Wanna see something really scary? Explore all of the skeletons in Salem's closet on a guided walking tour. Derby Square Tours offers two options--The "Witch Trial Trail" walking tour and the "Terror Trail." The one-hour, candlelight Witch Trial Trail tours depart at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday nights from October 5 through October 30 from Old Town Hall on Front Street, two blocks from the Salem Visitor Center. Reservations are not accepted--all are welcome. The cost for 2012 is $12 for adults, $3 for ages 7-17.
Reservations are required, however, for the limited space on the Terror Trail Tours, which are offered during October at various times. Also conducted by candlelight, these 75-minute tours delve into tales of local murders, spectral assaults and hauntings. The cost as of 2012 is $12 for adults, $5 for children 7-17. Check the Derby Square Tours Web site, as some evenings book up quickly. For more information or to make reservations for the Terror Trail tours, call 978-745-6314.
On October 5-7, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 and 31, 2012, tour The House of Seven Gables and meet characters from Hawthorne's famous novel. Tours run from 7:15 to 11 p.m. each evening (7:30 to 9:30 p.m. only October 5-7 and 7:15 to 10 p.m. on Halloween). Tickets are $15 per person. Call 978-744-0991, ext. 104 for more information and reservations, which are highly recommended.
The Salem Witch Village and Salem Wax Museum present the Haunted Neighborhood October 1 through 31, 2012. Explore Frankenstein's Castle and the Haunted Witch Village; watch a real witch casting spells; participate in a candlelit ghostly tour or graveyard tour and more!
The Hawthorne Hotel will host a Children's Costume Brunch on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Adults will love the annual "Solstice of Souls" Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Call 978-825-431 for brunch reservations or 978-744-4080 for ball tickets.
Salem's only authentic seance will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October at the Spirit Parlor of OMEN. Spirit mediums will conduct these evenings of conversing with the dead. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.
The annual Official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball, an evening of reveling and cavorting with the spirit world, takes place Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Hawthorne Hotel in the heart of historic Salem. The event is presented by Witch Elder Christian Day. This year's theme is "Witch and Famous," and guests are invited to dress as a famous real or fictitious witch, warlock, magician or sorcerer. Author Dorothy Morrison is this year's special guest. At the evening's pinnacle, the Salem Witches welcome the Witches' New Year by casting a Magic Circle to draw open the veil to the spirit world. Tickets are $150 per person. Purchase tickets online or by calling 800-595-4TIX.
Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters will take you on a spine-tingling 90-minute voyage filled with spooky stories set in Salem Sound. Haunted Harbor Cruises depart from Pickering Wharf daily at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. September 28 through October 31. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Call 978-825-0001 for reservations.
Check the Salem Haunted Happenings Web site for a calendar of many more October Haunted Happenings events in Salem.
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