Enjoy Spirited, Spooky Fun for Fall in Salem

Posted on October 22, 2022

City of Salem – 10/21/22 11:00 AM

Salem, Ore. – Get ready for fun for all ages this coming week as the City of Salem celebrates the season with a range of spirited activities. Weekday activities will build up to an exciting Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 29, that spans the whole day.

Día de Muertos Community Ofrenda now through November 2

Salem Public Library invites you to bring in items to be added to a community ofrenda during the month of October. While the display has already taken on impressive proportions, items are still being accepted at a collection box at the Greeter Desk inside the front doors of the library.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America between October 31-November 2 during which families remember loved ones who have passed.

Its origins began with the indigenous towns in the Americas more than 3,000 years ago when the Olmecs, and then the Toltecs, Mixtecs, Zapotecs, Maya, and the Aztecs would honor death.

One of the essential components of celebrating the Day of the Dead is the altar (ofrenda) which is decorated with photos of passed loved ones.

Halloween Costume Crawl & Window Parades, October 25, 27 and 28

Join Center 50+ for a Spooktacular Good Time! Volunteers of all ages are invited to dress up and bring a little pageantry and fun to residents living in care facilities. The three-day celebration coincides with the Salem-Keizer School District’s fall conference schedule, so there are no classes those days to conflict with the fun.

Wednesday, October 26:
2:00 p.m., Avalon Care Center, 4062 Arleta Ave. NE, Keizer

Thursday, October 27:
11:00 a.m., Avamere Court, 5210 River Rd. N, Keizer
1:00 p.m., Avamere Transitional Care at Sunnyside, 4515 Sunnyside Rd. SE, Salem
2:30 p.m., Salem Transitional Care, 3445 Boone Rd. SE, Salem

Friday, October 28, 
1:00 p.m., Tierra Rose Care Center, 4254 Weathers St. NE, Salem
3:00 p.m., Windsor Health & Rehabilitation Center, 820 Cottage St. NE, Salem

Tales of Terror (two performances),
October 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem
(mature audiences)

Get into the holiday spirit with some haunting tales! Enjoy a spooky performance reading of some classic horror stories from Enlightened Theatrics actors. Performance is intended for mature audiences.

Slightly Spooky Family Storytime, October 29, 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

Families of pre-school and early elementary-age youth are invited to attend a Halloween-themed Storytime featuring slightly spooky stories, fun songs, and fingerplays. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a costume parade through the Library afterward, ending with a small goodie at the 2nd floor Children’s Desk.

Games Gone Wild Haunted House, October 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Anderson Room at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

Experience children’s board games in a whole new, spine-tingling way in this Haunted House created by members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board. Scare levels are suitable for elementary-aged children, but anyone can visit – if they dare. Visitors get a treat!

Halloween Craft Party, October 29, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Children’s Corner at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

Elementary school aged youth are invited to drop in with their grown-ups to create Halloween themed crafts on Floor 2 in the Children’s Corner.

Halloween Dress Rehearsal, October 29, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Salem Police Department Community Room, 333 Division St. NE, Salem

Children and their parents are invited to attend in costume to “rehearse” being safe for Halloween night. Officers will help children understand the importance of traffic and pedestrian safety, including visibility and costume safety. There will be plenty of fun activities and giveaways for kids.

This is good practice on how to enjoy Halloween trick-or-treating on Monday, October 31, and stay safe and seen while you do it.

Lotería Family Game Night, Wednesday, November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.,

Anderson Rooms A&B, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem

Everyone is invited to a fast-paced evening of fun, playing Lotería with friends and neighbors. There will be many game tables with several versions of the game. Prizes are available to winners with snacks for everyone. This event is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please note: The library does close at 7 p.m., so players need to arrive and be on the Plaza Level by then. Between 7 and 8 p.m., only the Plaza Level doors will be available to use.

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