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About Salem, MA Halloween

One of the spookiest, scariest Halloween traditions in the USA happens every year in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Year round the town embodies the spirit of well… spirits, and relishes its macabre history. Things ramp up during the month of October, reaching a crescendo of thousands of visitors on Halloween night as they wander around the town and experience all the frights it has to offer. Read on for more details on why Salem, MA is a top Halloween destination.

A Spooky History

Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Salem developed into a major maritime fishing village during the 1800s, but the real history of this town starts in the 1692, where the Salem Witch Trials took place. After 70 years of settlement without much fanfare, in the 1690s things took a turn. The time period was ripe for accusation as small pox, warring tribes, and other stressors caused the villagers to become quite suspicious of each other. When young women were claiming to be possessed by the devil, they would yell out the name of a townsperson and that person was accused of witchcraft. A wave of hysteria passed through the area and a special court was created to hear these trials. Thirteen women and five men were found guilty of witchcraft and eventually hanged while dozens of other were convicted and eventually released when the whole fiasco was over. Hundreds of lives were changed during this time period and the “special court” that was created to hear these cases was disbanded just as quickly. The court later ruled the trials as unlawful and the convictions overturned, but the damage had been done.

Salem Halloween and Media

Salem always felt like a scary place, but visitors appreciated the history more when Salem kept popping up in popular shows, movies, and books. In the 1970s, Salem was the setting for a few Bewitched episodes. One of the most popular Halloween movies ever, Hocus Pocus, used Salem, MA as its setting, leading to an explosion of tourism. Famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne is from Salem, and while working in the Custom House, which is open to the public, Hawthorne wrote his novel The Scarlet Letter. Rumor has it that Hawthorne discovered the red "A" in the attic of the custom house where he worked. Another Hawthorne novel, The House of the Seven Gables made famous the home of his cousin, Susannah Ingersoll. Today the House of the Seven Gables Settlement site includes the famous mansion and Hawthorne's birthplace and is open to the public.

Salem Haunted Happenings

Celebrating Halloween for all ages, Salem Haunted Happenings spans the entire month of October every year, and his its peak during the night of Halloween, of course. A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations. Here’s what visitors can expect when spending time in Salem in October:

Grand Parade

The annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade is a night-time tradition that brings out the entire city and people from all of the surrounding cities and towns to kick off the Halloween season. It takes place on October 1 and it is filled with color, pageantry, music and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college age and local business owners....

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Beautifully renovated first floor 3-4BR! - Salem vacation rentals
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Beautifully renovated first floor 3-4BR!

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4 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8
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Beautifully renovated first floor 3-4BR!

Salem condo
  • 4
  • 8
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$149

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Recently Renovated 3rd floor 3BR Apartment - Salem vacation rentals
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Recently Renovated 3rd floor 3BR Apartment

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3 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 6
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Recently Renovated 3rd floor 3BR Apartment

Salem condo
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  • 6
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Spacious 6 Bedroom Home in Downtown Historic Salem

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6 BR / 4 BA / Sleeps 14
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Spacious 6 Bedroom Home in Downtown Historic Salem

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  • 6
  • 14
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$500

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$130

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The Forsythia Apt

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1 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 3
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The Forsythia Apt

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Renovated 1st Floor 4BR Near Historical District - Salem vacation rentals
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Renovated 1st Floor 4BR Near Historical District

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3 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8
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Renovated 1st Floor 4BR Near Historical District

Salem condo
  • 3
  • 8
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$225

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Spacious Recently Renovated 2nd Fl 3-4BR! - Salem vacation rentals
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$175

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3 BR / 1 BA / Sleeps 8
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ChestnutSweet, for a sweet New England get-away!

Marblehead condo – 5257.4 mi away
2 BR / 2 BA / Sleeps 3
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ChestnutSweet, for a sweet New England get-away!

Marblehead condo – 5257.4 mi away
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5260.0 mi away

$220

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Nahant house – 5260.0 mi away
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Nahant house – 5260.0 mi away
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5260.3 mi away

$260

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Hillcrest Cottage By The Sea

Nahant house – 5260.3 mi away
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Nahant house – 5260.3 mi away
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