This post is meant to outline the dos and don'ts for first time visitors to Salem at Halloween. You've got to do it right to ge the full experience.
I’ve been going to Salem, MA with my coven (AKA girlfriends!) for years. Every October we drive to the Witch City for a long weekend of shopping, sightseeing, cocktails and scares.
If you’re thinking about visiting the spookiest city in America this year, here are some dos and don't of visiting Salem.
1 Do Shop at Pickering Wharf
2 Do Visit Essex Street
There are often people dressed in some amazing costumes who will allow you to take photos (some for a small fee) and there are street vendors up and down the corridor. There is also a very cool Harry Potter themed area, places for potions, and some good eats.
Here you can find a fortune teller, wizard wand or a very authentic looking pair of fangs!
3 Do Go to Pameplemousse
4 Do See Old Burying Point Cemetery
5 Do Visit the House of Seven Gables
If you’re claustrophobic, you will have a tough time in the extremely narrow hidden hallway leading to an attic bedroom. But if you can shimmy your way through, it’s worth the squeeze! Don't forget to see the gardens too!
6 Do Book a Tour
And see at least one of the many shows Salem offers, such as the Salem Haunted Magic Show.
7 Don't Go to the Salem Witch Museum
Bad sound effects and lighting are featured. It's not worth the time it takes to stand in line, however, the building's architecture is very interesting.
For a better witchy history experience, check out the Witch House, Salem Witch Village or the Witch History Museum.
8 Don't Take a Historical Building Tour
You can’t go inside most of them and if you’re there to be witchy, most of these former homes or offices have a maritime history rather than something to do with the Witch Trials that made Salem famous.
The biggest DO I can suggest is to have fun!
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