The 36th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings will feature a month of programs and events to suit Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. The October program, which always includes a scary dose of theatrics, will be enhanced this year by live music, great food, and costumed pets.
Headlining the new events for 2016 is the Haunted Harmonies a cappella festival on October 8. High school and collegiate a cappella groups will converge in Salem for a day of performance and learning that will culminate with a professional showcase and performance by Vox One. Also new this year is a Food Truck Festival on October 1st and 2nd on Salem Common, the Howl-o-Ween Parade for pets on October 2, and a Chowder Fest to benefit Breast Cancer Research on October 15.
The 2016 Haunted Happenings Grand Parade will step off on October 6 with a celebration of the National Park Centennial. The theme this year is, “100 Years of Parks & Play.” Salem students from preschool through Salem State University will be led by Grand Marshall Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the Salem Maritime and Saugus National Historic Sites.
The Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings is now available from Destination Salem. Featuring a zombie theme, the publication includes a robust calendar of events, and articles about Halloween Night Safety & Sense, Salem’s Historic Burying Grounds, and Haunted Happenings “Do’s and Don’ts.” The Guide also includes information on Salem’s attractions, tours, entertainment, shopping, parking and transportation. New this year is a section on “Grab and Go Eats,” which flushes out a robust list of dining options.
October weekends in Salem are always busy and visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. The Salem Ferry, operated by Boston Harbor Cruises, provides daily service between Salem’s Blaney Street and Boston’s Long Wharf North. Salem is located five stops from Boston’s North Station on the Newburyport/Rockport lines of the Commuter Rail. The MBTA runs expanded service to and from Salem on the final weekend of October and on Halloween, and sells a Special Event Ticket on Halloween Night.
For more information, visit HauntedHappenings.org.
As part of the 100th birthday celebration for the National Parks, Salem Maritime National Historic Site is having a number of special events!
Schedule of Special Events for August 25, 2016:
9:00 – 5:00: Photo Exhibition: Your Parks Through History. On view at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, and various locations around Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby Street.
10:15 – 11:30: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame sponsored by Eastern National
Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25).
11:00 – 11:30: Cake Cutting at the Visitor Center. Stop by to hear a few words from our Superintendent Paul DePrey and grab a slice of our birthday cake!
11:30 –4:30: Family Crafts at the Visitor Center. Learn how to write your name in Signal Flags!
12:45 – 2:00: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame. Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center at to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25). Sponsored by Eastern National.
2:30 – 3:45: Ranger-Led Sail on Schooner Fame. Please call (978) 740-1650 or stop by the Salem Visitor Center at to reserve your spot (25 spots – first-come, first-serve. Tickets available beginning at 9am on August 25). Sponsored by Eastern National.
Regularly Scheduled NPS Programming Includes:
- Custom House Open for Visitation: 10am-4pm
- Narbonne House Open for Visitation: 2pm-4pm
- Derby House Tours: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
- Where Past is Present, Free Film at the Visitor Center: 9:25am, 10:15am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm
- To the Farthest Port of the Rich East, Free Film at the Visitor Center: 2:00pm
All events are free.
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Add “fashion photo shoot location” to the long, eclectic list of credits to Salem’s name. W Magazine and renowned photographers Inez and Vinoodh chose Salem as the setting for their “Season of the Witch” feature in the September issue.
Photography locations included The Witch House, Salem 1630, Forest River Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and Stickworks by Patrick Dougherty at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Here are a few of our favorite photographs from W Magazine. You can see the entire gallery here. Which images are your favorite?
Photographed in Pioneer Village. The inspiration: “Season of the Witch,” photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine September 2016.
Photographed at Salem Maritime National Historic Site by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful
Photographed at Pioneer Village for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful.
Photographed at Pioneer Village for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful
Photographed at Stickworks by Patrick Dougherty at the PEM for W Magazine by Inez and Vinoodh, Styled by Edward Enninful
Essex Street Fair
We are apt to tell you that there is always something going on in Salem, but this weekend we really mean it. August in Salem is a great time to visit.
The final weekend of Heritage Days promises the Essex Street Fair, Chestnut Street Car Meet, and free Jazz on Derby Square. You can check out our entire weekend “at a glance” here, or visit our online calendar.
Our harbor will be bustling with regular sails aboard the Schooner FAME and cruises with Mahi Mahi and Sea Shuttle, as well as the visiting Yacht America, which will be at Central Wharf all weekend.
If the weather is stormy, this is a great weekend to check out Rodin and Childe Hassan at the PEM.
There is plenty to do throughout the weekend. Find it all, and build your own itinerary on Salem.org!
Congratulations to Rick Matthias and his photograph, Celebrating Independence Day, for being the Destination Salem Photo Contest “Pick of the Month” for July!
This beautiful shot was taken during the July 4 Celebration on Derby Wharf.
Celebrating our Independence by Rick Matthias
Do you have a fantastic photo of Salem? Submit it to Destination Salem’s photo contest!