It was announced this week that a new Salem App was going to be launched (image to left courtesy of salem.org). The App includes all of the information from salem.org and hauntedhappenings.org. The great thing about it is that it allows you to create a "virtual" schedule for yourself where you can create a day in Salem for yourself based on reading what is available for the Haunted Happenings activities. There is also a map which shows parking and restrooms for you! This is such a great idea on so many levels.
Having a digital app also will allow them to change the content throughout the year during the Jazz festival, Salem So Sweet and Fourth of July too. Mayor Driscoll also said "We hope this will be another way to share information about Salem events, activities - what's happening and what's not - as well as COVID and public health updates."
The Destination Salem app in the iOS App Store or Google Play store or at salem.org/app.
2. Haunted Happenings Update
Haunted Happenings is not cancelled, however a number of events run by the City are cancelled or limited capacity. Please check the Haunted Happenings website (or App) for updates to see if your favorite event has been cancelled or now requires a limited capacity ticket. If you plan to visit the City, please plan to wear a mask, be kind to shop owners/workers and be advised of MA travel restrictions. Check individual shops for details for hours/shop protocols.
One of the cancelled events is the Biz Baz street fair. So to give a place for artisans, vendors and performers to have support at this time, an online marketplace has been created by Creative Collective. Here is the link to enjoy some Halloween shopping
3. Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Witch Trial Exhibit Sept 26- April 4 - This will be your opportunity to see rarely exhibited Witch Trial documents. This is your chance to see the documents tell the story from 1692 that led to the deaths of 20 people.
PEM Salem Stories Exhibit Sept 26-Oct 3- This will feature various medium that will tell alphabetical stories of Salem that include the first long distance call from the Salem Atheneum to Boston, the location of Parker Brothers before the fire (Yes, Ouija used to be made in Salem!) and a tale of murder.
People in the know in Salem still want you to enjoy the City but it is important to check the metrics, follow travel protocol, wear a mask and be respectful of each other. There are many businesses that have online shops at this time that could use your support if you are not able to come to Salem. It is important to use common sense at this time and I can't stress enough that there are business that REALLY NEED YOU, even if you can't be there in person. Even if you can't buy right now, give them a share on Facebook/Insta, or talk them up to a friend. I can't decide for you what is best for you right now in terms of visiting, but no matter where you are PLEASE wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance.
And this fall, take some time to haunt your local cemetery.