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October is always a special month in the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts. After all, the city is synonymous with Halloween, witchcraft and haunted houses.  However, this year is extra special and not just because you don’t have to social distance. Indeed, it’s the 40th anniversary of Salem Haunting Happenings, a monthlong event with special attractions. For instance, there will be a Vampire Ball, psychic faire, ghost hunts and a whole lot more. While you may already have a few ideas on what to do, the following are among the best in Salem for Halloween

Bewitched Statue

235 Essex St.
Salem, MA  01970

If you are a fan of the popular TV series “Bewitched” or its spinoffs, you’ll want to see the Bewitched Statue. Standing six feet tall, this bronze statue depicts actress Elizabeth Montgomery sitting on a broom. The statue rests upon a molded bronze stand and also features a large crescent moon behind the witch known as Samantha. As much as it’s now known as a landmark of the city, it wasn’t always that way. That’s become some local residents felt that the comedic expression of the statue “trivializes” the Salem Witch Trials. You can find the Bewitched statue in Lappin Park, at the corner of Washington and Essex streets.

Charter Street Cemetery

51 Charter St.
Salem, MA  01970

Another popular yet somber spot to visit in Salem for Halloween is Charter Street Cemetery. Also known as the Old Burying Ground, it’s one of the oldest remaining cemeteries in America. Furthermore, it’s also known to be one of the most haunted spots in the city, because of its association to the Salem Witch Trials. In fact, two judges from the infamous trials John Hathorne and Bartholomew Gedney, are buried here. An estimated 600 people buried here and includes Revolutionary War soldiers, a Mayflower passenger and Reverend John Higginson. In the event that you visit during the Halloween season, this graveyard will be quite busy with other sightseers. With this in mind, don’t be surprised to see some visitors dressed as witches, vampires etc.

Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

Shetland Park
27 Congress St.
Salem, MA  01970
(978) 744-0004

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You won’t have to wait until Halloween in Salem for the Haunted Happenings Parade. In fact, if you want to see it, you need to start making plans very soon. That’s because this annual parade is always held on the first Thursday of October. In case you do want to go, you’ll be in for a treat, and maybe a few tricks. In addition to a Halloween parade with floats and costumed marchers, there will be live music, great food and even some witches. The Chamber of Commerce-led parade begins in Shetland Park, continues by many local attractions and ends at the Salem Common. This event to kickstart the season is free and completely family friendly.

Peabody Essex Museum

161 Essex St.
Salem, MA  01970
(978) 745-9500

If you want to see rare artifacts from the Salem Witch Trials, then visit the Peabody Essex Museum. In brief, the Peabody Essex is the only place in the city where you can see artifacts from the Salem Witch Trials. In fact, it has the world’s largest collection of artifacts, including court documents. During the month of October, the Peabody Essex Museum will be hosting several Halloween-related events. For example, you can attend screenings of films like “The Witch” and “ParaNorman” or attend the Talk Series. However, the main highlight might be Hocus Pocus recreation at Ropes Mansion. An early 18th century Georgian Colonial mansion, it was featured in the Disney film “Hocus Pocus”. Dating to 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum is among America’s oldest continuously operating museums.

Psychic Faire & Witches’ Market

Witch City Mall
1 Church St.
Salem, MA  01970

If you’re interested in a psychic reading or having your fortune read, stop by the Psychic Fair & Witches’ Market. Held inside Witch City Mall, admission is free all month to attend the fair and market. However, you can book an appointment online for psychic reading sessions or visit any of the booths. In addition to psychics, there will be Tarot card readings, crystal ball fortunetellers and palm readers. Of course, you can also purchase items like witchcraft tools, candles, handcrafted incense, jewelry, crystal rocks and more The annual Psychic Fair and Witches’ market will be open daily through October 31.

Salem Wax Museum

288 Derby St.
Salem, MA  01970
(978) 740-2929

You will find plenty of fun things to do at the Salem Wax Museum for the Halloween season. That’s because, you will have not one, but six attractions to enjoy. The main attraction of course, is the wax museum, the first and best in Salem. However, you can also do a tour of Salem Witch Village, as well as visit two haunted houses. If that’s not enough, you can also go on a Ghostly Walking Tour or join in on the Witching Hour Spellcasting. Tickets can be purchased online and use your receipt as your ticket. Also in October, the Salem Wax Museum will feature “The Enchanters” design-based art exhibit.



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