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Sweet Halloween fun for families at Cider Hill farm in Amesbury Massachusetts
Free admission! A not-so-spooky day brimming with sweet treats and boo-tiful fall foliage. Get out the costumes and get ready for a fun, festive day at the farm. There's something for everyone. Here's what's happening:
Location: Cider Hill Farm
Trick or Treating by hayride at Marini Farm in Ipswich is Safe and Fun!
Join us for our most popular event of the year. Take a Hayride around our 8 acre corn maze. Your hayride driver will make some special stops along the way. Favorite costumed characters await the wagon to hand out Tricks and Treats. Hayrides run continuously from 10am to 4pm. Riders are welcome to wear costumes. Also includes admission to the Maze Park/Corn Maze area for a full day of fun. Purchase Tickets online or at the gate
Location: Marini Farm
Join a pumpkin decorating workshop in Marblehead at the Clifton Lutheran Church
Please join us for pumpkin decorating, face painting, music, cider donuts and more! Decorated pumpkins may be left to be submitted into the MFF's Pumpkin Illumination on 10/24 (for a chance to win prizes!). Admission include everything needed to decorate a pumpkin! Hosted by the Marblehead Family Fund and the Marblehead Recreation Department.
Location: Clifton Lutheran Church
Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!
Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!
Location: Peabody Institute Library
Book or Treat!! The Main Library is giving away one free book to each child/teen who trick-or-treats at the Library as part of Nightmare on Main Street. Join us between 4-7PM on October 24th.
Book or Treat!! The Main Library is giving away one free book to each child/teen who trick-or-treats at the Library as part of Nightmare on Main Street. Join us between 4-7PM on October 24th!
Location: Peabody Institute Library
Wingmasters demonstrate live birds of prey of various specious in Massachusetts
Join the specialists of Wingmasters for a live birds of prey demonstration in The Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens. Birds of prey are also known as raptors, and they are hunting birds characterized by hooked beaks and powerful grabbing feet armed with sharp talons (the word raptor comes from a Latin word that means "to seize"). Raptors can also boast the best eyesight and the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom. Raptors include hawks, falcons and owls, and this presentation, which incorporates 8 live birds of prey gives an overview of these different categories.
Location: Stevens-Coolidge Place
The Open Door Autumn Breakfast is a fundraiser for that helps families in need on the North Shore
Cruiseport Gloucester and The Open Door invite you to a celebration of community spirit! Join us as kick off the 2019 Thanksgiving Food Drive season with a morning of community celebration. Last year The Open Door programs served more than 7,986 people living in 10 cities and towns in the northeast corner of Essex County. We are committed to providing a Holiday Basket to every home in need this Thanksgiving, but we need your help!
Location: Cruiseport Gloucester
Actor Lindsay Crouse is the Cape Ann Businesswomen's Luncheon keynote speaker in 2019
This year, the Cape Ann Businesswomen's Luncheon is proud to host  Keynote speaker Lindsay Crouse. Lindsay is an award-winning veteran of stage and screen. Her credentials spans a whole range of venues from broadway, to TV to Hollywood. Some of Lindsay’s best known films include All The President’s Men, Slapshot, House of Games, The Verdict, The Insider, Mr. Brooks, Indian in the Cupboard, Prince of the City, Daniel, and Places in the Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Location: Beauport Hotel
Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio
Cape Ann Artisans are among the most established artists currently living and working in Gloucester and Rockport. Some studios are centrally located while many are tucked away among Cape Ann’s distinctive and diverse neighborhoods. We invite the curious and adventuresome art-lovers to visit us off-season for a deep dive into our creative life on Cape Ann. The tour is free and self-guided.
Tower School in Marblehead MA Pre-K to Grade 8
Tower achieves academic excellence by stressing critical and creative thinking, good character, and lasting confidence. It’s an approach that develops well-rounded children who thrive on exploration, self-expression, and thoughtful leadership early on. Learn more at Upper School Showcase event, highlighted grades 4-8. Visit us at towerschool.org. Tower School Open House events are excellent opportunities to see student work in-progress, attend a curriculum presentation by teachers and academic leaders, and speak with our students.
Location: Tower School

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Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Autumn Feature Story Walk

Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park, featuring One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard
Join DCR’s Autumn Feature StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park  Walk a trail and read the story One Small Place in a Tree, written by Barbara Brenner and illustrated by Tom Leonard.  Come and participate in this self Guided StoryWalk for Pre-K kids with adults!  Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy the...

Quarry Quest and Story Walk at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
A treasure hunt around  the quarry at Halibut Point State Park with clues and word unscrambles to find the treasure box!  Recommended for ages 8 and up. Clues available anytime at bulletin board. Quarrying History Self-Guide tour brochure available anytime for visitors of all ages.

