Salem Haunted Happenings Celebrates 40 Years!

Welcome to Salem Haunted Happenings, the largest celebration of Halloween in the world! Salem is excited to welcome more than a half-million visitors to the parties, parades, vendor fairs, walking tours, museums, attractions, and special events. Plan ahead, put on your costume, and join us for a month that is steeped in history, haunts, and a bit of magic.

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About Salem Haunted Happenings

In 1982, the Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Witch Museum planned the first SALEM HAUNTED HAPPENINGS FESTIVAL during Halloween weekend.

The festival was an effort to provide family-friendly events for guests who were interested in visiting the “Witch City.” With about 50,000 guests in attendance in its first year, the annual event continued to grow each season, drawing everyone from families, couples, history buffs, and Halloween enthusiasts worldwide.

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House of 7 Gables


Whether you are planning a visit to Salem this October or you are already here, you may be curious about why Salem is so synonymous with Halloween.



Information on road closures, Mayor’s Night Out, and more.

Walking Tours

Hocus Pocus

Are you coming to run Amok? Click here for Hocus Pocus-themed events and locations.

Haunted Happenings Brochure

Plan your visit to Salem Haunted Happenings

Fill out the form on the following page to receive the 2022 Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings. Download the free Destination Salem App for iOS and Android from your app store, and you will have all of the information from this site and in the palm of your hand. You can build an itinerary, bookmark your favorite places, and (if you turn on notifications!) receive updates on parking, traffic, and activities in real time.
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A great tip that can be learned from our friend the Good Witch of Salem is to bring your own bag with you when visiting our October markets. For more tips check out our blog on 💌

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Get a leg up on planning your trip to Salem Massachusetts! Check out the latest tips and tricks we have over on to make sure that you are getting the most out of your next trip to the Witch City!

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We see a great visit to Salem Massachusetts in your future! Check out our Psychics, Fairs, & Séances tab on to plan a reading of your own🤩

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Strange Things are starting to happen here in Salem, Massachusetts! Check out this collaboration we did with our sister account @destsalem 👀 ...

Registration is now open for this years Howl-o-wheen Pet Parade. Head over to for more information on how to registered your furry friend!

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