More Salem Haunted Happenings

Get ready to get your fright on

“It just so happens that Halloween is based on the ancient feast called All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the one night of the year where the spirits of the dead can return to Earth.”

So said Allison, Vinessa Shaw’s character, in the 1993 comedy “Hocus Pocus.” And each October, the historic town of Salem, MA, celebrates Halloween and fall in New England with Salem Haunted Happenings — a fantastic collection of monthlong festivities that would make any witch proud.

“Bewitched” statue — photo courtesy of Destination Salem | Salem Haunted Happenings
“Bewitched” statue — photo courtesy of Destination Salem

For more than 35 years, the historic town has conjured up  spooky fun for all ages. With more than 500 individual events scheduled throughout October, Salem Haunted Happenings is easily considered one of the best places to celebrate Halloween the world over. Whether you go for a day trip or spend the night in Salem, you’re in for a real treat. Read on for happenings to consider when planning your trip to “The Witch City.”

What to do

It well may be an easier task to list what not to do in Salem during October — the city overflows with events, tours, celebrations and such. So without further ado and directly from Destination Salem, here’s a brief list of 2018 Salem Haunted Happenings, appropriate for all ages and interests:

Nathaniel Hawthorne statue — photo courtesy of Teresa Zak
Nathaniel Hawthorne statue — photo courtesy of Teresa Zak

Theatrical programming options bring the past to life:

Several attractions and tours explain the events of the Salem Witch Trials and their relevance to the world today:

Salem Witch Museum — photo courtesy of Robert Duschenne | Salem Haunted Happenings
Salem Witch Museum — photo courtesy of Robert Duschenne

Plenty of family activities will entertain all the ghouls and goblins:

Annual Kids Costume Party & Cosplay Celebration — photo courtesy of John Andrews Photography | Salem Haunted Happenings
Annual Kids Costume Party & Cosplay Celebration — photo courtesy of John Andrews Photography

Frightening sights include haunted houses and ghost tours:

The Witch House — photo courtesy of Kate Fox | Salem Haunted Happenings
The Witch House — photo courtesy of Kate Fox

Plan your trip

Learn more about this year’s Salem Haunted Happenings. Plan a visit to Salem with Archer Hotel Burlington as your home base, about 20 miles west in Burlington, MA.

Archer Hotel Burlington | Salem Haunted Happenings
Archer Hotel Burlington

And like Aunt Jet Owens, Dianne Wiest’s character in “Practical Magic,” warns, “Be careful what you wish for.” In The Witch City of Salem – and especially at Salem Haunted Happenings in October — you just may get it.

Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again!

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