Halloween in Salem

Oct 11th 2021

The city of Salem, MA has been celebrating Halloween since 1982, the year of the first Haunted Happenings. What started as a parade, has grown into a month-long celebration full of costume balls, haunted houses, live-music, and ghost tours, all set in a family-friendly environment.

But we're not typically one for large crowds or big events; we're more drawn to the historic side of Salem.

So we met up with a friend of ours and explored the city!

There's a lot of history here, of course starting with the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. There's a memorial with 20 benches, remembering the 20 people who were executed during the trials.Each of their names are inscribed on the bench along with the date they were executed.

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You can also find the Burying Point here, the oldest cemetery in Salem, where many of the judges from the trials are buried.

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It's a really powerful and moving place, and reminds me of the fragility of the human psyche. We like to try and forget the past, attempting to cover it up; especially things that we're ashamed of.

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But Salem did end up paying reparations to the ancestors of those who were executed, and it wasn't until 1957 when the state officially apologized for the events ~ more than 200 years later.

There's a lot of modern day charm here, including the house where part of Hocus Pocus was filmed.

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You can't beat that old-town charm though. The architecture and the way that some of the houses were painted, it just seems to scream SAALLLEEEMM.

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Derby St has a lot of historic houses and it's a pretty walk through the neighborhood. And you'll do plenty of walking while you're here!

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We stayed at the Winter Island RV Park which is 1.5 miles down from here. Sidewalks all the way!

Salem was one of our top favorite cities to explore! It has a lot of history, no big-box stores, it's clean, it's walkable, and very charming too!

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