Witches, candle light ghost tours, history & more
I grew up in a neighboring town to Salem, then lived in CA, TX, NJ and FL and come back to Salem every year. The Fall is fantastic. Pumpkins, colorful leaves, mums, apple cider, and plenty of witches and physics running thru the streets.
The locals complain about the traffic, and it starts the first week of October and grows to up to 100,000 ADULTS in costume on Halloween all over the town.
Festivities are all over, placed at the parks, beaches, squares, and there is public transportation to take you there. A train, trolley, ferry, buses, monster drawn carts, pirate tall ships, and most all within walking distance once you arrive in town.
I recommend a candle light ghost tour, you will have some fun and receive a little history. Forest River does a neat "Trick or Treat" at an original Pioneer Village from the 1600's. Dine and drink at one of the old establishments from the same era 'The Pigs Eye' or the 'Witches Brew'. Or just grab a brew and sandwich and sit on large rock or bench and people watch.
Halloween night the crowd sports the most outrageous costumes, worthy of Hollywood or Broadway, but in creepy, evil, scary way. A hoot just to go downtown and check them all out.
SALEM'S WITCHES HALLOWEEN BALL
Every year Salem hosts one of the best Halloween parties in the country. As a matter of fact it was rated one of America's top Halloween parties by AOL. Party guests are always treat to great treats, music, eye candy (scary and sexy) and other psychic adventures. I particularly love the scary costumes, but eye, I've never been known to complain when a totally hot guy walks by dressed as Indiana Jones. The tickets to this ball go quickly so it's best to order them early. They are $150 dollars a piece and are non-refundable. This year the festivities will start on November 1st, a Saturday at 7:30 PM and end around 12:30 AM. The headliners this year will be Fiona Horne and Wendy Rule, both of which are a must see in my opinion. check out the website for great photos of the event. I wish I had taken pictures when I had gone back in the day.
Address: Hawthorne Hotel
- Road Trip
Somewhat hard to find, this small town and Marblehead Neck, a piece of land outcropping into the Atlantic Ocean, and a fabulous spot to watch the sea, the harbor and the sunset in a serene environment.
All the way at the end of Marblehead Neck is the small Chandler Hovey Park. This includes a small cove, benches and an old lighthouse. It's a fabulous place to chill out. The park has limited free parking and is open until 10pm. Sunset views over the harbor there are amazing and the park is relatively empty.
To reach it from Downtown Salem: Take Route 114 south toward Marblehead (Lafayette Street). In Marblehead, Route 114 will become Pleasant Street. Soon after that, you'll hit a traffic light with a green sign stating "129 OCEAN AVE." Turn right here. You will pass a small beach and will enter the neck on Harbor Avenue. At the small rotary, bear left onto Ocean Avenue. The street will split to one-way and the parking lot is at the end of the road.
The TV Witch
Salem has a controversial piece of public art Downtown: a statue of Elizabeth Montgomery as her Samantha Stevens character on "Bewitched."
Personally, I think that the town is tacky enough already that this little statue doesn't really change much.
Where the Witches were Hanged
The Salem witches were hanged on--surprise!--Gallows Hill. However, you'd be hard-pressed to find out where it is from a local. Not many people even realize there is a Gallows Hill, and most people who go there don't even make the connection. There is no monument or memorial of any sort on Gallows Hill. If any tour groups go there, I've never heard of them.
I don't recommend walking to Gallows Hill from Salem Center. Drive to the rotary at the end of Washington St. and go left onto Bridge St. (MA-107). Follow Bridge St. until it intersects Boston St., where MA-107 goes left on Boston St. and you ought to do the same. Boston St. quickly ends in a T-intersection with Highland Ave., where you follow MA-107 to the right along Highland Ave. Now watch the streets going off to your right. You'll find a Proctor St.; turn onto it. At the highest point on Proctor St., take a left, and you'll be at the gallows site.
About the only things you will find on Gallows Hill are a playground, a basketball court and a few skateboarding ramps. If it offers any consolation to the sentimental among us, I would guess that Proctor St. was named after John Proctor, hanged here on August 19, 1692.
Old Salem Jail and the cemetary behind it.
For some reason, they have not converted the amazingly spooky Salem Jail into an attraction. It is by far the scariest looking building in town. It's gated off with "No trespassing" signs everywhere. The fact that there is a cemetary just behind it just adds to the spookiness. We walked up there to have a look around. Unlike the Burying Point cemetary in the center of town, this one is pretty much deserted. The graves are old, from the 1800's, and a lot of the people there died very young, 20's or younger even.
Just off of Bridge Street
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
Get It At The Bunghole!!
Ok well I heard about this place before I went to Salem and I JUST had to check it out. I bought a few shirts for my family and well heck I had to have one for myself. It was a small store but they had some interesting items and with a name like Bunghole Liquors how can you resist? LOL
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Arts and Culture
All in the Family
The Pickering House is the oldest house to be occupied by the same family. Built in 1651, generations of the Pickering Clan has been occupying this house ever since. These folks apparently never stray far from home as many of the late Pickerings are buried across the street.
Tour one of the private homes from the past.
The Pickering House. Broad Street is just behind the Salem Post Office so it is a bit off the beaten path from the rest of the city's attractions.
The house is over 300 years old and the only house in America to be continually occupied by direct lineal descendants of the early pioneer, John Pickering. It is without a doubt the oldest house in Salem. The Pickering House in Salem is one of the few remaining examples of the many gabled houses, steep roofs evidently built in the imitation of the Gothic half-timbered cottages of England.
Strolling the residential sidestreets of Salem can be especially rewarding for the traveller seeking the quintessential experience of a New England maritime town. Ramshackle wooden dwellings coexist with the grand mansions built for the merchants of the city's 18th century heyday. At the left of this photo is the quasi-famous Bunghole Liquors, an odd little local landmark.
Walking on the Salem streets and visit the Witch Shops. The main is the Crow Haven Corner in a house type Amityville. An advertisement says : 'Purveyor to the witches around the world'. Inside, there is a large range of magic powders, each with a special aim. It is important to buy a little bag to put a mix of magic powders in order to obtain the targeted effects. There is also a cat but not a black one, a grey one.
- Family Travel
There is a little side street...
There is a little side street down by the House of Seven Gables. I believe it's Bailey St. but I didn't have paper & pencil with me at the time to write it down. Walk around and you will find this little place filled with ART. All created from metal & tool parts. Just the most fatastic thing to see. We found it by accident, but what a find! Here's one picture and more in my travelogue.
Check out the old graveyard,...
Check out the old graveyard, The Burying Point from the year 1637. Especially cool (or spooky) on a cool, rainy, windy October or November day. Among the notable people buried here are a passenger of the Mayflower and one of the justices involved in the Salem Witch trails.
Don't forget that there's...
Don't forget that there's much more to Salem than witchcraft. Salem has a somewhat overlooked history as a colonial seaport. Be sure to visit the nautical exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum! Also, don't miss Pioneer Village which is designed to replicate Salem as it was in the year 1630; it's cool!
THE GRAVE YARD THAT HAS THE...
THE GRAVE YARD THAT HAS THE PEOPLE THAT WERE HANGED OR PRESSED AS WITCHES. PRESSING IS THE METHOD OF PUTTING LARGE STONES ON A PERSON UNTIL THEY ARE CRUSHED TO DEATH.IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THEY ARE GIVE A CHOICE OF HOW THEY WILL BE EXICUTED!
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