A big frog led a parade around the Frog Pond today during the city's Halloween pumpkin festival, which featured floating pumpkins, giant bubbles, kettle corn and a chance to go down a slide while dressed as a princess.
And Tom Menino was there, making his last Halloween appearance on the Common as mayor. He moved slowly through a dense knot of people as parents brought their kids up to meet him. He greeted and posed with every one of them:
Pumpkins floated serenely along the edges of the pond: