Optimized400PumpkinA pumpkin awaits the arrival of others earlier today at Menotomy Rocks Park. /photo courtesy Kathleen M. Fink

UPDATED Oct. 28: Many Arlingtonians got a slight head start on Halloween at Spooky Walk, tonight, Saturday, Oct. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This free, kid-friendly event, as in the past, was at Menotomy Rocks Park, 129 Jason St. Costume-wearing was encouraged.

Participants were advised to bring flashlights to safely enjoy looking at what are described as spine-tingling stations along a candle-lit path around the pond -- and then partake of cider and Dunkin’ munchkins on the Jason Street field.


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"The funds we raise help pay for decorations, drinks and donuts, anthe police detail. Donations are tax deductible as contributions to the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park," according to an email that YourArlington received Oct. 17 from Madison Jones, spokesperson for GoFundMe North East Regional.

Other fun events also already held in autumn 2023:

Saturday, Oct. 14, was the annual local take on Oktoberfest. Arlingtonians were able to celebrate a version of the world’s oldest beer festival without having to travel to Europe; at Arlington’s Old Schwamb Mill – 17 Mill Lane, between Lowell Street and the Mill Brook bridge – from noon to 4 p.m.

This annual family-friendly event celebrates the Schwamb family’s German heritage with beverages including craft beer from Arlington Brewing Co., plus bratwurst, pretzels, bakery items, music and games.  The Old Schwamb Mill provided tours of the mill building for those interested. Admission: $5 per person, $15 per family. Food and beverages were able to be purchased separately at approximately $4 to $10 per item.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, was National Coffee with a Cop Day. That day, residents had a chance to get acquainted with local police personnel in a casual setting. From 9 to 11 a.m., people could join fellow townsfolk in Whittemore Park – 611 Mass. Ave. at Mystic Street – to meet with local law enforcement officers in a friendly, nonemergency setting, and enjoy free coffee and pastries. According to Cheryl Nahigian, at the meeting, representing the Arlington Police Department, “We host a few ‘Coffee with a Cop’ days each year for our police and Arlington residents.” Select Board Chair Eric Helmuth said of the event, “I’m happy to support this and our police department.”

 Aug. 18, 2023: Board approves removing parking spaces, creating bike lanes on Medford Street 

This news summary by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert was published Sept. 28, 2023, and updated Oct. 4 ,Oct 17 and Oct. 28, 2023, most recently with a photograph contributed by local writer-photographer Kathleen M. Fink.