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Join the Witches of Salem on the Salem Common to celebrate the Magic Circle!
Halloween is the night when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead thins and magicla things happen!  Come to Salem Common to celebrate with the Witches of Salem and the Dragon Ritual Drummers as they form a Magical Circle to celebrate our loved ones that have crossed over! This event is free and open to all who wish to attend with an open heart and a love for their dead. There is also no limit on the number of participants.
Location: Salem Common
Walk through the Crane Wildlife Refuge Ipswich Massachusetts with the Trustees of Reservations on Halloween!
Join The Trustees of Reservations for a harrowing Halloween Hike through the haunted trails of the Crane Wildlife Refuge! All Hallow’s Eve is a night when the creatures of the woods roam the paths and the dunes, silent and scary. Bring someone you can hold on to – and be prepared to hike through soft sand up and down hills for approximately 1.5 miles! We’ll finish our adventure with witches brew and pumpkin bread around a campfire on the beach.
Location: Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate
Join the Salem Pirates for a raucus Halloween at the Phillips House in Salem MA
Take a stroll up historic Chestnut Street and join the sea chantey-singing Salem pirates for tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England’s Phillips House on Halloween night. This special family-friendly event is free and takes place on Thursday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Salem’s official trick-or-treating hours.
Location: Phillips House
Young children and their caregivers are invited to a Halloween Party at Abbot Li
The Abbot Public Library invites young children to come in costume to our library party with an indoor parade. There will be Halloween story time, a special Halloween craft, snacks, a treat bag, and a walk around the library building to show costumes and collect treats. The younger winners of the Guess How Much the Pumpkin Weighs will also be announced. Come enjoy our indoor Halloween party!
Location: Abbot Public Library
Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-7pm.
Location: Abbot Public Library
Come celebrate Halloween at Newbury Town Library! Photo: ©2016 Bill O’Connor
Come celebrate Halloween at the Newbury Town Library. We will be doing crafts all day and handing out candy to all our little trick or treaters! Stop by and show off your costume, do a Halloween craft and get some delicious treats!
Location: Newbury Town Library
A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween!
Dressing up in a costume to go ask for free candy from anybody with a porch light on is a kids dream!  With these easy to follow tips and guidelines, having Halloween turn into a nightmare will be the farthest thing from everybody's mind. Talk to your kids about safety before they go out Trick or Treating and remind them that the best way to stay out of danger is to be aware of their surroundings! 
Parent Education at Brookwood School in Manchester MA
On Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. Brookwood School proudly welcomes best-selling author Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist specializing in play therapy and parenting skills and author of The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears, to share simple, effective strategies that build connection through fun, play, and empathy. Whether it's the monster in the closet or the fear that arises from new social situations, school, or sports, anxiety can be especially challenging for children.
Location: Brookwood School
Cupcake workshop, cooking class in Beverly MA
Come enjoy everyone’s favorite sweet escape where we’ll put your culinary creativity to the test. We’ll teach you the techniques to make melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes, but it’s up to you to invent your own version of this traditional sweet using our tasty array of flavors and mix-ins. Each cupcake becomes a masterpiece in the making, complete with fondant decorating, leaving all budding chefs cheering for more! Judged by our very own TBK panel of chefs to see whose Halloween themed cupcake reigns supreme. Maybe you will be the next cupcake star? 
Location: Taste Buds Kitchen
The Cedar Point Trail at the Crane Estate winds through varied terrain to the be
Come explore the Crane Estate trails in this season between the chaos of summer and the quiet of winter. We’ll take note of the ways nature gets ready to rest – the preparations that plants and animals make to survive the snowfall that will arrive in a matter of weeks. Bring your sharp senses and your skills of observation! This is an outdoor adventure for the whole family! We’ll end our ramble with a campfire and hot chocolate.
Location: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Brookwood School Admissions Open House Fall 2017

Located on Boston's North Shore on the Beverly/Manchester line just minutes from Route 128, Brookwood is a coeducational private independent day school for grades Pre-K through Eight.
Parents of children entering grades Pre-K through 8 are invited to learn about the exceptional education offered at Brookwood School at the school’s annual Fall Admissions Open House on Tuesday, November 14 at 9 AM and Saturday, November 18 at 1 PM. Dedicated to nurturing excellence, Brookwood is a...
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Old Tyme Country Fair

Old Tyme Country Fair at First Congregational Church in Rowley Massachusetts
Get into the Christmas spirit at the First Congregational Church of Rowley’s Olde Tyme Country Fair on Saturday, November 18th!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Ski, Skate, Board and Ride Consignment Event

Stock up for the season on new and consigned clothing and gear for skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding and horseback riding!
Stock up for the season on new & consigned clothing & gear for skiing, skating, hockey, and snowboarding! Don't forget the boots; as well as bikes, blades & boards. Earn money for your previously used equipment - get great deals for the upcoming season, for children and adults!
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Festival of Trees - Saturday & Sunday

Aleppo Shriners Festival of Trees
The Aleppo Shriners will be holding its Festival of Trees on Friday, November 17 Saturday, November 18; and Sunday, November 19 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road).
9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities

Waldorf at Moraine Farm Beverly MA Independent School. Pre-K to 8 grade.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 AM to 4 PM, The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm invites you to its annual, Waldorf Enchanted Holiday Fair and Curiosities.
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Improve your nutritional intake at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Community Giving Tree Donation Drop Off

Community Giving Tree's mission is to help low-income families in northeastern M
Time to clean out and drop off your gently-used donations to Essex County children in need. On Saturday,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Community Giving Tree van is accepting donations at the Cushing Park and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Community Giving Tree center in Boxford - just down the...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Holiday Fair at First Baptist Church - Beverly

