Salem Haunted Happenings COVID-19 Information

Click here for COVID-19 information for visiting Salem outside of October.

The City of Salem and its business community are working hard ensure the safety of visitors and employees.  Please help keep Salem safe by following CDC guidelines and staying home if you are not feeling well, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently.

Mask Requirements

The City of Salem indoor mask requirement expires at midnight on November 13. While the City will not require masks be worn indoors after November 13, individual businesses have the right to require masks be worn on their premises. Massachusetts requires masks to be worn while on public and private transportation (including trains, buses, ferries, taxis, and ride shares, and while in stations) and while in healthcare settings. Find more information on the City of Salem’s COVID-19 response at salem.com/masks.

Free Rapid Testing at Riley Plaza, Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 am – 4:30pm

Curative, the company that operated the City of Salem’s free rapid COVID testing site in October, will continue to serve the Salem community with a free walk-up COVID testing site located in Riley Plaza starting on Monday, November 15th. The Curative testing trailer will be open six days a week, Mondays-Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing at this site is self-collected PCR testing, with results returned within 24-48 hours. The Curative team of local employees look forward to serving the Salem community with easily accessible testing to enhance the testing already available in Salem.

Capacity Restrictions

There are currently no restrictions on capacity in Massachusetts, unless set by individual businesses. Confirm capacity limits and reservation requirements with individual businesses ahead of your visit.

Travel Restrictions

There are currently no travel restrictions for visitors entering Massachusetts, however the state recommends that people follow CDC guidelines for travel.

October 2022

If anything changes for October 2022, we will update this page. Prior to travel, please confirm hours and availability with individual businesses, and note that online reservations are recommended and may still be required in some locations.

For more information on visiting Salem prior to October, visit Salem.org.

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  1. I’m looking for a catalog of your witchcraft items if you could give me a summary or direct me to where I might be able to purchase items

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  3. Hello, we will be visiting the second week of October. Are costumes allowed while out and about? Thanks

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    Of course! We love seeing costumes all month long. The only thing that is not allowed with costumes would be any weapons, real or fake. Enjoy your visit!

  5. Hoping and praying we will still be able to visit this October and experience a real Salem Halloween. It feels like Covid will never end… will outside guests be required to show proof of vaccination when entering the city? Or to go into local businesses/ restaurants /attractions ? No problem with this of course, just curious.

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    We do not expect any regulations from the city for October with the exception of masks being required indoors in public spaces. If anything changes, we’ll update this page. Individual businesses may have their own health/safety guidance though, so we recommend confirming details with the events you’re attending before your visit.

  7. It’s hard to see the event calendar on my computer with the way it’s formatted. What music/performances will be happening for Halloween night? I would love to attend live music that night 🙂

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    The calendar was recently updated, so you may need to clear your cache and refresh the page for it to load properly. We don’t have the live music on the calendar for Halloween night yet though, we’ll add it as soon as we have the details!

  9. So as of now it will be a true Salem Halloween?! It’s always been my dream to bring my son and let him trick or treat. We are all vaccinated and completely on board with masks. Just want to make sure it won’t be a let down! Also can you tell us the best places to go for actual trick or treating and must do’s while we are in town?

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    There will be vendors this October! The Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair and Haunted Happenings Marketplace will be on Salem Common this year, and there will be additional vendors and programming in other locations around town including Derby Square and Charlotte Forten Park.

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    The only update from the City for this October is that masks are required indoors. We think anywhere in Salem is great for trick-or-treating! For must do’s, it really depends on your interests. For October, we recommend starting with our events calendar and planning museums and attractions, shops, and restaurants around the events you’re interested in that take place at set times.

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    The Salem Waterfront Hotel and Salem Inn have larger suites, or you may want to look into renting a full bed and breakfast if available. If you are looking for a large room block, the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Hawthorne Hotel, and Hampton Inn have the most rooms. You can find a full list of places to stay here.

  13. Do they only allow so many people into the town on Halloween day? We fly into Boston Saturday the 30th getting in at midnight and planned to get up early Sunday the 31st (our anniversary) to spend in Salem but are being told they limit the amount of people allowed into Salem. Is this true and what time Sunday should we head in if it is true? We are unable to find accomodations anywhere in Salem for when we are going to be there.

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    There is no limit for people entering Salem on Halloween, however we recommend arriving early to make the most of your visit. Individual attractions or events may have capacity limits or sell out if you do not have advance tickets but there is no limit on people entering the city. We recommend taking public transportation into Salem on Halloween to avoid traffic and searching for parking. If you are coming from Boston, you can get here via the MBTA Commuter Rail on the Newburyport/Rockport line or the Salem Ferry. If you must drive, garages and lots downtown that weekend tend to fill up before noon.

  15. We’re coming in on 10/30 staying at the Wylie in Beverly as we couldn’t get accommodations in Salem. I plan on taking my son trick or treating in salem…will the main street business’s be open and handing out candy or is it better to go into surrounding residential neighborhoods to trick or treat? What is the best residential to trick or treat in salem?

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  17. So we are looking at going to Salem for our honeymoon! Is everything still ago with the haunted Halloween festivals? Covid Restrictions still the mask mandate indoors? Also, any recommendations on a hotel?

