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Halloween in Salem

We have made it around the sun one more time, and here we sit, on the eve of Halloween.  The weather forecast looks crisp and clear, and we anticipate a vibrant showing of visitors and tourists in Salem on Halloween night. 

If you are coming to Salem we have a few guidelines, recommendations, and requests.  These are all common sense issues: take public transportation (traffic is going to be bad); don't bring weapons, real or fake (c'mon, you know better);  respect the police and public safety officers.  Public safety is our first priority on Halloween night. We want everyone coming to have fun and get home safe at the end of the night.  The end of the night, by the way, is 10:30 PM after the fireworks.  If you take the MBTA Commuter Rail, the last trains begin leaving just after 11:00 PM.   

Halloween Guidelines

There will be road closures in Salem on Halloween.  This is necessary to accommodate all of the people and their costumes.  Roads are closed at 4:00 PM, or earlier if public safety deems it necessary. 

Halloween Road Closures in Salem

If you are here, and you take pictures, make sure to tag #HauntedHappenings or #SalemMA and share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We love to see what you're doing when you visit Salem, expecially on Halloween!!

And, if you are spending the night, there is life after Halloween.  Click here for a quick list of events and programs planned for November 1, or click here for our full calendar.

Haunted Happenings Instagram


With that, we wish you a happy, healthy, fun-filled Halloween night!

Posted by Kate on 10/30 at 03:22 PM Permalink

First Annual Downrigging Weekend in Salem

Downrig or Die


Join the Essex county sailing community as we mark the end of the sailing season with Salem's first annual Downrigging Weekend on November 1st and 2nd, 2014. The two-day event features half-price public sails on the schooners THOMAS LANNON, ARDELLE, and FAME and downrigging demonstrations aboard FRIENDSHIP. Join us for a sail and follow-up your stint on the water at Finz Seafood from 7-10PM on Saturday night for drinks, free appetizers, music, raffles and plenty of salty sailing wisdom.

Join us for 6 public sails, 6 live demonstrations, 2 films, 3 Q&A sessions with captains, ship tours and more! Public sails require a reservation and fee, but all other activities are free and open to the public.

Inspired by the SULTANA Downrigging Weekend, the Salem Downrigging Weekend is a celebration of the end of the sailing season, maritime culture, wooden boats and the sailing heritage of the Essex county. The Captains of the FAME, ARDELLE, THOMAS LANNON, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and Essex National Heritage Area are partnering together to offer this weekend of activities - both on land and sea.

Make sail reservations online at


Saturday, November 1

10:30 - 4:30PM.  Public sails aboard FAME, ARDELLE, THOMAS LANNON.
11AM - 4PM.  FRIENDSHIP open for public visitation.
11AM - Live demonstration aboard FRIENDSHIP.
12:30PM - Free screening of the THOMAS LANNON movie, plus Q&A session with Captain.
2:30PM - Live demonstration aboard FRIENDSHIP.
4:30PM - Free screening of the FAME movie, plus Q&A session with Captain.
7PM - 10PM. "Downrig or Die" evening event at Finz Restaurant.


Sunday, November 2

11AM - Splicing workshop aboard FAME.
12PM - ARDELLE downrigging demonstration.
1PM - LANNON downrigging demonstration.
2PM - FRIENDSHIP downrigging demonstration. Q&A session with Captain on the ongoing preservation and maintenance program for FRIENDSHIP.


 All vessels will be docked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site (173 Derby Street) or Pickering Wharf Marina (23 Congress Street).

The free film screenings will be held in St. Joseph Hall, 2nd floor. (160 Derby Street).



Visit for the complete schedule and updated information.

Posted by Kate on 10/24 at 04:16 PM Permalink