The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade – Thursday, October 6

The annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is a night-time tradition that brings out the entire city and people from all of the surrounding cities and towns to kick off the Halloween season. It is filled withcolor,  pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college age and local business owners. This year’s parade theme is “100 Years of Parks and Play.”


Grand Opening Parade Route

The parade route is as follows: From Congress Street at Shetland Park, the parade will take a left onto Derby Street, a right onto Central Street, a left onto Front St., a right onto Washington Street, a right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall, a left onto Washington Square and into the Salem Common.


No Parking – Tow Zone Areas

A parking ban will be in effect on 10/6/16 on the following streets between 5pm and 9pm. Any vehicle parked in these areas will be towed.

  • Congress Street both sides from Derby Street to Harbor Street.
  • Essex Street from Washington Street to Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Central Street both sides from Charter Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street both sides from Congress Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Front Street both sides from Washington Street to Lafayette Street.
  • Washington Square both sides from Essex Street to Brown Street.
  • Parking meter spaces at the intersection of Charter Street, Front Street, and
    Central Street.
  • Washington Street between Essex Street and Front Street, metered spaces.


Road Closures

The following roads will be closed on 10/6/16 from 6pm until approximately 9:30pm.

  • Congress Street will be closed from Harbor Street to Derby Street.
  • Derby Street will be closed from Congress Street to Central Street.
  • Commuters will not be able to use Route 1A between Dodge St. and Brown Street which
    includes Derby Street, Hawthorne Boulevard and Washington Square at the Common entrance.
  • Front Street and Washington Street between New Derby Street and Church Street.
  • Essex Street will be closed at Washington Street.


Mayor’s Night Out – Friday, October 7, beginning at 3:00 PM

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, in partnership with Salem’s local attractions, museums, and downtown
merchants, is pleased to announce that this Halloween’s “Mayors Night Out” will take place on
Friday, October 7, 2016.


Beginning at 3:00 p.m. participating museums and attractions will open free of charge to Salem residents. Residents must provide a photo identification showing proof of Salem residency to gain free admission. Students may use a school identification card, bus pass, or a Salem Public Library card. As part of Mayor’s Night Out the Museum Place Mall Garage and the South Harbor Garage will offer free parking to Salem residents after 4:00 p.m. (proof of residency will be required when you exit the garages).


Mayor’s Night Out Trick or Treat – Friday, October 7, 5:30 PM

Trick-or-treating will begin at the big fountain by the Museum Place Mall at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Driscoll will lead youngsters down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and around the shops in the Museum Place Mall. Then families can venture on their own and visit other participating businesses elsewhere across the downtown and Pickering Wharf. Trick or Treat bags will be provided and costumes are encouraged!


Road Closings in October

All information above is subject to change. The Salem Police Department will close any street at any
time if they determine that a public safety issue exists. Additional information may be available on


October weekends: Essex St from Hawthorne Blvd to New Liberty St will be closed to through traffic
and no on-street parking will be allowed. Access to Museum Place garage will be via Brown St only.


October 6: Haunted Happenings Parade starts at 6:30pm at Shetland Office Park on Congress St.
Anticipate traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Rte 1A from Derby St to Brown St will be closed to
traffic from 6pm to 9pm. Other road closures are Congress St, Washington St, Essex St from
Washington St to Union St, Central St, Front St, and Washington Sq W, N, and S.
There will be no parking tow zones along the entire parade route.


October 8 and 9: Haunted Happenings BizBaz. There will be no parking at the meters along the
portion of Essex St between Hawthorne Blvd and New Liberty St beginning at 6am on Oct 4 through
Oct 5 at 9pm. This section of Essex St will also be closed to through traffic from 9am to 9pm on
Saturday and Sunday.


October 9: Witch Ride Motorcycle Ride. Rte 114 and Rte 1A will be impacted, but not closed to traffic,
from Marblehead to New Derby St. Rte 1A, including Derby St, will be closed to traffic between
Lafayette St and Congress St. Congress St will also be closed to traffic. Anticipate road closures and
traffic delays from noon to 3pm. There will be a no parking tow zone on Derby St between Lafayette
and Congress St from 11am to 3pm.


October 29: The Seabourn QUEST cruise ship arrives at the Footprint dock. The Salem Wharf parking
lot on Blaney St will be closed during the ship’s one-day visit.


October 31: Halloween events will include multiple road closures and heavy traffic delays for the entire
day and night. Expect major traffic delays on Rte 114 and Rte 1A. Downtown streets will close to all
traffic no later than 5pm.


Please note: the MBTA Garage will be closed from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on Halloween night. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit between these hours.