Haunted Happenings in Salem – By: Allie Barone

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Community

No other New England town embodies the spirit of Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts. Made famous by it’s historic Witch Trials of 1692, Salem remains a mecca for spooky history, Halloween-related events, and modern, practicing witches. Visiting Salem in October is an experience like no other. The city holds a month-long Festival called Haunted Happenings where more than 250,000 guests will visit each year! This year marks 36 years of this festival’s history! There are endless events to attend, activities to participate in, and history to learn about. If you are looking for ways to enjoy this spooky season, plan your trip to Salem before the festival is over!

Be sure to visit the Haunted Happenings Websitefor more information about this festive time of year. You can download a free guide for the festival here. If you don’t want to miss a thing, try following the Salem Heritage Trail; a red line painted on the ground to connect all of Salem’s historic sites. You will witness ornate costumes, parades, live performers, ghost tours and haunted houses right in the heart of the city. The Salem Witch Museum is Salem’s most visited museum that lets you experience the gory history of the Witch Trials. Events range for all ages, and include costume contests, storytelling, and magic shows. As the month progresses, more events take places leading up to Halloween night where Trick-or-Treat is a wildly festive night. The night ends with a fireworks finale show over the North River at 10:15pm.

If being a part of big crowds in a spooky city does not seem like your scene, you can still be a part of Salem’s festivities. A Halloween favorite movie, Hocus Pocus, was set in Salem during Halloween and is sure to get the whole family in the spirit! Enjoy the movie at home, on your cozy couch with snacks in the dark. If you happen to visit Salem, see if you find some of the scene locations from the movie!

Salem can be an absolutely thrilling place to visit during the Halloween Season. If you visit this magical city be sure to tag us in your photo @the_forzese_group on Instagram.



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