The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

December 14th, 2017

End the Week by Finding That Elusive, Unusual Gift

Looking for that “last gift” or stocking stuffer? Something really unusual? May we suggest you check out Salem Ma this Friday and Saturday for your holiday shopping needs? Festive Fridays is an on-going December promotion designed to make shopping fit your schedule; many Salem merchants will be keeping their businesses open later on Friday night. […]

November 26th, 2017

Salem Wants Your Reactions to Recent “Haunted Happenings” Halloween Celebration

Everybody has an opinion although sometimes people don’t want to hear yours. But we do when it comes to reactions, comments, criticism, and suggestions about Haunted Happenings in Salem Ma. Gone but not forgotten, our month-long celebration of Halloween (and all things spooky) doesn’t just happen by itself. It takes a lot of planning by […]

October 20th, 2017

Trick or Treat Again & Again & Again in Salem

Most kids’ Halloween costumes are worn once on October 31st and then put away, perhaps to be worn the next year. Most likely they will be passed down or donated. But not in Salem Ma., where we give our kids the chance to wear their costumes several times. Point in fact this Sunday, Oct 22nd […]

October 7th, 2017

Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Contest Returns to Salem This Sunday

Doggies and kitties and lizards, oh my! Salem Main Streets is very pleased to produce the third annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 pm on Derby Square. Dress up your pet in a costume and show it off to the world! There will…

October 5th, 2017

Mayor’s Night Out Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is a time-honored event in every community in America. But in Salem Ma, home of the month-long Halloween celebration known as Haunted Happenings, we give it a twist: trick or treating with the Mayor! That’s correct. Kids get to visit local businesses with Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Friday, Oct. 6th. Beginning at 3:00 […]

October 3rd, 2017

Marching Monsters Haunt Halloween Parade in Salem

Movie Monsters will flood the streets of Salem this Thursday, Oct. 5th as the 22nd annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade officially kicks off THE Halloween season for tourists and residents alike. Twenty-two years. If you were a 10-year-old kid dresse…

September 19th, 2017

Horror Fest Creepily Seeps into Sept. PEM/PM Metal Macabaret

Now here is a scary good deal! Salem Horror Fest Opening Night Party at PEM/PM featuring Metal Macabaret will take place on the 3rd Friday of the month (that’s this Friday, Sept. 22nd at 6 pm) instead of the usual 3rd Thursday for PEM/PM. Hauntingly inspired by the current Peabody Essex Museum Exhibition It’s Alive! […]

August 20th, 2017

Volunteers Needed Now for Halloween Month-Long Info Booth

Do you wish to do some good for others in the community? If so, then you are part of the 62.8 million Americans who annually give of their time & skills volunteering. In our case, the community is Salem and we are Salem Main Streets in need of volunteers to help us staff the Visitors’ […]

October 27th, 2016

No Trick, Salem Treats You to a Halloween PARTY!

Halloween is no longer just for kids and adults with kids. October 31st in Salem Ma has had a tradition of proving just that. This year, even being on a Monday night, we expect record crowds of adults to converge on Washington Street like a horde of zo…

October 23rd, 2016

So You Think You Know About the Salem Witch Trials?

You’ve read The Crucible in high school. You went to see movies like Salem’s Lot and Hocus Pocus. You may be a fan of the TV show Salem. You know a lot about Salem. Or do you? For example (spoiler alert) when visitors ask one of our Info Guides to give directions as to where […]

October 6th, 2016

Hark! We Hear Haunted Harmonies This Weekend

Part performance, part competition, part learning experience and a whole lot of musical entertainment, this Saturday, Salem residents and visitors will be treated to the first annual Haunted Harmonies A Cappella Festival. Haunted Harmonies is a NEW one…

October 3rd, 2016

Parade To Set Tone of Haunted Happenings

While October 1st technically starts Salem’s month-long celebration of Halloween, the real kick-off has been the Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade. This year, the 21st annual parade will be held Thursday, Oct. 6th from 6:30pm-8pm. The Salem Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to participate as a walker, to become a […]

September 28th, 2016

Costumed Cats, Disguised Dogs, All Part of Salem’s “Howl-O-Ween”

Have your pets been acting a little strange the past few days? Dogs and cats almost meeting in secret corners of your home? What could they have in common to discuss? How about this Sunday’s upcoming 2nd Annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade. Yes, a Halloween-themed parade with pets as costumed participants; steps off at Derby Sq., […]

September 17th, 2016

October at The House of the Seven Gables

Hanging judges, cursed colonels, haunted hallways: Bring a friend and hang on! For those who like a little fact with their fright, a little history…The post October at The House of the Seven Gables appeared first on Salem, MA.

August 28th, 2016

Love Salem? Share Your Enthusiasm as a Volunteer

Over 20,000 visitors served during the Haunted Happenings weekends and holidays in October! That’s the final head count for last year’s Information Booth Volunteers. What will it be this year? Join us and be a part of this rewarding community effort. Salem Main Streets is looking for volunteers with enthusiasm for Salem to help greet […]

May 5th, 2016

Who’s Ready for Halloween? Haunted Happenings Guide Deadline Moved Up

While the calendar says it is only May and summer is not far away, for many businesses in our Downtown District it signals that Halloween in the form of Haunted Happenings is less than six months away! Believe it or not, phone calls are beginning to co…

February 14th, 2016

BONS Balloting: Give a Warm Vote to Your Fav Biz

On a brisk, minus degree feel-like day as we’re having, the options on activities could be limited. While there are still plenty of things to do and see in Salem, if you don’t want to go outside, but still wish to be in a “Salem state of mind” then may we suggest voting for 2016 […]

January 16th, 2016

You’re Invited – to Help Salem Main Streets Achieve Its Goals

What is ahead for Salem Main Streets and 2016? Please join us for a night of celebration and information Tuesday, January 26th as we conduct the Salem Main Streets Annual Meeting. Kylie Sullivan, SMS Executive Director says, “Come cheer with us over last year’s accomplishments and look ahead to see what’s coming in 2016. Learn […]

October 31st, 2015

Live From Salem MA- – – It’s Halloween!!!

Walking around Salem a few minutes ago, it was the quiet before the storm, but shortly the expected 70,000 revelers (plus the media) will begin to trickle, then ooze, then just flat out pour into the Witch City for Halloween 2015. We hope you brought c…

October 25th, 2015

FYI: Rules/Advice for Arriving & Departing Halloween in Salem MA

Fun is the operative word for Halloween day and evening this coming Saturday in Salem MA. And to make it so for event sponsors, participants, observers, and folks who aren’t even taking part, the City of Salem has put some measures into place. These can be broken into things to do/not do when you get […]

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