During the month of October, Salem descends into a dark abyss of spirits and paranormal, otherworldly experiences for all ages. Check out boston.com at the beginning of every week during the month of October for information on events as part of Salem's Haunted Happening's Halloween celebration.
This Thursday, the Haunted Happening's Grand Parade marks the unofficial start of Haunted Happenings. All event information is courtesy of Destination Salem.
Mayor's Night Out
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5 - 9 p.m. at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Mayor Kim Driscoll and the Peabody Essex Museum welcome Salem residents to enjoy the museum and the current special exhibitions, Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge and Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. Free for Salem residents with ID. For more information visit the PEM website or call 978-745-9500.
Face Painting at the Witches Cottage
Thursday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 5, 12 - 8 p.m. at the Witches Cottage, 7 Lynde Street.
Have your face instantly airbrushed into tigers, zombies, fairies and more by a professional face painter. Get a discount at The Cottage for painted faces! Weather permitting, times may vary. For more information visit the Witches Cottage website or call 978-825-0222.
Haunted Happenings Grand Parade
Thursday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at Shetland Park.
A Salem tradition to kick off Haunted Happenings that is filled with pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem's students from kindergarten to college. This year's theme is "World Animal Day." Parade begins at Shetland Park.
Tales and Tombstones Trolley Tour
All month, every Friday and Saturday, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at 8 Central Street.
Dusk transforms the city of Salem into a place of the occult and paranormal events. Tour and explore Salem of the Shadows. Tour lasts approximately one hour and departs from 8 Central Street. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), and $10 for children (6-14). Tour is not available on Halloween. Reservations required.
Tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m. For more information visit the Salem Trolley website or call 978-744-5469.
Meet the Original Michael Meyers
Friday, Oct. 5, 12 - 8 p.m. at the Nightmare Factory.
Meet in person, Tony Moran, the original Michael Myers, exclusively at the Nightmare Factory at the Museum Place Mall.
Count Orlok's Haunted House
Friday, Oct. 5, 3 - 8 p.m. at Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery.
Salem's favorite Gallery turns into a Haunted House after dark! For more information visit the Nightmare Gallery website or call 978-740-0500.
Mayor's Night Out in Salem
Friday, Oct. 5, 3 - 10 p.m.
Mayor Kim Driscoll, in partnership with Salem's attractions and museums, welcomes Salem residents to "Mayor's Night Out in Salem." Salem residents, with ID, are admitted free to attractions, museums and free parking in the East India Mall garage after 4 p.m. Look for "Mayor's Night Out" signs at participating businesses.
Trick-or-Treat with the Mayor
Friday, Oct. 5, 5:30 - 8 p.m., at the East India Fountain.
Join Mayor Driscoll for trick-or-treating at the East India Fountain. We will trick-or-treat along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, the Museum Place Mall shops, and beyond. Trick-or-treat bags provided. Costumes encouraged.
Salem Village Tour at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead
Friday, Oct. 5, 6:15 - 8 p.m., at 149 Pine Street, Danvers.
Take this one-hour journey and hear the story of Rebecca and her family. Enter the replica 1672 Meeting House, located on the grounds of the Homestead, and listen to a tale of how this women was unjustly accused, tried, and eventually convicted and hanged for a crime she did not commit. Tours will leave the 8 Central Street Trolley Stop in Salem at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. each Friday and Saturday during the month of October.
Ghosts and Legends Trolley Tour
Friday, Oct. 5, 7:15 - 9 p.m., at 7 Lynde Street.
All aboard the trolley with your sinister guide as you journey through the darkness into Salem's supernatural past, resurrecting legendary stories of witches, ghosts and more. Suitable for all ages. Departs from The Witches Cottage. Tickets are $22 for adults, and $15 for children. Combo tickets available for Salem Trolley and Witches Cottage show. For more information visit the Witches Cottage website or call 978-825-0222.
Legacy of the Hanging Judge
Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at 115 Derby Street.
Relive the events of 1692 when the Salem Witch Trials wrought havoc on Salem. Encounter magistrate John Hathorne as well as the accused and their accusers in this interactive dramatic experience. Performances begin every five minutes and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing. For more information visit the House of Seven Gables website or call 978-744-0991.
Spirits of the Gables
Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at 115 Derby Street.
Guilt! Greed! Revenge! Enter the world of Nathaniel Hawthorne's burdened characters from his classic novel, The House of the Seven Gables, as they haunt the hallways of their eerie mansion. Performances begin every five minutes and last approximately 35 minutes. Last performance begins at closing. Reservations highly recommended. For more information visit the House of Seven Gables website or call 978-744-0991 x104.
Messages from the Spirit World
Friday, Oct. 5, 8 - 10:30 p.m., at 184 Essex Street.
Step into the Spirit Parlor of Omen and experience an authentic sťance in Salem with true spirit mediums who were born with the uncanny ability to connect us with our loved ones on the other side. For more information visit www.festivalofthedead.com or call 800-595-4849.
Chamber of Spirits: Tales of Terror at the Witches Cottage
Friday, Oct. 5, 9:15 - 11:30 p.m. at 7 Lynde Street.
Join Sir Arthur Hennessey as he recounts his terrifying tales of ghosts and madness. This chilling late night special event includes complimentary samplings of local ales before the presentation. Tickets are $15. For more information visit the Witches Cottage website or call 978-825-0222.