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Spooktacular Salem

A Guide to Salem, Massachusetts: Attractions, Accommodations, Haunted Happenings

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Salem Massachusetts Photo - View Off the Coast of Salem Massachusetts

There's more to Salem, Massachusetts, than witches! Salem is a fascinating city with a long-standing maritime tradition.

© 2007 Kim Knox Beckius
Updated May 19, 2014
Is there any spookier place in America than Salem, Massachusetts, forever branded by the hysteria in 1692 that led to accusations of witchcraft? And yet--I'm drawn to the town. Maybe it's the salt air of the sea and the lingering specters of sailors and pirates. Maybe it's Salem's association with my favorite author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose writings sometimes revealed his own tortured wrestling with an ancestor's involvement in the witch condemnations. Maybe it's that I ate the best prime rib of my life there!

But enough about ME! If you're looking for a spooky spot for a getaway this October or any time of the year, Salem, Massachusetts, can't be beat.

October is a particularly good time to visit Salem: In addition to the town's normal host of bewitching attractions, you'll find a full calendar of Haunted Happenings that range from a seance to a costume ball to ghostly guided walking tours. And there's nothing quite like being in Salem on Halloween!

Here are some ideas to get you started in planning a step back in time to days when a kid in a Hulk costume was not the scariest thing in the world!

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