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Tours, theatrical presentations, film nights are highlights for families visiting Salem, Massachusetts during October

Courtesy of Haunted Happenings


Salem, MA. . . Families visiting Salem, Massachusetts this October will have some new events and tours to add to their itineraries.  New programs including a kid-focused theatrical presentation at the Griffen Theatre, the Salem Kids Tour, and a Family Fright Night free film series on Salem Common. These join the beloved Grand Parade and annual Salem Children’s Day, enriching family programming during Salem’s Haunted Happenings festival. 

Known for its haunted and ghostly productions, visitors to Salem in October encounter chilling dramatic presentations at the House of the Seven Gables, Salem Theatre Company, Pioneer Village, and the Witch House.  This year the Griffen Theatre is adding a family friendly, interactive option to the schedule.  Wizardly Wonders stars a friendly wizard who takes the audience through a wonderful world of magic, wizardry and Halloween fun, and is an excellent option for families looking to keep the nightmares at bay.

There’s a knack to making Salem history palatable to younger audiences, and Salem Kids Tours has it.  This 60-minute walking tour is led by “Prudence the Puritan,” who shares her ghost stories and gross stories about old Salem.  Some of the insights you will gain from Prudence include what school was like for boys in 18th century Salem, why the grave stones at St. Peter’s Church are so close together, and where the phrase “earmarked” came from (that’s a gross story, by the way).

Families will want to bring their blankets and chairs to Salem Common to watch the free films being shown as part of the free Family Fright Night Movie Series on October 9, 16, and 23 at 6:00 PM.  Presented by Radio 92.9, there will be give-aways and promotions at each film night.  Films will include Hocus Pocus (October 9),Ghostbusters (October 16), and The Addams Family (October 23).

Perennial Haunted Happenings favorites for all ages include the 15th Annual Grand Parade, which will include hundreds of Salem school children and marching bands from around the region on Thursday, October 7 at 6:00 PM, Children’s Day on the Common on October 16 will include a costume parade, musical performances, and a children’s storytelling competition, and the annual Children’s Costume Party and Parade on October 17th at noon on Salem Common.


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