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Essex County Trail Association Equine Gear Pre-winter sale
ESSEX COUNTY TRAIL ASSOCIATION is hosting an EQUINE Gear Pre-Winter Sale to be held on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10-2. Find used and new items all in very good condition. Drop by for a day of one stop shopping.  For more information, be a sponsor or donate used or new horse related items for ECTA tables, please call Kay at 978-768-6275 e-mail kljoreo@aol.com. Location: Route 22, Western Avenue, Essex, MA. Next to Gaybrook Garage.
Explore your fears and phobias inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias! Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns? Does your heart skip a beat when you're SCARED? Join us and face your fears within our walls!Visit the most unique and surreal haunted attraction in Massachusetts, just a few minutes north of the Haunted Happenings of Salem. For over 25 years, no Halloween season has been complete without a haunted tour through this real medieval castle!
Location: Hammond Castle
The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
“Hallow-MARINI” Party at Marini Farm Costumes, Characters, Dancing, Games, Treating.  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun and dress up. Music by J&C Entertainment Dance Party with Characters 5 and Under- Trick or Treat Hunt Maze Scavenger Hunt Games, Prizes and more
Location: Marini Farm
Events for families north of Boston at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Grab your 4-legged friend and head on down to The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for the best doggy social hour this side of the sun! We’ve partnered with PolkaDog Bakery to bring you Dog Friendly Vendors, A Photo Booth and Giveaways!  Notch Brewing will be in attendance to quench your thirst.
Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield
Pine Grove PTA's Fall Carnival on the Common in Rowley Massachusetts
Come to the Rowley Town Common for an afternoon of family fun! Admission to the event is FREE with a non-perishable donation to the Rowley Food Pantry, which will be collected at event check-in. Planned Activities include: Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Hole, Basket Ball shoot out, Skee Ball, Dunking Booth, Football Toss, Pony Rides and many more fun games and activities for the whole family. Food Trucks will be on site as well as carnival concessions! Hosted by the Pine Grove PTA.
Location: Rowley Town Common
Financial Planning for an Independent School Education: A Speaker Series Event
Join us at Tower School for an evening discussing the benefits of creating a school funding strategy using a variety of tools. We'll hear from experts: Andrew E. Keller, VP, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management; Jeff Carter, Board Treasurer; Dean Sidell, Acting Head of School and CFO
Location: Tower School
Stone Zoo for Northshore children and families
ZooLights will shine brightly beginning on Friday, November 22, 2019, Beloved holiday tradition returns to Stone Zoo. ZooLights is set to once again dazzle visitors of all ages when it opens for the holiday season on Friday, November 22. This winter wonderland attracts thousands of visitors each year who get into the holiday spirit by strolling along tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes, and even reindeer! Enjoy more festive fun by warming up by the fire pits and toasting marshmallows for s’mores (available for purchase).
Location: Stone Zoo
Tour the waters of Essex Bay estuary aboard the Trustee's pontoon boat Osprey!
Join us for a cruise in Essex Bay aboard our pontoon boat the Osprey! We’ll view the seldom seen backside of the Crane Wildlife Refuge and take a turn around Choate Island to view the open fields, wooded hillside and historic structures from the water while hearing stories and learning fun facts about the area from longtime steward, Donny Paquin.  This event requires pre-registration online or at the Castle Hill front desk.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Come enjoy a Lindsay and Her Giant Puppets at TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex Massachusetts!
The TOHP Burnham Public Library invites kids to fun puppet show featuring Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals!  These unique and clever puppets are nearly life size and full of character to match.  Lindsay's stories are both heartfelt and hilarious and you're likely to learn a valuable lesson or two to boot! Don't miss this special presentation! Invite friends! This event will be held on the 3rd floor of the building.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library
Not a Fright in Sight with Jeannie Mack at the TOHP Library in Essex Massachusetts
TOHP Burnham Public Library hosts a fun and not-so-scary Halloween! Jeannie Mack performs the perfect combination of songs, rhymes and hand plays about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches to delight 2 – 6 year-olds. And what would a Halloween program be without a scary story? Jeannie’s use of a pop-up book about some friendly ghosts provides just the right touch to round out the fun.
Location: TOHP Burnham Public Library

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Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...

Quarry Quest and Story Walk at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
A treasure hunt around  the quarry at Halibut Point State Park with clues and word unscrambles to find the treasure box!  Recommended for ages 8 and up. Clues available anytime at bulletin board. Quarrying History Self-Guide tour brochure available anytime for visitors of all ages.

