We are off on our first trip to Salem, MA as a family and I personally couldn’t be more excited. Ever since I met my husband years ago, Halloween was always a treasured time of year. In the past we always selected our favorite scary movies and watched them over themed snacks and drinks. This year, however, we’re doing the real thing and heading to one of the spookiest (and fun!) towns on the east coast.
A lot of our trip is planned around discovering things as we go, but there are a couple of places in particular I wouldn’t mind checking out either.
Salem Witch Museum
As a part of our Go PASS we included admission to the Salem Witch Museum. This museum presents the intriguing history and events surrounding the witch trials through exhibits featuring life sized sets, figures, lighting, and narration. Currently, there is a second exhibit that discusses the stereotypes surrounding witches, witchcraft, and the changing perceptions of witches in culture.
I love that they provide a self-guided tour of the events, people, and locations associated with the witch hunt and eventual trials. It spans all across MA from Boston, Danvers, Gloucester, and of course Salem, to a number of outlying cities.
The Hawthorne Hotel
Known as one of the country’s most haunted hotels, it just so happens we have booked a few nights here during our stay. In reading a number of the ghost stories online I’m curious if we’ll experience any occurrences such as light flickerings or sensations of cold while sleeping as others have claimed. Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful historic hotel and I’ve heard their cocktails are among the best!
The Salem Witch House
Known to be the home of the judge during the Salem Witch Trials, Jonathan Corwin, this house is iconic for its architecture and the only standing building from that era with direct ties to the trials. It’s currently a museum that offers various tours throughout the year.
Hocus Pocus Locations
Who wouldn’t want to take a visit to these popular filming locations of quite possibly the best Halloween movie ever? Find more details about these locations here. During our two night stay in Salem I wouldn’t mind being able to track down these few locations:
- Max and Dani’s House: This house can be visited, but since actual people live there you can only take photos outside.
- The Ropes Mansion: Famously known as Allison’s house in the film. This mansion is owned in real life by the Peabody Essex Museum and is open to the public for tours.
- Pioneer Village: Now an active and living historic museum, this site is featured at the beginning of the movie when Thackery Binx is hexed as a cat.
Connors Farm & Pumpkin Patch
Something I want to make happen during our trip to the Boston area is to take Grey and visit a pumpkin patch. Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from in the area. I found Connors Farm to be the closest to where we’ll be in Salem and who offers a plethora of fun fall activities like a massive 7-acre corn maze, train rides, pumpkin picking, and so much more. Also, I’m excited to see about their orchard and picking a few apples with Greyson!