By Shanna McCarriston:
If you live in Salem or in the surrounding towns you probably try to avoid downtown at all costs during the month of October. Starting on the first of the month people are seen walking around the spooky city in full on costumes. Despite the annoying traffic to those who live near the area it is one of, if not the, best place to be on Halloween.
Yes, Austin, Texas is known for their crazy Halloween on 6th Street and Los Angles is crawling with people dressed up but those places don’t have the Witch Museum or famous cemeteries. Halloween in Salem is something everyone who can should experience at least once. You may find the crowded streets a little too chaotic and decide never to come again but at least you can check it off the bucket list.
While you are in Salem check out The House of Seven Gables which is the oldest wooden mansion in New England. Plus it’s creepy appearance makes the perfect backdrop for a photo. Another perfect place to snap your picture is at the Bewitched Statue (shown below) on Essex Street. Derby Street also has a carnival that will be open until October 31st but beware of long lines and crazy crowds.
If you are a fan of Hocus Pocus there are a few spots you can check out that made an appearance in that movie:
- Pioneer Village at 310 West Ave
- Phillips Elementary School on Salem Common
- The Ropes Mansion at 318 Essex Street
- Old Town Hall at 161 Essex Street
- Salem Common
If you are visiting be prepared for long lines, long waits and people everywhere. Finding a place for lunch that doesn’t have a four hour wait may be tough so put your name in for a table well before you want to eat (I recommend The Howling Wolf). Most importantly, if you will be in Salem for Halloween, be sure to bring your A game when it comes to your costume because if there was ever a place to go all out for Halloween, Salem is that place.