Maybe next year! Since then, Salem has required a creepy reputation of the Witch City. Salem is famous for its witch trials that occurred in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. Failure to comply could result in a $500 fine. SALEM, Mass. Massachusetts governor and Salem mayor outline safety precautions ahead of Halloween. — Anyone planning a trip to Salem this month to celebrate Halloween needs to cancel their plans, the mayor of the Massachusetts city famous for its 1692 witch trials said Friday. “However, as a community we are committed to doing our part to help protect residents, visitors, and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Salem.”. Salem has a mandatory mask order in place, and violators face up to a $300 fine. The scariest thing in Salem this Halloween is not witches or ghosts — it is the deadly pandemic that has already taken the lives of thousands of people across Massachusetts. Mayor Kim Driscoll announced in a statement Tuesday that many of the city’s planned Halloween festivities will be either canceled or scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Salem’s Halloween Events And Festivities In October, Salem brews up more Halloween activities than you can shake a broom at. The following events have already been canceled: Visitors are encouraged to contact event organizers to see if what they wish to attend is still happening and if there are any modifications, such as required reservations. ... BBJ Class of 2020 . The city has reached out to private event organizers to encourage them to assess those activities, “and begin the rescheduling, revisioning, or cancelling process now.” Visitors also are being strongly encouraged to call organizers of events and businesses in advance to confirm activities are still taking place. The city, which usually welcomes half a million tourists during the Halloween season, announced Tuesday that many events will be canceled or scaled back. SALEM, Mass. There will be limits on street performers and the city will not put on the concerts, beer garden, or fireworks. John Blanding/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe. Currently, there are no plans to cancel or alter neighborhood trick-or-treating for families, the statement said. Buskers or street performers also will have limitations, the statement said. (AP) — Anyone planning a trip to Salem this month to celebrate Halloween needs to cancel their plans, the mayor of the Massachusetts city famous for its 1692 witch trials said Friday. Reader L. October 30, 2020. AFP via Getty Images It’s going to take some magic to keep tourists out of Salem, Massachusetts, this Halloween. Jaime Campos SALEM — Halloween night fireworks have been canceled in Salem, due to a high wind advisory for Thursday night. Charlie Baker decided against canceling Halloween outright in Massachusetts, saying a ban on trick-or-treating could encourage people to hold indoor costume parties and other risky activities during the coronavirus pandemic. The City of Salem instituted a mandatory mask requirement throughout the downtown area effective July 18, 2020 and that order, issued by the Board of Health, is expected to remain throughout Halloween. SALEM (CBS) — October in Salem will look different this year due to the coronavirus. “We will strive to explore options to provide Haunted Happenings experiences that comply with state guidelines and encourage creatives and entrepreneurs in our community to do the same,” she said in the statement. Likewise, private events organized by businesses and local nonprofits also will face limitations by state officials that are intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the statement said. Witch hats were popular on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall last October during Haunted Happenings in Salem. ©2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thank you for your interest in Salem Haunted Happenings! Visitors should check out salem.org and hauntedhappenings.org before visiting, and out-of-state visitors should go to mass.gov for information about the Massachusetts … That is the question many communities are asking after Gov. We are optimistic that many components of our celebration of Halloween and autumn in New England will return in 2021. Vistiors to Salem stop and watch a man on stilts and wearing a Halloween costume walk past them on Charter Street. Salem Residents Split On Whether To Trick-Or-Treat In 2020 - Salem, MA - While some think the Halloween tradition can be done safely through social … To trick-or-treat, or not to trick-or-treat? Halloween 2020 was originally expected to be a big month for the city, with five weekends in October leading up to the holiday (and two full moons). Salem, Massachusetts: One of New England's most iconic Halloween destinations, Salem won't host many of its "Haunted Happenings" parades and festivals, as Phase 3 of Massachusetts … October 21, 2020 Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has an unprecedented message for those thinking about visiting her city during the two weeks leading up to Halloween: Don’t. Driscoll said there is no doubt that the pandemic will have an impact on many small businesses, including museums, restaurants, shops, and workers who rely on the city’s increased business in October. In the meantime, check out Destination Salem at Salem.org. 2020 Freedom Rally hosted by Common Sense for Oregon, Saturday, March 28 World Beat Bash Saturday, March 21, at Salem's Historic Grand Capitol City Theater events will be canceled … “The month of October is very important to the local economy, producing thousands of jobs and millions in local sales revenues for Salem’s restaurants, shops, and other businesses each year,” the city said. The statement said that neither October nor Halloween will be canceled, “but they will look different this year.”, “Many people inside and outside of Salem will be disappointed that their favorite, fun and festive October activities cannot take place this year,” Driscoll said in the statement. “Many people inside and outside of Salem will be disappointed that their favorite, fun and festive October activities cannot take place this year,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll, “However, as a community we are committed to doing our part to help protect residents, visitors, and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Salem.”