Salem, MA . . . Salem Haunted Happenings will return for its 36th year of festive fall fun this
October with more than 31 days of programming for all ages. Visitors can look forward to new events on the schedule including the Great Salem Pumpkin Walk and Salem Fairy Fest on two of the three Wicked Wednesdays, a new tour of the Old Salem Gaol, and “The Spirits Speak,” a magic and mentalism event. Returning favorites include the Food Truck Festival, the Grand Parade, Haunted Harmonies, and Howl-o-ween. In total, there will be more than 500 individual events scheduled throughout the month of October in Salem.
Recognized internationally as one of the best places to celebrate Halloween, Salem Haunted Happenings began in 1982 and has evolved into a festive celebration that includes costume parades, theatrical events, family film nights, psychic fairs, ghost stories, dinner theatre, and a horror cinema.
Hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Parade will step off on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 PM, marking the official opening of Salem Haunted Happenings. Some other large events planned during the festival include:
Theatrical programming is a popular part of Salem Haunted Happenings. Visitors seeking out something dramatic will have several options throughout the month of October.
Salem is known as “The Witch City” because of the Salem Witch Trials, a dark period in American history when hundreds were accused of witchcraft and imprisoned and 20 innocent people were put to death. While the tragic events of 1692 have no relation to the Halloween celebrations of today, many include this history in their visit to Salem. There are several attractions and tours that explain the events of the Salem Witch Trials and their relevance to the world today, including:
Families have many options for exploration and entertainment during Salem Haunted Happenings. From walking tours to harbor cruises to Wicked Wednesdays, family time is easy to find during the following activities:
For visitors looking for a fright, there are several haunted houses and ghost tours to choose from, including:
Many don’t consider a visit to Salem complete without celebrating the Disney film, Hocus Pocus. Released 25 years ago, Hocus Pocus was filmed on location in Salem and many of the sites can be seen – and photographed – today. Find them all atHauntedHappenings.org/hocus-pocus-salem/.
Complete information on these and all of the events, activities, restaurants, shopping, and accommodations for Salem Haunted Happenings, as well as parking and traffic advisories, can be found at HauntedHappenings.org. Visit the blog on HauntedHappenings.org for articles about Salem Haunted Happenings for families, 21+ programming during Haunted Happenings, and more.
The printed Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings is available, free of charge, throughHauntedHappenings.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Salem Haunted Happenings: A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 500,000 people travel from around the world to visit Salem during October. Celebrating its 36th year, the festival features hundreds of events and special programming, which complement the attractions, museums and tours that are in Salem throughout the year. For complete information visit the new HauntedHappenings.org.
About Salem: Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today more than one million people visit Salem annually. For more information, visit Salem.org.