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    Most everything is still on for this October! If any events change, we will note it on the calendar. The only covid restrictions currently are masks required indoors and while on transportation. We have a list of places to stay in Salem and regionally here.

  19. If we are visiting from out of state, may we get a covid test in our home state ?

    Or do we have to book a test in MA before visiting the city ?

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    COVID tests are only required if you are attending a large indoor event (over 100 people). If so, you can test before you leave for Salem if you like as long as it is within 72 hours. We’re waiting for more details from the City about the testing policies and will update this page once we have them.

  21. The mall (especially with the psychic fair) and certain restaurants can result in 100 people indoors at one time, would we need negative covid tests to enter these locations?

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    Nope, the testing requirement only applies to indoor events, not businesses that are just open for their regular hours like attractions or restaurants. It primarily covers costume balls and parties.

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    Museums are not part of the City’s covid testing requirement, it only applies to indoor events of 100 people or more, with an event being something like a costume ball or party, not a museum or restaurant.

  24. i am taking a trip up to Maine for the fall. i would like to stop off at salem. Are there public parking places on sunday?

  25. Hello!
    So excited to be back this year! Will the Visitors’ Center be open — along with its very wonderful + necessary restrooms, which are so convenient after a lengthy drive? 😬😂
    Thanks so much!!

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    Parking lots and garages in Salem are open daily. You can find all of the info on the parking page of this site or in the Salem app.

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    It depends on the museum. We recommend checking with the individual businesses you are interested in visiting to see if they require advance tickets. We do recommend getting tickets in advance if they sell them and it is something you want to be sure to do so that they don’t sell out on you.

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    The visitor center is open Wednesday-Sunday this year, but there are portable toilets outside every day. There are full restrooms that are open daily 8 am-9 pm just a short walk away though on Artists’ Row if you are coming on a Monday or Tuesday.

  29. I’ll be visiting Salem October 8th by bus trip. I’m confused with the mask requirements and negative testing.
    I have received the 2 required vaccines.

    1. Are masks required? If so, where.
    2. I’ll be there for 3 days. Do I need to have a negative test? If so, how do I comply?

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    Salem’s mask and testing requirements are both listed in the post above with links to the City for more info. Masks are required in all indoor public areas in Salem and while on transportation throughout Massachusetts. Proof of negative tests are required for indoor events of 100 people or more (basically costume balls/parties) regardless of vaccination status. In the links above you’ll find information on testing sites.

  31. We are planning to visit Oct 23-24 and are hoping to be able to purchase tickets to the Witch Museum. Does this mean we will have to get a negative covid test 72 prior to visiting? I am unsure if it’s 100 person capacity. Thank you.

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    The testing requirement only applies to events (like costume balls), not museums and attractions (or restaurants or any other business) that are simply open for business, so you are all set to visit the Witch Museum without taking a test.

  33. I read somewhere that several establishments are requiring you to provide proof of vaccination either by providing your vaccination card or a picture on your phone of your vaccination card. Is this a true statement?

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    Most tickets are sold separately at each attraction. There are a couple of exceptions when multiple attractions are part of the same business, including if you did multiple tours with Salem Historical Tours, the Witch Dungeon, Witch History and New England Pirate Museums have a combo ticket, Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre has one for their main show and their other events, and the Salem Wax Museum has combos with Frankenstein’s Castle, the Witch Village, and their spellcastings and walking tour.

  35. Do you need tickets or proof of vaccinations do get into Salem? Also are you guys going a haunted house?

  36. Brittany, you have already answered my question many many times without my having to ask it. I just scrolled through and found all my answers. Thank you for all you’re doing here. You’re great!

  37. I’m coming to Salem on October 10th….so I am allowed to wear my Michael Myers costume? Minus the weapon of course

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  39. Hi, I’m going to be visiting Salem for the first time later this month and I’m planning on potentially wearing a very tall witch hat. I know real and fake weapons aren’t allowed with costumes, but are there any height requirements/guidelines for costumes and headwear that I should know about when it comes to entering businesses and indoor spaces?

  40. Hi Bianca,
    There are no official height guidelines, however, indoor spaces like shops and restaurants might have their own so I wouldn’t recommend wearing something you can’t take off if it is requested.

  41. I read that you do not need a test, but other places say you do. I am coming from out of state and want to be able to attend all….confusing.

  42. My family and I have never been to Salem for this time of year. Although I saw the map, I still cant figure out where the kid friendly areas are and if its possible to walk the whole downtown for things to see?

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    The testing requirement is only for indoor events of 100+ people during October (costume balls and parties) not attractions or restaurants that are just open for business as usual. There is information on testing if you need it above, and we recommend confirming with the events you are attending if you are unsure if a test is needed.

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    Downtown is very walkable, it is only about a mile wide! There are not specific areas that are kid-friendly, but if you check the events calendar and attractions listed here you’ll find plenty to do around town. You may want to look into the family film nights on Salem Common, Phillips’ House Wicked Wednesdays and Mahi Cruises’ Haunted Happenings cruises.

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    Parking lots and garages fill up early, so we recommend parking at a nearby train station (Lynn or Beverly) and taking the train into Salem or taking the City’s free parking shuttle. You can find more information here.

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