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Trick-or-treat hours and Halloween events in the Nashoba Valley

Halloween display at Tewksbury Police headquarters. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
Halloween display at Tewksbury Police headquarters. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

With Halloween Sunday, many communities throughout the Nashoba Valley have announced their recommended hours for trick or treating. Some communities are also offering free or low-cost events, promising fun for the entire family.

To ensure a safe Halloween, Groton Police Chief Michael Luth has offered some simple safety tips that may be useful in any community:

– Parents should accompany younger children- Wear reflective clothing- Carry flashlights or glowsticks- Use care when crossing and walking along roadways- Walk single file- Parents should inspect all treat bags prior to allowing consumption

ASHBY: 6-8 p.m., occurring primarily on Main Street

AYER: 6-8 p.m.

Masks are encouraged. If your household chooses to participate, please ensure adequate outdoor lighting.


From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Cultivate Care Farms will offer Barnyard Trick or Treat at 401 Main St.

The event is an opportunity to go for a trick-or-treat stroll through the barnyard with furry and feathered friends at the farm. Visitors can take a picture with Dory the rabbit, visit with goats and chickens, and gather treats.

Tickets are $10 per child. To register, visit

Bolton will also host its annual Halloween Parade and Party at 3 p.m. Saturday. The parade will travel down Main Street to Mechanic Street. The parade route will be closed to traffic starting at 2:45 p.m.

For more information, visit 

GROTON: Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, the Prescott School Community Center will host a free Halloween Hoopla event.

This family-centered Halloween event will have activities such as Trunk-or-Treat, a costume parade, a costume contest and a pumpkin carving contest.

For more information, visit

HARVARD: 5-7 p.m.

Hillside Halloween:

From 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, the Trustees will host Hillside Halloween at the Fruitlands Museum, located at 102 Prospect Hill Road.

The event is an opportunity to get dressed in your costume and trick or treat at the Fruitlands Hillside on the museum campus. Timed ticketing will control the flow of guests through the site, allowing for plenty of space for safe Halloween fun.

The campus is located on a hill and some uphill climbs are included on the planned trick or treat loop. For questions about accessibility and alternate loops, email Catherine at

To register, visit

PEPPERELL: 6-8 p.m.

From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, the Fitzpatrick Collaborative will host Fright Night @ The Fitz and it promises to be a “fun, safe and free Halloween event.”

Some of the activities include: trunk or treat, a family-friendly dance party, haunted hallway, cookie decorating and face painting.Everyone is welcome to attend. All activities are at The Fitz, 45 Main St., Pepperell.

The Fitzpatrick Collaborative is still looking for participants for its Trunk or Treat. If you’d like to decorate the back of your car and hand out treats to the kiddos, register your trunk today!

For more information, visit

SHIRLEY: 6-8 p.m.

TOWNSEND: 6-8 p.m.