5 Things visitors Shouldn’t Miss in Salem This October

Everyone’s talking about it: not just the election, but Haunted Happenings! Tourists come from all over the country to take in the sights of the season in the Witch City. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 things to make sure you do on your trip to Salem this year. All of these attractions are within walking distance of downtown, so there’s no need to worry about extra transportation in between events. All you need is a ride in and out of town! Visiting Salem? Check out the top 5 hotels in Salem!

Salem Haunted Magic Show


Prepare to be amazed! A live action show that will leave you entertained, scared, and a little weirded out. Join in this fascinating show of classic magic, sideshow stunts, mind reading, and ghostly appearances.

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The House of the Seven Gables


A classic year-round attraction, the House is a historic treasure with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, gardens, and a museum store. Special Events in October:

  • The Legacy of the Hanging Judge: Be interrogated by Magistrate John Hathorne in this interactive theatrical show in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth house.
  • Spirits of the Gables: The characters of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic The House of the Seven Gables come to life as you walk through the hallways of this historic house.

Salem Witch Museum


The Witch Hysteria of 1692 remains one of America’s most formative events. The Salem Witch Museum, Salem’s Most Visited Museum, is dedicated to answering the questions of the growing numbers of people who are interested in what happened.

Our current exhibit Witches: Evolving Perceptions brings you on a journey through the myths and practices of this religion, whose practitioner include midwives, healers, and modern-day Wiccans.

Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo


Learn about modern-day witchcraft at the Fair! Have your fortune told, learn about the practices of herbalism and Wicca, and visit booths from local New Age stores. Come and meet with local Salem Witches and see what all the hubbub is about!

Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tours


Walk the streets of Salem and see haunted locations by candlelight. During the tour, you’ll learn about the spirit activity of the buildings you visit and some facts about ghost photography and why you have that spectral globe on that picture you took once!