September 28, 2022

It’s Time for Haunted Happenings in Salem

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It’s time for Haunted Happenings! Salem and the surrounding areas are prepping for the spookiest time of the year. Check out some of these great events coming up in the next few weeks. 

Haunted Happenings Marketplace 2022

Salem Common: Saturdays 10AM-9PM and Sundays 10AM-6PM
Derby Square: Saturdays 10AM-8PM andSundays 10AM-6PM

The Annual Haunted Happenings Market returns! Produced by Creative Collective for the City of Salem
Follow along at @hauntedhappeningsmarket or visit

Grace & Diggs Order and Ostentation
RSVP Required, Spots Available Daily

This fall, Grace & Diggs are pleased to present, “Order & Ostentation,” an immersive environment for selfies and photos that draws inspiration from the story of  Salem’s Elizabeth Derby West.  

Grace & Diggs invites you to explore this new photoshoot setting featuring two different immersive environments with multiple staging opportunities.  The first environment welcomes you into an ornate but crumbling 1800s parlour where a woman’s influence and authority were alive – but only within those walls.  Outside of the home, you’ll find a series of highly stylized, black & white backdrops inspired by city streets, civic spaces, religious buildings of Elizabeth Derby West’s day:  all symbols of lines that could not be crossed, boxes that could not be broken.

RSVP Here 

Adult Witch Hat Decorating at The Good Witch of Salem
Fridays from 7:00pm-8:30pm

Bows, lace, tulle oh my! Ages 18+ attendees will design and make your very own PINK Witch Hat in the home of the Good Witch of Salem! This event will be hosted each Friday in October. This workshop is limited to 10 adults (age 18+ only). 

Reserve your spot here. 

Cinema Salem Events

Eerie Stories on Salem Sound
Saturdays in October at 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Escape the crowds this fall and take to the sea, where haunting tales and harbor views await! Join us aboard our boat Naumkeag for an hour of live storytelling on the Salem Sound. You’ll be enthralled by Salem’s dark and historic past!

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Endless Night Salem Vampire Ball – EVENT COMPLETE
Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

You are cordially invited to Endless Night Salem Vampire Ball Weekend. Join the Vampires once again Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 for the largest gathering of Vampires in Salem’s history! If you have been waiting to visit Salem, or looking for a reason to return… THIS. IS. IT.

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Decade 80s Night Halloween Thriller at Koto – EVENT COMPLETE
October 1st at 9:30

DJ Alvis & DJ Zombi return from the dead to get you dancing at Decade 80s Night Halloween Thriller on Saturday October 1st at Koto in Salem! Expect spooky Halloween tunes, monster hits, and deadly dance music from the 1980s. The thrills start at 9:30PM, 21+, $5.00 cover charge, LGBTQ friendly, and Zombies welcome!

Artoberfest with Salem Arts Association – EVENT COMPLETE
Saturday October 1, 12-6 pm at Salem Maritime Historic Site

A free event featuring live music, dance, art making, food, & Beer Garden. Bring a blanket, get comfy and enjoy a day of art and live entertainment and Creative Fun. Learn more at

Drawn Together at Artoberfest – EVENT COMPLETE
Saturday October 1, 2-4 pm at Salem Maritime Historic Site

Little Shop of Horrors at North Shore Music Theatre – EVENT COMPLETE
September 20 – October 2, 2022

 LOOK OUT! The hysterically campy and delightfully dark modern classic LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is opening its doors at North Shore Music Theatre from September 20 – October 2.

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The Salem Zombie Walk – EVENT COMPLETE
October 1st
Participants meet at the Salem Common at 11:00 a.m.

Disney Songbook Karaoke at BitBar – EVENT COMPLETE
October 2nd from 4-7pm

Coming to to town for the Hocus Pocus 2 premiere? Join BitBar beforehand to get hyped by belting out your favorite Disney tunes. All ages 10+ (under 10 must be singing with an adult)

Taproom Trivia: Horror & Suspense Movies – Granite Coast Brewing Co.
October 6th at 7:30pm

Join Granite Coast Brewing for Taproom Trivia: Horror and Suspense and test your dark side! This is event is free. Seating is first-come-first served. Wear a themed costume, shirt or GCBC gear for up to 3 team points!

Salem Mayor’s Night Out
October 7 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Mayor Driscoll to trick-or-treat downtown. Participating businesses will be handing out candy to costumed children. Many of Salem’s attractions will offer free admission for Salem residents. Free attractions begin at 3 pm, trick-or-treat with the Mayor at 5:30 pm.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Saturday, October 8, 2022 At  1Pm | Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Event Pre-Registration Required

Salem Main Streets is hosting their most terrifyingly adorable event of the year! This is event is free to attend for costumed pet appreciation and there is a suggested donation of $5 (Salem Residents)/$10 (out-of-towners) for entering your pet. A portion from each entry will go to the Salem Pantry’s Pet Pantry.

