Also new this year is a program called Witch Hunter at Pioneer Village, a living history museum set in 1630. The village will open on Saturday evenings, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, for people to walk through for a first-hand experience of Salem’s witch hysteria.
This Saturday is the zombie walk, when locals dress up as the undead. Zombies will meet at Collins Cove Beach on East Collins Street at 3 p.m. and will head through the city. Afterwards, several events are planned to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit that aids wounded veterans.
On the other end of the spectrum, family-friendly movies, such as “Hocus Pocus” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” will be shown every Saturday night at 6:30 on Salem Common. On Oct. 28, a special trick-or-treat event will be held at 5 p.m. on Pickering Wharf, followed by a children’s party at Finz restaurant.
“People are being creative and inventing new events (for Haunted Happenings),” said Fox. “People come back (to Salem) to do their favorites, and it adds so much to the experience to have the new things as well.”
HAUNTED HAPPENINGS 2012
Tonight’s kickoff parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Shetland Park, 27 Congress St.
For a full listing of events, updates, maps, directions and other details, visit www.hauntedhappenings.org or www.salem.org
Salem’s parking rates have changed since last year; visit www.parkinginsalem.com for full details