Calendar of Events for NorthShore Families in Beverly MA
The biggest fair in downtown Beverly, First Baptist Church’s day includes wonderful crafters, a bake table and country store, raffle items, a huge Silent Auction, a roomful of white elephants at Grandma’s Attic, both breakfast and a luncheon with chowder, sandwiches, chili and pie, pictures with
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches

Shop three of the best church fairs in New England, in the same neighborhood on the same day!
Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a cold, winter’s day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fair. All three churches are within walking distance with free on street parking. Gift bargains are served up...
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions at PEM - Salem

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA. Family friendly arts and culture North of Boston
Journey through nature and activate the senses as you explore mathematical paradoxes, typographical illusions and metaphors in motion in our new digital exhibition, XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions, opening Saturday, October 14, 2017.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cape Ann Thanksgiving Harvest Market

The Cape Ann Farmers Market hosts a Thanksgiving market at the UU Church on Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts!
At the Cape Ann Farmers' Market Thanksgiving Market, you'll find over 20 vendors and farms. Vendors will be selling fresh produce - squash, greens, brussel sprouts, onions, potatoes, apples, pears, garlic, kale, carrots, cabbage, parsnips, radishes, turnips, oh my! All fresh, all local, just in...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pretty Poppy Open at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Shopping at MarketStreet Lynnfield Pretty Poppy. A women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone
Pretty Poppy is a women's jewelry and accessory store with something for everyone, whether you are 9 or 90!  We focus on all styles of jewelry, hangbags, scarves, belts, and other accessories - and all at very affordable prices!  We also have fashion forward collections that we update every few...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Car Seat Safety Checkpoint

Come to the Ipswich Fire Department for a car seat safety inspection and Touch a Truck!.
The Ipswich Fire Department, Police Department, and Action Ambulance will be hosting a carseat checkpoint at fire headquarters.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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

Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair

Find One-of-a-Kind gifts at Wenham Museum's Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair!
Each November, the Wenham Museum hosts this festive fair of hand-crafted artisan goods. This is a fine occasion to bring the whole family to the museum for a day of fun. Exhibits will be open with special programming and activities for the kids and shopping for the adults.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Dads & Donuts At Sawyer Free

Calling all dads! Bring your kids to Sawyer Free Library for a Saturday morning
This is a great opportunity for dads (uncles, grandfathers, cousins or other father figures) to spend time with their kids! Come to the Sawyer Free with the kids for a storytime filled with songs, stories,snacks and fun!  Great for kids aged 2-6 (siblings are welcome). Moms and siblings welcome to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Sing & Dance with the Music Man - Saturday

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton Visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician, Brian...
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Karen K and The Jitterbugs Thanksgiving Show

Come join the fun at the Regent Theater for local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs' Thanksgiving Show!
Join us for what will no doubt be a very special morning at the beautiful Regent Theatre where you will Bug Out! at the Annual Thanks and Giving Show with Karen K and her Jitterbugs: Hop (the over-excited grasshopper);Bumble (the bee who doesn’t sting); Stinky (loves to play in dirt, refuses to...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Salem Winter Farmers Market

The Salem Farmers' Market goes indoors for the Winter months of Nov & Dec
Salem Main Streets is pleased to announce the return of the Salem Winter Market!!  A seasonal extension of the Salem Farmers’ Market, this year’s Salem Winter Market will take place inside the Witch City Mall (formerly Museum Place Mall) located a 1 church street in Salem.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper

Come to the Essex Fire Deaprtment for the annual spaghetti fundraiser!
27th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

North Shore YMCA's Dare to Dream Ball

North Shore YMCA Dare to Dream Gala
Don't miss this year's #1 event on the North Shore!  Join the North Shore YMCA for an incredible evening of fun, dinner, a live auction, and dancing, as you learn about the Y's impact in your community. Help us raise funds for individuals, children and families across the 25 communities we serve on...
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

IMS presents Peter Pan, Jr.

Ipswich Middle School presents Peter Pan, Jr at Ipswich Performing Arts Center in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Ipswich Middle School performs Peter Pan, Jr. Join the fun as Peter Pan and his lost boys, a band of Brave Girls and a ship full of Pirates retell this modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up...
7:00 pm

Monday, November 27

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

Kindness Rocks Garden at MarketStreet Lynnfield

Kindness Rocks Garden Art Exhibit at MarketStreet Lynnfield
MarketStreet Lynnfield welcomes the return of the Kindness Rocks Garden, an installation of painted rocks with inspirational messages that is meant to encourage random acts of kindness and spread positivity. Participants are invited to leave their own painted rocks, as well as take any that inspire...
10:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Public Skate and Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos-Marsh
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

Monday Knitting Group

Hamilton Wenham Knitting Group for All ages
The knitting group at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library welcomes experienced & beginning knitters and crochet folk.
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Children's Chess Club

Kids can learn chess from a master at the Abbot Library in Marblehead!
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6-7pm.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 28

MarketStreet Lynnfield Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating Fun at MarketStreet Lynnfield
Lace up your skates and enjoy the beauty of the New England outdoors this winter season! From mid-November 2017 through February 2018, one of the most popular ice skating experiences in New England can be found at MarketStreet Lynnfield. The MarketStreet Rink offers public skating 7 days a week...

Goddard School Touring Tuesday

Childcare, child care at Goddard School Middleton MA, Danvers MA, North Andover MA. infant, preschool, Pr
Touring Tuesday: Make a date to see Goddard School, Middleton, meet teachers and visit your child's next classroom! Infant, Toddler, Preschool,and Pre-Kindergarten programs. Please visit on Tuesday's to see why The Goddard School is "more than just a daycare".
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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