Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Emerson Inn by the Sea Halloween Package

Here's a Halloween package for anyone and everyone who has not made reservations for Halloween night yet!  This is a great one - and it will sell out, so call now if you're interested! 

The Emerson Inn by the Sea is a beautiful Historic Hotel of America located on the coast in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Rockport is a 30 minute trip from Salem on the Commuter Rail (read: no traffic!). 

The Halloween Package includes: 
  • A 2 night stay. Also Includes:
  • Hot American Breakfast
  • 2 Tickets to the Costume Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday, October 29
  • Transportation for two to and from the Ball
  • $50 certificate for dinner at their award winning restaurant
Visit EmersonInnbytheSea.com for more information on the Inn, and call (800) 964-5550 to check rates and availability. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 Haunted Happenings Guides are here!

The 2011 Guide to Haunted Happenings has arrived! You can request your copy (if you haven't already - and many of you have!) by emailing us at info@hauntedhappenings.org.  

We will have the PDF on HauntedHappenings.org shortly!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Radio 929 Movie Series on the Common

We were pretty excited to add the Radio 929 Haunted Movie Series to the schedule of Haunted Happenings events last year, and we're even more excited that our partnership with Radio 929 continues to grow.  
They will be showing films on Salem Common on all four Saturdays in October this year.  Here's the line-up: 

October 8: Monsters, Inc. 
October 15: Casper
October 22: Hocus Pocus
October 29: Beetlejuice 

This is the one time of the year that you can watch Hocus Pocus on the Common near where it was filmed.  Bring on the Sanderson Sisters!  

Movies start at 6:30 PM and are free, so bring your blankeys and snacks and join us on Salem Common in October.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Family Fun on the Farm

Connors Farm 2011 Corn Maze: "Salem Village Headless Horseman"

Connors Farm in Danvers is gearing up to open its annual corn maze on September 10th.  In addition to the Corn Maze, Connors Farm is a great destination for families, featuring the farm activities, games and attractions for the young and the young at heart.

This year, Connors Farm is featuring a Cow Train for kids, pig racing on weekends, and a giant spider web for kids to climb on. In addition, the 7-acre corn maze will have new interactive games this year. 

Connors is now picking their own sweet corn and vine ripened tomatoes, and you will find plenty of both in their stand.  If you are looking for a place to pick-your-own fruit, at Connors you can pick peaches, apples (mid-September - end of October), and pumpkins (October 1-31). 

Connors Farm
30 Valley Road (Rt. 35), Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
tel 978-777-1245

Friday, August 5, 2011

Finding a place to stay

I've just updated the accommodations listings on HauntedHappenings.org.  There are still a few rooms to be had for October weekends in Salem.  Mid-week is also a great time to come to Salem in October, especially if you're coming for the ambiance and the foliage, but would prefer smaller crowds.

There are several accommodations in the region listed, as well.  Here's a cheat-sheet for neighboring communities...
  • Beverly is north of Salem.  The Wylie Inn is about a 15 minute drive. 
  • Danvers is northwest of Salem, those hotels are a 15-20 minute drive.
  • Peabody is west of Salem, and most Peabody hotels are also a 15-20 minute drive.
  • Rockport is 30 minutes northeast of Salem.  While it's a bit farther away, it is on the MBTA Commuter Rail (think "Last Stop!"), which makes car-free travel very easy between Rockport and Salem, especially on Halloween weekend.
  • Wakefield is on Route 128 west of Salem, and a 20-25 minute drive. 

All drive times are estimates, and traffic could throw my estimates out the window.  That said, the regional accommodations are not far away, and once you're in Salem you can park your car and walk between nearly all of the attractions (or buy a Salem Trolley ticket, which is good all day for a shuttle between sights as well as their narrated tour of the city). 

Also worth noting... we've been updating the calendar of events on HauntedHappenings.org constantly.  If you haven't checked it out lately, it's time!  Remember to check the list of October Programs, too.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Children's Events Planned for Haunted Happenings

New children's events are being planned for Salem Common on October 22-23 and 29-30. This is the perfect place to let your kids shake out their wiggles with entertainers, interactive games, a petting farm, fun food and contests. 

