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Event Calendar

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Punkin’ Fest @ The Lawn on D
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm

Bring the family to come pick a Punkin’ from the D Street Punkin patch at The Lawn on D! Parents and kids can carve their own special jack-o-lantern and add it to The Lawn on D’s colossal illuminated Punkin’ Sculpture that will glow eerily from the lawn. The sculpture will be one-part seasonal celebration, one-part community art project and all-parts fun! Punkins will come to life with high-tech interactive lighting that illuminates and responds to music in real time. Special jack-o-lanterns will be intricately carved and put on display by local artists. Families can also look forward to fun ghoulish activities including PUNKIN’ BOWLING, face painting and more. Appropriately spooky & funky music will be provided.
Starting at 8pm, Punkin’ Fest will offer a special Pumpkin Ale and Cider, music, food and beverages in The Tent. Please visit for more information.

The South Boston shuttle will run free service to-and-from Punkin’ Fest. Visit the website for times and locations.

The Shops at Prudential Center’s 20th Annual PRU BOO Trick-or-Treat for Charity @ The Shops at the Prudential
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


The Shops at Prudential Center, Boston, will host its annual PRU BOO indoor trick-or-treating and family fun event on Sunday, October 26. The event will benefit Catching Joy, a non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism beginning with young children and their families.

This year marks the 20th anniversary the event. Since the first PRU BOO in 1994, The Shops at Prudential Center has distributed 300,000 pieces of candy to over 20,000 kids. The event has also raised over $40,000 for local charities.

The Shops at Prudential Center will open its doors at 11am to hundreds of families from Greater Boston to enjoy “store-to-store” trick-or-treating, pop-up magic shows, a performance by Stacey Peasley as well as a variety of family-friendly activities provided by some of Boston top attractions, including New England Aquarium, Boston Duck Tours, Blue Man Group, Museum of Science, The Freedom Trail Foundation, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and more!

Schedule of Events

11:00am – 1:00pm:
Trick-or-treat and children’s activities

Performance by Stacey Peasley (Food Court)

With a $4 donation to Catching Joy, participants receive a trick-or-treat bag that provides access to trick-or-treating at more than 50 stores and restaurants at Prudential Center, along with other fun family-friendly activities. Presenting sponsor, NECCO, The New England Confectionery Company, will provide all candy.

Trick-or-treat bags can be purchased at The Shops at Prudential Center’s Customer Service Desk starting October 1, and at check-in stations located in the Food Court and Center Court starting at 9am the day of the event.

Parking for the day is $16. Parking passes can be picked up at PRU BOO check-in stations.

Halloween Costume Photo Costume Contest:

Share a photo of your little one in costume October 17 – 31, 2014 for a chance to win a prize pack from The Shops at Prudential Center. Share your photo on Instagram with #PRUBOO2014 to enter.

About The Shops at Prudential Center:

Located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay, The Shops at Prudential Center, the retail component of the Prudential Center complex, is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor and consists of 75 stores and restaurants. Major retailers include Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble (Boston’s largest bookstore), The Cheesecake Factory, Club Monaco, Lacoste, Sephora and Microsoft. With over 60,000 visitors a day, The Shops at Prudential Center was ranked among the top 5 shopping centers in the nation by Women’s Wear Daily. The Prudential Center is home to Boston Duck Tours, the Prudential Center Skywalk (Boston’s only observatory) and features New England’s largest enclosed parking garage with over 3,800 spaces and direct access to all office buildings as well as The Shops at Prudential Center.

About Catching Joy

Catching Joy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism beginning with young children and their families. Catching Joy organizes hands-on activities that kids can do to let them feel the joy of giving. Children are guided to use their skills and talents to empower them to make a positive change in the world. Catching Joy wants to expose children to various charitable causes because they are all important, but families can participate in whichever events they choose. In turn, the world may recognize and appreciate that young children, with their goodness, energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and idealism can make a difference.

Lunch Break on D: Harvestfest: Fall Finale Spectacular @ The Lawn on D
Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

• Treat yourself to a spectacular display of carved pumpkins and a Master Pumpkin Carver will teach you a trick or two to make your own Jack-o-Lantern
• Get pumped and learn some howlin moves with George Foreman III & Cassie from “The Club”
• Exciting performances by “A Different Spin” world class juggling artists
• Championship round of “Trivia with Olivia” with prizes for the winners
• New treasurers at “Made in Fort Point”and a South Boston boutique
• Play free lawn games
• FOOD TRUCKS- Great eats from Sheherazade, the Chicken & Rice Guys & Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food trucks plus fresh apples from local growers
Please visit for more information.