Salem Travel Guide

Unfortunately, Halloweentown doesn’t exist in the mortal world. Luckily, the next best place can be found right here in Massachusetts. Salem is a great place to visit any time of year, however, it comes alive during the month of October. Lasell student Mackenzie Dineen visited Salem last year and fell in love with it.

“Salem is the place to be during Halloween,” she said. “Its blood-spattered past makes it the perfect spot for those who like to live on the spookier side of life.”

While you’re in Salem, be sure to check out the history. The Salem Wax Museum is the perfect place to see what life was like during the witch trials. Another way you can be transported to 1692 is through the interactive trial Cry Innocent. Here, you become part of the jury during the trial of Bridget Bishop and get to decide if she is guilty of witchcraft. The Old Town Hall where this trial takes place is also where the Halloween party scene in Hocus Pocus was filmed. When you’re ready to unwind with something less serious, check out one of Salem’s many haunted houses.

Not only does Salem have many unique attractions, they also have plenty of cool places to get a bite to eat. A&J King Artisan Bakers is a cute little cafe in downtown Salem that offers sandwiches, pastries and more. The food may be simple, but it is delicious. A&J King Artisan Bakers was even featured by Phantom Gourmet, every New Englander’s favorite cuisine enthusiast. When you’re ready for dessert, check out Turtle Alley Chocolates. Turtle Alley has every type of chocolate imaginable and are home to the famous “King Cup,” a dark chocolate peanut butter cup filled with bacon and topped with sea salt.

Once you’ve enjoyed your Halloween candy, browse Salem’s Open Market. The Open Market houses more than 50 different local shops during the last three weekends of October. Here, you can find vendors from all over New England selling everything from clothing to handmade jewelry and bath products.

Salem is a gorgeous city filled with a rich past. No matter what your interest is, you’ll always be able to find something fun to do.