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Haunted Happenings Gratitude

Thanks to all of the hard work of many Salem Haunted Happenings has been recognized as a Premier Tourism Attraction by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism recognized Salem Haunted Happenings as a Premier Tourism Attraction at the annual Governor's Conference for Travel & Tourism on September 20. 

The award was given to Destination Salem, but that was in name only.  Destination Salem has been involved in the promotion and marketing of Salem Haunted Happenings since 2006, and we handled the event management in 2000 and 2001 (I have fond memories of pumpkin bowling on the Common in 2000). Prior to that, however, Salem Haunted Happenings was developed by and managed by many people, groups, and organizations.

To the people who 31 years ago decided that kids needed to feel safe and have fun on Halloween, I tip my hat. To the people who thought the celebration of Halloween could be extended to a weekend, a long weekend, two weeks, three weeks, and - well, why not?! - the entire month of October, I give great credit and thanks.  Salem Haunted Happenings makes our jobs very interesting in October. 

There must be a finite number of destination marketing professionals who can search their inbox for "Zombie" and receive dozens of responses.That is just one of the details of Destination Salem that we love.

As we prepare for the Grand Parade and the formal kick-off to another year of Salem Haunted Happenings, I extend my thanks to everyone who has extended their hours, enhanced their programming, and put their personal lives on hold in order to make Haunted Happenings a howling success.  I realize there is monetary gain to be had by working so hard in October, but that doesn't mean you aren't working a whole lot more than you're sleeping.

Thanks also to the front line staff who are answering the same questions over and over and over again.  Where is the bathroom? Is my car going to get towed? And, our favorite, "What should we do today?"  (Where do we start?!)

As we cross our fingers and hope for good weather and hearty travelers, know that Massachusetts has recognized Salem Haunted Happenings as a premier tourism attraction.  Your hard work is known, is respected, and has been rewarded.

Happy Haunted Happenings!

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Jim F October 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Destination Salem and everyone else involved does an amazing job with Salem’s Haunted Happenings. My wife & I have been coming for a full week in October since 2002 and have never been disappointed. There is so much to do, and the people, shops, restaurants are amazing. We look forward to visiting every October (even though we visit often during the year as well- Salem is a great place to visit all year long). In October- the various walking tours, activities, etc. make for an exciting week and Salem is beautiful this time of year- you can not only take advantage of all of the Halloween themed activities, but learn about all of the deep history in Salem, including the great architecture - & the city is all walkable, which makes it even better!
Kate Fox October 03, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Thanks so much, Jim! You are a great ambassador for Salem!
Chatsworth Osborne III October 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It is a shame that the Thursday night parade was made into a political event led by an out of towner who is looking to get more tax money out of our pockets.
gene October 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I think its a shame that the tax and spend pro-Question 4 people (all 3 of them) made the parade into a political event.
Chatsworth Osborne III October 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thanks for nothing. Get rid of the tourists and gawkers and give us our streets and city back. November 1st should be a holiday for residents of Salem. Lets call it Freedom from Tourists Day.
Erin Cyr October 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM
When will whining residents get over the fact that Salem tourism is here to stay? If you just can't handle the few problems it brings then YOU SHOULD LEAVE. If you can't see that the good far outweighs the bad then YOU SHOULD LEAVE. With a tough economy like this people are far more likely to spend vacation money locally or regionally so this isn't going away anytime soon. Every October people come online in droves to comment negatively on Haunted Happenings and Salem's handling of this in general. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Bill October 09, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Who was that? Interesting comment
KlassySalem October 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Yup. Besides, it's fun. Get out and enjoy it.
Carolyn Costain October 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Erin Cry , I could care less about complaining about tourism in Salem, I love Halloween but I think people are a bit frustrated at the way our City of Salem brags and boasts of how much money they take in because of the tourism, then less than 6 weeks later when one snowflake fly's, the our City officials are crying poor mouth and how we are over budget and the city has no money. " Well I am sick of hearing the same thing after a great year of tourism year after year as our taxes go up. Tourist come and go but its not so easy for home owners whom invest their life into the American dream of owning a house to just pack up and move. Its just not that simple.If the residents seen some kind of benefit or small gain or a few dollars off their taxes for dealing with the wear and tear on the roads they pay for and the extra clean up costs and the fact they can't get out of their own driveways an lose money being late for work because of traffic the whole month of October, there just might be a lot of happier home owners that would welcome the tourism. "Salem generates plenty of money from property taxes and tourism and should not be crying poverty and how there is no money in the budget when a 1/2 inch of snow hits the ground 6 weeks after a win-fall from the tourist. Business owners make out like bandits but most owners don't live in this city. I can understand the Whining from long term residents they have no incentives from the City at all so why would they want tourism here?
KlassySalem October 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I assume you're referring to Northcutt? Well said.
ASvahn October 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Erin, a question, where do you live in Salem? Do you live downtown? I do. And while I appreciate what the tourists bring to the city, the impact effects my way of life for the entire month. Running errands or visiting with friends on weekends is not an option, unless I it is done early in the day or I do not return until after 9 PM, not because of traffic, but because of parking. If I leave the museum place garage, where I do pay to park, I must wait in line with everyone else to get in to find a space to park. The city needs to do something to recognize the impact the tourists have on the quality of life of the downtown residents for the 31 days of October, especially when it comes to parking.
Erin Cyr October 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Yes, I live in Salem. I own a home that is far enough away from downtown that we can escape over the Bev/Sal bridge in October, but close enough that I can walk to downtown in about 5-8 minutes. We were mindful of where we purchased our home, and so should anyone who is looking to live in Salem. There's no way that anyone could move here and not know about the traffic situation that happens in October unless they bought maybe 25 years ago. A question for you...do you live in a home without guaranteed parking? You made that choice. There is not much parking to be had in my neighborhood on October weekends because it's the first neighborhood that does not require resident stickers. We did our research before purchasing to make sure we had parking for two cars that was assured all year long. Residents who don't plan ahead should know that they will be more inconvenienced come October. It stinks you have to change the way you live for this one month, but it's not really a surprise, is it?
christine October 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
People you can go through a red light when it is safe to do so if there is an emergency vehicle behind you they should not have to travel on the wrong side of the road! To the jerks that pull over and then try to cut the person off that is pulled over ahead of them knock it off this is one reason people don't want to pull over to the right, show some respect it could be someone you know waiting for the emergency vehicles!
Jared Robinson October 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
These parking issues aren't new... if you moved here and didn't know that parking downtown was atrocious during Halloween, you didn't do your research. It's been atrocious for at least 25 years now. Is it the city's obligation to provide you parking? Did the house or apartment you bought provide free parking via a private lot or a leased spot? If not, they don't. As for work, there's plenty of places to park and walk in Salem. There's a $4 all day municipal lot at the MBTA lot that is frequently open (it used to be $2 and was always full, since going to $4 it's regularly open). Salem is definitely a walking city. Find a spot, park in it, expect to do a lot of walking. We shop in Salem and walk home with our things a lot. Hell, I walk from Brake and Clutch to the train station every day to work. If you lived in this city before it became an October Tourist Trap, I definitely feel sorry for you. But you've had 25 years to get the city to do something or deal with it.
Jared Robinson October 09, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I do wish the police would enforce jay walking a bit more... some people do VERY dangerous things crossing the street on Derby and Washington St during this time of the year and I'm amazed more people don't get hit.
Salem House Press January 21, 2014 at 01:26 AM
As a local, I loved the new Salem Tunnel Tour. I think it was one of <a href="http://www.salemtunneltour.com">best Salem walking tours</a>. Imagine all that history and corruption under our feet!

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