. JAIME CAMPOS/Staff photo Revelers fill Essex Street in Salem during the 2018 Haunted Happenings. Saw this on the local news earlier today, can't find a better article than this one referring to "most", but I expect this will end up being ALL events canceled this year https://www.itemlive.com/2020/08/07/halloween-wont-be-as-much-of-a-happening-in-salem-this-year/ John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com. Anyone who still plans on visiting Salem is warned parking downtown has significantly decreased to accommodate outdoor dining. Check below for all kinds of recreational and entertainment events – from the creepy to the creative, including lots of family-friendly fun. Salem events have been mostly canceled but some people are still planning on traveling there for the holiday. The city also has a mandatory mask requirement throughout the downtown area that will still be in effect for Halloween. But most of the … 2020 Halloween Ball Cancelled With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still presenting a significant public health and safety concern this year, many of the official events and activities that constitute Salem’s Haunted Happenings have been impacted. A dozen major Halloween-related events planned for … They must comply with social distancing guidelines, and cannot cause groups to congregate. “Based on that guidance, while some events and activities may still be able to take place with restrictions, including several attractions, museums, walking tours, retail shops, and restaurants, many large-scale functions will not be able to proceed,” said a statement from the city. Anyone visiting from a list of states considered to be a higher risk must fill out a form online, and quarantine for 14 days or provide a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours. By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. Discouraging travel to Salem is completely counterintuitive to the goals of Destination Salem.Recommending travel to Salem be postponed is a communication point that has never been in our repertoire. The state’s travel order could still be in place in October as well. We will post updates on this site and our social media as we have them. That phase limits indoor gatherings at 25 people, and outdoor groups at 100, the statement said. Planning a Safe Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. ... As a resident of Salem, Massachusetts — aka "Halloweentown" — suffice to say, I know how to do October. Salem, Massachusetts has canceled Halloween 2020, including indoor haunted houses, due to COVID-19; officials ask tourists to stay away and maybe come back in 2021. Reply. Though many of Salem's traditional Halloween festivities have already been canceled this year, people are still traveling to the Witch City to walk the streets, grab a bite to eat and trick or treat. While most of the Haunted Happenings events are not city-sponsored, they need to comply with the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The city is still encouraging visitors to come to Salem, and will launch a marketing campaign this month. Most Halloween events in Salem have been canceled this year because of the pandemic, and venues are working with limited capacity, which the city said created “long lines and crowding” during the first weekend of October. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the city has implemented safety restrictions for visitors to keep in mind. The statement also called for social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and use of hand sanitization stations throughout the city during the Halloween season. Salem officials are assuming the state will remain in Phase 3 of the reopening by October. New crowd control measures include the closure of city and private garages at … ... OCTOBER 2020: Due to the ongoing Pandemic, ALL Salem, MA Halloween Events HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. Only existing Salem businesses in compliance with the state’s requirements will be permitted to have outdoor retail, the statement said. Salem is off limits this Halloween. The city has already canceled all Halloween festivities, including music, beer gardens and the usual fireworks show. That will include several of the city’s “Haunted Happenings” events and programs, including the Grand Parade, Mayor’s Night Out, Kids’ Costume Parade, Lanterns in the Village, Biz Baz Street Fair, and the Great Salem Pumpkin Walk, the statement said. Mayor Kim Driscoll announced in a statement Tuesday that many of the city’s planned Halloween festivities will be either canceled or scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic. The rule is enforced by both health and police personnel and violations can result in fines of up to $300. Dozens of people were accused of witchcraft, 20 people were hanged. 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SALEM (CBS) — October in Salem will look different this year due to the coronavirus. Halloween in Salem, MA, New England’s witch capital, has a spooky, carnival-like atmosphere that makes it a celebration to remember. Sorry. The city is making plans on the assumption that Massachusetts will still be in Phase 3 of reopening, which limits indoor gathering to 25 and outdoor gatherings to 100. Salisbury will be hosting trick-or-treating. The city, which usually welcomes half a million tourists during the Halloween season, announced Tuesday that many events will be canceled or scaled back. Halloween in Salem. Salem, Massachusetts will shut down on Halloween “The last two weeks as we push towards Halloween, we get a lot of visitors in town,” said Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll, who said she … Salem, MA: October 16, 2020: The ghoulish scene inside the Witch Mansion Haunted House on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall in Salem, Massachusetts. 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