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Salem Haunted Happenings
History of Salem Haunted Happenings
In 1982, the City has planned the first Salem Haunted Happenings Festival during Halloween weekend. The festival was an effort to provide family-friendly events for guests who were interested in visiting the “Witch City.” Following the first festival’s success with about 50,000 guests in attendance, the annual event has continued to grow each season, drawing everyone from families, couples, history buffs, and Halloween enthusiasts from all over the world.
Today, members of the modern Pagan and Witch communities have a home in Salem, where Samhain is celebrated each October recognizing the end of the harvest season and the coming of winter. The City’s modern witches have the unique opportunity of being able to share their beliefs and celebrations with both locals and out of town guests who come to celebrate the Halloween season in Salem.
Salem Haunted Happenings has evolved into a month-long celebration encompassing everything from family-friendly magic shows, to costume balls, psychic readings, haunted harbor cruises, ghost tours, and more. Whether you come to Salem seeking history, spooks, shopping, live music, or even a vibrant food and “spirits” scene, you are sure to find your own adventure this October at our Halloween Capital of the World.
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Plan your visit to Salem Haunted Happenings Fill out the form on the following page to receive the 2022 Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings. Download the free Destination Salem App for iOS and Android from your app store, and you will have all of the information from this site and Salem.org in the palm of your hand. You can build an itinerary, bookmark your favorite places, and (if you turn on notifications!) receive updates on parking, traffic, and activities in real time.
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Use the app during this year’s Salem Haunted Happenings for updates on parking availability, restrooms, and special events. And keep the app all year long for all the latest on Salem’s annual festivals, including Salem’s So Sweet, Salem Arts Festival, Salem Heritage Days, and more.