Halloween is a great, easy-going season of guilt-free, free-form fun – as much or as little as you like – for adults and kids.
Salem, Massachusetts, the Witch City, has plenty of truly scary and eerie activities in October, but also lots of silly fun for kids, at its Wicked Wednesday programs. Kids and parents can play, dress up, do activities and crafts, even learn a little bit about New England Colonial history. Check out the list below and also see our Halloween events pages for all of New England. Map.
Halloween Kids’ Crafts (October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31) — Join in the Halloween crafts-making for kids every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Waite and Peirce, 193 Derby Street. Free. Call 978-744-4319
Make Your Collage (October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31) — Make a Halloween-themed collage at The Witchery, 61 Wharf Street at Pickering Wharf. Collages are easy to make and fun for all ages. Call ahead for hours. Free. 339-203-1307
Harrowing Historic Stories with Salem Kids Tours (October 3, 10, 17, ad 24) — At Salem Kids Tours, 185 Essex Street, kids can learn about the infamous Witchcraft Trials of 1692 in a kid-oriented way. Tours are at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. $10-$12. 978-766-1103
Family Adventure at The House of the Seven Gables (October 10, 17, 24) — The House of the Seven Gables at 115 Derby Street presents a family navigation game on October 10, 17, 24. From 4 to 7 p.m. up to two kids age 17 and younger are admitted for free with every adult ticket purchased. Adult tickets are $15. 978-744-0991.
Tours and Games at Phillips House (October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31) — Get wicked at Phillips House at 34 Chestnut Street as part of Haunted Happenings family events. Ticket includes historic games, fall crafts, and a family tour of the house. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 per family. 978-744-0440
Kids Costume and Cosplay Celebration (October 17) — The Creative Collective and the Phoenix School present the 2nd annual kids costume party and cosplay celebration parade, sing-along, and dance party. Meet at Riley Plaza, parade down Pedestrian Mall, party at the Fountain Stage. 4-7 p.m.
Salem Fairy Door Trail (October 24) — A magical quest through the streets of downtown Salem. Discover beautiful fairy doors created by local artists. Get your fairy door location map at Artemisia Botanicals AT 3 Hawthorne Blvd. 978-745-0065.