The kids' events are scheduled from 11am - 5pm on the final two weekends of October.  A portion of the proceeds raised from the events will benefit the Salem Common Neighborhood Association and Salem Main Streets. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Witches Cottage releases their Haunted Happenings Schedule

If you aren't already excited for October in Salem, you will be after you see all of the awesome events and promotions being organized at The Witches Cottage.  Whether you are traveling with kids, or with friends who want a bit of a fright, you will find multi-dimensional entertainment at The Witches Cottage.

Make sure to scan all of the listings - you wouldn't want to miss a seance that is "not for the faint of hear," or your chance to have a picture taken with Hellboy.  

All of these special programs are in addition to the regular Witchcraft and Ghost show scheduled at the Witches Cottage in October.  

Wizardly Wonders!

Enter The Cottage and meet a friendly Wizard as he teaches you the basics of magic, complete with fun magical special effects. Every child gets a magical glow ring before the show. Free pictures with the wizard. A perfect event for families with young children
Oct. 1,8,15,22,29 at 10:00 AM
Oct. 2,9,16,23, 30 at 11:00 AM
$10 adults, $8 kids
Call 9788 825-0222 to reserve, or purchase tix on line at witchescottagesalem.com
Dark Times: Excerpts from The Crucible
Experience the fear that surrounded Salem during that year with a thrilling 45 minute theatrical program detailing the events of 1692 and how it relates to Arthur Miller's classic book. Advisory: This presentation has startling moments and some frightening visual effects. Q&A session after the presentation.
this show is a must see to round out your educational visit.
Tickets: $15.00
Call 978 825-0222, or purchase tix on line at witchescottagesalem.com
Oct 5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27at 7:00 PM

Ghosts & Legends Trolley
You'll hear supernatural stories on wheels and at the Witches Cottage.  This tour tells the eerie tales of Salem's past with a mix of wit and humor, and, while you are inside the Witches Cottage, startling special effects. 
Oct: 7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28 at 7:00 PM 
Oct. 6,7,8, 13,14,15, 21,22,23,27,28 at 8:00 PM

Call 978 825-0222, or purchase tix on line at witchescottagesalem.com
Summon The Dead Seance
Experience a sinister paranormal seance in the darkened theatre of The Witches Cottage. Complete with ghostly appearances and startling moments, this theatrical seance is sure to make a believer out of anyone. Limited seating, allow 45 minutes. Not for the faint of heart. Tickets $15 per person. Call 978 825-0222, or purchase tix on line at witchescottagesalem.com
Oct 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 9:15 PM
Fright Nights at The Witches Cottage
Stop in evenings Thursdays Thru Saturdays when the witchcraft and ghost show becomes even more frightening with extra scares and surprises. Advisory: This presentation has startling moments and some frightening visual effects.  Tickets: $12 adults, $8 kids. Call 978 825-0222, or purchase tix on line at witchescottagesalem.com
Oct 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29,
5pm-10pm (NOTE: Regular show runs 10-4:30, daily.)

VIP Pass Day
Visitors with a VIP pass will get to go ahead of the line and pick a seat FIRST for the next performance. No need to wait in line!! Includes at Witches Cottage tshirt, priority seating and admission to the Witchcraft and Ghost show. Tickets are $35 per person. Call 978 825-0222, or purchase your VIP pass on line witchescottagesalem.com
Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Pagan Day at The Witches Cottage. 10-6pm
Witches, Pagans, Wiccans and folks who just like to dress as magical people get $2 off the admission price for The Witches Cottage.  Just show your pentacle or come in a magical costume on any Monday. This includes you, Harry Potter fans! Does not apply to The Witch City Adventure Pass. Call 978 825-0222.
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.  Halloween Monday included!
Costume Day at The Witches Cottage. 10-6pm
Celebrate the season by wearing your favorite costume on any Tuesday and get $2 off the admission price. Does not apply to The Witch City Adventure Pass.
Call 978 825-0222

Oct, 4, 11, 18, 25
Hell Boy! Live at The Witches Cottage. Noon- 6pm
Meet Hell Boy, the monster fighting devil with a big heart and an ugly mug, along with his demon pet. Outside The Witches Cottage from noon to 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays. Pictures with Hell Boy are always free. Call 978 825-0222
Oct 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Monday, August 1, 2011