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My Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

This year, I spent Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, and it was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. It's like one big neighborhood block party - part carnival, lots of costumes, a little spooky, live music, fireworks, and more. Here are a few of my favorite memories from my time in Salem:

The Salem Witch Museum
A great activity to do when you first arrive in town, at the Salem Witch Museum you are led as a group of visitors into a large room where a 1692-themed diorama narrates the events of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Although some of the historical facts, which I had learned a long time ago in school, came flooding back to my memory, I also learned important, interesting details that I never knew.

Guided Walking Tours of Salem
I took two (very different) guided walking tours of Salem. On my first night (October 30th), I learned about the haunted, paranormal occurrences in the town with Spellbound Tours; they told some great stories, and it gave me chills, in a good way. As for the second tour that I took (on October 31st), since I was visiting the place known as "Witch City"... I wanted to hear more about what is considered fact versus fiction; and as a curious observer with an open mind, I learned a lot during the Salem Witch Walk.

The Witch House
This home (known as 'The Witch House') is the only one in Salem with direct ties to the Witch Trials of 1692. It's owner Judge Jonathan Corwin was a local magistrate who investigated the infamous accusations. Structurally, the house itself is a neat historical landmark and the interior furnishings help you get a sense of what it was like to live like a wealthy 17th century family. You can walk around self-guided at your own pace, and there are knowledgable, friendly staff who are happy to answer questions.

There's so many more stories I could tell about my trip to Salem, but I will finish this blog post, instead, with a few recommendations for if you decide to take a trip to Salem for your own Halloween adventure:

1) Expect big crowds and difficulty finding parking, especially on weekends and on Halloween in October.

2) If you take the train: There are no ticket vending machines at the Salem station. Instead, you can purchase a ticket onboard the train (cash only), or online if you're using the train to go back to Boston.

3) I highly recommend staying overnight in Salem. I lodged at the Hawthorne Hotel, which is right off of Essex Street, the main pedestrian thoroughfare, and it was such a central, convenient and nice place to stay.

4) Some tours and activities sell out, so make plans and reservations a few weeks in advance. Use hauntedhappenings.org, which has an easy-to-use, well-organized event calendar and additional information regarding restaurants, hotels and other helpful guidelines about visiting during Salem's busiest time of the year.

Posted by rachwells 19:24 Archived in USA

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