Haunted Happenings

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.

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.



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 Salem.org 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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We all know what time it is. Time for another #throwbackthursday and this view of Essex Street from this past October is giving us some real nostalgia 🎃

📷 : Kathryn Horrigan / Destination Salem

Happy Thursday! We have a #throwbackthursday from the 2022 Haunted Happenings Market Place this past October. The start of the new year is a great time to start planning for the upcoming October season. Check out HauntedHappenings.org for some helpful tips and tricks 🧚‍♀️

📷 : Kathryn Horrigan / Destination Salem

Thank you for joining us at this year's #SalemHauntedHappenings! You all helped to make this October season one for the books. We wish you a safe and happy new year, and we'll see you next October! 🎃 ⠀ ...

Stop clowning around, and get outside to enjoy this beautiful weather that we are having today in Salem, MA ☀️

📷 : John Andrews / Creative Collective

We loved seeing the Ropes Mansion all lit up this October! Stay tuned for some October memories that we will be posting throughout the month 💜🎃 ...