10 Tips for Salem Haunted Happenings During COVID-19

This year’s Salem Haunted Happenings may look different but we’re as excited as always to welcome you downtown this October. This Halloween season, be sure to plan ahead and confirm hours and availability in advance of your trip with individual businesses. Review COVID-19 preparedness in Salem and current guidelines for travel into Massachusetts and find a list of tips to help make the most of your time at Salem Haunted Happenings below:

Review travel orders before your trip

Massachusetts currently has a travel order requiring visitors from outside of CA, HI, ME, NH, NY, VT, WA, and Washington D.C. to fill out a traveler form and indicate whether they are planning to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in MA or provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of travel. The form and additional information is available at mass.gov/matraveler. Note that the fine for noncompliance with the travel order is $500 per day, and some businesses may ask to review your travel form before providing entry. Be sure to confirm any travel regulations that may be in place for returning to your home state after visiting Massachusetts as well.

Bring a mask and wear it downtown

There is a mask mandate in effect for downtown Salem that requires masks be worn in all areas, whether indoors or outdoors, and regardless of physical distancing. Please help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing your mask properly (covering both your nose and mouth), and adhering to the City’s mask mandate and requirements for visiting local businesses. Learn more at salem.com/masks. If you are visiting other parts of Massachusetts this October, note that the state’s mask mandate is in effect while indoors and outdoors whenever physical distancing of 6 ft. or more is not possible, and that other communities may have their own requirements.

Download the new Salem app

Stay up to date with all things Salem and get notifications of event changes, parking updates, and more by downloading our new Salem app! The app features visitor information and FAQs, along with a calendar of events and listings for museums and attractions, shops, restaurants, and more. Learn more and download the app for IOS or Android at salem.org/app.

Take the Salem Together Pledge

Join us in keeping residents, employees, and visitors safe this October by taking the Salem Together Pledge. Remember to wear your mask and maintain physical distancing, wash your hands and use sanitizer frequently, and use contactless payment when available. Learn more and take the pledge at salem.org/salemtogether.

Pack portable phone chargers and hand sanitizer

The City of Salem has made hand sanitizer stations available throughout downtown, but it is still helpful to carry your own while sightseeing. With online ticketing, ordering, and contactless payments being more useful than ever, you may also want to remember to pack a portable phone charger so you don’t get stuck when your battery dies.

Photo by John Andrews

Order tickets in advance when available

Massachusetts’ reopening guidelines come with capacity restrictions for each business sector, so some attractions in Salem may sell out faster than usual. If you are planning on taking a walking tour, harbor cruise, psychic reading, or visiting a museum, make reservations in advance when available to save your spot.

Try something new

While some Haunted Happenings events have been cancelled for this year, there is plenty to see and do in Salem and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to try something new! Witch Pix has brand new sets for their costumed photo shoots, and this year’s Creative Collective Merchant Marketplace has moved online (so you have even more time to shop your favorite local vendors!). If you visit Salem Haunted Happenings annually, this October could be a great time to focus on our annual attractions you have not yet experienced. Find a list of things to do here or on the Salem app.

Know what to expect in Massachusetts

With each state operating under a different reopening plan, be sure to plan for what visiting Massachusetts this fall will be like. Our state is currently in Phase 3 of a four-phased reopening, and we will remain in this phase through October. As a result, masks and social distancing are required, businesses must adhere to capacity limits, and bars are not open. If you’d like to order a drink at one of our restaurants, beer gardens, tasting rooms, or even harbor cruises, remember that you must also order food and be seated at a table. For more information, visit mass.gov/reopening.

Photo by John Andrews

Be kind to residents, workers, and other guests

Everyone is working with lots of changes this October and it’s important to be patient with one another. Show your appreciation for servers and tour guides in Salem by tipping well when you receive excellent service and following the safety rules put in place by each business. Remember to respect others’ personal space, and if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 we ask that you plan your visit to Salem for another time.

Follow Haunted Happenings on social media

In addition to the Salem app, you can find all of the latest updates for Haunted Happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to tag your posts while you’re here with #SalemHauntedHappenings.