Visitors of all ages flock to Salem for Haunted Happenings. Families love the Grand Parade, which is the official kick-off to the festival each year, and many families bring their kids for Halloween night. The question is, what do families do in between? Here are a few suggestions:


Wednesdays promise wicked fun!
New for 2017, Salem Haunted Happenings will include 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.


Trick-or-Treat is not just for Halloween
Join Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll for Trick-or-Treat at downtown businesses on Friday, October 6. Businesses on Pickering Wharf will be handing out treats on October 22.


Monsters be nice!
Several of the haunted houses offer a sliding scale of fear or a code word if things get too scary, and the 4-D fun at Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre’s Witchcraft and Ghost Experience is fun for all ages. Sure, you might jump out of your seat once or twice, but the kids will love it!


Kids Fun Days
Salem Common will feature Kids’ Fun Days, with kiddie rides, as well as the free Saturday night movie series, which features a different family-friendly film each Saturday evening.

Click here to view a printable PDF of family-friendly events during Salem Haunted Happenings.