Halloween Night in Salem
Skip the traffic and take the train to Salem on Halloween night
We strongly recommend public transportation as the easiest and most affordable way to get to Salem on Halloween night. While service on the Newburyport/Rockport lines runs out of Boston’s North Station, driving to the MBTA depots in Beverly or Lynn and riding the train one or two stops into Salem will save visitors time lost in traffic. The Salem Ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf to Salem’s Blaney Wharf is another great option for getting to Salem. Find more information about getting to Salem here or view a list of scheduled road closures here.
We recommend using the following resources to plan your travel into Salem this Halloween:
- Newburyport/Rockport line Commuter Rail information
- Salem Ferry schedule and rates
- Parking and directions for visiting Salem
We cap off the month-long Haunted Happenings with fireworks over the North River, a main stage with live music on Salem Common, and bands and DJs providing entertainment around downtown. Unfortunately this year’s fireworks have been cancelled due to high wind advisories.
Find live music and beer tents on Halloween night hosted by the Creative Collective at Charlotte Forten Park (289 Derby Street), the Front Street lot, and the intersection of Federal and Washington Streets from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm (Charlotte Forten beginning at 1:00 pm).
On Salem Common, the American Vinyl All Star Band will take the stage at 7:30 pm for a free concert. (Tickets for VIP seating are available in advance.)
Halloween night also comes with trick-or-treating, the annual Salem Witches’ Magic Circle, and more, so we recommend checking the events calendar as you plan your visit.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of Halloween in Salem:
- SAFETY is everyone’s business, if you see something say something.
- IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY dial 911.
- BE CONSIDERATE of private property and Salem’s downtown residents.
- SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES! Take the MBTA Commuter Rail to Salem on Halloween night. Park in Lynn or Beverly and take the Commuter Rail right to Salem. Coming from Boston? Hop on the Salem Ferry from Long Wharf!
- BE PATIENT. Road closures and details are numerous on October 31 (find them all here). If you must drive, expect delays.
- ARRIVE EARLY. Plan to arrive no later than 8:30 pm so you have time to make the most of your Halloween experience in Salem.
- FOLLOWING PARKING SIGNS. Do not park in “Resident Parking” zones. The fine is $40, and you may be towed.
- DON’T GET STUCK. The MBTA will be closing the garage at the Commuter Rail station to cars from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am. No cars will be permitted to enter or exit the garage during those hours.
- DO NOT BRING WEAPONS, FAKE OR REAL, as they will be confiscated.
- PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL is prohibited.
- TRIPLE FINES ARE IN EFFECT on October 31. This means citations for illegal behavior including public drinking, vandalism, and littering, could have fines up to $300.
- THE PARTY ENDS AFTER THE FIREWORKS. Plan to depart at 10:30 pm, as police and the public works department will be clearing the streets and sidewalks. While this year’s fireworks are cancelled due to weather, the streets will still be cleared at 10:30 pm.
October 31, 2019 Road Closures
Halloween will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic impacts for the entire day and night in Salem. 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 4:00 pm and likely earlier. Downtown streets to be closed will be posted as no parking zones and vehicles left in those locations will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Planned 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, Brown St from New Liberty to Washington Square North, 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 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm for the closing fireworks.
Downtown residents will be able to park on Halloween night in the Sewall Street parking lot, with proof of residency.