That time of the year is slowly approaching, a day when every man and woman are looking for a good fright. Halloween is will soon be upon us, and what better way to celebrate it then to discover a truly horrifying history of the town of Salem, Massachusetts.
The city’s cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692, which makes it the perfect Halloween getaway destination.
Salem Witch Museum
The Witch Hysteria of 1692 is one of the most tragic and horrifying events in American history, and its best presented at the Salem Witch Museum. In the spring of 1692, hysterical young girls called out random names of women and men alike, accusing them of witchcraft. By the summer, 180 people had been accused and imprisoned.
They were completely defenseless against accusations in a society driven by superstition and fear. The court acted quickly with these victims and started hanging, drowning and burning them. Visitors of the museum are given a dramatic history lesson.
In Salem, Halloween is celebrated over the entire course of October, and it all kicks off with the Grand Parade! The month is filled with shows, tours, psychic fairs, costume contests (Masquerade Ball, Halloween Ball, the Costume Ball, etc), and haunted houses.
Peabody Essex Museum
One of the country’s largest museums, the Peabody Essex Museum features art and culture from New England and around the world.
It was recently renovated and it’s more grand and beautiful than it ever was. The museum is known for changing their featured exhibitions often.
One of the most popular exhibitions is the Yin Yu Tang house, which is a 200 year old Chinese house that was brought to America and reassembled at the museum.
During the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), a prosperous merchant Huang built this gorgeous 16-bedroom home with the hopes that it would be a home for many generations.
The Witch House is the only remaining structure in Salem, which has direct ties to the tragic events of 1692. Jonathan Corwin, a judge in the horrid witchcraft trials, lived there.
The House of the Seven Gables
This house inspired the famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. It was built in 1668, and it is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. It contains artifacts, old photographs, lovely gardens and an everlasting spooky feeling, perfect for a cold October day.
Witch History Museum
The untold stories of 1692 are told through a live presentation, followed by a guided tour downstairs where 15 life size scenes can be looked at, depicting these tragic stories.