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The Greater Boston Halloween Store List 2011

Here is the 2011 list of Halloween stores I have been to this season, as well as the recommendations of others! If you have a favorite spot you don’t see listed here, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!

Halloween Specialty Stores


Halloween Extreme

Legacy Place, Dedham
680 Legacy Place, Dedham MA

Decent costume selection, not too many props and decorations. Prices vary from great bargains to outrageously expensive.

Spirit Halloween

Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge
100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge MA 02141
Phone: 617-494-1839 · Website

282 Mystic Ave, Medford MA 02155
Phone: 781-396-1536 · Website

331 Broadway, Saugus MA 01906
Phone: 781-233-2735 · Website

Redstone Shopping Center, Stoneham
99 Main St, Stoneham MA 02180
Phone: 781-438-3537 · Website

406 Washington St, Woburn MA 01801
Phone: 781-935-1872 · Website

570 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood MA 02062
Phone: 781-762-2807 · Website

Sherwood Plaza East, Natick
1290 Worcester St, Natick MA 01760
Phone: 508-651-8265 · Website

Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers
100 Independence Way, Danvers MA 01923
Phone: 978-774-6826 · Website

Hanover Mall, Hanover
1775 Washington St, Hanover MA 02339
Phone: 781-826-3486 · Website

Patriots Place, Foxborough
Patriot Place, Foxborough MA 02035
Phone: 508-543-0393 · Website

Shops at the Pond, Marlborough
739 Donald J Lynch Blvd, Marlborough MA 01752

280 School St, Mansfield MA 02048

North Attleboro
Emerald Square Mall, 999 South Washington St, North Attleboro MA 02760
Phone: 508-695-4186 · Website

By far the best Halloween specialty chain in the area. Highly recommended!

Spooky Town

Pool & Patio Specialists
375 Providence Hwy, Rte 1 South , Westwood MA 02090
Phone: 781-29-1222 · Website

Pretty good selection of costume, ok selection of props.

Craft Stores


AC Moore

145 Middlesex Ave, Somerville MA
Phone: 617-628-5957 · Website

346 Providence Highway, Dedham MA
Phone: 781-461-2484 · Website

2 Elm Street, Woburn MA
Phone: 781-938-8391 · Website

A few nice trinkets, hopefully their Halloween section improves over the next week or so.

Jo-Ann Fabrics

West Roxbury
1580 Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway, West Roxbury MA
Phone: 617-325-9554 · Website

43 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA
Phone: 781-272-9727 · Website

244 Worcester St, Natick MA
Phone: 508-655-1390 · Website

Fantastic selection of decor and knick-knacks. Prices are a little steep, so wait till there’s a sale or you have a coupon.

Thrift Stores



1010 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA 02119
Phone: 617-445-1010 · Website

Jamaica Plain
678 Centre St, Jamaica Plain MA 02130
Phone: 617-522-1415 · Website

678 Centre St Store

South Boston
470 W Broadway, South Boston MA 02127
Phone: 617-307-6367 · Website

965 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton MA 02127
Phone: 617-254-0112 · Website

Great selection of second-hand costumes. Very reasonable


West Roxbury
1230 Vfw Pkwy, West Roxbury MA
Phone: 617-323-8231 · Website

139 Endicott St # 20, Danvers MA
Phone: 978-777-8631 · Website

Small selection of costumes and props, although you can find a few gems.

Party Stores



1660 Soldiers Field Rd # 1, Brighton MA
Phone: 617-783-4880 · Website

3850 Mystic Valley Pkwy # S105, Medford MA
Phone: 781-306-1400 · Website

100 Granite St, Quincy MA
Phone: 617-471-1119 · Website

270 Bridge St # 301, Dedham MA
Phone: 781-329-3952 · Website

880 Broadway # 1, Saugus MA
Phone: 781-233-4433 · Website

34 Cambridge St # 17, Burlington MA
Phone: 781-229-7555 · Website

321 Worcester St, Natick MA
Phone: 508-650-8811 · Website

South Weymouth
35 Pleasant Street #3105, South Weymouth MA
Phone: 781-682-9600 · Website

1 Harrison Blvd # 2, Avon MA
Phone: 508-583-1666 · Website

300 Andover St, Peabody MA
Phone: 978-532-0050 · Website

Ok selection, a little pricey. Not the best year iParty has had in recent memory.

Big Box Retailers



7 Allstate Road, Dorchester MA
Phone: 617-602-1921 · Website

180 Somerville Ave, Somerville MA
Phone: 617-776-4036 · Website

550 Arsenal St, Watertown MA
Phone: 617-924-5987 · Website

1 Mystic View Road, Everett MA
Phone: 617-420-0000 · Website

36 Furlong Drive, Revere MA
Phone: 781-922-6030 · Website

Nice selection of reasonably priced props, decor and costumes. One of the best in years!

The Legend of Stingy Jack

The Legend of Stingy Jack is the theme behind my yard haunt this year, and aims to tell the story of Stingy Jack and the origins of the jack-o-lantern. It originates from Ireland centuries ago, and as part of the haunt I wrote a poem that I posted on a sign to retell the story. Of course, of over the 150 people that came to the door, exactly 1 read it, but hey, such as life…

Stingy Jack went to the pub with the Devil for his last drink
When time came to close the tab ol’ Jack, he didn’t blink
“Turn yourself into a coin so I can pay the man”
And when the Devil did, Jack took the coin into his hand

Into his pocket he dropped the coin, next to a crucifix
The Devil became angry for losing this battle of the wits
“Spare my soul for ten more years, and I’ll set you free”
The Devil didn’t have a choice, and accepted ol’ Jack’s plea

Ten years later, to the day, on All Hallows Eve
The Devil came a calling to take payment on his fee
“Before we go, could you fetch me an apple from this tree?
If I’m to be damned I need some food inside of me”

The Devil scrambled up the tree to fetch the man his snack
Jack carved a cross into the trunk, and again the beast was trapped
“I’ll release you if you vow to never take my soul”
“Never shall I take it!”, the angry beast bellowed

Eventually Jack died from drinking to excess
He climbed the stairs to heaven for his eternal rest
Heaven didn’t want a scoundrel or a thief
So down to hell descended Jack, to try to make his peace

Standing at the gates of hell, the Devil turned him down
“I said I’d never take your soul, and I shall keep my vow”
“What am I supposed to do?!”; Jack fell to his knees
“You are damned to walk the earth, for all eternity”

Jack carved a pumpkin lantern, and asked the Devil for a light
“A burning ember of hellfire, to see you through the night”
As he roams the earth, his Jack O’Lantern lights the way
Beware the night of Samhain, you may see his pumpkin face