Trip report

A Haunted Halloween Hike in the Arnold Arboretum

Half Day Hike DATE: 10/31/2020 - 10/31/2020

Trip/Event Location: Jamaica Plain, MA

Trip Leader(s): emsinjp

Max # People: 10

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Come on along for a fun haunted fall hike through the always scenic Arnold Arboretum.  Beginning at the main entrance, our hike will take us throughout the entire preserve for about 4.5 miles.&

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

We'll meet at 12:00 noon at the main entrance to the Arnold Arboretum at 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130.  You can use that address for Google Maps and GPS.  Parking is free along the main road (Arborway).  It's a 10 minute walk from the Forest Hills Station of the MBTA's Orange Line.  We'll meet on the road area directly in front of the brick Adminstration/Bussey Building, which is just inside the main gate at the right.  

Trip Report/Photos
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We had a wonderful hike to the corners and heights of the Arnold Arboretum on a picture-perfect wintry, fall day. (We traipsed through several inches of snow, the first snowfall of the "winter", which has yet to begin!) Our hike took in Weld, Peters, Bussey, and Hemlock Hills. Along the way, Ed shared the history--gory at some points--of the Arboretum and its predecessor, Bussey Woods. The day ended with hot chocolate - with a shot of brandy to boot! :) - and cookies at the historic Loring-Greenough House (built in 1760), courtesy of Ed.  All-in-all, it was a great day!  Thanks to Ed for organizing - and for providing the snacks!

Each and every past Halloween has been: the dark of night, the shades of BLACK and of course, just plain SPOOKY.

But not Halloween 2020.  Ed broke TRADITION!

All the fun was had in the bright light of day while we romped in the wooded trails (no tar roads for Ed!) within the Arnold Arboretum. The sky was the boldest blue without a cloud in sight!

We followed the snow which fell on Friday throughout the paths we hiked. However, with the mystic which lives within this park setting, it still proudly displayed to us many areas with the fullest pallet of fall colors. Each tree had its story, its origin and its unique leaf formations. Amazing!

And then there is.....the scene of the crime..............the Bussey Wood crime. Still an Unsolved Mystery. Ok, ok,.....a little SPOOKY!

But in the end, Ed was sweet to us all - Thank you Ed!

A Happy Halloween was had by all!


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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Glad you guys had a great time...BOO! - Gandalf
  • Thanks Ed for your efforts with making Halloween 2020 so special for all of us. Nice and sweet job! - Moving forward fm RI

Members That Participated


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Jamaica Plain, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Weymouth, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Waltham, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Boston, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate


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Moving forward fm RI

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Smithfield, RI

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Londonderry, NH

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Hooksett, NH

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate

Boston, MA

United States
Gandalf Nov 1, 2020 at 6:08 PM

Comment: Glad you guys had a great time...BOO!

Moving forward fm RI Nov 1, 2020 at 4:01 PM

Comment: Thanks Ed for your efforts with making Halloween 2020 so special for all of us. Nice and sweet job!

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