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More Salem Haunted Happenings So much fun hoodoo to do

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, Massachusetts, celebrates Halloween and fall in New England with Salem Haunted Happenings — a fantastic collection of monthlong festivities that would make any witch proud.

For more than 40 years, the historic town has conjured up  spooky fun for all ages. With an ever-growing list of 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.”

“Bewitched” statue — photo courtesy of Destination Salem

Boo: 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 Festival of the Dead, here’s a brief list of 2023 Salem Haunted Happenings:


Theatrical programming options bring the past to life:

Nathaniel Hawthorne statue — photo courtesy of Teresa Zak

Salem Witch Trials

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

Family-friendly events

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

Annual Kids Costume Party & Cosplay Celebration — photo courtesy of John Andrews Photography

Haunted houses

Frightening sights include haunted houses and ghost tours:

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.

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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