I love Halloween, in particularly how hard Americans go for this holiday! I visited Salem, MA for Christmas and fell in love with the ambience of the place.
However, nothing compares to Salem throughout the month of October and if you want a hair-raising time make Salem your next stop. This article covers:
The History of Salem, Haunted Happenings, Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours, and Shops
It has the History
The Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692 - 1693 and though the event lasted a year and did not actually occur in Salem, it has stuck with the town all these centuries. It makes the experience all the more unsettling and spooky. Be sure to visit the Salem Witch Museum for a live action account of the Trial. Also, take a trip on the Salem Trolley to get your bearings and to learn more about the unique history of this magical community.
Hit Haunted Happenings Hard
Haunted Happenings is the Halloween festival that spans the whole month of October in Salem. Every day there is some form of entertainment whether it be a Parade, Dog Fancy Dress, Film Showings on the common, or Ghost Hunts. Check out Haunted Happenings October Calender and plan accordingly as events get booked up a year in advance at times.
Scare Yourself Silly at the Haunted Houses
For adults and children there are Hair-raising Haunted Houses to visit. Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery transforms from a Horror Film Museum to a live action thrill ride, one of the best I've been to. Head over the road to the Haunted Neighbourhood and visit Frankenstein's Castle and The Haunted Witch Village for more scares. You can visit both with a Wicked Special Ticket and most of the attractions can be found near to the Salem Witch Trial Memorial.
If you have any energy left after the Haunted Houses, you need to get involved in a Ghost Tour. These walking tours take you around the most famous spots in Salem telling you facts about Salem's past whilst going all "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" with ghoulish stories and sightings. Check out Salem's Historical Tours and Bewitched After Dark Tours.
Admire The Halloween Decor and Costumes
Do not forget to pack your Halloween costume! 100,000 revellers descended on Salem last Halloween and half the fun is joining in on the fancy dress and pointing out your favourite efforts. Hey, even the dogs make an effort, what's your excuse? Take a walk around Salem town and see the spooktastic porches of the resident's houses, if you are taking the children, Trick or Treating is a must!
Take a piece of Salem home
Shopping in Salem is special. There are all manner of fantastic gifts to buy, unique candles at Kandel, perhaps a spell at Crow Haven Corner or pop to Hauswitch + Healing to pick up homeware for your house. Fancy Chocolate, stroll on over to America's Oldest Candy Company Ye Olde Pepper Companie where to can taste Gibralters and Black Jacks, staples of Salem.
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