Due to COVID-19, if you are considering a visit to Salem this October and you do not have lodging booked or tickets or reservations purchased in advance, the City of Salem recommends that you postpone your visit until 2021. Special events planned for Salem Haunted Happening have been canceled due to the pandemic and all venues are working with limited occupancy and public health guidelines. Thanks for your help as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe. We would love to see you another time.
How long does it take to visit Salem?
Salem is an excellent day trip and an even better overnight stay. By staying overnight, you can take advantage of the evening walking tours, live music, and Haunted Happenings programming without worrying about a late-night drive home.
How big is Salem?
Salem is a very walkable city. Most everywhere you’ll want to explore is less than a 1-mile walk from downtown Salem with a few exceptions ranging more from 1.5 to 2 miles.
What is the weather like in October?
Average temperatures in October are a high of 62 degrees and a low of 45 degrees. But being New England, it could be 75 degrees and sunny, or 32 degrees and snowing. Salem Haunted Happenings goes on rain or shine so be sure to dress in layers.
Are there haunted accommodations in Salem?
There are not any hotels, inns, or B&Bs in Salem that promote themselves as haunted. But if you ask their guests it’s a whole different story. Without anything official, we leave you, the visitor, to tell us: Were your accommodations haunted?
Are there any deals, discounts, or combination tickets?
There are! Once available for 2019 we’ll share a link to them right here.
How do we get there?
Salem is just 16 miles north of Boston. There is train and ferry service between Boston and Salem and train service between Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, and Newburyport. Complete directions and transportation information is available here.
Where do we start?
If you are planning your first visit to Salem, please start at the Salem Regional Visitor Center located at 2 New Liberty Street. The National Park Service Rangers and volunteers can help you with maps, brochures, and directions. There are also clean restrooms, a gift shop, and two films. From there, you can head off to explore in any direction!
What is the red line drawn on the sidewalks?
That is the Salem Heritage Trail! It connects Salem’s historically significant sites and neighborhoods. We recommend following it in conjunction with a map (like the one in our free Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings) so you don’t miss a thing.