Spirit of Place Outdoor Exhibit

Red Owl sculpture by Andreas von Huene part of the Spirit in Place Exhibit at the Crane Estate in Ipswich Massachusetts
The Trustees and New England Sculptors Association are partnering to present a 6-month outdoor sculpture exhibition at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate located at 290 Argilla Road in Ipswich. The “Spirit of Place" exhibition includes 32 pieces created by New England's finest sculptors and placed in...

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Parent & Child Bachelor's Buttons Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Bachelor’s Button is a full year pre-nursery program for caregiver and child 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years of age. We have two Bachelor’s Buttons classes that meet weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, September through June, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Classes follow the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm schedule. 30...
9:00 am to 11:30 am

Parent & Child Morning Glory Classes

Parent & Child Classes at Waldorf at Moraine Farm - Beverly MA
Morning Glory is a playgroup for caregivers with an older child who is 20 months to 3½ years¹. Class activities and interactions support social development as these children prepare for nursery. We have two Morning Glory classes that meet weekly for 10 classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00...
9:00 am to 11:15 am

AJH: Mother & Baby Support Class - Newburyport

Mother & Baby Support Groups at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport MA
Mother & Baby Groups Anna Jaques is pleased to offer free group classes for all mothers in our community to provide support, encouragement and advice on parenthood and answer questions that arise after going home. Mother & Baby Groups are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant/Registered...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Dog Friendly Shops at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Dog Friendly Shops and Restaurants at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Animal lovers will be glad to learn MarketStreet Lynnfield has over 40 shops and restaurants that are dog-friendly. Use #PupsOfMarketStreet on social media when you are there with your four-legged friend to get a free treat at PolkaDog Bakery. Enjoy!
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Friday, October 25

Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Creatures of the IRWS tell stories and interact with kids on the haunted trail!
At sundown this Halloween weekend, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest with creatures that can talk! Take a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the...
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Appleton Farms Kids Pumpkin Trail

Come Celebrate Halloween at the Trustees Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
You are invited to Appleton Farm's very own Pumpkin Trail! Enjoy this self-guided, non-scary event for children of all ages. Don your favorite costume and explore the farm by following over 100 lighted pumpkins. Once you're done, stop at the carriage barn for some smores with your favorite barnyard...
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias

Explore your fears and phobias inside the walls of Hammond Castle in Gloucester Massachusetts
Hammond Castle Presents Halls of Darkness: Fears & Phobias! Spend a spooktacular evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Are you afraid of the dark, spiders, or clowns? Does your heart skip a beat when you're SCARED? Join us and face your fears within our walls!Visit the most unique and surreal...
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Astronomy After Hours at the MOS Observatory

Come to the Museum of Science rooftop for free stargazing and astronomy related
Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in...
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saturday, October 26

Marini Farm Corn Maze

The 2019 Marini Farm Corn Maze in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Come to Marini Farm for a fun journey through our corn maze! The theme of 2019's maze is 'Exploring America'. This is not your typical corn maze; it is both educational and interactive. There are over 18 stations strategically placed throughout the maze with answers to a game sheet that you will be...

Kimball Farm Corn Maze

Kimball Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
At the Kimball Farm Corn Maze all are welcome to come and enjoy the challenge of finding your way through the winding corn field maze. Our originally desIgned CORN MAZE  for 2018 is full of Crazy angles and is sure to be a fun challenge. Have no fear, there will be clues along the way.  Be daring...
12:00 am

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Come learn about the haunted happenings of Salem Sound on this 1½ hour cruise.
Mahi Cruises & Charters invites you to a unique cruise in Salem Massachusetts! The fabled coastlines of Salem sound come alive with tales of haunted lighthouses, eerie islands, ruthless pirates, and living monsters who wreak havoc on passing ships to this very day! This spook-tacular 75-minute...

Corn MAiZE and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers

Corn MAiZE, Maze and Haunted Attractions at Connors Farm - Danvers, Danvers MassachusettsDanvers Massachusetts
Come to Connors Farm to find your way through this year's maze, a tribute to freind and local race car legend Bentley Warren! Enjoy many family fun activities! After completing the maze, stay and have some fun around the farm. Children enjoy apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, and most of all,...

Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School

Visit the Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in Hamilton MA.  Photo: Sculpture installation by Troffkin
The tenth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit will feature more than by established and emerging New England artists, all displayed on the 100-acre campus of Pingree School. This is the largest display of its kind in New England, featuring more than 50 works by artists from as nearby as...

Crescent Farm Corn Maze

Crescent Farm corn maze in Haverhill Massachusetts
Imagine the biggest puzzle you’ve ever seen. Now imagine a day in the sunshine with your friends or family. Now add an adventure that takes teamwork and memory skills. All these things and more can be found at Crescent Farms Corn Maze. Crescent Farm Corn Maze trails cut into 9 acres of corn. Inside...