A Guide To Salem Haunted Happenings

SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The wind and rain can't stop the spooky happenings in the Halloween capital of the world.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend upon Salem, here's a guide to the spooky highlights.

Fireworks Cancelled

One thing has changed due to the forecast, though: The Salem News reports that the annual Halloween fireworks display has been cancelled, because the area will be under a high wind advisory.

Trick Or Treat

Though many towns have postponed their trick-or-treating nights, Salem's trick-or-treat is still set for 5-8 p.m. Thursday night.

Getting There—And Road Closures

A number of road closures will be in effect on Halloween. Here's a full list—and below is a map showing which streets in the city will be closed Thursday:

Because of the high volume of visitors, Salem officials are urging people to use the MBTA Commuter Rail, Boston Harbor Cruises' Salem Ferry, or other public transit options to get to the city. They're also warning that, if you are trying to drive in, you should expect major delays on Route 114 and Route 1A.

Haunted Happenings has provided more detailed Salem parking information here.

Officials also said the MBTA garage will be closed from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday night.

Note that the weekend e-scooter ban in the city's downtown is still in effect.

Music And Beer!

Live music and beer tents can be found at Charlotte Forten Park, on Federal and Washington Streets, on Front Street, and on Salem Common. The American Vinyl All Star Band will play Salem Common from 7-9:45 p.m.

For a full list of bands and set times, check out this Haunted Happenings .pdf.

Salem Witch Museum

Explore the history of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 at the Salem Witch Museum, located in Washington Square North. The most-visited museum in the Witch City's historic downtown has extended hours for the Halloween season—they're open until 12 a.m. Thursday night.

Salem Psychic Fair And Witches' Market

Stop by 176 Essex Street in the city's historic downtown for tarot, psychic, and palm readings, as well as a marketplace selling everything from spell books to voodoo dolls between 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit their website here.

Notch Beer Garden Dance Party

From 4-10 p.m. at Charlotte Forten Park, Salem's Notch Brewing will host a beer garden—and starting at 6 p.m., The Glitter Boys will be spinning disco, funk, and rock tunes from the 70s and 80s.

The Salem Witches Magic Circle

Witches from around the world will gather on Salem Common for a sacred, magical ritual at 5 p.m.

"This event is free and open to all who wish to attend with an open heart and a love for their dead," organizers say—and there's no limit to the number of participants.

More Events

For a complete list of live music, performances, and more around the city, click here.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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