Salem Haunted Happenings

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.

Fun Facts

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.


Resident Resources

A page dedicated to our residents of Salem, MA. Information on road closures, Mayor’s Night Out, and more.

Hocus Pocus

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

Haunted Happenings 2023 Guide

Plan your visit to Salem Haunted Happenings

Fill out the form on the following page to receive the 2023 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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Take a closer look at Haunted Happenings 2024! October will be here in the blink of an eye and has all of the information you`ll need to plan ahead 🐈

📷 Kathryn Horrigan / Destination Salem

It’s the time of the season … this week marks the official halfway point to Halloween 2024. We just posted a blog on with tips and tricks to help you plan your upcoming October trip to Salem, MA 🎃🖤 ...

Happy Halloween from all of us in Salem, MA to you! Music and fireworks will fill the ghoulish sky tonight. Our fireworks display will take place tonight at 10:15pm. Please plan ahead for road closures beginning as early as 4pm 🌕

📷 Kathryn Horrigan / Destination Salem

Tomorrow is the big day! We love that you love our city as much as us. Please avoid driving into town today and tomorrow. Take advantage of public transportation, and be safe 🧡

📷 Kathryn Horrigan / Destination Salem