Salem is widely considered one of the top Halloween destinations in America as well as one of the spookiest cities in the country. Every October, residents commemorate the witch trials of 1692 at the Haunted Happenings Festival. Attendees experience parades and re-enactments of the trials, and can even get their fortune read by a psychic. Visitors can also take in eerie attractions such as the Salem Witch Museum, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, and the Old Witch House, former home of witch trial Judge Corwin that has since been turned into a museum.
Another must-see is the Haunted Witch Village, which was once the home of renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne and is now the biggest and longest-running haunted house in Salem. You can also sign up for the Witch Trial Trail and take part in the city’s annual Halloween costume ball. After a day of exploring the sites of the city, guests can return to the comforts of their Salem bed and breakfast - many of the inns here are located in old houses and cottages that have their own intriguing histories!