JP Kids: Parades, parties mark JP Halloween

With Halloween only a few weeks away, Jamaica Plain is gearing up with family-friendly activities.

The JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA) will, once again, offer treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Wed., Oct. 31. Stores along Centre and South streets will open their doors to give out candy. Trick-or-treaters should look for posters welcoming them.

JP BAPA will also host a dog costume parade and fashion show, on Sat., Oct. 27.

The Connolly Library at 433 Centre St. will host a Halloween party and parade, also on Oct. 31. The party will include Halloween activities and treats for kids while the parade will take kids around Hyde Square to local businesses.

The Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, a yearly event organized by Spontaneous Celebrations and Friends of Jamaica Pond, will take place on the evenings of Oct. 20 and 21. A tradition started in 1984, it is meant to reflect JP’s dedication to building community by exploring old and creating new cultural traditions, according to the Spontaneous website.

Those participating in the parade bring hand-made or purchased paper or plastic lanterns and walk around Jamaica Pond. Children frequently attend in costume.

The Bella Luna Restaurant will host a “Children’s Carnival Spooktacular” on Oct. 31, which will include a pizza buffet and games for younger kids. Bella Luna can be reached at

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