What To Expect This October In Salem

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SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – After a year with very limited Halloween activity in Salem, the Witch City is getting ready for big business and lots of people to return.

Executive Director of Destination Salem Kate Fox said the city is ready to have more robust October compared to 2020.

“Last year, no events were able to happen," Fox said. "All of the businesses were at 40 or 50% capacity restrictions and thousands of people came anyway.”

Fox added that Salem was expecting record-setting crowds before the pandemic halted plans. What they expected last year could be what happens this year.

Details of some of Salem’s most recurring October events can be found below:

Salem Haunted Happenings (Oct 1-31): a festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England running annually with events including costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music and theatrical presentations.

Festival of the Dead (Oct 1-31): an annual event series that explores death’s macabre customs, heretical histories and strange rituals

The Salem Psychic Fair & Witches’ Market (Oct 4-31): Salem’s longest-running psychic fair featuring an emporium of magical gifts, practicing witches, psychic readers.

“The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming” at the Peabody Essex Museum (Oct 1-31): an artistic exhibition that explores the factors that fueled the hysteria and individuals behind the Salem Witch Trials.

A full list of event dates and information can be found at Destination Salem’s website.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) has more on what this year could bring:

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