Salem, Massachusetts is a town with a haunted past — but that’s what makes it all the more exciting. Salem is infamous for the Salem witch trials, which makes the month of October a spooky and spectacular time. Capitalize on all the fun to be had while celebrating its history.
Visit Harbor Sweets
Visit Harbor Sweets for some of the best goodies this Halloween season. There are handmade candies galore in this chocolate lover’s heaven. Watch out for their sweet sloops (handmade chocolate sailboats with almond butter crunch in the center).
Pay your respects to those that lost their lives during the Salem Witch Trials and learn a little more about the subject while you’re at it. This is a great activity to do with friends or family while exploring Salem.
This museum offers those adrenaline lovers in Salem the thrill of their lives. It flaunts exhibits on horror, Sci-Fi, and fantasy films. Count Orlok’s is a place you need to see before leaving Salem — plus check out their haunted house in October.
Salem Willows is both an oceanfront neighborhood and an amusement park. It gets its name from the white willows planted there in the early 1800s. Be sure to stop by for an amazing view and a roller coaster riding time.
The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest operating museums in the United States. Stop by to experience art and history from New England and all over the world. This museum showcases maritime art, architecture and New England art. It’s a great way to spend the day in Salem.
Crow Haven Corner is America’s oldest “witch shop.” This shop is packed with witchcraft — you’ll feel like you’re at Hogwarts. Kids love it here (as do their parents!). Get your tarot cards read if you’re feeling adventurous. This is a must-stop shop in Salem, MA.
Get spooky with Bewitched After Dark — go for a wicked walking tour of Salem. This tour will educate you on Salem’s history while also sending you through a haunted heaven. if you are around Salem in the fall make sure you head over hear for some haunted Halloween fun.
Otherwise known as the Jonathan Corwin House, The Witch House is one of the only houses left standing that has direct ties to the Salem Witch trials. Tour the house where Corwin led the biggest witch hunt in history and learn more about America’s colonial heritage.
This fun-filled museum explores the pirate’s life in New England. Take some time to relive the adventures of Blackbeard at the New England Pirate Museum. Take the walking tour where you will encounter several buccaneers and learn what it was really like to be a pirate.
Head to Salem in October for fall festivities and Halloween fun. Kick off the season with Salem at their annual Haunted Happening Grand Parade. Dress up in your spookiest costume and celebrate the witch town with the locals.
These recommendations were updated on February 9, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.