Sign up here. 

Dacre Stoker celebrates the 125th Anniversary of DRACULA
October 11, 2022 at Cinema Salem

Descendant of Bram Stoker, author Dacre Stoker celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Dracula, Dacre Stoker International bestselling author and great grandnephew of Bram Stoker, will be at the Cinema Salem on Tuesday October 11, 2022 giving a 90 min audio visual presentation entitled 125 years of Dracula: Secrets Revealed, the Mysteries Behind the Research and Writing of Dracula.

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​​Harvest Fest at Patton Homestead
October 13th-15th

The Town of Hamilton is hosting a family friendly community event. Come celebrate the “Harvest Season” in community togetherness while also promoting neighboring community organizations, local music, local food, local craft brews, and local farms. This event will also provide key organizations with a platform to help educate guests on ways to help the North Shore thrive. By gathering people in a meaningful way, the Town can help support the work of preserving the Patton Homestead!

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The Devil in Salem – A Staged Reading by Olde Essex Stage Company
October 14th-22nd

The Devil in Salem is an original work produced by the Olde Essex Stage Company. A theatrical staged reading of classic American horror stories set in and around colonial Salem, The Devil in Salem dramatizes American authors Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, Howard Pyle’s “The Salem Wolf”, and Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker”

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Equivocation at Marblehead Little Theatre
October 14-23rd


Set in London in 1605, the newly enthroned King James I commands Shakespeare to write a propaganda play to implicate the Catholics in the infamous Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament. To avoid the gallows and eternal damnation, Shakespeare must learn to “equivocate!”

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Eeerie Events at the PEM

  • OCTOBER 6 | 7–8 pm: Illustration Workshop
    Learn how to draw Halloween-themed character illustrations with artist Bill Crisafi in this virtual Create Night.
  • OCTOBER 8 | 3 pm: Curator Talk Series: Dark Glamour
    Dresses dyed with arsenic. Fresh blood that provides a healthy glow. Learn about the darker side of fashion with PEM Curator Petra Slinkard.
  • OCTOBER 22 | 11 am: Curator Talk Series: Bats! Beyond Halloween Decorations
    PEM Curator Jane Winchell broadens our imagination about these nocturnal and secretive creatures.
  • OCTOBER 22–23 | 2–5 pm: ParaNorman Film Screening and Q&A
    Enjoy this 10th anniversary matinee of this animated feature from LAIKA Studios.

See the full list of events here.

Haunted Fables at The Gables
October 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, performances at 7PM and 8:30 PM

Join Salem’s master storyteller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, for a frightful evening of thrills and chills in the gloomy shadow of the Gables! The famous author performs his most frightening tales, as well as the terrifying works of fellow writer, Edgar Allan Poe. Stories include The House of the Seven Gables, The Cask of Amontillado, Annabel Lee, Young Goodman Brown, The Raven, and more. Experience the greatest Gothic horror stories ever written, brought to life by one of the authors himself!

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Meet Me At The Undead Mall Drag Show
October 21st 3-5pm at Die With Your Boots On

Featuring Miz Diamond Wigfall, Buster Pants, Jp, Peewee Vermin, Kori King, and M. Ghostly, with a special appearance by Justin Case. This is a free event, no tickets required, but please tip the performers!

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Children’s Halloween Costume Ball with The Good Witch of Salem
October 22nd from 4-6pm at The Salem Waterfront Hotel

Salem’s first Children’s Costume Ball in the heart of Downtown Salem will be an event you won’t want to miss! This October, join the Good Witch of Salem as she hosts a costume ball for children of all ages at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites! Come dressed to “trick” or “treat” in your spookiest, glamorous, silliest or homemade costume creation!

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Die With Your Boots On Presents: Halloween Heavy Metal at Koto
October 28th at 9:00pm

Koto Salem welcomes our local friends at Die With Your Boots On sponsoring their annual Halloween event! 

NOSFERATU: Eine Quartett des Grauens
October 29th at 7:00pm and 8:15 at Peabody’s Black Box Theatre


New music ensemble, The Dylan Jack Quartet, will provide a live soundtrack to the renowned 1922 silent film NOSFERATU: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS with TWO SHOWS: 7:00pm and 8:45pm at the beautiful Peabody Black Box Theater.

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