The businesses and organizations in Salem, Massachusetts are setting the stage for a return to pre-pandemic capacity and programming in October 2021 with the return of Salem Haunted Happenings. Visitors to this bewitching seaport north of Boston will be delighted to find the street fairs, performances, expanded programming, special events, and seasonal flair are in the works for this fall.
Believed to be the largest celebration of Halloween, Salem Haunted Happenings is comprised of hundreds of events during the month of October. Programs range from reverent commemorations of the Salem Witch Trials history to whimsical celebrations of Halloween, compelling museum exhibits to outrageous costume balls, and historic walking tours to foliage harbor tours. Special seasonal programming compliments Salem’s year-round museums, attractions, tours, shops, and dining, many of which expand business-as-usual to offer seasonal specials.
Many special events are still being confirmed, including the Salem Haunted Happenings Grand Parade and Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, both of which are hosted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce. The Merchant Marketplace and free family film nights are being planned by the Creative Collective. The annual Festival of the Dead will also return with its month-long Psychic Fair, the Dumb Supper, and Witches’ Ball finale. The Howl-o-Ween pet parade, hosted by Salem Main Streets, is also in the works.
New events for 2021 include an exhibit focusing on the Salem Witch Trials at the Peabody Essex Museum, the Endless Night Vampire Weekend at the Hawthorne Hotel, and a changing exhibit at the Salem Arts Association. After a multi-year closure for preservation work, Charter Street Cemetery, one of the oldest European burial grounds in Massachusetts, will be open with a new Welcome Center.