Costumes are always on in Salem, but the city truly becomes Halloween Town through October. While Halloween has historically been packed with revelers, Witch City is always a great destination for an easy day trip or weekend getaway because there's always things to do in Salem. Take the ferry from Boston to learn the history of the Salem Witch Trials, experience everything from the magical to the macabre anytime of year, and explore family-friendly, hands-on exhibitions at the world-class Peabody Essex Museum. Try an International bevvy of delicacies—including choosing your fancy from a full menu of drinking chocolate—walk back in time through Pioneer Village at Forest River Park, stay at the country's oldest bed and breakfast, and more. It's easy to promise families year-round fun in this historic walkable town with our list of the top things to do in Salem with kids.
2022 Editor's Note: Salem is a very popular destination in October, particularly on weekends. Local officials have asked visitors to find alternatives to driving into Salem in October 2022. Be sure and have a plan for your excursion. Consult local resources for parking & directions and consider public transportation alternatives.