Haunted Happenings for Toddlers!

It’s Halloween again, and sometimes it can be a challenge to find activities that are appropriate for the very young. Either it’s too stimulating, loud and scary, or it’s too complex and over-their heads. A lot of the activities are a little past their bedtimes, and probably not appropriate anyway! Here is what I found in and around Salem this year that I think will entertain our little ones, from around 6 months-3 years of age (a 3 month old might even enjoy petting some animals and riding the train with you!)

Me with my 9-month-old at Connors Farm last October

October 4th: Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

From 6 :30 pm – 8 pm

A Salem tradition to kick off Haunted Happenings that is filled with pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. This year’s theme is “World Animal Day”. I plan to take my daughter to the Commons to watch all the children come in.

Parade begins at Shetland Park and ends at the Salem Commons.

Click here to see a parking map of Salem.

Salem Common Family Fun Days!

  • Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Monday, October 8, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 11:00am- 5:00pm

For $10 children can enjoy 7 rides.  I saw train rides, a carousel, and face painting on their website! It sounds like clowns and other entertainers will make this really fun for little ones, and the time isn’t too late!

October 13th: 15th Annual Halloween Children’s Day

10:00am – 5:00pm on the Salem Commons

Live performers, costume contests with prizes, foods, rides and games, large bouncy rides and I even saw a little girl riding a pony — maybe a little difficult for toddlers to do by themselves, but I know my little toddler would love it with me walking along supporting her!

October 14 – 31: Pumpkin Festival & Hay Bale Maze on the Salem Common

See a display of pumpkins decorated by area school children and see if your little ones can find their way through a hay bale maze that is just their size! Open daily.

October 20th: Annual Children’s Halloween Parade & Costume Party

12:00pm – 3:00pm starting on the Salem Commons

Children ages 3-10 are invited to Salem Common in costume to parade down Essex Street to a costume competition in Derby Square. Parade registration at 11:00am, parade begins at Noon.
Costume Party from 1-3pm at The Phoenix School. Rain location: 89 Margin Street. $10 admission for both events.

Other Halloween Activities to do with Toddlers around the North Shore:

Connors Farm

From now until Halloween, Connors Farm in Danvers will be hosting a multitude of family activities– many of which are toddler appropriate (animal farm, small hay bale maze, hay rides, cow train rides, sand box and lots lots more! Their apple cider donuts are also really tasty! Click HERE for more information on admission prices.

Located at 30 Valley Road (Rt. 35) in Danvers.

Hay bale maze.

Brooksby Farm

Visit their animal farm (sheep, goats, emus, llama, chickens, turkeys, peacock, and more!), pick some pumpkins, and go on a hayride! Check out their fall calendar for dates, prices and times.

38 Felton St, in Peabody.


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