Salem Witch Museum
A visit during Salem Haunted Happenings isn’t complete without a stop at Salem Witch Museum. Its main presentation, “The Salem Witch Trials of 1692” is based on actual trial documents and presents life-size stage sets, figures and a narration that all paint the dark picture of the lies and fear that led to the Salem Witch Hunt. A second exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions,” explores the changing interpretations of witches, the frightening occurrence of witch hunting, the truth behind the stereotypes and the practice of witchcraft today.
The museum now features a Witch Trials Online Sites Tour. This tour explores original houses, foundations, grave sites, historical markers and approximate locations of homes that are no longer standing.
“You should come 'round here on Halloween. You'd really see something then.”
As witch Sally Owens in “Practical Magic,” Sandra Bullock knowingly speaks of her home in a small Massachusetts town, but she may as well have been referring to the real-life Salem Haunted Happenings that take place each year in October.
For more than 40 years, the historic town has conjured up the festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England. With an ever-growing number of individual events scheduled throughout October, Salem Haunted Happenings is considered internationally as one of the best places to celebrate Halloween. Go for a day trip or spend the night in Salem; either way, you’re in for a real treat.
Whether you choose to get to Salem on a plane or a broom, by car or by magic, you’re sure to experience sights and frights you won’t soon forget. Read on for a few highlights to consider when planning your trip to “The Witch City.”
Halloween On the Hill
The House of the Seven Gables
Old Burying Point Cemetery
Several walking tours stop by Old Burying Point Cemetery (aka Charter Street Cemetery), the oldest cemetery in Salem. Dating back to 1673, this well-visited tourist stop has an impressive collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century gravestone art. It is also the final resting place of Judge John Hawthorne (Nathaniel’s great-great-grandfather and one of the leading judges in the witchcraft trials of 1692) and Samuel McIntire, who built architecturally significant houses throughout New England.
Please note that both Charter Street Cemetery and the Welcome Center require online reservations during October.
Annual Psychic Fair and Witches' Market
Plan Your Trip
Learn more about this year’s Salem Haunted Happenings. Plan a visit to Salem with Archer Hotel Burlington as your home base, about 20 miles west in Burlington, Massachusetts. And like Aunt Jet Owens, Dianne Wiest’s character in “Practical Magic,” warns, “Be careful what you wish for.” In The Witch City of Salem — and especially at Salem Haunted Happenings in October — you just may get it.
Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again!