Salem Haunted Happenings for Kids & Families

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Finding kid-friendly activities during Salem Haunted Happenings doesn’t need to be a nightmare- with harbor cruises, story-times, and of course trick-or-treating, there are plenty of things to do with kids this October!

Wicked Wednesdays

Salem Haunted Happenings includes Wicked Wednesdays that will be chock full of programming for kids. Bring the family for mid-week entertainment, musicians, family-friendly walking tours, and interactive events geared for the 12 and under crowd. Each Wednesday is different and offers new and unique opportunities to enjoy kid-friendly activities downtown this month. Wicked Wednesdays continues this year with the annual Costume Parade & Cosplay Celebration, and new events include the Great Salem Pumpkin Walk and the Salem Fairy Door Trail.

Photo by John Andrews.

Family Movie Nights

Each Saturday, Magic 106.7 hosts a family movie night at 6:00 pm on the Common with films like Hocus Pocus, Goonies, Ghostbusters (original), and Toy Story of Terror. To make the most out of this family-friendly classic movie experience, be sure to arrive early as other entertainment will be available on the Common starting at 2:00 pm.

On the Water

If you’re looking to take to the water with the kids, be sure to check out Mahi Cruises’ Haunted Happenings Harbor Cruise. This cruise is filled to the brim with family-friendly fun including story-telling, Halloween party music, complimentary tarot card readings, photo ops, and a full bar for the adults and face-painting for the kids. Tickets are $25 for adults and $19 for kids ages 3-12. Tickets may be purchased in advance on Mahi Mahi’s website.

Sea Shuttle also offers a family-friendly water tour on select days this October. This experience includes a tour of the Salem Sound coastal areas aboard the 45′ catamaran Endeavor. Snacks and beverages may be purchased aboard, and tickets may be purchased in advanced through Sea Shuttle’s website.

For the Whole Family

Looking for the ultimate Halloween dinner experience? Check out Haunted Dinner Theater’s latest production, “Shipwrecked!”. This interactive crime-solving dinner show features audience participation, family-friendly entertainment, and more all based on the classic TV sitcom. An all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet covers the dinner portion of the show, which takes place at the Hawthorne Hotel. For the complete schedule of dates and to purchase tickets ($59.95 for adults, and $39.95 for kids ages 8-12) visit the Haunted Dinner Theater’s website.

For spookier family-fun, get your tickets for the Salem Haunted Magic Show‘s latest performance, HYSTERIA: Phobias! Suitable for kids ages seven and up, this event features inconceivable magic,
bizarre demonstrations of mind reading, wild comedy, and interactive audience participation! Tickets are $20-42 and may be purchased online in advance.

New for 2018, Salem Haunted Happenings includes an all new musical created just for kids called “The Witchery”. The musical follows a little witch who falls off her broom and lands in Salem. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Photo by John Andrews.

The shops on Pickering Wharf will host “Trick or Treat on the Wharf” on October 22 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This annual event allows kids and families to get some trick or treating in during their visit to Salem while visiting the merchants on the waterfront.

Trick-or-treating on Halloween night runs 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.