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Slurp your way through the best chowder on Cape Ann at this annual ode to all things clam. While the highlight of the festival, planned for Oct. 22 this year, is the clam chowder competition, even landlubbers will love the craft vendors, activities for kids, and a slate of local entertainment.
Shepherd Memorial Park, 24 Martin St., Essex, capeannchamber.com
This month-long October celebration of all things Halloween draws more than a quarter of a million visitors each year.
Downtown Salem, hauntedhappenings.org