Hawthorne Hotel’s 2024 Halloween Ball: “Hawthorne’s Lot”

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Hawthorne Hotel’s 2024 Halloween Ball: “Hawthorne’s Lot”

by Hawthorne Hotel’s 2024 Halloween Ball: “Hawthorne’s Lot”

Date & Time

October 26

7:30 PM - 11:59 PM

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Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West
, MA
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About this Event

Join costumed revelers on three floors of the hotel for Salem’s bucket-list Halloween event: “Hawthorne’s Lot: Misery Loves Company”

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win.

~ Stephen King

Welcome to the most talked-about event of the Halloween season – the Hawthorne Hotel’s Halloween Ball: Hawthorne’s Lot: Misery Loves Company. The event, introduced in 1990 and hosted by the Hawthorne, features music, interactive experiences, a costume contest, stationed hors d’oeuvres and cash bars on three floors. Dance, people-watch, take selfies in front of our photo backdrops and enjoy being part of the premier bucket-list Halloween event in New England, where the world of Stephen King is recreated.

Before purchasing your ticket, please know that tickets are non-refundable. This is a 21+ event. All tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite. Tickets are NOT available at the hotel.

The Theme:

Our theme this year, Hawthorne’s Lot: Misery Loves Company will transport you into the pages of a Stephen King novel, bringing his iconic characters – and scenes – to life.

Costume Details:

This is a costume party. You may wish to follow our theme, Hawthorne’s Lot: Misery Loves Company, and base your costume on Stephen King’s original works, or a movie adaptation. Or, you may choose to select a costume completely unrelated. A panel of judges will award both cash prizes and complimentary gift certificates for a number of exemplary, homemade costumes. Please refrain from incorporating real or fake weapons into your costumes, as these will not be allowed in the building. Also remember that this event draws upwards of 800 people, so you should dress comfortably and be able to move about the hotel. If unsure if your costume is appropriate, please call the hotel at 978-825-4337 or email

Ticket Details:

This is a ticketed event. Non-ticket holders will not be allowed entry to the hotel. Please note that tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. This is a 21+ event. If you are under 21, you will not be allowed to enter, even if you have purchased a ticket. Doors will open by 7:30 p.m., last call is at 11:15 p.m. and the lights come up at midnight. Your ticket includes snacks and hors d’oeuvres, digital photo downloads, and a souvenir t-shirt.

Event Details:

Assisting the hotel’s management team the night of the event are private security, police details and a fire marshal. Prior to entering the building we will ask for your ID (no exceptions), check bags, and scan you with a metal detector. Backpacks, real and fake weapons, alcohol, and outside food and drink of any kind are not permitted inside the hotel. Please leave them at home or in your vehicle. The Hawthorne Hotel is a non-smoking building. We will have a smoking area outside until 11: 00 p.m. No re-entry for any reason allowed after 11. Cash bars (credit cards accepted) will be located on each level of the hotel. The hotel does have an ATM. As there are many Halloween-themed events happening in Salem during October, please be sure you are purchasing tickets to the correct event as tickets are non-refundable.


Please be mindful that weekend traffic in and out of Salem during October will be a challenge. We strongly recommend using public transportation. The Salem commuter rail station is 2 blocks from the hotel, and there is also the option of taking the Salem Ferry from Boston. The City of Salem hosts free satellite parking with shuttle service to downtown. Please review for complete details. Do not assume there will be available parking in or around the Hawthorne as most spots will be taken by our overnight guests.


All of our guest rooms are sold out the weekend of the ball; however, we MAY receive cancellations so please call the hotel directly (978-744-4080) to inquire about last-minute room availability. There are also many hotel options on the North Shore and Boston (near North Station.) The commuter rail in Salem is less than a 10-minute walk from the Hawthorne, making it a convenient mode of transportation if staying outside of Salem. For suggestions on alternatives to staying in Salem, please call 978-825-4337 or email