Despite living in New England for almost my entire life, I had never traveled to Salem, MA until a few weeks ago. Salem is a fun town with a rich history, and my kids really enjoyed our day there. We visited the Salem Witch Museum, walked around town, and dined at Bambolina, a casual Italian restaurant. As fun as Salem was back in September, I can only imagine the energy around Halloween.
This year, through October 31, 2015, the 35th annual “Haunted Happenings” festival will be taking place in Salem, MA, with 250,000 from all over the world expected to attend. In addition to the attractions and tours operating in Salem year round, there are a variety of family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the month. Keep in mind that these events are expected to be well-attended, so make reservations in advance wherever possible. Here are just some examples of kid-friendly events:
- Face painting
- A “Myths and Misconceptions” Walking Tour
- A two-hour narrated Lighthouse & Foliage sightseeing cruise with Mahi Cruises
- The Sizing It Up: Scale in Nature and Art Exhibit at the centrally-located Peabody Essex Museum
- “Ask a Witch – Make a Wand” event at Artemisia Botanicals – make a wand and ask questions about witches and witchcraft from local witches
- A Haunted Happenings 90-minute harbor cruise – including face painting, fortune telling, spooky photo ops, and a professional storyteller
- Haunted Dinner Theatre presents, Shipwrecked!
- Salem Kids Tour Walking Tour (for age 6 and up)
- A Carnival on the Common
- Professor Wunders’ School of Magic at Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre
- Haunted Movie Series on Salem Common
These events all take place on various dates throughout the month, along with many more activities. Schedule in advance where possible, and arrive early. To see the full schedule of events, and learn more about Haunted Happenings in Salem, MA, visit their official guide at hauntedhappenings.org. For general information about Salem, MA, visit their website.