Salem, Massachusetts- The real life Halloween town, most famously known for the Salem Witch Trials. As someone who absolutely loves Halloween, this is somewhere I've wanted to go for years now, but have never gotten around to doing until this past October...and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! While people visit Salem all year round, of course its most popular time is the month of October while they have the additional Halloween displays, and activities. In this post, I'm going to talk about how to spend a long weekend in Salem, Massachusetts, specifically during spooky season, but these places are open year round! (I recommend going on a weekend, as most of the museums are only open Fri-Sun) I want to also preface that I live about 5-6 hours away from Salem, so by the time we got there Friday, it was about dinner time, so we only did one bigger thing that day, however, we packed the other 2 days full of tours/attractions, so those could easily be spread out with more time!
Day One: Arrive in Salem, Explore Essex Street, and Do a Witch Walk
Arrive in Salem, Massachusetts and depending on what time of the day you get there, check out some of the cool places to grab food. Take some time to walk around the city, and pop into some of the different shops along Essex Street. Essex Street is lined with shops ranging from Harry Potter themed to crystal/magic shops.
After taking some time to explore the shops, when it starts to get dark head over to the Crow Haven Corner, located at 125 Essex Street to do a Witch Walk Tour. I will do another post solely about the museums and attractions I visited while there, and break down everything from ticket details to what the museums entail! The witch walk lasted a little over and hour, and starts with a traditional witch circle dance before starting the actual walking tour. After the witch circle, the tour guide will take you on a walking tour throughout different parts of the town and talk about different aspects of witchcraft, and of course learn all about the 1692 Salem Witch Trials as you encounter different spots throughout the town.