There's nothing like October in Salem and the Salem Common Neighborhood Association is thrilled to host two weekends of our annual Kids Carnival on the Common including rides, face painting, and family fun! There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Ticket purchase proceeds benefit the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.
Grab a blanket and the kids and head over to Salem Common at dusk for an outdoor showing of some favorite family-friendly movies that will get you in the mood for a spooktacular Halloween! This screening is sponsored by Salem Main Streets!
Come to Downtown Salem to enjoy outdoor shopping on a crisp early fall weekend. Shop for uniquely Salem items at over 100 vendor booths on the Salem Common. Entertainers, street performers and live music performances all add to the festive atmosphere. Wear a costume or come to just feel the anticipation of Halloween in the air! Hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Come stroll through historic Pioneer Village for this 6th annual family-friendly event. You will be enchanted by the soft light of jack-o-lanterns while listening to spooky tales (Flashlights Optional). This Lanterns in the Village fundraiser supports all positive events for the students of Collins Middle School located in Salem. 100% of the proceeds will support our school!
Surround yourself in a world of pink this October and join the Good Witch of Salem for a Magical Children’s Tea Party at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel in Downtown Salem. Located in the Grand Ballroom, all attending will be captivated by the elegance and charm upon arrival. The Magical Tea Party will begin with photo opportunities offering a glimpse into the Good Witch’s home followed by Tea Party coloring and crafts.
Salem’s first Children’s Costume Ball in the heart of Downtown Salem will be an event you won’t want to miss! This October, join the Good Witch of Salem as she hosts a costume ball for children of all ages at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites! Come dressed to “trick” or “treat” in your spookiest, glamorous, silliest or homemade costume creation! The ballroom of the hotel will be decked out in Halloween décor with surprises around every corner. Attendees will be able to immerse themselves into photo opportunities, crafts, and ghoulish games. All guests will be invited to have lunch followed by Halloween dancing and spooky fun!
Join at Swampscott Conservancy at Salem High School* for a Saturday morning Hike! and walk over to Salem Woods which abuts the golf course. The trails in Salem Woods are relatively narrow and are rated as moderate. Hike is about 2.5 miles and should take less than 2 hours. Dogs (on leash) and Children welcome. Please be able to keep up a 2 mph pace (usually not a problem for children). Rain date Saturday 10/16 at the same time and place.
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 performance extravaganza! Street Performers, DJ’s and performance groups from around the Globe will highlight the vibrancy and diversity of Arts and Culture throughout New England.
See and learn about the fishes living in Salem Harbor as part of Trails & Sails 2021! At this seining demonstration, Salem Sound Coastwatch staff will drag a large seining net through the water onto the beach. We’ll examine the catch and coastal scientists will talk about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Sound.
Join Salem Main Streets for Howl-o-ween featuring plenty of fun and games, information about local rescues and pet-focused downtown businesses, and most importantly, a pet parade and costume contest with prizes!
Wednesday, October 20
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