Heading to Salem on Halloween? Do. Not. Drive.

Visitors to Haunted Happenings passed a paper mache Catrina at a vendor's stand on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall
john blanding/globe staff/file 2016
Visitors to Haunted Happenings passed a paper mache Catrina at a vendor's stand on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

Can you watch fireworks on Halloween? Yes, if you’re in Salem.

The city’s monthlong celebration winds up Tuesday with a witch’s brew of activities, from ghost tours and tarot readings to the Derby Street Carnival — and finally, at 10:15 p.m., the Halloween Finale Fireworks.

Don’t go, though, if you’re spooked by crowds. At least 100,000 visitors are expected on Halloween, and city officials hope many will use public transportation.


Extra trains to Salem are being added Tuesday to the regular Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail schedule; the last train to Boston leaves Salem at 11:30 p.m. Salem ferry service runs a regular schedule; the last ferry to Boston leaves Salem at 7 p.m.

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And one warning to motorists: No cars will be allowed in or out of the Salem MBTA garage between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. For a complete rundown of events, go to

How do families deal with the post-Halloween blues? Somerville holds its annual “Haunted Hall” event on the City Hall concourse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday . Children can enjoy pumpkin decorating, safe trick-or-treating, games, refreshments, a costumed Halloween stroll, and a Haunted Hallway tour. If it rains, the party will be moved to the Somerville High gym.

Undecided voters in Newton can watch mayoral candidates Scott F. Lennon and Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller square off one more time Thursday when the Newton Republican City Committee hosts a final debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m at American Legion Post 440. The municipal election is Nov. 7.

Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger will discuss pending prison reform legislation at a public forum on Wednesday in Newburyport. He’ll also talk about the challenges faced by individuals who are incarcerated or recently released. The event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society Lower Meeting House, 26 Pleasant St.


Ever wonder how orchids are kept alive by the experts? The Massachusetts Orchid Society hosts its annual “World of Orchids” show this weekend at Mahoney’s Garden Center, 242 Cambridge St., Winchester. Enjoy exhibits of blooming orchids from New England and around the world Friday through Sunday . For information, visit or call 781-729-5900.

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