Who says Halloween has to be just for kids? After you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, you’ve earned the right to enjoy some spooky grown-up fun. We found three upscale spots in Boston where you can bask in the season of creative costumes, goofy jack-o’-lanterns and old-fashioned scares. Whether you want to participate in a ghoulishly themed party or simply take in one of the city’s most decorated neighborhoods, there’s no excuse not to embrace this sweet holiday.
The Liberty Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel
There are so many reasons The Liberty Hotel is the perfect place for a Halloween party, from the building’s former life as a prison to its sweeping, wide-open layout where you can see and be seen. This year’s Silence of the Lambs theme is scarily brilliant (as was last year’s The Shining angle).
The former penitentiary, built in 1851, was turned into a luxury hotel in 2007, but it retained some features of its past, like the original cells, which are now home to the Alibi bar.
For its Halloween party on Saturday, October 29, there will be DJs, specialty cocktails, dance performances and much more. The best way to enjoy it all is to book a special overnight package, which includes accommodations, admission for two to the gathering, valet parking and two tickets to a Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar the next day.
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star XV Beacon is smack in the middle of one of Boston’s most mad-for-Halloween neighborhoods, Beacon Hill, where kids know they can score treats like full-size candy bars and residents try to outdo each other with their elaborate decorations. Some homes host open houses, while others put on a full show outside.
XV Beacon’s Halloween on the Hill package, available on October 30 and 31, includes a 31 percent discount on all units, plus sweets and treats placed in your room. It’s the best location for getting out and exploring the area. And when you’ve had enough tricks and treats, you can retire to your cozy room with its four-poster bed and working fireplace, or perhaps grab a drink or bite at Mooo, the hotel’s Forbes Travel Guide Recommended steakhouse.
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
There are two can’t-miss events happening in or near the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center: Halloween on the Harbor, a bar-hopping costume party for adults on October 28 which starts at the hotel’s Tamo Bistro & Bar; and RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, a family-friendly event at the World Trade Center (October 27 to 30).
The waterfront hotel sits just steps from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, restaurants, the Institute for Contemporary Art and public transportation. Whether you want to dress in costume and ride in dedicated Duck shuttles between the bars and restaurants to sample cocktails, appetizers and treats as part of Halloween on the Harbor, or take the family to see thousands of hand-carved illuminated pumpkins at RISE, you’ll be perfectly located.