History of Haunted Happenings

The year 2022 is an anniversary heavy year for our museum! Not only is it the Salem Witch Museum’s 50th anniversary, it is also the 30th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the 40th anniversary of Salem’s Haunted Happenings festival (both of which our museum was instrumental in creating). Beginning in 1982 as a weekend-long, family-friendly fall festival, Haunted Happenings immediately surpassed all expectations, growing into an enormous annual celebration. During this virtual event our Education Department discusses why this festival was created in Salem, its early days, and how it has grown and changed ever since!