Destination Salem Blog
The 35th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings festival will feature a month of programs and events to suit all ages and interests. From psychic fairs to costume balls, children’s parades to ghost stories, historical reenactments to haunted houses, the city of Salem will once again put on its best face forward and welcome the world to celebrate Halloween and Fall in New England.
New for 2015, the Peabody Essex Museum will be featuring Theo Jansen’s "Dream Machines" in Strandbeest, The Golden Girls Live all male drag parody will present the “Lost” Salem Halloween episode, and Far from the Tree Cider will unveil their new tap room with apple-pressing demonstrations and tastings. Families will be able to celebrate all things Small at the PEM/PM evening party, and the Salem Witch Museum will be looking back at how Samantha bewitched Salem during the filming of “Bewitched” in the early 1970s.
Fan-favorite events including the Hawthorne Hotel’s Halloween Party, the Official Salem Witches Ball, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, and Professor Wunder’s School of Magic return this year, rounding out a robust calendar. The annual MDA Harley Davidson Ride, Spirits of the Gables, and Family Film Nights on Salem Common are scheduled, as well, and it will all conclude on Halloween night with fireworks above Salem’s North River. The annual Festival of the Dead will return in 2015, as well, with its daily Psychic Fair, Séances, lectures, and parties.
In addition to special events, visitors will find many of Salem’s museums and attractions have extended hours during October. Special Haunted Happenings programming can be found at the Witch House, The House of the Seven Gables, Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery, Pioneer Village: Salem 1630, and the Salem Wax Museum.
New Events Planned for 2015 Salem Haunted Happenings
• Apple Pressing Demonstrations hosted by Far from the Tree Cider
• Golden Girls Live on Stage – a male drag review presenting the “Lost Halloween Episode.”
• PEM/PM Evening Party Series presents “Small Worlds” on Thursday, October 15.
• Pirates & Privateers Walking Tour at Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre
• Pumpkin Palooza on the Salem Common, hosted by B&S Fitness
• “Samantha Bewitches Salem” lecture and discussion about the filming of the Salem episodes of Bewitched hosted by the Salem Witch Museum
• Shipwrecked in Salem! Presented by the Haunted Dinner Theatre
• Strandbeest, the Dream Machines of Theo Jansen will be on display at the Peabody Essex Museum throughout the month.
• Tent Talks at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial return with four new topics on Thursdays in October, hosted by the Salem Award Foundation.
Complete information on all of the events, programs, things to do, and places to visit can be found at HauntedHappenings.org.
The shops & restaurants on Salem’s Pickering Wharf have come together to offer patrons a special offer on First Fridays. Show a receipt from any wharf merchant on the first Friday of the month, and the restaurants will take 10% off of your lunch or dinner that same day or evening (10% discount applies to food).
“Celebrating Pickering Wharf on First Fridays has been a lot of fun as a new business owner,” states Erica Kirwan, who opened Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar last summer. “There has been an infusion of new energy into this quaint, seaside village recently. If you haven’t been to Pickering Wharf in some time, I believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the new offerings.”
There are more than 20 merchants on Pickering Wharf these days. Here’s a list of what’s new just over the last year, year and a half:
- Rad Jewelers - A family owned company specializing in fine estate jewelry. Pickering Wharf is Rad’s third location (in addition to Gloucester and Peabody), bringing you the most unique and unusual pieces in the area at the best prices.
- Sea Level Oyster Bar & Kitchen - Sister restaurant to Finz, this is the wharf latest dining spot and Salem's only restaurant to boast an indoor outdoor bar with amazing views, the freshest seafood, gourmet pizza and an amazing beer selection.
- Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar - Salem’s newest women’s clothing and jewelry boutique, carrying big brands you know (Vineyard Vines) and local ones you’ll love (lots of beachy clothing made in the USA, along with jewelry handmade in New England).
- Lady Irene and Company - Greek gifts and psychic readings. Lady Irene also offers coffee readings at home parties and corporate events.
- Joyful Artisans “Supernaturals” - A wonderful gem of a shop with clothing and jewelry handmade right here in Salem.
- Hendrington’s - Eclectic boutique with hand painted furniture, home decor, custom wood turnings, accessories, unique gifts & more.
- Edward John Home Decor - Offers fine products for the home. Pillow covers, throws, tapestries, curtains, runners and furniture.
- Day of the Dog - A full service, all breed dog and cat grooming shop complete with tasty treat bar, quality collars and leashes, and fun gifts for pets and people.
- Clever Diva - A well-known consignment shop who recently relocated to the wharf with a lavish selection of new and previously loved items.
- Circle of Stiches - A yarn shop and a place for knitters, crocheters, and spinners to come together and share their passion.
- Chamber of Terror - Right at the entranceway to the wharf, this revamped attraction is the areas scariest haunted house.
- A Partridge in a Bear Tree - Pickering Wharf’s is the second location for this gift shop (also in Newburyport) specializing in holiday items.
These, of course, are in addition to the witch-themed shops and standby businesses, such as RJ Coins & Jewelry, Salem Spice, Salemdipity, and Nu Aeon that have attracted consumers to the wharf for decades.
The businesses on Pickering Wharf invite you to come shop, dine and unwind on September 4th. Participating restaurants for the 10% offer includes 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Brodies Seaport, Finz Seafood and Grill, Longboards Restaurant and Bar, Regatta Pub in the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Sea Level Oyster Bar and Kitchen, Vic’s Boathouse & Victoria’s Station.