10/13/2011 03:29 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

Halloween In Boston: A MapQuest Guide

From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Boston that are sure to be a scream.
— Sara Faith Alterman

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

All aboard for a "frightseeing" trolley tour that's a ghost of a good time. The delightfully dark tour guides of Ghosts and Gravestones lead jaunts through historic graveyards while spinning tales of torture and terror. Participants learn about Boston's sinister side while treading upon unmarked burial grounds and hearing stories about the ghosts who haunt them. This family-friendly tour is great for older kids and teens, offering a fun-filled history lesson while giving attendees the creeps.

200 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02110 | Get Directions

Haunted Pub Crawl

Tipplers can toast the scary season with a tankard (or two) of beer on a fright-filled Halloween Pub Crawl sponsored by The boozy adventure begins at Good Bar, then the revelers traipse around town -- in costume, of course -- and raise a glass again and again and, yes, again to All Hallows Eve. The crawl lasts from noon until the bars close. Hard-core Halloweeners can crawl to them all ... if they dare.

183 State St., Boston, MA 02109 | Get Directions

Zoo Howl

Kids dressed as adorable animals can mingle with their real-life counterparts at Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo. The little ghouls can wander along the Trick-or-Treat Trail to see what confections -- and creatures -- wait ahead or brave the haunted maze. Crafts, games and other horseplay make this event simply irre-zoo-stible for anyone who likes to monkey around. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 and older and $10 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted free.

1 Franklin Park Road, Dorchester, MA 02121 | Get Directions

All aboard for a fright- and fun-filled trolley tour with Ghosts and Gravestones.

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