Why you need to visit Salem, Massachusetts this Halloween

The leaves are falling, Pumpkin Spice is in the air, Monster Mash is on repeat which means Halloween is fast approaching.

But where will you spend All Hallows Eve this year?

Hopefully, Salem, Massachusetts after reading my spook-tastic post. If not, boo to you!

Nothing compares to Salem throughout the month of October with ghoulish tours, haunted houses, seances and parades, it' has everything covered.

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.

Make your own magic
— Haunted Happenings Festival

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. 

Chase Ghosts

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.

General Tips for Halloween Day in Salem 

  • Parking is a nightmare as there are lots of road closures so make sure you get there early for a spot or better still get a train or taxi.

  • You can wear your costume all day. Don’t feel you need to wait until the evening. I didn’t. My Katniss Everdeen costume went down a storm! Flaunt it people.

  • After 10.30pm, the police will start to clear the streets so make sure you are tucked up in a bar or else you’re night is over. A lot of places shut before midnight - Mercy Tavern is open until 1am.

  • Expect long queues for Haunted Houses and attractions.

  • Have a Wicked Good Time.

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Salem Massachusetts at Halloween

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