No Fishnets Allowed: Charity Halloween Events

1225392011In a concerted effort to divest October 31st of its slutty-costume focus, we’re bringing you a new Halloween angle: charity. Yeah, Christmas is still a few months away, but just because there isn’t snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump-start on giving to good causes.

Tomorrow’s holiday offers ample opportunity to give back to the local community while having a safe, enjoyable—and demurely costumed—time.

From 4-6 p.m. on October 31st, The Cambridgeside Galleria will play host to hundreds of costume-clad children tearing through the mall on a trick-or-treat adventure. It’s free, but every child is asked to bring one canned food item for donation to the Salvation Army.

The mall’s customer service desk will supply bags and candy to all the children, and the mall’s stores will offer a full supply of treats. 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, 617-621-8666,

The Four Seasons Hotel Boston is also providing a safe haven from gag-inducing costumes, hosting a trick-or-treat event sponsored by UNICEF from 4-6 p.m. Kids will enjoy candy and apple cider and get a chance to meet the Red Sox’s own mascot, Wally the Green Monster, along with other surprise sports stars.

There is no fee, but donations are encouraged. 200 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-338-4400,

Lauren Folino