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Costume Swap at Peabody Institute Library

Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!
Peabody Institute Library hosts a costume swap program for Peabody area families!

Saugus Iron Works Tours

Free Ranger guided tours at Saugus Iron Works!
U. S. National Park Rangers host free tours at the Saugus Iron Works. Learn about the production of iron on this site in the mid-1600s, an endeavor that was integral to the growth of the early colony. Hear about the archeological dig and reconstruction of the site in the 1940s to 1950s. Upon...

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to a unique cruise in Salem Massachusetts! The fabled coastlines of Salem sound come alive with tales of haunted lighthouses, eerie islands, ruthless pirates, and living monsters who wreak havoc on passing ships to this very day! This spook-tacular 75-minute...

Parent & Child Morning Glory for the Youngest Child

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory for the Youngest Child (10 to 19 months) Morning Glory for the Youngest Child is a “Mommy and Me” playgroup for a caregiver with a child 10 months to 19 months of age. Morning Glory for the Youngest Child meets weekly for 10 classes on Fridays from 8:45 am to 10:45 am.
8:45 am to 10:45 am

Groundwork Farmer's Market at the Library

Groundwork Lawrence hosts farmers markets three days a week in the greater Lawrence Area
Groundwork Lawrence hosts three farmer's markets per week because fruits and vegetables grown locally are best for you, your health, and your family's health, because it supports local businesses, keeps money in our community, and is the best for the environment. Come and support your local farmers...
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Farm Friends

Farm Friends a program for preschoolers at Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury Massachusetts!
Children three to six and a favorite adult of their choosing are invited to share in some fun-filled farm adventures which will connect them to daily life at Spencer Peirce Little Farm.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Bebop Beats in Beverly

Bepob Beats Music and movement program for kids at the Beverly Public Library
Come to this fun storytime, music and movement playgroup at the library. Free for all families with children birth and up.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Creative Collective Marketplace

The Salem Creative Collective Market runs on weekends during the last 3 weeks of October!
This is the biggest vendor fair of the Haunted Happenings Salem season with the Creative Collective bringing you some of the best local artisans around. The Creative Collective Night Market (until 9:00 pm), sponsored by Retonica and Lord Hobo Brewing will transform the Downtown into an artisan and...
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Parent & Child Peach Blossom Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Peach Blossom is for infants who are 3 – 12 months¹. Caregivers will be provided the opportunity to discover how to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of each baby.  Classes include interactive touching and singing games, developmental observation and discussion time with...
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise

See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 1 hour 45 minute tour...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Open Studio at Art Haven

Art Haven hosts an open studio every Friday night in downtown Gloucester
Friday afternoons are a great time for families to drop-by fand enjoy Open Studio at Art Haven. Participate in a fun activity and access to the studio space to work on clay, painting, drawing or anything else you dream up. All ages are welcome with a parent.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias

Explore your fears and phobias inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias! Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns? Does your heart skip a beat when you're SCARED? Join us and face your fears within our walls!Visit the most unique and surreal...
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Sunday, October 20

Boo at the Zoo - Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo, Zoo New England events for north shore children and families
Boo at the Stone Zoo features Halloween themed crafts and games, along with a haunted maze. Visitors to the Zoo will also have the chance to learn about enrichment as many of the animals receive pumpkins! Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Thrills,...
Where: Stone Zoo
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Fashion Show & Brunch

Anna Jaques Hospital Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Fashion Show & Brunch  - Newburyport MA
Join us on Sunday, October 20th for Celebrating Survivors - Couture for a Cure Brunch & Fashion Show at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury.
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lighthouse & Foliage Cruise

See North Shore Fall Foliage from the water on this lighthouse tour!
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to take in the changing colors of fall by boat on a cruise out of Salem Massachusetts Harbor. Passengers will visit out five historic lighthouses during this 14-mile harbor loop through Beverly, Manchester, Salem & Marblehead. This 1 hour 45 minute tour...
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Marblehead Pumpkin Decorating Workshops

Join a pumpkin decorating workshop in Marblehead at the Clifton Lutheran Church
Please join us for pumpkin decorating, face painting, music, cider donuts and more! Decorated pumpkins may be left to be submitted into the MFF's Pumpkin Illumination on 10/24 (for a chance to win prizes!). Admission include everything needed to decorate a pumpkin! Hosted by the Marblehead Family...
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

MarketStreet Lynnfield Hay Day Harvest Festival

MarketStreet Lynnfield Harvest Festival. Shopping, Dining Entertainment, Events
MarketStreet Lynnfield celebrates the season with Hay Day at MarketStreet on Sunday, October 20, from 2:00-5:00 pm Join us for a day filled with all your fall favorites and experience the season like never before. We’re bringing back the good ol’ days with an outdoor roller rink surrounded by...
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday, October 21

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...