celebration of Halloween to take place afterward around Monument Square and the Training Field.

The annual celebration draws thousands of children and their parents to the area for trick or treating and revelry.

Coordinator Dianne Valle said things are going well with the preparations and all kinks have been worked out with elected officials and the National Parks.

“We are grateful for so many caring people who collaborate to make our Halloween a safe, fun, memorable, successful, inclusive, wonderful Halloween,” she said.

Thanks will go to:

The National Park Service Supt. Michael Creasey, The City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, NPS Ranger Julia Mize; The Boston Parks & Recreation, Boston Special Events, Boston Transportation, Boston Office of Economic Development, Boston Police Department; State Senator Sal DiDomenico; City Councilor Lydia Edwards; and the generosity of the residents of The Monument Square area and The Training Field, all of whom generously support our special holiday.

Charlestown Mothers Association for the balloons and glow in the dark necklaces.

The Bunker Hill Mall/NE Development for lighting, created by Ed Katz, with help from Larry Rinaldi, Arthur Colpack, and Biff Stulgis. Wizard Jim Duane, will read the “Wizards’s Poem” before trick or treaters march with the Tony Barrie Marching Band, sponsored by Constitution Center/ National Development.

Volunteers Marcia Alden, Suzanne Smore, Olga Zagarova, and others will decorate the Monument. The Bubble Guy will create 2 and three 3 wide bubbles. A beautiful human tree, Paul Revere (Michael Page ) and Dr Warren (Paul Lane) will join us. Patience Bundshuh helps us out with logistics.  Smokey (Michael) Cain will provide our sound system and DJ. Sam Adams will appear, thanks to Sam Adams.  The Red Wagon’s “Red Wagons.” John Conforti and Alex Cook. Boston Latin School Step Squad. U.S. Navy and Color Guard volunteers, USS Constitution Jonathan A. Chaison, Volunteer Coordinator, and retired NPS Bill Foley who will help out in numerous ways.

The Charlestown Lions greet the children with non-sugary treats. Rosemary Kverek is Charlestown’s own Mother Goose. CharlestownDogs with a Dinosaur exhibit and skeletons. First Church Popcorn by Sarah and Eric Maloy. Legal Oysteria Pirates Cove, designed and hosted by Domenick Doyle and his pirate friends. Jeff Harris hosts ghosts on his lawn. The Cambridge Savings Bank “Bees and Bee Keepers.” Christ Church Charlestown’s photo booth.  Disc Jockey Ryan Murphy will enliven the crowd. The Beautiful Lynne “Glinda” and Wizard of Oz Rick Enos will pass out Dunkin’ Munchkins. Jay Farraher and Lila Barbuto; Betty Stump; Ellen McLaughlin.  Julia Congdon and Camden Holland and friends as the Addams Family.

At The Training Field:   The Friends of The Training Field and President Billy Kelly.                        The Cooperative Bank, led by Tom Coots, TCB staff, and Doug Macdonald and his team, for the colorful inflatable display. Whole Foods/ UNREAL Candy add fun and candy.  ‘e” inc. will share a educational display. The Kennedy Center  with their Scarecrow display. Teal Pumpkin offers healthy treats.  Chris Pizzaro provides balloon columns. MGH Institute “Super Heroes”

Special thanks to Bill Foley and Michelle Duane. “Putnam Street Three Witches” with the help of Maureen Grace and Pam Esselstyn. .

Monument Avenue residents welcome trick or treaters with happy jack o’lanterns.  Halloween at Monument Square and The Training Field and the surrounding streets provides lifelong memories for Charlestown’s children, families, and friends.

We appreciate the support of:

  • Boston Portfolio Properties, LLC
  • Bunker Hill Associates
  • Bunker Hill Mall/ NE Development
  • Charlestown Mothers Association
  • Constitution Center/ National Development
  • Diversified Automotive
  • Frank Celeste
  • Friends of The Charlestown Navy Yard
  • H. David Hennessey, Monument Square Treasurer
  • James Hauser, The Friends of The Training Field Treasurer
  • Jane and Eric Philippi
  • Logan Condo Association
  • Massport
  • Michelle and James Duane
  • Peabody Properties
  • Sorelle
  • Spindrift
  • Thompson Square Associates
  • Marjorie Wallens

“The donors, residents and friends who help create this great Charlestown tradition for young and old, for all of our neighborhoods is outstanding,” said Valle. “The cooperation and generosity of the community has been overwhelming.”

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