Salem Haunted Happenings for Kids & Families

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!

Click here to view a printable PDF of family-friendly activities throughout October 2019.

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 events at the Phillips House, Witch Pix, and more!

Photo by John Andrews.

Family Movie Nights

This year’s family movie nights will take place at Charlotte Forten Park, named for the notable Salem abolitionist, at 289 Derby Street. Family film nights run each Saturday in October, and kid-friendly entertainment will follow each film. Plan your visit around your favorites and enjoy a movie with the family by the water: The Addams Family (October 5), Coco (October 12), ParaNorman (October 19), and Hocus Pocus (October 26).

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 may be purchased in advance at

Get on the water this October with Essex Heritage for Eerie Stories on Salem Sound. During this cruise aboard the landing vessel Naumkeag, you’ll hear about the local folklore of Salem Sound. This evening boat tour is the perfect way to get some spooky stories in and see a different side of Salem from the water. Tickets will be available online in advance.

For the Whole Family

Looking for the ultimate Halloween dinner experience? Check out Haunted Dinner Theater’s latest production, “Clue! Live”. This interactive crime-solving dinner show features audience participation, family-friendly entertainment, and more all based on the classic board game. 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 visit the Haunted Dinner Theater’s website.

For spookier family-fun, get your tickets for the Salem Haunted Magic Show‘s latest performance, HYSTERIA: Ghost Stories! 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.


Photo by John Andrews.

Trick-or-treating on Halloween night runs 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, but for a visit earlier in the season don’t miss Mayor’s Night Out! Visit Salem on October 4 to trick-or-treat with Mayor Driscoll on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.