Essex National Heritage Area sites offer over 150 free family fun events over two weekends each September for the annual celebration of TRAILS & SAILS. Participants can hike, bike, paddle, stroll or sail through the region and Essex National Heritage Area will provide a passport to fun and adventure. It’s all FREE and it’s all located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. You can read more about it Trails & Sails 2018
The Abbot Public Library invites young children to come in costume to our library party with an indoor parade. There will be Halloween story time, a special Halloween craft, snacks, a treat bag, and a walk around the library building to show costumes and collect treats. The younger winners of the Guess How Much the Pumpkin Weighs will also be announced. Come enjoy our indoor Halloween party!
The Annual Marblehead Museum Pumpkin Illumination in collaboration with the Marblehead Family Fund will take place in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion Gardens. All carved, painted and decorated pumpkins welcome. Judging by town “celebrity” judges for categories with prizes. All the town goblins and ghouls will want to stop by to take a peek at these wild creations during the town-wide Trick or Treat. Musical entertainment provided by Rick Goldin.
Kids are invited to the Ipswich Halloween Parade! Gather if you dare on the Ipswich Riverwalk, parade over the infested waters of the Ipswich River to nightmare on Elm Street, down haunted County Road, and ending at Town Hall Graveyard for cider and donuts! Presented by the Ipswich Police Community Resource Unit.
Celebrate Halloween with us! Carve a pumpkin to take home for halloween, have your face painted and take a Halloween Photos too. This event is made possible by the generous support of the Institution for Savings for providing pumpkins for this year’s Pumpkin Carving Party. Special thanks to Wolf Hill for their help.
Kids and their families are invited to the Ipswich Museum for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Join us in the courtyard of the Heard House for old fashioned games, scary stories, a haunted house, costume parade, and more!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night and some history and myths that surround this spooky holiday.
Love Halloween? Witches, goblins and ghouls? Well, there’s no better place to spend a spooky weekend in October than in Salem, MA! And what could possibly make Salem’s October Haunted Happenings even better? How about the Salem Open Market flying in with a hauntingly cool open-air arts market!
Join educators from Joppa Flats Education Center with your preschooler for an adventure to collect acorns, pine cones, lichen, bark, and moss at Newburyport's Mosely Woods! We'll use our imaginations to create woodland homes and creature friends with the natural materials we find. You'll go home with your fairyland dwellings and a new excitement for finding natural treasues and turning them into creative projects.