Are you bringing the kiddos into the witch city this month? Well, today on the blog I have ten things to do in Salem, MA with kids this October 2021. Please keep in mind this list is not all inclusive, there are tons of other things you can do with the family as well. These are just my suggestions. Have fun, be safe and enjoy!
Hocus Pocus at the Ropes Mansion
Oct. 29, 30 and 31, 2021
“To celebrate our Salem Stories exhibition, visit the Ropes Mansion (318 Essex Street.) decorated in the style of cult classic Salem-based film Hocus Pocus. You won’t have to bob for apples during this visit to Allison’s house but this is a must-see for any fan this October! No reservations are required. Please note, the Ropes Mansion will not be open for tours.” [Source]
Salem Common Family Movie Night
Oct. 8, 15 and 22, 2021
“Save the dates, grab chairs, blankets, picnic treats and join us under the stars!” [Source]
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Oct. 9, 2021
“Salem Main Streets is very pleased to announce the return of the annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, this year in a combined format. The physical pet parade will return to Derby Wharf on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 pm, with the usual fun, costumes, and contest with prizes. In addition, we are fortunate to continue our 2020 partnership with Creative Collective to produce a virtual contest for those who are not able to join us on Oct. 9th.” [Source]
Haunted Happenings Grand Parade
Oct. 7, 2021
“The Salem Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate in the Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Reflecting the COVID Pandemic, this year’s event has been reimagined and will be a reverse parade featuring the theme “Upside Down and Inside Out”. The performances, floats, vehicles and displays will be stationary, with attendees parading the route to view them all!” [Source]
Mayor’s Night Out
Oct. 8, 2021
“Mayor Kim Driscoll hosts Mayor’s Night Out on Friday October 8 for trick-or-treating up and down the pedestrian mall, through the shops at the Witch City Mall and beyond. Trick-or-treat bags will be provided for free to all participants.” [Source]
Kiddie Carnival on the Common
Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31, 2021
“Kiddie rides and games sponsored by Fiesta Shows on the last two weekends of October. Proceeds benefit the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.” [Source]
Lanterns in the Village
Oct. 8 and 9, 2021
“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).” [Source]
Good Witch of Salem photo shoots at WitchPix
“About: Olde Salem Village – Good Witch Theme: The stage is set! Good Deeds and spirited intentions are filling the village of Salem, home for the Good Witch. The young people of the Village have been whispering of magical memories and new friends in the colonial cottage with the white cat. This dimensional set features an 8-foot tree, cast iron cauldron, and the 1,400 square-foot cottage.
About: Witch Cottage -Good Witch Theme: A sanctum for GOOD WITCHES and good deeds! This theatrical 12’ x 8’ set features an apothecary bookcase of potions and spell books, a magic mirror for the fairest of them all, and an altar adorned with pink magical tools for role-play spells and rituals.
Dress up from our wardrobe of over 300 costumes for all sizes, generations, and genders ranging from dark to vibrant with lighting and props, take a journey into art, Hollywood, history, and fun with your photographer! Choose the photoshoot fantasy!” [Source]
Find your favorite busker
Who doesn’t love Salem’s buskers? They bring joy and smiles, good times and fun pictures to all who visit us. This year, the buskers will be assigned various spots around Salem where they can be found. Check on the social media accounts of the busker you’re looking for to find out where they will be and when. Be sure to tip if you take pictures with them!
Children’s Halloween Costume Ball at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites
Oct. 9, 2021
“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!” [Source]
I hope this helped give you some ideas for family friendly fun in Salem, MA this October 2021. Be safe and enjoy. <3