There are lots of family events scheduled this weekend in the Witch City, including the 15th annual Halloween Children's Day on Salem Common, a magic show at the Witches Cottage, and a free screening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
But free Mead tasting at Pamplemousse, an 80s Prom at Rockafellas, and a ruise in Salem Harbor are expected to provide distractions for the adult crowd as well. So whether you're looking for a family outing, a spooky date-night, or a place to get scared out of your wits with friends, make your way down to historic Salem and celebrate Halloween the right way.
Professor Wunders' School of Magic at the Witches Cottage
Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 - 11 a.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 7 Lynde Street.
Learn the basics of magic, cast exciting spells with Professor Wunders and receive a magic glow ring as a gift! Free pictures with the Wizard after the show. For more information visit the Witches Cottage website or call 978-825-0222.
First Annual Costume Swap
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Salem Senior Center, 5 Broad Street.
Donate your wearable costumes at the Salem Senior Center. In exchange for each complete, clean, gently worn costume, you will receive one swap ticket to claim a new-to-you costume. No costume to swap? Still want to shop? No Problem! Stop by the event to purchase any costume for $5. Proceeds will benefit Salem youth programs.
Witch City Car Show
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Central Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Car show featuring PT Cruisers and other Chrysler automobiles all decked out and ready for Halloween!
15th Annual Halloween Children's Day
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Salem Common.
Live performers, costume contests with prizes, foods, rides and games. Large bouncy houses by Just for Fun, and pony rides too!
Wicked Weekends at the Witches Cottage
Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, from 12 - 6 p.m. at 7 Lynde Street.
Entertainment abounds with face painting, complimentary balloon animals by "The Balloon Kid" and appearances by Hell Boy, Beetlejuice, zombies, witches and more. T-Shirt and postcard giveaways to those waiting in line! Character appearances vary, depending on availability. Weather permitting. For more information visit the Witches Cottage website or call 978-825-0222.
East India Fountain Stage
Every weekend next to the East India Fountain on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.
Live music all day Saturday and Sunday on the East India Fountain Stage every weekend throughout October. Free hot cocoa next to the stage, dream interpretation and spiritual readings near the stage and at 217 Essex Street (The Vault).
Free Mead Tastings
Every weekend from 2 - 4 p.m. at Pamplemousse, 185 Essex Street.
A chance to try the oldest wine in history...honey wine! Every weekend on Saturday and Sunday in October at Pamplemousse.
Radio 92.9 Haunted Movie Series on Salem Common
Saturday, Oct. 13, 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Salem Common.
Bring a blanket or your beach chairs to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang under the stars for free!
80s Prom at Rockafellas
Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 - 11:30 p.m. at Rockafellas, 231 Essex Street.
Dig up your old prom dress and tux and come celebrate the prom you never went to! Help us award the dead king and queen. Bail Out Boston and a DJ Tony SAP spinning upstairs. Cost is $7 for both floors.
Mahi Mahi BOOze Cruise
Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 - 10:30 p.m. at Pickering Wharf.
Come get your 'BOO'ze on with this 1½ -hour cruise aboard the historic (and heated!) Hannah Glover. If you can't have fun tonight, you might want to check your pulse. Costumes encouraged, prizes awarded - get your 'BOO'ze on with us!
24th Annual Halloween Witch Ride
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2:30 - 3 p.m. at Shetland Park.
An annual Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser by motorcycle enthusiasts from across the state. Registration from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, ride leaves Everett at 1 p.m. Rain date October 21st. For more information visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association website or contact the Boston North office at 978-720-2800.