Scary Salem Sights

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

In the Seventeenth Century, a fishing settlement was established on Cape Ann by England’s Dorchester Company. After struggling for a few years, a group of settlers relocated on fertile land by the Naumkeag River. This “Fishing Place” was renamed Salem in 1629 and was able to thrive on farming and fishing.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony went through a time where there were “ordinary stresses of 17th-century life,” people had a “strong belief in the devil,” and “accusations of witchcraft” occurred. This, combined with a rivalry between nearby towns and a smallpox epidemic, caused for a great deal of fear and suspicion. This era is often referred to as The Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

The eighteenth century consisted of Salem becoming a “major fishing, shipbuilding and maritime trade center” and after that it developed into an “important manufacturing and retail center.”

Now, Salem prides itself on the fact that it is “Still Making History.” Watch this video to see how Salem has reflected upon its history to pique interest in people:

To learn more background information about the town, see “History of Salem.” If you’re more interested in current events, check out some of the Halloween activities, which are very popular in Salem!

Haunted Happenings

Salem residents and visitors alike, love to celebrate Halloween! Find out which events are the most fun, discover amazing restaurants, and check out some spooky attractions.

What to Do

There are some really nice events in Salem planned around this time! For example, you could:

  • Attend the Haunted Happenings Carnival, where you can play games, get on some rides, and have some old fashioned fun!
  • Go on the Haunted Harbor Cruise, where you can listen to haunted stories about Salem and the New England Coast, as well as get your face painted, have your fortune told, and take part in spooky photo opportunities.
  • Check out the Salem Haunted Magic Show, where you can experience 90 minutes of interactive magic and mind reading!

You could also take a couple of tours:

For more events, attractions, and other spooky Halloween options, see:

Where to Eat

While in Salem, regardless of the occasion for your visit, you need to check out some of the great restaurants!

Here are some restaurant and bar options:

If you have a sweet tooth, take a look at these dessert options:

For more dining options in Salem, see:

Salem celebrates Halloween with many of the same traditions each year, so take a look at this video to see what you can expect:

To find out more about these Halloween events in Salem, see:

Use download code “BOST” in your Hertz NeverLost device to get cool city information including the new “Scared in Salem” locations.

Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Melissa Woodring 🙂


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