When you think of Halloween in New England, Salem is one of the first places that come to mind. However, this year in the spooky city will be different.

The city of Salem announced that a majority of the Haunted Happening events, including their Grand Parade, Pet Parade, and Food Truck Festival this coming October will be canceled due to COVID-19. A few events will be modified given the city’s current guidelines.

Haunted Happenings celebrates Halloween and fall in New England with a variety of programs, events, and attractions for all ages. While not run by the city of Salem, Haunted Happenings must comply with the city’s regulations, including gatherings of no more than 25 people, and outdoor gatherings that can not exceed 100.

While there are no plans to alter trick-or-treating for families, Halloween fireworks, concerts and outdoor beer gardens are no longer being planned.

According to reports, each year in October, Salem has more than half a million visitors that celebrate Halloween.

If you were planning to visit Salem this fall, please take a look at Salem and Haunted Happenings websites for the latest information.