The city of Salem, Mass., notorious for its 17th century witch trials, is particularly popular around Halloween. A mere 30-minute drive from the apartments at NEMA Boston, it's an autumnal must-visit for history buffs, fans of freaky fun, and anyone who wants to revel in gorgeous Old World architecture framed in fall foliage. Hop in the car (or on a broomstick) and explore.
The Mortifying Museum
The only place to start your trip is the Salem Witch Museum. Set in a former church, it showcases a gripping interactive account of the witch trials that took place in Salem during 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of witchcraft and 20 were executed. Using life-size figures and dramatic narration and lighting, the museum recreates events from that fateful time. This show is followed by a guided tour, examining the origins of our belief in witches and describing how witch trials spread across Europe and America. COVID-19 restrictions are in place at the museum.
The Terrifying Tours
As you might imagine, Salem has a ghost story or two to tell. Embark on one of the many tours treading the city's historic streets this fall. Search for spooks by lantern light on the History & Hauntings of Salem tour. Dare to venture into the surrounding forest with a practicing witch on the Salem Forest Lore tour. Or, if these sound too terrifying for you, sign up for the Salem History & Sightseeing tour, where you'll learn about the Salem Old Town Hall, the Witch House, and the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. (If your legs are tired out from the museum, take the Salem Trolley instead.)
The Perfect Photo Opportunities
One of the prettiest cities on the East Coast, Salem is begging to be photographed at every twist and turn. Take snaps of the pumpkin and Halloween displays that festoon many of the clapboard houses. Seek out the bronze statue of Elizabeth Montgomery, who starred in the sitcom “Bewitched.” (The show filmed a series of episodes in Salem.) Swing by Herb Mackey's Metal Sculpture Yard, and see what otherworldly creations the sculptor has created lately.
The Spooky Souvenirs
Want to take home a souvenir to Boston Seaport? There's no dearth of boutique shops in Salem, and they’re all packed with unique gifts. Take home spell kits, crystals, and potions from Crow Haven Corner, which claims to be the oldest witch shop in Salem. Treat yourself to gummy witch hats and chocolate skull pops from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie. Or, load up your apartment's bookshelves with horror classics and tomes on Salem's dark past from Wicked Good Books.
Situated in the ideal Seaport location, NEMA Boston is the perfect home for those looking to experience the vibrant city of Boston and it’s beautiful and historical surrounding towns. Contact us today to schedule your tour.