Living near Salem, MA is great for a lot of reasons- easy access to Boston, the coast line, lower taxes, but the absolute best reason I enjoy living around here is Halloween!
Salem is cleverly known as Witch City and it has so much to offer the ghoul in you during the month of October. Haunted Happenings has something to offer everyone your pets. Pets can join in during the parade, and most come in costume!
Where else in the world can you hold a store door open for a witch, eat lunch next to a group of werewolves and later buy popcorn from the mad hatter? Walking around Salem always puts a smile on my face.
If possible I recommend taking on the city by foot and/or stroller. There is a pedestrian walk way right in the center of town off of Essex Street. The walkway is a great place to start your tour and soak in the cobblestone sidewalks, sites, stores and historic brick buildings. On weekends during the month of October you will often find vendors selling all kinds of tricks and treats. For those craving a little more of history look for the red painted line on the street (much like the freedom trail in Boston). The red line brings you past historical buildings and haunted buildings too.
Up for an even longer walk? Head down Pickering Wharf on the waterfront for a beautiful view and keep walking to the Friendship Tall Ship and the House of Seven Gables. If walking is not an option you can jump on board one of the many trolley tours or borrow a bike from the new borrow a bike program.
Some highlights I am looking forward to this year at Haunted Happenings include: The Grand Parade held this year on October 4th starting at 6:30 p.m., Trick or Treating with the Mayor, all the stores offer kids some treats on October 5th from 5:30-8 p.m., on October 6th and 7th on the Common you’ll find Salem Family Fun Day from 11-5 p.m. games, rides, and prizes for the kids. Something unique this year is a Costume Swap being held on October 13th at the Salem Senior Center from 10-12 p.m.- that’s a fun idea to save some $ also that day is the 15th annual Children’s Day on the common with performers and more from 10-5p.m.
There are also some other super fun events that I encourage you to attend if you are looking for some adult fun; the beer fest, 5 k, masquerade ball, and of course Halloween on October 31st and the fireworks that follow that night. Information on these events and more can be found on the Haunted Happenings Calender.
Grab your family think of a creative costume and drive or fly on out to Salem
It really is the place to be in October. Where everyday is Halloween.