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Salem Ferry back on track for Halloween finale

Posted by Justin Rice  October 31, 2011 01:02 PM

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After being docked for the last two days due to dismal weather, the Salem Ferry is back on schedule today for tonight’s big Halloween finale in the Witch City.

“It’s really good news for us, and to have a nice day like this as well,” said Missy Walker of Boston’s Best Cruises, which runs the Salem Ferry. “We are very much a business that’s impacted by the weather, so it’s very challenging.

“There are times weather turns out to be better than forecasted. When we actually have justifiable weather related closures it still isn’t great.”

On Saturday the ferry from Salem to Boston at 1 p.m. was the last trip of the day before operations shut down. For ferry schedules and tickets click here.

Walker said several of their trips had been sold out for the last few weekends.

“At 150 [customers] per trips, selling out three or four tips, there’s 600 guests right there [we missed out on this weekend],” she said. “That’s a lot of people.”

She didn’t expect to see as many people on the boat today.

“I think because it’s a weekday you won’t see the same type of attention as we had Saturday or Sunday,” she said.  

But police are preparing for as many as 100,000 people in Salem tonight and the aftermath of Saturday’s snowstorm will not put a cramp in trick-or-treating in Salem.

The Salem Police have set the trick-or-treating hours for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Children should only trick-or-treat during those hours, and residents who welcome trick-or-treaters should leave on their porch lights.

There will also be trick-or-treating at Pioneer village from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The City of Salem has also released the advisory about events, transportation and safety or anyone attending  Halloween night festivities:

Halloween Night Events

-4:00—10:00 PM Radio 92.9 Concert Stage, Washington Street at Federal Street
-4:00—9:45 PM Shock Top Beer Garden, Federal Street at Washington Street 21+
-7:00-10:00 PM Concert Stages around town. Dance in the streets, parking lots and Salem
-Common as DJs spin and bands play on Halloween night. Stages will
be at Salem Common, Hawthorne Boulevard, Museum Place Fountain,
-Derby Street, and Front Street.
-10:00 PM Halloween Finale Fireworks. Celebrate the end of another fantastic Salem
Haunted Happenings with fireworks over the North River. Best viewed
from Bridge Street and the MBTA Commuter Rail Station.

Last Trains

-11:05 PM Final Train departs to North Station, Boston
-11:11 PM Final Train departs to Rockport
-11:25 PM Final Train departs to Newburyport

Be Smart, Be Safe, Have Fun

-To make the most of the public Salem Halloween experience, people are encouraged to
arrive no later than 8:30 p.m. and should plan to depart at 10:00 PM.
-Do not bring any weapons—fake or real—as they will be confiscated;
-Alcohol is strictly prohibited;
-Triple Fines are in effect during Halloween weekend. This means citations for illegal behavior, including public drinking, vandalism, and littering, could have fines up to $300;
-Salem is a residential city—please be considerate of private property and residents;
-The party ends with the fireworks at 10 p.m. Please plan to depart at this time, as police and public works departments will be clearing all streets and sidewalks.
For complete information on Salem Haunted Happenings and Halloween night, visit and
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