Family Farm Day at Appleton
Hamilton and Ipswich
There is perhaps no better way to immerse yourself in the harvest season than to spend a day nibbling cider donuts, navigating a hay bale obstacle course, and visiting with goats and cows. Oh, and enjoying tractor rides, painting pumpkins, and sampling artisanal cheese. The extensive lineup of activities and entertainment all takes place on the bucolic, rambling grounds of Appleton Farms.
Rte. 1A, Hamilton and Ipswich, 978-356-5728, thetrustees.org
Every October, Salem lives up to its spooky heritage with a monthlong lineup of eerie events. A parade kicks off the celebration early in the month, and then ghost stories, street fairs, haunted houses, trick-or-treating, and jack o’ lantern displays occupy the weeks until Halloween. For adults, there are film showings, tarot readings, and beer tastings. It all adds up to a frightfully good time.