The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - Thursday, October 3

The annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is a night-time tradition that brings out the entire city and people from all of the surrounding cities and towns to kick off the Halloween season. It is filled with color, pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college age and local business owners. This year's parade theme is "It's Our Future"

Grand Opening Parade Route

The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.

No Parking – Tow Zone Areas

A parking ban will be in effect on 10/3/19 on the following streets between 5 pm and 9 pm. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be towed.

  • Congress Street both sides from Derby Street to Harbor Street.
  • Essex Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Central Street both sides from Charter Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street both sides from Congress Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Front Street both sides from Washington Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Washington Square both sides from Essex Street to Brown Street.
  • Parking meter spaces at the intersection of Charter Street, Front Street, and Central Street.
  • Washington Street between Essex Street and Front Street, metered spaces.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed on 10/3/19 from 6 pm until approximately 9:30 pm.

  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.

Mayor's Night Out - Friday, October 4, beginning at 3:00 PM

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with Salem’s local attractions, museums, and downtown merchants, is pleased to announce that this Halloween’s “Mayors Night Out” will take place on Friday, October 5, 2018. Beginning at 3:00 pm participating museums and attractions will open free of charge to Salem residents. Residents must provide a photo identification showing proof of Salem residency to gain free admission. Students may use a school identification card, bus pass, or a Salem Public Library card. As part of Mayor's Night Out the Museum Place Mall Garage and the South Harbor Garage will offer free parking to Salem residents after 4:00 p.m. (proof of residency will be required when you exit the garages). Visit Salem.com for a complete list of participating businesses.

Mayor's Night Out Trick or Treat - Friday, October 4, 5:30 PM

Trick-or-treating will begin at the big fountain by the Museum Place Mall at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Driscoll will lead youngsters down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and around the shops in the Museum Place Mall. Then families can venture on their own and visit other participating businesses elsewhere across the downtown and Pickering Wharf. Trick or Treat bags will be provided and costumes are encouraged! Visit Salem.com for a complete list of participating businesses.

Road Closings in October

October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, and 26 & 27: There will be no on-street parking on Essex Street from Hawthorne Boulevard to New Liberty Street and from Barton Square to Washington Street from 6 am to 10 pm. These sections of Essex Street will also be closed to through traffic from 9 am to 10 pm. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown Street only.

October 3: Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:30 pm at Shetland Office Park on Congress Street. Anticipate traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Route 1A from Derby Street to Brown Street will be closed to traffic from 6 pm to 9 pm. Other road closures are Congress Street, Washington Street, Essex Street from Washington Street to Union Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Washington Square West, North, and South. There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route. Please be aware that during the parade the only streets open to cross traffic between Beverly and all points in Salem will be Bridge Street, the Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive, and the Kernwood Bridge onto Kernwood Street. All traffic crossing Salem will have to pass through the Bridge Street and Washington Street intersection, so anticipate traffic delays and seek alternative routes if possible. Webb Street and Winter Street will provide access to local roads for residents, but access to Essex Street or Derby Street from these roadways will not be possible and through traffic will be turned around and redirected back to Bridge Street.

October 5: Zombie Walk starts at 4:30 pm at Salem Common. No road closures or temporary parking restrictions are anticipated for this event, however anticipate traffic impacts.

October 12: Salem YMCA Witch City 5K road race starts at 9 am at the Salem Willows. No road closures are planned, however anticipate traffic impacts along the following roadways: Memorial Drive, Essex Street, Route 1A, Route 114 including Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, and Fort Avenue, ending at Restaurant Row.

October 26: Devil’s Chase road race starts at 8 am at the Salem Willows soccer field on Fort Avenue. No road closures are planned, however expect traffic impacts until 10:30 am on the following roadways: Fort Avenue, Derby Street, Szetela Lane, Webb Street, Andrews Street, Washington Square, Essex Street, Charter Street, Derby Street, Winter Island Road, Columbus Avenue, Restaurant Row, and Memorial Drive. Several no parking tow zones will be posted on Memorial Drive, Victory Road, and Larkin Lane.

October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night. Visitors are strongly encouraged to take the commuter rail or ferry to get to Salem. Expect major traffic impacts on Route 114 and Route 1A. Downtown streets will close to all traffic no later than 4pm. Road closures include: Essex Street at Crombie Street and Barton Square to Union Street, Washington Street from New Derby Street to Bridge Street, Federal Street from St. Peter’s Street to North Street, Washington Square North and West from Essex Street to Brown Street, Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Route 1A, Congress Street near Pickering Wharf, Charter Street, Central Street, Front Street, and Lafayette Street from New Derby Street to Front Street. Bridge Street at Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive will also close to all traffic between the westerly overpass ramps and Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive from 9:30pm to 11:30pm for the closing fireworks.

All information above is subject to change. The Salem Police Department will close any street at any time if they determine that a public safety issue exists.

Please note: the MBTA Garage will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Halloween night. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit between these hours.