• Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

  • Save the Date!

    25th Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce
    Haunted Happenings Grand Parade – October 6, 2022

  • The Salem Chamber Haunted Happenings Grand Parade: “Who’s Your Hero?”

    The 25th Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade will take place, as always, on the first Thursday of October, October 6th, 2022. The theme for this years Parade is “Who’s Your Hero?”, which should give parade participants a wide array of heroes to choose from for their costume!

    Reflecting the COVID pandemic trends, and with the permission of Prime Group, the new owners of Shetland Park, the Parade will revert to its original set-up and route. The parade will start from Shetland Park on Congress Street and turn left onto Derby Street, then right onto Central Street, left onto Front Street, right onto Washington Street, another right onto the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and finishes in the Salem Common.

    The Parade is a special nighttime tradition for the city of Salem and visitors alike to officially kick off Salem’s Halloween season. The Parade is always full of color, pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college plus many local business owners. Over 10,000 spectators (children, adults, and those in between) are expected to attend.

    Also back in 2022 will be the designation of a special part of the route as a Sensory Friendly Area for those that are sensitive to bright flashing lights and/or loud music and sirens. Central Street (from New Derby Street to Front Street) will have signage at the beginning and end of the street indicating the beginning and end of the Sensory Friendly Area, and all parade marchers and floats have been asked to refrain from playing music or operating sirens or horns and shut off all flashing lights etc. upon entering Central Street to create a more inclusive, enjoyable environment for all.

    To help ensure the success of this event, the Salem Chamber continues asking for the financial support of the Salem business community and asks all to become a friend or sponsor of the Parade. Click here for participation and sponsorship information.


    The Salem Chamber is grateful for the financial support of our 2021 parade sponsors:

  • Parade Sponsors




  • Parade Sponsors (Cont.)



    Friends of the Parade


  • About the Theme:
    "Who's Your Hero?"

    Who is your hero? Let us know by wearing the costumes of those heroes who are most important to YOU! Is it a superhero with a cape? Do they wear an uniform like an athlete or medical professional? Or do they simply wear everyday clothes like your parents? We are excited to see all of the creative ideas!

  • Special Thanks to John Andrews Photography / Creative Collective for the images above.