Spotlight on Salem, Massachusetts: Four Halloween Inspired Attractions To Visit

Spotlight on Salem, Massachusetts: Four Halloween Inspired Attractions To Visit,flickr:David Paul OhmerIf you step inside a simple store in Salem, you won’t have trouble finding T-shirts screaming, “Witch and Famous”. Salem seems to be permanently stuck in a Halloween dream, mostly for what occurred in 1692 when over 150 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trails would put this community just 17 miles north of Boston on the map for those in search of a truly Halloween appropriate destination. Even if everything in town appears to have “witch” stamped across it, Salem remains a fine spot to visit on a crisp October day.

Learn about the Salem Witch Trails at the Salem Witch Museum

If you want a bit of insight into the Salem Witch Trails, albeit a bit hokey take on the trails, you can tour the Salem Witch Museum. The museum provides a detailed introduction into the 1692 trails. Visitors can also learn about witch-hunts throughout the years. The museum remains Salem’s most visited museum.

Appreciate Architecture and Witchy History at the Witch House

While it may seem like every house in Salem has “witch” attached to its title, this is the real deal, or it least the only standing structure in town with direct ties to the witch trails of 1692. You can tour the home of the local magistrate and civic leader Jonathan Corwin. Corwin served on the Court of Oyer, the one that sent 19 “witches” to the gallows. Even if you aren’t into the witchy history at the home, it is worth seeing merely for its 17th century architecture.

Visit the Spooky House of the Seven Gables

The home that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel is very much a part of Salem. The house and its seven gables belonged to Hawthorne’s cousin. Today it stands in a somewhat eerie fashion, with squeaky floorboards and a dark exterior. The novel about life under gloomy Puritan ideals in early New England can be felt throughout the home. Built by Captain John Turner in 1668, the House of the Seven Gables is with period-appropriate furniture, pieces referenced in the book and even a somewhat surprising and spooky secret staircase. Included in the price of a tour of the home is a visit inside Hawthorne’s bright red birthplace. The structure was moved on the grounds to be within a few steps of the House of the Seven Gables. The novel setting appreciates a view overlooking Salem Harbor.

See TV’s Favorite Witch in Statue Form

Even though Samantha Stephen’s character played by Elizabeth Montgomery on the TV show Bewitched had nothing to do with Salem, she has a presence in town. A statue to TV’s favorite witch stands right next to Lappin Park. The statue was donated to Salem by TV Land and bears a somewhat scary representation of the Bewitched star. You can find Sam hanging out on her broom on Essex and Washington.

 

Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook!

 

Photo: David Paul Ohmer

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
$ 15 OFF
Big Savings Coupon Code: Blog15

RecentPosts

  • 4 Fun and Free Museums to Visit in Los AngelesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 28 Jul 2014
  • Many travelers head to Los Angeles with ideas of living large like the celebrities who call the city home. They want to experience that magic of the City of Angels without breaking the bank. However, realistic budgets quickly squash those dreams of living large in Los Angeles. While you might not be able to frequent the shops on Rodeo Drive and spend a small fortune, Los Angeles does offer several fun and free museums you can visit to fill up your time in town....read more

  • 7 Last Minute Secret Summer Destinations To Visit Around The GlobeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 25 Jul 2014
  • Not all of us are planners when it comes to travel. However, in the summer months, you can’t really afford to wing it. Many hotels are booked up or prices for everything from rental cars to flights are sky high in the go-to vacation destinations around the globe. However, there are many last minute destinations that can sweeten the end of your summer. While these destinations might not be the loudest and most well known, but hey provide much enrichment without too much of cost or crowds....read more

  • In My Bag: Kelly’s Jordanian TreasureComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 24 Jul 2014
  • In this blog post series, I interview world travelers about an object that came home in their bag and what it means to them. This week’s post features Kelly Moe-Rossetto, woman of the world and founder of Cardamom Collective....read more

  • Animal of the Week: Maya the Cat, Snapchat World TravelerComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Diana Denza, last post 23 Jul 2014
  • Cats. When they’re not sleeping, eating, or peeing on your most prized possessions, they’re becoming Internet famous....read more

  • 4 Simple Tech Tips for Airport TravelComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 23 Jul 2014
  • Traveling through an airport isn’t always sunshine and roses. It can mean shoddy Wi-Fi connections, endless hours waiting on a delay and bad meals. While the crowds, security process and bad fast food often can’t be avoided, you can make the tech side of your airport time a little more enjoyable, useful and safe....read more