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A guide to Halloween in Salem

Derek Millen with Edward Bowes of the Salem Slashers as Michael Myers from the “Halloween” films.derek millen photo

You don’t have to be a kid to love Halloween. You just have to love a good time.

Just ask Derek Millen, who will be among the 100,000 or so in Salem on Wednesday night for his fifth straight year of spectacular spookiness.

Millen, 44, who’s from Weston but now lives in Waltham, takes you through the Witch City experience on his YouTube vlog, D Tours.

We caught up with the James Corden of “Carpool Karaoke” lookalike to give us the straight scoop. “Halloween has always been my favorite holiday,” he says.

Getting there: You can take the commuter rail. Extra trains to and from Salem to North Station are added to the regular Newburyport/Rockport schedule. View times and fares at mbta.com.


Millen prefers to drive and grab a spot in one of the Salem garages. “I’m parked before 10 a.m.,” he says. “I want to make sure I get a parking deck spot cause they fill up quickly.” Prepare to pay $30 if you stay a while.

The atmosphere: “The streets get packed with costumed visitors, live music, and street artists,” Millen says. “I’d say after dark it’s an over 21 crowd.”

Most popular costumes: Michael Myers from the movie “Halloween” and also Jack (the “Skeleton”) Skellington from “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” “You will also see a ton of Sanderson Sisters from ‘Hocus Pocus,’ which was filmed in Salem,” Millen says. (I am guessing there will be more than a few Trumpheads this year).

Can’t miss stops: “You have to check out the Salem Witch Museum ,” our trusty guide advises. The place is mobbed during Halloween, so get to 19½ Washington Square North and buy your tickets in advance for a one-hour tour later in the day. Cost is $12 adults; $10.50 senior citizens; $9 kids 6-14.

Show some respect at the Salem Witch Magic Circleon Salem Common at 5 p.m. End your night watching the fireworks over the North River at 10:15 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, visit hauntedhappenings.org. Say “hi” to Derek if you see him.


Marcia Dick can be reached at marcia.dick@globe.com.