Macabre Massachusetts: The Salem Haunted Happenings & Other Spooky Events

Spooky events and ghoulish happenings are taking place right across Massachusetts this October

Experience the thrills and chills of Halloween in the Bay State’s gothic mansions, haunted homesteads and eerie graveyards.

Salem Haunted Happenings

Taking place throughout October, the Salem Haunted Happenings festival is a celebration of all things spooky in the Massachusetts city known for the infamous witch trials in the 1600s.

Great fun for all the family, The Salem Haunted Happenings features a full calendar of events including eerie candle-lit graveyard tours, spine-chilling horror movie screenings on Salem Common, a supernatural costume ball and a spectral fireworks display.

Now in its 37th year, the Salem Haunted Happenings attracts more than 50,000 visitors.

The town of Salem, Massachusetts is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Boston and is easily accessible by public transport.

While the Salem Haunted Happenings is the biggest, single Halloween festival, there are spooky events taking place all over the state this Halloween! Here’s a flavour of what to expect…

  • Halloween in Provincetown, Cape Cod – From a family-friendly costume parade to more grown-up events like a 21+ haunted hotel, live shows, themed parties and the Black & Gold ball at Provincetown Town Hall – spooky good times are lurking in every corner of town.
  • Dead of Night Ghost Tours, Plymouth – Walk the oldest streets in America. Hear real accounts of local paranormal activity and visit the locations of frequent ghost sightings and haunts. Learn local legends and folklore, tales of mystery and the macabre. See the original burial site of Plymouth’s Pilgrims, dating back to the 1600’s.
  • Friday Night Fright – The Mount Ghost Tours, Lenox – It starts with the sounds—creaking floors and slamming doors, fading footsteps down empty halls—a feeling of being watched, tingling taps on the shoulders, spectral shapes crouched in corners or gathered in front of fireplaces long gone cold. Tricks of the imagination in an old house once inhabited by Edith Wharton, a skilled writer of ghost stories … or something else? Take a ghost tour and decide for yourself.