Crowds of costumed people thronged downtown Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween, where the excitement at being able to celebrate the holiday was palpable.
Last year, celebrations were dramatically cut back due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a series of regulations were put in place to bring the Haunted Happenings back this year.
"We love it and we're so happy that it's back to the Halloween spirit that Salem always has," said one woman in an elaborate two-person nature costume.
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The Witch City may have looked like a ghost town last year, but it was back alive this year as the streets were filled with people celebrating the holiday.
There was an exciting energy in Salem as every character you can imagine walked around, precisely due to COVID-19 restrictions that have remained in place.
Safety was key this spooky season. Masks were required indoors and anyone at a ticketed, indoor activity with at least 100 people had to get a COVID test at least 72 hours prior to the event.
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“I feel like Salem has done really good putting in the requirements, we felt pretty safe going into restaurants," some visitors from Texas shared.